National Religious Freedom Day is an annual commemoration observed on January 16 of every year. Religious thoughts are believed to improve people’s well-being. Several religious organizations are working to inspire people and let them stay kind and humble towards others. Like the right to speak, the nation has the right to have religious freedom. As it is a right that needs to be protected, National Religious Freedom Day has been celebrated. The Day promotes and protects religious rights and freedom.

“Religious freedom opens a door for Americans that is closed to too many others around the world. But whether we walk through that door, and what we do with our lives after we do, is up to us.” – Mitt Romney

History of National Religious Freedom Day

The year in which this National Religious Freedom Day was officially celebrated is not known. However, the President of the United States has proclaimed January 16 as this Day since 1993. The date is precisely chosen as it was on January 16, 1786, when the Virginia General Assembly adopted Thomas Jefferson’s landmark Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. To mark this observance, the President of the United States will officially proclaim this Day. It was Thomas Jefferson’s landmark statute that led to the freedom of religion for all Americans, and it has become the basis for the establishment clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The First Freedom Center in Richmond, Virginia, will commemorate this day by conducting an annual First Freedom Award banquet.

National Religious Freedom Day 2018 - January 16

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How to Celebrate the Day

Get to know about the history of America before the adoption of the landmark. Read some good books that narrate this incident. Make people understand what real religious freedom is. Motivate others to have good well-being by following a religion. Indulge yourself in getting into religious organizations to do some social service and let people understand the importance of being religious. Share your views and thoughts about Religious Freedom Day on social media using the hashtag #ReligiousFreedomDay.

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