World Red Cross Day
World Red Cross Day and World Red Crescent Day is celebrated on 8th May of every year. World Red Cross Day is an annual celebration of the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The day marks the anniversary of the birth of Henry Dunant, the founder of ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), and the winner of the first Nobel Peace Prize, who born on 8th May 1828. The day is dedicated to paying tribute to the volunteers for their fantastic contribution to the people in need.
History of World Red Cross Day
After World War I the idea of “annual action could take hold in the whole world, but it would be a significant contribution to peace” was introduced and evolved out of the “Red Cross Truce, an initiative that was examined by an international commission established at 14th International Conference of the Red Cross. The results were granted at the 15th International Conference in Tokyo in 1934; then it was confirmed and having considered the principles of the truce. Its applicability across various regions of the world, the General Assembly of the IFRC (International Federation of the Red Cross Societies) asked the LORCS (League of the Red Cross Societies) to consider the feasibility of adopting the first World Red Cross Day. After two years, the proposal was approved and the first Red Cross Day was organized on 8th May 1948. The standard title of the day has changed over time, and it became “World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day” in 1984.
Seven Main Principles of Red Cross Society:
The seven most important principles of Red Cross Society are listed below
- Humanity: The primary purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure that respect for every human being. It promotes the mutual understanding, friendship, and cooperation amongst all peoples.
- Impartiality: Impartiality makes no discrimination by nationally, race, religious beliefs, class, and political opinions. The primary motive is to help individuals solely by their needs and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.
- Neutrality: This principle is adopted to enjoy the confidence in all things, the movement does not engage in controversies of political, religious, racial, and ideological nature.
- Independence: The movement is independent. The National Societies, while accessories in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their individual countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act by the principles of the movement.
- Voluntary service: It is a voluntary relief movement hence it shouldn’t be prompted in any way by the desire for gain.
- Unity: The Red Cross society should carry on its humanistic practice throughout its territory.
- Universality: The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all societies and people’s have equal status and share equal liabilities and duties in helping each other, is worldwide.
How to Celebrate World Red Cross Day
Celebrating World Red Cross Day and Red Crescent Day is quite easy and very simple to remember. Try to inspire, encourage and initiate at all times and all forms of humanitarian activities so that human suffering can be decreased and to create a peaceful environment across the world. You can use #WorldRedCrossDay to post on social media.