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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DEMOCRACY

When is International Day of Democracy in 2019?

International Day of Democracy in 2019 is on the Sunday, 15th of Sep (9/15/2019).

International Day of Democracy is on the 258th day of 2019. There are 107 days left in the year.

International Day of Democracy Facts

  • Date: Sep 15, 2019
  • 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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HOLIDAY NAME

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2019

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
TuesdayTueJan 01, 2019Jan 01Global Family Day
FridayFriJan 04, 2019Jan 04World Braille Day
FridayFriJan 11, 2019Jan 11International Thank-You Day
WednesdayWedJan 30, 2019Jan 30World Leprosy Day
TuesdayTueFeb 12, 2019Feb 12Darwin Day
ThursdayThuFeb 21, 2019Feb 21International Mother Language Day
FridayFriFeb 22, 2019Feb 22World Thinking Day
FridayFriMar 01, 2019Mar 01International Day of the Seal
FridayFriMar 08, 2019Mar 08International Women's Day
FridayFriMar 15, 2019Mar 15Red Nose Day
WednesdayWedMar 20, 2019Mar 20World Frog Day
ThursdayThuMar 21, 2019Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
FridayFriMar 22, 2019Mar 22World Water Day
SaturdaySatMar 23, 2019Mar 23World Meteorological Day
SundaySunMar 24, 2019Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 30, 2019Mar 30Earth Hour
TuesdayTueApr 02, 2019Apr 02International Children's Book Day
SundaySunApr 07, 2019Apr 07World Health Day
FridayFriApr 12, 2019Apr 12Yuri's Night
WednesdayWedApr 17, 2019Apr 17International Special Librarian's Day
SundaySunApr 21, 2019Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
MondayMonApr 22, 2019Apr 22Earth Day
TuesdayTueApr 23, 2019Apr 23World Book Day
ThursdayThuApr 25, 2019Apr 25World Malaria Day
ThursdayThuApr 25, 2019Apr 25World Penguin Day
FridayFriMay 03, 2019May 03World Press Freedom Day
SundaySunMay 05, 2019May 05International Midwives Day
WednesdayWedMay 08, 2019May 08World Red Cross Day
FridayFriMay 10, 2019May 10World Lupus Day
SundaySunMay 12, 2019May 12International Nurses Day
MondayMonMay 13, 2019May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
WednesdayWedMay 15, 2019May 15International Day of Families
SaturdaySatMay 18, 2019May 18International Museum Day
TuesdayTueMay 21, 2019May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
WednesdayWedMay 22, 2019May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
ThursdayThuMay 23, 2019May 23World Turtle Day
FridayFriMay 24, 2019May 24World Schizophrenia Day
SaturdaySatMay 25, 2019May 25Towel Day
FridayFriMay 31, 2019May 31World No-Tobacco Day
MondayMonJun 03, 2019Jun 03World Bicycle Day
WednesdayWedJun 05, 2019Jun 05World Environment Day
SaturdaySatJun 08, 2019Jun 08World Ocean Day
FridayFriJun 14, 2019Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
SundaySunJun 16, 2019Jun 16International Day of the African Child
MondayMonJun 17, 2019Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
ThursdayThuJun 20, 2019Jun 20World Refugee Day
FridayFriJun 21, 2019Jun 21International Yoga Day
WednesdayWedJun 26, 2019Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
ThursdayThuJul 11, 2019Jul 11World Population Day
TuesdayTueJul 16, 2019Jul 16World Snake Day
SundaySunJul 28, 2019Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
SundaySunAug 04, 2019Aug 04International Friendship Day
ThursdayThuAug 08, 2019Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
FridayFriAug 09, 2019Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
SaturdaySatAug 10, 2019Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
MondayMonAug 12, 2019Aug 12International Youth Day
TuesdayTueAug 13, 2019Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
WednesdayWedAug 14, 2019Aug 14World Lizard Day
FridayFriAug 23, 2019Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
SundaySunSep 08, 2019Sep 08International Literacy Day
FridayFriSep 13, 2019Sep 13International Chocolate Day
SundaySunSep 15, 2019Sep 15International Day of Democracy
SundaySunSep 15, 2019Sep 15Software Freedom Day
MondayMonSep 16, 2019Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
ThursdayThuSep 19, 2019Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
SaturdaySatSep 21, 2019Sep 21World Gratitude Day
SundaySunSep 22, 2019Sep 22World Car-Free Day
SundaySunSep 29, 2019Sep 29Inventors Day
TuesdayTueOct 01, 2019Oct 01International Music Day
WednesdayWedOct 02, 2019Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
ThursdayThuOct 03, 2019Oct 03World Temperance Day
FridayFriOct 04, 2019Oct 04World Animal Day
SaturdaySatOct 05, 2019Oct 05World Teacher's Day
ThursdayThuOct 10, 2019Oct 10World Mental Health Day
WednesdayWedOct 16, 2019Oct 16World Food Day
ThursdayThuOct 17, 2019Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
ThursdayThuOct 24, 2019Oct 24United Nations Day
TuesdayTueOct 29, 2019Oct 29International Internet Day
FridayFriNov 08, 2019Nov 08World Town Planning Day
ThursdayThuNov 14, 2019Nov 14World Diabetes Day
ThursdayThuNov 14, 2019Nov 14World Philosophy Day
SaturdaySatNov 16, 2019Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
TuesdayTueNov 19, 2019Nov 19World Toilet Day
ThursdayThuNov 21, 2019Nov 21World Television Day
MondayMonNov 25, 2019Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
SaturdaySatNov 30, 2019Nov 30International Computer Security Day
SundaySunDec 01, 2019Dec 01World Aids Day
MondayMonDec 02, 2019Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
ThursdayThuDec 05, 2019Dec 05International Volunteers Day
SaturdaySatDec 07, 2019Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
TuesdayTueDec 10, 2019Dec 10Human Rights Day