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INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR TOLERANCE

When is International Day for Tolerance in 2021?

International Day for Tolerance in 2021 is on the Tuesday, 16th of Nov (11/16/2021).

International Day for Tolerance is on the 320th day of 2021. There are 45 days left in the year.

International Day for Tolerance Facts

  • Date: Nov 16, 2021
  • International
  • Also Called: IDT
  • Celebrations: Doing campaigns and activities to teach the danger of intolerance.
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According to the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) statement, 'tolerance is the respect, acceptance, and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human.'

The world is undergoing globalization which is transforming every society and exposing even the most indigenous of the cultures to other different ways of life. As this new interaction brings fourth constructive dialogues and intercultural exchanges, it also brings with it a wave of inequality, poverty, movements of people and unending civil conflicts. People are rejecting diversity as a weakness and opting for superiority classes and exclusive politics. Religions are waging wars on other religions in the name of spreading their beliefs.

In order to salvage the situation and to reduce the intolerance around the globe, UNESCO established the International Day of Tolerance to be marked globally on every 16th of November.

History of International Day of Tolerance

As the century drew to an end UNESCO hoped that the 21st century would unify all people in the world. The organization aimed at eradicating inequalities, prevent civil wars and achieve global tolerance across all cultures and religions.

As a way of achieving this great goal, the International Day of Tolerance was set aside. UNESCO would use this special day annually to check the progress of achieving peace, equality, and togetherness around the world. UNESCO works closely with all governments of its member countries in achieving global tolerance.

In 2005 annual UNESCO summit, the heads of States were tasked with the duty of improving human welfare in their States, grant their civilians constitutional freedoms and rights and work together with the international community to ensure uniform eradication of intolerance.

Each government should urge its citizens to practice tolerance as an act of liberation from the chains of ethnicity. That they should view the differences of others as their own and the Human Rights Charter provides for a diverse community. They should encourage the building of bridges through dialogue and not conquest and segregation. They should respect the beliefs of other people the way they expect other people to respect their own beliefs. This is because discrimination on one person is more like discrimination against all.

With these in mind, the governments have made commendable efforts and big strides in reducing intolerance in their individual countries.

How to Celebrate the International Day of Tolerance

The International Day for Tolerance is a time for you to learn the importance of tolerance, respect and recognizing other people’s rights and beliefs. Reflect on the negative effects of different forms of injustice such as racism, oppression, unfair discrimination, and religious conflicts and how they can be eradicated.

Educators and mentors take the opportunity of the day to teach their students the importance of tolerance at home, school or anywhere they are. The governments have ensured that the issues are included in the curriculum and the students have complete access to them.

The UN Chronicle Online Education produces articles on the importance of tolerance in the society. They use posters, flyers, articles, and broadcasts to pass information on that day. These activities are aimed at raising people’s awareness.

Other important activities organized in the community level include essays, dialogues, and confessions from victims of intolerance and how it changed their lives. Furthermore, the world recognizes all the victims of intolerance and their efforts to recuperate from the injustices done to most of them.

The day is also seized by human rights activists who take this chance to speak against intolerance and rebuke all the negative effects it comes with. They speak against discrimination of minorities and denial of human rights to activists.

International Day for Tolerance Observances

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2021

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
FridayFriJan 01, 2021Jan 01Global Family Day
MondayMonJan 04, 2021Jan 04World Braille Day
MondayMonJan 11, 2021Jan 11International Thank-You Day
SaturdaySatJan 30, 2021Jan 30World Leprosy Day
FridayFriFeb 12, 2021Feb 12Darwin Day
SundaySunFeb 21, 2021Feb 21International Mother Language Day
MondayMonFeb 22, 2021Feb 22World Thinking Day
MondayMonMar 01, 2021Mar 01International Day of the Seal
MondayMonMar 08, 2021Mar 08International Women's Day
SaturdaySatMar 20, 2021Mar 20World Frog Day
SundaySunMar 21, 2021Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
MondayMonMar 22, 2021Mar 22World Water Day
TuesdayTueMar 23, 2021Mar 23World Meteorological Day
WednesdayWedMar 24, 2021Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 27, 2021Mar 27Earth Hour
FridayFriApr 02, 2021Apr 02International Children's Book Day
WednesdayWedApr 07, 2021Apr 07World Health Day
MondayMonApr 12, 2021Apr 12Yuri's Night
FridayFriApr 16, 2021Apr 16International Special Librarians Day
WednesdayWedApr 21, 2021Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
ThursdayThuApr 22, 2021Apr 22Earth Day
FridayFriApr 23, 2021Apr 23World Book Day
SundaySunApr 25, 2021Apr 25World Malaria Day
SundaySunApr 25, 2021Apr 25World Penguin Day
MondayMonMay 03, 2021May 03World Press Freedom Day
WednesdayWedMay 05, 2021May 05International Midwives Day
SaturdaySatMay 08, 2021May 08World Red Cross Day
MondayMonMay 10, 2021May 10World Lupus Day
WednesdayWedMay 12, 2021May 12International Nurses Day
ThursdayThuMay 13, 2021May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
SaturdaySatMay 15, 2021May 15International Day of Families
MondayMonMay 17, 2021May 17World Hypertension Day
TuesdayTueMay 18, 2021May 18International Museum Day
FridayFriMay 21, 2021May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
SaturdaySatMay 22, 2021May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
SundaySunMay 23, 2021May 23World Turtle Day
MondayMonMay 24, 2021May 24World Schizophrenia Day
TuesdayTueMay 25, 2021May 25Towel Day
MondayMonMay 31, 2021May 31World No-Tobacco Day
TuesdayTueJun 01, 2021Jun 01World Milk Day
ThursdayThuJun 03, 2021Jun 03World Bicycle Day
SaturdaySatJun 05, 2021Jun 05World Environment Day
TuesdayTueJun 08, 2021Jun 08World Ocean Day
MondayMonJun 14, 2021Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
WednesdayWedJun 16, 2021Jun 16International Day of the African Child
ThursdayThuJun 17, 2021Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
SundaySunJun 20, 2021Jun 20World Refugee Day
MondayMonJun 21, 2021Jun 21International Yoga Day
SaturdaySatJun 26, 2021Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
SundaySunJul 11, 2021Jul 11World Population Day
FridayFriJul 16, 2021Jul 16World Snake Day
WednesdayWedJul 28, 2021Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
SundaySunAug 01, 2021Aug 01International Friendship Day
SundaySunAug 08, 2021Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
MondayMonAug 09, 2021Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
TuesdayTueAug 10, 2021Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
ThursdayThuAug 12, 2021Aug 12International Youth Day
FridayFriAug 13, 2021Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
SaturdaySatAug 14, 2021Aug 14World Lizard Day
MondayMonAug 23, 2021Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
WednesdayWedSep 08, 2021Sep 08International Literacy Day
MondayMonSep 13, 2021Sep 13International Chocolate Day
WednesdayWedSep 15, 2021Sep 15International Day of Democracy
WednesdayWedSep 15, 2021Sep 15Software Freedom Day
ThursdayThuSep 16, 2021Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
SundaySunSep 19, 2021Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
TuesdayTueSep 21, 2021Sep 21World Gratitude Day
WednesdayWedSep 22, 2021Sep 22World Car-Free Day
WednesdayWedSep 29, 2021Sep 29World Heart Day
WednesdayWedSep 29, 2021Sep 29Inventors Day
FridayFriOct 01, 2021Oct 01World Ballet Day
FridayFriOct 01, 2021Oct 01International Music Day
SaturdaySatOct 02, 2021Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
SundaySunOct 03, 2021Oct 03World Temperance Day
MondayMonOct 04, 2021Oct 04World Animal Day
TuesdayTueOct 05, 2021Oct 05World Teacher's Day
SundaySunOct 10, 2021Oct 10World Mental Health Day
SaturdaySatOct 16, 2021Oct 16World Food Day
SundaySunOct 17, 2021Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
SundaySunOct 24, 2021Oct 24United Nations Day
FridayFriOct 29, 2021Oct 29International Internet Day
MondayMonNov 08, 2021Nov 08World Town Planning Day
SundaySunNov 14, 2021Nov 14World Diabetes Day
TuesdayTueNov 16, 2021Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
FridayFriNov 19, 2021Nov 19World Toilet Day
SundaySunNov 21, 2021Nov 21World Television Day
ThursdayThuNov 25, 2021Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
TuesdayTueNov 30, 2021Nov 30International Computer Security Day
WednesdayWedDec 01, 2021Dec 01World Aids Day
ThursdayThuDec 02, 2021Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
SundaySunDec 05, 2021Dec 05International Volunteers Day
TuesdayTueDec 07, 2021Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
FridayFriDec 10, 2021Dec 10Human Rights Day