Kindness is the greatest virtue possessed by human beings. Kindness and compassion can brighten up the lives of people in their darkest days. Every religion in the world prioritizes kindness, and this characteristic in human beings can wipe out most of the unhappiness in the world.
Introduction of International Day of Charity
The International Day of Charity is marked on 5th September, every year. It is observed by the members of the United Nations Organization and is being celebrated since 2012. The main motive of this day is to create awareness and provide a common ground for people and organizations, both at the national and international level, to participate in philanthropic and charitable activities.
History of International Day of Charity
The origin of the day dates back to 2500 BC when the ancient Hebrews collected taxes to help the poor and the needy. In 28 BC, Augustus, the first Roman Emperor, helped two hundred thousand general public during his reign. The International Day of Charity was basically started in 2011 by the Hungarian Government. It was like a Hungarian civil society program that aimed at organizing events, enhancing visibility, and convince the general public to participate in charity.
5th September was chosen for celebrating this day because it marks the death anniversary of Mother Teresa, the winner of the Noble Peace Prize. The United Nations intends to remove poverty from the world by the year 2030 and stated this on the agenda on Sustainable Development in the year 2015.
Removing poverty and all its forms is the greatest challenge around the world.
Significance of International Day of Charity
Charity is the act of selflessly helping others and extending our love and support towards those in need, and The International Day of Charity stresses on just that. It encourages us to help the lesser privileged people and make their life a little bit easier. Charity is very important in the modern-day world, especially amidst all the negativity, poverty and destruction everywhere. It brings us together to create a difference in society. Also, it makes us feel good about ourselves, knowing that we helped a person in need. Everyone has a lot of problems or sorrow in their lives, but charity is when a person tries and helps others in spite of facing so many challenges in their own personal lives.
Charity is significant ad should be carried out as much as possible. It would help the people in need and support, relief and assistance to those who require it, especially the victims of war, floods, earthquakes, epidemics or other natural calamities. Charity in the educational field helps researchers and scientists, and thus this helps in the advancement and progress of the world.
We can also donate some funds for the betterment of public health in general. It can also ensure the preservation and the proper execution of human rights. Most importantly, after donations or participating in charitable activities, we feel good and get a feeling of joy and accomplishment about the fact that we helped someone or made a difference in their lives.
International Day of Charity 2022 Date
When is International Day of Charity 2022?
International Day of Charity for the year 2022 is celebrated/observed on Monday, September 5.
International Day of Charity dates for the years 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026
|When is ...?||Date||Day of the week|
|International Day of Charity 2021||September 5||Sunday|
|International Day of Charity 2022||September 5||Monday|
|International Day of Charity 2023||September 5||Tuesday|
|International Day of Charity 2024||September 5||Thursday|
|International Day of Charity 2025||September 5||Friday|
|International Day of Charity 2026||September 5||Saturday|
How Is International Day of Charity Celebrated?
Since this day marks the death anniversary of Mother Teresa, her devotees gather at her grave in Kolkata and light candles, flowers and incense sticks in her memory. They also sing hymns and offer prayers to express their thankfulness and gratitude.
Also, many big companies and NGO (non-governmental organizations donate blankets, food and other necessities to the poor children or to people who need it. Restaurants and other places donate some money for charity from their savings. Some may also arrange free meals for the poor and the needy people.
Ways of Celebrating International Day of Charity:
There are a number of ways by which we can celebrate this day. It is not necessary to possess a lot of funds in order to celebrate this day. Any amount, big or small, can bring happiness and lighten up somebody’s life.
On this day, we can take the time to find out if there are any charitable events being organized in our local area. If not, then we can take the initiative to organize a charitable program ourselves. Fundraising events are the most efficient means to collect funds and distribute them among those in need. A simple idea in which everyone can participate and donate can fetch some resources to help the lesser privileged people. We might also hold challenges or other activities or maybe sell products and donate half of the money raised for charity.
So, to sum up, we can do the following things to extend our help to those in need:
- We can donate a certain amount- big or small, as per our capabilities, to help the needy. This small contribution might help change someone’s life and might as well help them achieve their goals in life. We might also help a child to complete their education if they had to stop learning for some financial troubles.
- We can volunteer ourselves in some charitable organizations or NGOs and help them collect funds, food, blankets, and other necessities to distribute it among those in need.
- We can also attend charity events in order to extend our support to the poor people.
- We can also use this opportunity to learn a bit more about Mother Teresa.
Interesting Facts About Charity and Mother Teresa
- In Finland, profits made by gambling is donated to charity.
- There are around eighty-six thousand registered charities in Canada.
- Women are considered to be more charitable and compassionate as compared to men.
- Charitable organizations and NGOs mostly receive donations from individuals.
- The month in which most of the charities occur is in December.
- Temples and other spots for pilgrimage receive the largest amount of charity and donations.
- Mother Teresa performed miracles as a saint.
- Mother Teresa’s mother encouraged her philanthropy.
- Mother Teresa was initially known as Agnes Gonxa Bojaxhiu.
- The Order of the Missionaries of Charity was established by Mother Teresa.
- Mother Teresa was born on 26th August 1910 in North Macedonia.
- Mother Teresa aspired to become a nun since she was twelve years old.
- Mother Teresa could speak five languages- English, Hindi, Bengali, Serbian and Albanian.
- She focused on helping children and people living in slums in terrible conditions.
- Harvard University started the first charity or charitable activity, even before the formation of the United States.
Charity is one of the noblest things to do in the world. There are a lot of people who live in terrible conditions, without proper food or sanitary conditions. The situation that they are living in is absolutely inhuman, and they desperately need a better lifestyle. On International Day of Charity, we can promise to help these people to the best of our capabilities and make the world a better place for all of us to live in.
Charity also boosts our morale value, and makes us a kind and compassionate person, and makes us more liked by society. Giving is very impactful, and we have no idea about how great a difference we probably have made in a person’s life. Donating the most minimum amount can possibly save someone’s life. We must learn to be generous so that the future generation can follow in our footsteps and make everyone’s life easier.