February 2017: Important Days

February 2017: Important Days

February 2: World Wetlands Day

  • To raise awareness about the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet.
  • Significance of Day: This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands also called as Ramsar Convention on 2 February 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar.
  • 2017 Theme: “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction”.

February 4: World Cancer Day

  • To raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.
  • The theme between 2016 and 2018 WCD is “We can. I can”.
  • It reflects on what everyone can do to raise awareness of cancer and asks to take pledge and action in fight against cancer.


February 6: International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

  • To raise awareness of the practice of FGM and work towards its elimination.
  • It is sponsored by UN.
  • 2017 Theme: “Building a solid and interactive bridge between Africa and the world to accelerate ending FGM by 2030”.

February 10: National Deworming Day

  • Main objective to combat parasitic worm infections among preschool and school-age children across India.
  • This year it is third edition of the observance of this day, after it was launched in 2015, by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
  • On this day, Albendazole tablets are given to all targeted children. This year for the first time, deworming tablets were given to the private schools children also.

February 12: National Productivity Day

  • The main observance of day is organised by National Productivity Council (NPC) for encouraging all stakeholders in implementation of productivity tools and techniques with contemporary relevant themes.
  • 2017 Theme of National Productivity Week: “From Waste to Profits-through Reduce, Recycle and Reuse”.

February 20: World Day of Social Justice

  • To recognize the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment.
  • To mark this occasion, UN and International Labour Office had organised several organisations to spread importance of social justice for people.
  • 2017 Theme: “Preventing conflict and sustaining peace through decent work”

February 21: International Mother Language Day

  • To promote awareness of linguistic, multilingualism and cultural diversity.
  • This year it is the 17th anniversary of IMLD.
  • The observance of this day signifies importance of mother language as the greatest weapon to express one’s feeling.
  • Mother Language of one country is the sign of independence of that country.
  • 2017 Theme: “Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education”.

February 28: National Science Day

  • The National Science Day (NSD) i.e. Rashtriya Vigyan Diwas is celebrated every year on February 28 in India.
  • The 2017 theme is “Science and Technology for Specially Abled Persons”.

This day marks the epoch-making discovery of Raman Effect by Indian physicist Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman (CV Raman) on February 28, 1928. This discovery was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.

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