Important Days of February 2020


In the continuity of the series of Important days and themes, here is the list of Important Days with themes for the month of February 2020. Questions from this topic are frequently asked in the exam. Hence, it is very important to be aware of the days and its themes. Given below is the detailed information about important days, themes along with other relevant information.

Indian Coast Guard Day- February 01

The Indian Coast Guard Day is celebrated every year on February 1.

  • The year 2020 marks the 43rd raising day of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). The force protects India’s maritime interests by enforcing maritime law over the territorial waters of India.
  • The ICG operates under the Ministry of Defence. Though the force was formally established on August 18, 1978, by the Coast Guard Act, 1978, but the interim ICG was established on February 1, 1977, to prevent sea-borne smuggling of goods.
  • For effective command and control, the Maritime Zones of India are divided into five Coast Guard Regions – North-West, West, East, North-East and Andaman & Nicobar. There are currently 42 Coast Guard stations along the coastal line of the country. Along with this, the force also has five air stations and 10 air enclaves.

World Wetlands Day- February 02

  • Celebrated annually on 2 FebruaryWorld Wetlands Day aims to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and the planet.
  • The Day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
  •  Today’s World Wetlands Day under the theme, ‘Wetlands and Biodiversity,’ is an opportunity to highlight the importance of wetland biodiversity conservation.
  •  The significance of wetland biodiversity was stressed recently by the global IPBES assessment which identified wetlands as the most threatened ecosystem. This impacts 40% of the world’s plant and animal species that live or breed in wetlands. 

World Cancer Day- February 04

  • World Cancer Day is observed on the 4th of February every year to create awareness about cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.
  •  Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally.
  • The theme for World Cancer Day 2020 is “I Am and I Will” to acknowledge that everyone has the capacity to act in the face of cancer. 

International Day of Zero Tolerance for female genital mutilationFebruary 06

  • International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is a United Nations-sponsored annual awareness day that takes place on February 6 as part of the UN’s efforts to eradicate female genital mutilation. It was first introduced in 2003.
  • 2020 Theme: “Unleashing Youth Power
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM) is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women.

National Deworming Day- February 10

  • The National Deworming Day is being observed across the country on 10 February
  • Children and adolescents in the age group of 1-19 years will be administered a single dose of a safe medicine Albendazole in all states and Union Territories on the occasion.  
  • Organized by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the objective of the day is to deworm children and adolescents to reduce the prevalence of parasitic worms in the intestine. It ensures that the worms are no longer a public health problem.

World Pulses Day- February 10

  • World Pulses Day is observed on 10 February. The day aims to create public awareness of the nutritional benefits of eating pulses.
  • On 20 December 2013, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution to proclaim the year 2016 as the “International Year of Pulses (IYP)”. The day aimed to recognize the value of pulses. In 2019, the UNGA proclaimed 10 February as the World Pulses Day. The day aims to increase the public awareness of the nutritional and environmental benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production.
  • The theme of the World Pulses Day 2020 is Plant proteins for a sustainable future.

World Unani Day- February 11

  • World Unani Day has observed every year on 11th February.
  • This day is celebrated every year to mark the birth anniversary of great Unani scholar and social reformer Hakim Ajmal Khan. He was an eminent Indian Unani physician who was a versatile genius, a great scholar, a social reformer, a noted freedom fighter, a Unani medical educationist and founder of scientific research in Unani System of Medicine. He was one of the founders of the Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi.
  • The main objective of World Unani Day is to spread awareness about health care delivery through Unani system of medicine through its preventive and curative philosophy.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science-February 11

  • On 11 February, the United Nations will mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
  • This year the theme is ‘Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth.
  • In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

National Productivity Day-February 12

  • National Productivity Day is observed on 12 February.
  • The day is celebrated by the National Productivity Council (NPC) to promote productivity culture in India. Also, National Productivity Week is celebrated from 12-18 February 2020. The day aims to propagate productivity, quality, competitiveness, and efficiency.
  • NPIA aims to bring forth innovative enterprises in different sectors. The main objective is to raise consciousness towards innovation and productivity. It encourages shareholders and database that helps in decision-making, improving system and procedures.

World Radio Day-February 13

  • World Radio Day is celebrated annually on 13 Feb. On this day, UNESCO has called on radio stations to uphold the diversity, both in a newsroom and on the airwaves.
  • Radio is a medium to educate and provide information. It also helps in promoting freedom of expression across cultures.
  • The theme of World Radio Day 2020 is “Radio and Diversity”. The theme focuses on diversity and plurilingualism.
  • The main purpose of celebrating World Radio Day is to spread awareness among the public and the media to raise the importance of radio.

National Women’s Day-February 13

  • National Women’s Day 2020 was celebrated on 13 February in India
  • In India National Women’s Day is celebrated on February 13, the day Sarojini Naidu was born in 1879. She was vocal about women’s rights, women’s suffrage rights, etc. Thanks to her struggles, the Indian National Congress agreed for the Universal Suffrage in 1931.
  •  Sarojini Naidu, born in Hyderabad and educated in Cambridge was the powerful face of Women in the Indian Independence struggle. Indian Nightangle Sarojini Naidu shines both as an activist and as a poet. In 1925 Sarojini Naidu became the president of the Indian National Congress. Sarojini Naidu was one of the forefront leaders who led the Civil Disobedience Movement and the Quit India Movement. 
  •  She rewrites the history by becoming the first woman to hold the office of Governor in the Dominion of India.
  • For Women’s Rights, suffrage and representation in organizations and assemblies she established Women’s India Association in 1917. Given the exemplary work she did for the upliftment and empowerment of women in India, poet, and politician Sarojini Naidu’s birthday is regarded as Women’s Day in India.

World Social Justice Day-February 20

  • World Day of Social Justice or World Social Justice Day is observed on February 20 every year.
  • To raise voice against social injustice and to remove barriers regarding gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability World Social Justice Day is observed.
  • The theme of World Day of Social Justice 2020 is ”Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice.”

International Mother Language Day/ Matribhasha Diwas-February 21

  • On 21st FebruaryInternational Mother Language Day (IMLD) was celebrated as a worldwide annual observance of UNESCO.
  • International Mother Language Day is celebrated across the globe on 21st February to celebrate the linguistic diversity that exists in the world.
  • The theme for International Mother Language Day 2020 is ‘Languages without borders’

Central Excise Day 2020-February 24

  • Central Excise Day is celebrated every year on February 24 across India.
  • Central Excise Day is celebrated to encourage the employees of the excise department to carry out the central excise duty all over India in a better way in order and even to prevent the corruption in goods manufacturing business as well as implement other rules to carry out best possible excise services.

World NGO Day- February 27

  • World NGO Day is celebrated on February 27 every year to encourage people who are involved in this and devoting their time to help people in need.
  • In the year 2010, It was officially recognized by the member countries of the IX Baltic Sea NGO Forum Council of the Baltic Sea States in Lithuania.
  • The member countries of the Baltic Sea NGO Forum are Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Norway, Iceland, Latvia, and Denmark.
  • The First World NGO Day was celebrated on February 27, 2014, at Helsinki, capital of Finland.

National Science Day-February 28

  • National science is celebrated on February 28 every year to pay tribute to the discovery of the Raman effect by Sir C.V Raman. He did this discovery on February 28, 1928.
  • In 1986, National Council for Science and Technology (NCSTC) has requested the Government of India to mark February 28, as National Science day.
  • The First National science day was observed on February 28, 1987.
  • The Theme for the year 2020 is Women in Science.

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