September 5: International Day of Charity

The International Day of Charity is celebrated on September 5, every year along with the celebration of Teacher’s Day.

Key Points

  • On this day, philanthropic and humanitarian efforts of any kind are honoured.
  • Charity is done with the aim of alleviating problems that plague a community. Several organisations across the world have dedicated their lives to address grievances in the fields of public healthcare, housing, education, women empowerment, child development, etc.

Background

The International Day of Charity was first celebrated by the Hungarian civil society with the support of government of Hungary.

Why September 5 was chosen?

September 5 was chosen to celebrate the day because it is Mother Teresa’s death anniversary. She devoted her life for charity and helping people in need. Her compassion and giving nature had made her a revered figure worldwide.

UN resolution

September 5 was declared as the International Day of Charity, by a resolution adopted by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on December 17, 2012. The resolution was co-sponsored by 44 UN member nations.

Significance of the day

The concept of charity helps in bringing balance in society. Charity is directed towards providing necessities and help those who need them the most. Thus, this day becomes significant as it motivates people to do their bit in helping people in need. One can celebrate this day either donating money to a charity organization or by doing activity that is charitable in nature in order to make the world a better place.

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