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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DEMOCRACY

When is International Day of Democracy in 2021?

International Day of Democracy in 2021 is on the Wednesday, 15th of Sep (9/15/2021).

International Day of Democracy is on the 258th day of 2021. There are 107 days left in the year.

International Day of Democracy Facts

  • Date: Sep 15, 2021
  • International
  • Also Called: Democracy Day
  • Celebrations: Raise awareness about democracy, events and activities include conferences, discussions etc.
International Day of Democracy iImage Credit: UN.int

The UN established the International Day of Democracy in 2007 as a way to promote and uphold principles of democracy. Also called National Day of Democracy, this holiday is observed globally on 15th September every year. The UN aims to celebrate democratic nations and also hope that other non-democratic countries will uphold the concept someday.

What is Democracy?

Democracy simply means a government that has been elected by its people and which ensures equal participation from all members of the society without discrimination. A democratic country chooses its leaders and holds them accountable for their policies and conduct in the office. Although democracies have similar features, there is no single model of democracy.

History of International Day of Democracy

The first Day of Democracy was observed in 2008. However, the concept of democracy can be traced as early as in ancient Greece. At that time, Athenians were given political rights through this form of governance. In modern history, democracy is mostly traced through its implementation by the US government in the 18th century. As an attempt to break away from the Great Britain rule, the Americans sought to give its people a say in their government.

In 1789, the US constitution was established and in it were the US principles of democracy. Similarly, France began practicing democracy between 1787 and 1789. This was after the French revolutionaries overthrew the France monarchy and sentenced the last monarch to death by guillotine.

In 1988, the UN held the first international conference of new and restored democracies. The event aimed at promoting global justice and helping people recognize that they can still maintain their cultural differences while still democratic.

The UN designated September 15th as the observance date for International Day of Democracy since it coincides with the day in 1998 when the Conference of New or Restored Democracies was held.

How to Celebrate the Day of Democracy?

Every year, the UN holds various events geared towards spreading awareness about democracy. These activities revolve a unique theme urging the public to take part in democracy and promote civility in the society. If such events are happening near you, be sure to attend as a way to support the Democracy Day. Some education institutions hold International Day of Democracy school assembly where students learn about democracy and how they can be part of it.

The International Day of Democracy is also the best time to learn about the democracy bumpy history. You can either visit a library or watch a documentary that will help you understand how far democracy has come. From the ancient Greeks and Romans, the dark ages to the present state of democracy and its role in the world development.

Most importantly, become a better citizen. Cast votes during elections, learn how to contact your leaders and be part of other pillars of democracy. It's also vital that you educate your friends and family members about the democracy via social media using the hashtag #InternationalDayofDemocracy

Why Celebrate the International Day of Democracy?

Democracy gives a voice and power to its citizens to make changes they deem fit for their country. Similarly, the citizens can maintain the status quo if things are going well. Democracy hence the emphasis on equality and the importance of citizens to take full charge of their country. By celebrating the International Day of Democracy, we are constantly reminded of the power within us to make our country run as we wish.

Interesting Facts about Democracy

- Saudi Arabia, Vatican City, Burma, and Brunei are the only countries that do not claim to be democratic

- The oldest democracy in the modern world is the US. The country adopted its democratic constitution in 1787

- A democratic form of government conducts free and fair elections where its citizens are allowed to cast votes, how and to who they want

- Democracy is not a perfect form of proper representation of people. Running for office is expensive, and therefore, only the wealthy mostly manage to reach the top positions.

- Democracies are the wealthiest in the world. These include the US, UK, Canada, China, Scandinavian countries among others.

International Day of Democracy Observances

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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