World Red Cross Day

World Red Cross Day is a celebration on 8th May annually to pay tribute to the volunteers for their unprecedented contribution to the people in need. Himalai IAS Coaching Centre in Bangalore spread awareness about social responsibility current events for the civil service exams like IAS exams, KAS exams, IES exams, and other competitive exams.

History of World Red Cross Day

  • World Red Cross Day is an annual celebration as the birth anniversary of the founder of the Red Cross and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Henry Dunant. 
  • Henry Dunant was born on 8th May 1828 and also was the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • During 1863, Henry Dunant established the Red Cross Committee International known as [(ICRI) IN] in Geneva, Switzerland. 
  • On this day the principle of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement is a celebration. 
  • Chiefly, World Red Cross Day is also known as World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day.
  • The event is a dedication to the people who suffer from the shortage of food, several natural calamities, etc.
  • Further, Basic amenities are to the people who are really in need.
  • Besides, many governments, as well as private organizations, become active members to help needy people.
  • After World War I, the Red Cross was a major contribution to the peace by an international commission at the 14th International Conference.
  • Later two years, the annual proposal of celebrating World Red Cross Day was an adoption on 8 May 1948.
  • Finally, during 1984 officially it is named “World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day”.

World Red Cross Day Themes

Every year,  World Red Cross Day come up with a new theme to observe the day, which aims to protect life and health and also ensure respect for human beings.

  • World Red Cross Day 2019 theme:  “#love”
  • 2018 theme: “Memorable smiles from around the world”.
  • 2017 theme: “Less known Red Cross stories”.
  • 2016 theme: “Everywhere for Everyone”.

Seven Principles of Red Cross Society:

  • Humanity: The main purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being.
  • Impartiality: It makes no discrimination based on national, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. 
  • Neutrality: To enjoy the confidence of all, the movement does not engage in controversies of political, racial, religious or ideological nature.
  • Independence: the principle of the National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments.
  • Service of Voluntary: a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.
  • Unity: The Red Cross society must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.
  • Lastly, the Principle of Universality: The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all societies have equal status.

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