International Day for Tolerance or Tolerance Day is celebrated on November 16 of every year. International Day for Tolerance was created to bring public awareness to people about the dangers of intolerance. The Tolerance Day will help us to learn about the requirements on Tolerance in society and to educate others about the adverse effects of Intolerance. The International Day for Tolerance will promote tolerance, appreciation, respect, and cooperation among the different world’s cultures. Tolerance is a term used to refer to recognition and acceptance of looks, ideas, beliefs and traditions which differ from one’s own. As the people’s are very different from others, Tolerance is considered as the backbone of human rights and fundamental rights. It allows the mixed communities to flourish and ensure that all human beings in this world are equal.
“Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together.” Linda Thompson
History of International Day for Tolerance
UN General Assembly created the International Day for Tolerance in 1996. In 1996, they invited the UN Member States to celebrate the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November with several activities to develop the educational establishments. In 1995, the idea of Tolerance Day was started with the emergence of the United Nations Year for Tolerance which was proclaimed in the year 1993. The United Nations Year for Tolerance was declared on the General Conference of UNESCO’s initiative. The UNESCO member states approved the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the United Nations Year for Tolerance.
The main reasons to celebrate the day
- It is dedicated to make people more tolerant and peaceful in their day-to-day life.
- To created awareness around the world about the importance of tolerance, as it plays a vital role in supporting peace.
- To raise awareness about the threads of intolerance.
Other Celebrations on November 16
November 16 is also celebrated as
How to Celebrate the Day
The best way to celebrate the International Day for Tolerance is by creating awareness among the people about the threads of intolerance. Educate the people to respect and recognize the rights and beliefs of others. Events like debates, live discussions will take place around the world to educate people about the impacts of injustice, oppression, prejudice and unfair discrimination in society. Post pictures and share your thoughts on social media about the day by using the hashtag #InternationalDayforTolerance.
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