Nutrition Calendar

National Girl Child Day is celebrated every year on January 24. The importance of this day was first initiated by Ministry of Woman and Child Development in 2008. The day observes major issues faced by girls in India, and the importance of promoting awareness on the rights of a girl child, health and nutrition.

World Cancer Day is globally observed on February 4 every year. The purpose behind this is to encourage its preventions, and ways to get it treated. The day was first established on February 4, 2000 at the World Cancer Summit Against Cancer for the New Millenium, which was held in Paris.

National Deworming Day is celebrated on February 10 in India. The day aims at deworming all pre-school and school-age children between the age of 1-19 years through platform of schools and Anganwadi centres. The reason behind the necessity of deworming is that worms can cause anemia in children, malnourishment, and cause mental health damage thus can pose as a serious threat to their development. The first round of NDD was conducted in February 2015.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science is held on 11 February every year. It has been implemented by UNESCO, and UN-Women in collaboration institutions and civil society partners, that aim to promote women and girls in science. The day aims on promoting equal access to women and girls in the field of Science.

World Radio Day is celebrated all across the globe on 13 February. It was proclaimed on November 2, 2011 by UNESCO’s 36th General Conference. It was originally proposed by the Kingdom of Spain. The day is celebrated to highlight the role of radio in educating people, disseminating information, and promoting freedom of expression across all cultures.

World Day of Social Justice is celebrated around the world 20 February every year. It is observed to recognize the need of eradication of several issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment, and also to explore ways to tackle with them. The day was institutionalized by United Nations General Assembly on 26 November, 2007. The celebration started in 2009, and is celebrated every year since then.

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. The day is celebrated to promote economic, cultural and social rights of women across the globe. The Socialist Party in America had organized a Women’s Day on February 28, 1909 in New York, after which a German Revolutionary named Clara Zetkin proposed at the 1910 International Socialist Woman's Conference, that March 8 should be celebrated annually to honour the working women. The day is celebrated ever since.

Poshan Pakwada was initiated by Ministry of Women and Child Development, as a part of Poshan Abhiyaan to promote the importance of nutrition and sanitation in rural and urban parts of India. It was launched on International Women’s Day and was celebrated this year from March 8 to March 22nd.

National Vaccination Day is observed in India on 19th March every year. The day was first observed on 16 March 1995, when the first dose of Oral Polio Vaccine was given. The day focuses on promoting awareness on Polio, and also emphasizes on importance of eradicating the disease.

International Day of Forests is observed on 21 March every year. The day highlights the importance of conserving all types of forests and tress outside forests for the benefit of current and future generations. The day was observed for the first time on March 21, 2013. Every year the countries are encouraged to organize and take part in campaigns related to planting of trees.

World Water Day is observed on 22 March every year, to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The day aims at educating the people all over the world on water-related issues, such as waster scarcity, water pollutions, inadequate water supply, etc. The day was first formally proposed in Agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. It was first observed for the first time in 1993.

World Idly Day is celebrated on March 30, in the remembrance of Eniyavan, a popular idly caterer from Chennai. On this day, he prepared and catered a staggering 1,328 varieties of idlis to institute and commemorate this day. There was even a giant 44-kilogram idli that was cut by a top bureaucrat to seal the deal and declare March 30 as World Idli Day forever.

April International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is celebrated on 6 April. The day is observed to emphasize on the role of sports to drive social change, community development, and to foster peace and understanding. It was institutionalized by United Nations General Assembly on August 33, 2013.

World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 every year, to draw worldwide attention towards importance of global health. The event is organized by WHO every year, in which national, international, and local events are organized based on the theme. The First World Health Assembly was held by WHO in 1948.

National Safe Motherhood Day (NSMD) is observed every year on April 11. The day focuses on raising awareness about proper healthcare of woman, providing good nutritional facilities to pregnant women and lactating mothers. It also focuses on reducing anaemia among women, institutional delivery, for better pre and post natal health care etc. The day was first observed on 11 April 2010.

Ambedkar Jayanti is celebrated 14 April every year all across India. It is celebrated to commemorate B.R Ambedkar, who was born on April 14, 1891. The day was first celebrated publicly on 14 April, 1928 by social activist and Ambedkarite Janardan Sadashiv Ranapisay. Since 2015, it has been observed as a public holiday all across India.

World Haemophilia Day is observed April 17 every year, to increase awareness on hemophilia and other genetic bleeding disorders. It is observed to throw light on millions people, who suffer from such disorders and do not get access to treatment. The day was first observed on 1989 by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH), which brought several people together on April 17, in commemoration WFH founder Frank Schnabel’s birthday.

World Earth Day is celebrated on 22 April every year for the cause of protecting the environment. The idea was first propagated by a peace activist named John McConnell. The day was first celebrated on March 21, 1970.

Panchayati Raj Diwas is celebrated on 24 April annually. The day is observed to mark the role and importance of the Panchayati Raj Institutions all across the country. The day is also observed to commemorate the 72nd amendment, which gave constitutional status and recognition to such institutions. The day was first celebrated on 24 April 2010, on announcement of former PM Manmohan Singh.

World Malaria Day is observed on April 25, focusing on global effort to combat Malaria. The day was first established in May 2007 by the 60th session of the World Health Assembly, WHO's decision-making body. The day was established to provide education on the disease and also ways of controlling it. However, the idea first originated from Africa Malaria Day, which was celebrated in the year 2001.

World Immunisation Week is celebrated from 24–30 April. The day is observed to highlight the importance of vaccination to protect people against all types of diseases. It was first endorsed by the World Health Assembly on May 2012.

Ayushman Bharat Diwas, also referred to as Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), or National Health Protection Scheme, is celebrated across the country on April 30. The program aims at promoting medical facilities that are easily available and affordable in the remotest parts of the country. It majorly aims at the families belonging to the poor population. It was originally launched in 2018, under Ayushman Bharat Mission of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

Mother’s Day is celebrated across the globe on 14 may, honoring the mothers, and highlighting the importance of maternal bonds, and motherhood. The day was first celebrated in 1908 in West Virginia, when Anna Maria Jarvis, the founder of the day, held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton.

International Day of Families is observed on May 15. The day was established to promote awareness on issues relating to families, and understanding social, economic and demographic processes that affect families. It was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993.

World Hunger Day is celebrated on May 28 annually to raise awareness about millions of people suffering from chronic hunger around the world. It is an initiative that started in 2011, by The Hunger Project to eradicate issues such as hunger and poverty from all the parts of the world.

World Milk Day is celebrated worldwide on June 1 every year. It was established by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognize milk as a global food. The day is also observed to draw attention of the people towards development of dairy sector. It was first celebrated on June 1, 2001.

Global Day of Parents is observed on June 1 every year. It celebrates the importance of parents in everyone’s lives and upholds their selfless commitment towards children and nurturing healthy relationships. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2012.

World Environment Day is celebrated June 5 every year. It is celebrated to lay emphasis on the need of protecting the environment. It was established by UN General Assembly in 1972. The day was first observed in the year 1974, and has been a flagship campaign in raising awareness on emerging environmental issues related to marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. WED has grown to become a global platform for public outreach, with participation from over 143 countries annually.

World Food Safety Day was celebrated this year for the first time on June 7. In December 2018 the General Assembly decided to designate 7 June as World Food Safety Day. It focuses on recognizing the vital role of food safety to uplift the level of nutrition. It aims at discussing issues ways in which food safety can incentivize healthy diets.

World Agriculture Day is celebrated on June 11., to highlight the importance of agriculture in raising the level of nutrition. The day was first celebrated in Ottawa in Canada on June 11, 2016.

International Yoga Day is celebrated annually on June 21. It was conceived by United Nations General Assembly and was proclaimed on 11 December 2014. The day focuses on raising the importance and benefits of practicing Yoga. Today it is practiced all around the world. Several seminars, workshops and lectures are held on this day to promote the importance of Yoga.

National Doctor’s Day is celebrated on 1st July every year, to recognize the effortless contribution of doctors and physicians to the lives of several individuals and communities. It is celebrated by the healthcare organizations, in which the staffs arrange luch for the doctors as tokens of recognitions. It was first observed on March 28, 1933, in Winder, Georgia.

World Zoonoses Day is held on July 6 every year, to commemorate July 6, 1885, when Louis Pasteur successfully administered the first vaccine against Rabies virus, a zoonotic disease. The day is observed to raise awareness against the disease and come up with ways to keep it under check by taking right action.

World Population Day is an annual event which is observed on 11 July every year. It is observed to raise awareness related to population, such as importance of family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights. It was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, drawing its ifrom public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987.

World Youth Skills Day is celebrated on July 15, to emphasize on enhancing skills of the youths all around the world. It aims at advocating skill as an important factor to equip the young generation for addressing the issues challenging the globalization.

World Hepatitis Day is observed on July 28 every year to raise global awareness on Hepatitis., and discussing about its prevention, diagnosis and treatments. The inaugural International Hepatitis C Awareness day, coordinated by various European and Middle Eastern Patient Groups and Baby Muriel, first took place on October 1, 2004. In May 2010 World Hepatitis Day was inaugurated during 63rd World Health Assembly.

World Nature Conservation Day is celebrated on July 29 every year, to recognize the importance of healthy environment for ensuring a stable and productive society for the well being of present and future generations.

World Breastfeeding Week is an annual celebration held every year from 1st-7th August. Celebrated across more than 120 countries, the week aims at re-establishing a global breastfeeding culture and facilitate support for breastfeeding everywhere. The week was first observed in 1992 by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).

International Day of the World's Indigenous People is observed on August 9 to promote and protect the rights of the indigenous people. The day also recognizes the contributions of the indigenous people in making the world a better place to live. It was established by United Nations General Assembly on December 1994.

International Youth Day is celebrated August 12, to draw the attention of the people towards legal and cultural issues that surround the youths of today. It was observed for the first time on 12 August 2000. It was created by United Nations in 1999. Concerts, workshops, cultural events and meetings take place around the world.

National Sports Day is celebrated on 29 August, on the birth anniversary of hockey legend Dhyan Chand. It is celebrated across various countries to celebrate the spirit of sports and to honour it in every country.

National Nutrition Week is celebrated from 1st-7th September every year, to make people realize the importance of nutrition in everyone’s lives and to curb the problem of malnutrition. It was initiated in March 1973 by the members of the American Dietetic Association (now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics), to deliver the nutrition education message to the public while promoting the profession of dietetics. In the year 1980, the public gave great response, following which the celebrations finally started by Central Government in India in 1982.

World Coconut Day is celebrated on September 2 to make people realize the importance of coconut in daily lives, as well as its role in poverty eradication. On this stress is laid upon the protection of coconut trees on a large scale.

International Literacy Day celebrated on September 8 every year, to highlight the importance of literacy among the individuals, communities and societies. It was established by UNESCO on 26 October 1966

International Literacy Day celebrated on September 8 every year, to highlight the importance of literacy among the individuals, communities and societies. It was established by UNESCO on 26 October 1966

World Suicide Prevention Day is observed every year on September on 10 September to raise awareness against eradication of crimes committed by the individuals, specially suicides The activity has started since 2003. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) to host World Suicide Prevention Day.

World Mental Health Day is celebrated on 10 October every year, to raise awareness on global mental health education, and advocate against its perception as a social taboo. It was first celebrated in the year 1992, with the initiative taken by World Federation for Mental Health, global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. Every year during October, thousands of people participate to raise awareness on mental illness and ways to combat them.

International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated every year on 11 October to fight against the gender disparities faced by girl children all around the world, to draw attention of the people towards the challenges and problems faced by a girl child, and promoting girl’s empowerment. The day has been observed since 2012.

International Day of Rural Women is celebrated annually on 15 October. Every year, this day is observed to highlight the contribution of rural women and indigenous women in agriculture, improving food security, and eradicating rural poverty. The idea was first put across at Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995. The day was first celebrated on October 15, 2008.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is observed on October 15 every year. The day is observed as a remembrance for the parents who lost their infants, or had a miscarriage, but however, it is just not limited only to these. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Movement began in America on October 25, 1988. President Ronald Reagan designated the month of October 1988 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Every year, this day is observed with remembrance ceremonies and candle-lighting vigils, across several countries.

Global Hand washing Day is celebrated on October 15 every year, to highlight the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and an affordable way prevent any kind of disease. It is a campaign to motivate people to improve their handwashing habits. It was established by The Global Handwashing Partnership (GHP) (formerly called "Public Private Partnership for Handwashing" (PPPHW)) 2008, as a way to promote a global and local vision of handwashing with soap. The day was first celebrated on 15 October, 2008.

World Food Day is celebrated on 16 October every year. The day is observed to honor the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day was initiated and established by FAO’s Member Countries at the Organization's 20th General Conference in November 1979. It is observed and celebrated by all the UN-member nations.

International Day of Eradication of Poverty is celebrated on October 17 every year. The day is observed as a way to make the people and government hear the voices of those, who suffer from shame and humiliation due to acute poverty. The day was first observed in 1987 in Paris , France, where over 100,000 people had gathered on the Human Rights and Liberties Plaza at the Trocadéro to honour victims of poverty, hunger, violence and fear at the unveiling of a commemorative stone by Father Joseph Wresinski, founder of the International Movement ATD Fourth World.

World Vegan Day is celebrated on November 1 every year. The day is widely observed by the vegans all over the world to highlight the benefits of Veganism for humans, and to advocate awareness about animal rights. The day was established by British animal rights activist, Louise Wallis in the year1994. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of The Vegan Society in the United Kingdom. On this day, several vegans participate in organizing campaigns and educational drives to promote animals’ rights.

Infant Protection Day is celebrated on November 7 every year to highlight protection and development of the infants and young children, and to ensure their well being.

International Nutrition Day is observed on November 7 every year, to highlight the importance of proper nutrition care. It is a worldwide inititiative to fight against the common problem of malnutrition in healthcare institutions. The idea was born in the year 2004, according to the goals specified by Council Of Europe in 2003. Several healthcare institutions across the world participate in this day.

World Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14 every year to raise global awareness on diabetes mellitus. Every day the event is organized by International Diabetes Federation (IDF), to focus on theme related to diabetes. The day was proclaimed on 1991 by IDF and WHO in response to the accelerating rise of diabetes all around the world. In the year 2016, the day was commemorated across the world in more than 160 countries, including several healthcare organizations, companies, and healthcare professionals. It is marked with radio and television campaigns, sports events and diabetes screening programs.

Children's Day is celebrated every year on November 14 in India, though the dates are different for the other countries. The day is observed to celebrate children and childhood. The day also commemorates the birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, commonly referred to as ‘Chacha Nehru’ by Kids, who was the first Prime Minister of India. He had immense love and affection of kids, and strongly laid emphasis on the education and development of children, therefore this day honors his beliefs and faiths. Many schools across India mark this day by organizing annual events, poem recitations, etc.

World Toilet Day is observed globally on November 19 every year to explore ways to tackle sanitation crisis. The day was established by the World Toilet Organization (WYO) in 2001.Twelve years later in 2013, the UNGC declared it as an official UN day. UN-Water, the official convener of the Toilet Day every year manages the World Toilet Day website, which provides platform to participate, promotes key issues and stories, and organizes events.

Universal Children’s Day/ Child Rights Day is celebrated on November 20 every year, to promote international togetherness among the children all around the world. The day was established in 1954. The UNGA encouraged all the countries to introduce this annual event. The day is celebrated since then every year.

World Fisheries Day is celebrated every year on November 21 all over the world by the fishing communities. The day highlights the importance of water, importance of marine lives, and also role of water in everyday life. The day is observed with rallies, workshops and discussions pertaining to maintenance of world’s fisheries.

National Milk Day is celebrated on November 26 to commemorate Verghese Kurien, the chief architect of Operation Flood launched in 1970s. The day essentially marks the importance of milk in every person’s life, to celebrate the contribution of the people in the dairy industry who put immense efforts to meet the needs of the milk consumers in the country.

World AIDS Day is celebrated every year on December 1. The day is dedicated to raising awareness about AIDS pandemic caused HIV infection, and remembering those who lost their battle against this disease. The day was first celebrated in 1988. World AIDS Day was initially conceived by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter in August 1987. They took their idea to Dr. Jonathan Mann, Director of the Global Programme on AIDS (now known as UNAIDS). He approved the concept and stated that the day World AIDS Day should be observed on December 1, 1998.

National Pollution Prevention Day is observed on December 2 every year. The day is celebrated in remembrance of thousands of people, who lost their lives in the tragic Bhopal Gas calamity. The day is observed to raise awareness on controlling and management of industrial disasters, check pollution emitted due to industrial processes or human negligence, and increase people’s awareness and industries about pollution.

International Volunteers Day is observed every year on December 5. The day is observed to encourage volunteer-involving organizations and individual volunteers in promoting volunteerism, and to gain government’s attention towards recognizing volunteer efforts in achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local, national and international levels. The day was proclaimed by United Nations General Assembly in 1985. The day also focuses on promoting peace and development. It is widely celebrated by several NGOs, private sectors, and is marked and supported by United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme.

World Soil Day is widely celebrated every year on December 5. It is observed to mark the importance of soil for basic survival purposes, such as food and energy. The day is promoted by many soil scientists and organizations around the world, like the International Union of Soil Sciences with the help of social media, YouTube Videos, and holding local events to discuss about issues such as soil erosion and conservation. The day also marks the birthday of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand, who officially sanctioned the event. The day was initially conceived by International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) in 2002. In December 2013, officially designated 5 December to celebrate World Soil Day.

Kisan Divas (Farmer's Day) is celebrated on December 23 every year in India. Also called ‘Kisan Divas’, the day is also celebrated to commemorate the 5th Prime Minister of India, Choudhary Charan Singh, who was also a farmer’s leader, and played vital role in implementation of policies to improve the lives of the farmers. The day focuses of upliftment of the status of the farmers in the country.

Good Governance Day is celebrated on December 25 in India, which also the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The day was established in 2014, in his honour the fostering awareness among the people of accountability in government. Former Prime Minister, and Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya posthumously received India’s highest civilian award for merit, The Bharat Ratna by former President Pranab Mukherjee. The then newly elected Prime Minister, Narendra Modi announced that henceforth the birthday of Vajpayee will always be commemorated annually as Good Governance Day.