World Culture Day: What Is It, What Are the Activities, What Is the Theme, and Why Do We Celebrate It?
On November 2, 2001, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference in Paris, France, adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity. It was the 249th resolution adopted by the United Nations General Conference at its 57th session. The declaration was adopted in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, despite the fact that it was the culmination of years of work. To avoid segregation and fundamentalism, this reaffirmed the importance of intercultural dialogue.
The United Nations declared 2002 to be the Year of Cultural Heritage. The United Nations General Assembly declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development at the end of that year, on December 20, 2002. The General Assembly emphasised the importance of dialogue between civilizations in the modern world and the protection of culture diversity. In 2003, the first World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development was observed.
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what is World Culture Day?
World Culture Day is May 21st of each year. The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is celebrated all over the world to educate people on the significance of cultural diversity and harmony.
World Cultural Day of Diversity.
Held every year on 21 May, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development celebrates not only the richness of the world’s cultures, but also the essential role of intercultural dialogue for achieving peace and sustainable development.
What Do People Do?
Various events are being held to help governments, non-governmental organisations, and the general public better understand the issues surrounding cultural diversity and development. Many of them include updates on how the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity is being implemented.
Some of the Events at World Culture Day include:
- Seminars for professionals.
- Educational programs for children and young adolescents.
- The launch of collaborations between official agencies and ethnic groups.
- Exhibitions to help people understand the history of various cultural groups and the influence on their own identities.
- Celebrations to create greater awareness of cultural values and the need to preserve them.
The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is usually observed in countries that have recognised the importance of embracing their diverse cultural histories.
World Culture Day Public Life
The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is an observance and not a public holiday.
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