International Mountain Day is celebrated on December 11 of every year. Mountains are some of the natural, high, regal structures that stood against the sky. From 2003, it has been observed every year to create awareness about the importance of mountains in people’s lives and to highlight the constraints and opportunities in mountain development and to build alliances. That will bring great change to mountain peoples and the environment across the globe.
“On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
History of International Mountain Day
International Mountain Day was first established in December 2003 by United Nations General Assembly to bring awareness to the people about the importance of mountains in our life. The International Year of Mountains was first held in 2002 with the goal of raising awareness on issues relating to sustainable mountain development. The International Year of Mountains was created at the United Nations headquarters in New York on December 11, 2001. On December 20, 2002, the United Nations General Assembly designated December 11 as Internation Mountain Day. It encouraged the international communities all over the world to coordinate events to highlight the significance of sustainable mountain development.
Features of Mountains:
- Mountains cover 22% of the earth’s surface across the world and mountains attract 15-20% of global tourism.
- Mountains are home to 13% of the global population.
- Mountains contain 56% of global biosphere reserves.
- Peoples in the mountains will have unique local knowledge, traditions, and cultural practices.
Themes of International Mountain Day:
Every year International Mountain Day is celebrated with the particular theme. Hence the themes of Mountain Day are listed below
2019 – “Mountains matter for Youth.”
2018 – “#MountainsMatter.”
2017 – “Mountain under Pressure: climate, hunger, migration.”
2016 – “Mountain Cultures: Celebrating diversity and strengthening identity.”
2015 – “Promoting Mountain Products.”
Other Celebrations on December 11
December 11 is also celebrated as
How to celebrate International Mountain Day
International Mountain day can be celebrated in either fun cavalcade or in an educational way. Just discover the things that are offered by the mountain. You can also create awareness to the people about the importance of the mountain to our life by organizing small events. Take pictures by visiting the nearby mountains and share them with others on the social media by using the hashtag #MountainDay.