World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is observed annually on August 19. The day is commemorated in a manner to pay tribute to those workers who put their lives in danger working in humanitarian causes from all over the world. The humanitarian aid workers provide help for millions and millions of people from around the world. They are selflessly working individuals who stand on the front lines during the war and disaster, without identifying who they are and where they be. The humanitarian aid workers will face great dangers and difficulties while delivering support to those who need it the most. Celebrating World Humanitarian Day is another way of praising the people who help other people. So honour the personalities who risk their lives in providing such aid. World Humanitarian Day is an awareness day proposed with an aim to sensitize the public about humanitarian assistance worldwide.
“A person who has sympathy for mankind in the lump, faith in its future progress, and desire to serve the great cause of this progress, should be called not a humanist, but a humanitarian, and his creed may be designated as humanitarianism.” – Irving Babbitt
History of World Humanitarian Day
World Humanitarian Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly on December 2008. The day was first observed on 19 August 2009. The date was precisely chosen in the memory of Canal Hotel bombing in Baghdad held on the same date in the year 2003. The incident marked the death of twenty-two people who lost their lives including Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was the United Nations’s High Commissioner for Human Rights and also the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq. Sergio who was born in Brazel had worked tirelessly for more than three decades. He was indulged in helping those victims of the armed conflict by curing their injury. He had also been an active part who attempted to pull the blueprint for the official designation of the World Humanitarian Day. The vital part of his campaign had created awareness and taught the people about the value of life as it is more than the war and death. World Humanitarian Day was established officially as a form of recognizing Sergio and the thousands like him who had served for people every day to make them the world a better place to live in. They tirelessly and timelessly worked for the less fortunate, the underprivileged, and those who are living in areas of battle, starvation, and epidemic. These humanitarian aid people struggle every day by surviving against the odds, and they chose to bring support for those who are in danger. The United Nations invites all the Member States, the entities of the United Nations system, within the existing resources, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to observe World Humanitarian Day every year in an appropriate manner. Starting from the second observance and in the subsequent years, World Humanitarian Day has focused on a particular theme.
Other celebrations on August 19
August 19 is also celebrated as
- International Orangutan Day
- National Aviation Day
- International Bow Day
- National Potato Day
- World Photo Day
How to Celebrate World Humanitarian Day
World Humanitarian Day can be celebrated in the best way by spending the time to support the people who are poor and are in need of support. You can become a volunteer or humanitarian by providing help to those needy people. Let yourself become a part of any NGO’s or charitable organizations and work for the people. You can educate and spread awareness to make people around you know the plight of the situations from the world. Support for a cause and share pictures with your friends to let them notice it. You can post your pictures on social media using the hashtag #WorldHumanitarianDay.