International Day of Charity 2023: Date, History, How to Celebrate?

The International Day of Charity is celebrated on September 5 to commemorate the day of passing away of great missionary Mother Teresa. The day aims to raise awareness and provide a common platform for charity related activities all over the world for individuals, charitable, philanthropic and volunteer organizations. It is day of global observance and is observed on annual basis.

International Day of Charity 2023 Date

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International Day of Charity 2023September 5, 2023Tuesday
International Day of Charity 2024September 5, 2024Thursday
International Day of Charity 2025September 5, 2025Friday
International Day of Charity 2026September 5, 2026Saturday
International Day of Charity 2027September 5, 2027Sunday

International Day of Charity 2023 Overview

EventInternational Day of Charity 2023
DateSeptember 5, 2023
Declared byUnited Nations
PurposeTo raise awareness for charity related activities all over the world.

Significance of International Day of Charity

With the objective to mobilize people around the world towards charitable work and also to honor those who have contributed their lives towards well-being of others, International Day of Charity is observed. Not just people, but many organizations and stakeholders are also urged to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities.

September 5 was chosen to be observed as the International Day of Charity as it marks the anniversary of passing away of Mother Teresa. It is one of the special days observed in September.

Who was Mother Teresa?

Mother Teresa, a renowned nun and missionary, was born as Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Skopje, North Macedonia in on 26 August 1910. She spent her first eighteen years in Skopje after which she went to Ireland and then visited India in 1928 where she devoted herself to helping the poor and the needy.

She became an Indian citizen in 1948 and established the order of Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1950. Missionary work done by Mother Teresa and her order of Missionaries of Charity was acclaimed all over the world and she won a number of awards for her charitable work, including 1962 Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize, Padma Shri in 1962, Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1969 and Bharat Ratna in 1980.

She also received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 “for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace.” She died on September 5th 1997 at the age of 87 years.

History behind International Day of Charity Observation

A Hungarian civil society took initiative to observe International Day of Charity in 2011 which was supported by the Hungarian Parliament and Government. The aim of the initiative was to increase solidarity, social responsibility and public support for charity by organizing special events.

In response to this initiative and a proposal put forward by Hungary, the United Nations General Assembly on 17 December 2012 adopted a resolution to designate 5 September as the International Day of Charity. The resolution was co-sponsored by 44 UN Member States representing all five Regional Groups of the United Nations.

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International Day of Charity Celebration

Public awareness-raising activities to encourage charity are organized by the Member States of General Assembly as well as different NGOs and other international and regional organizations. As an individual, you can celebrate this day by making charitable donations to any of the nearby charity organization. However, it is not totally necessary that you donate in form of money only.

You can also act as a volunteer at any of these organizations and donate some valuable time of yours towards the poor and the needy. It is easy to find charity events to attend on the occasion of International Day of Charity in your local area. If you are unable to find such charitable event, you can organize one of your own with the help of friends and family members. In this manner, you can educate them too about the value of charitable work and the difference it can make in the life of others.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will be the theme for celebrating International Day of Charity 2023?

The International Day of Charity will be celebrated without any special theme just like any other year.

Is there any famous movie based on the life and work of Mother Teresa?

Mother Teresa of Calcutta is a 2003 biographical television film based on the life of Mother Teresa, which stars Olivia Hussey in the title role and received a CAMIE award in 2007. Other works based on her life include Mother of The Century (2001) and Mother Teresa (2002) and 2014 film The Letters.

Who started the International Day of Charity?

The International Day of Charity was created by the Hungarian Civil society initiative in 2011 and adopted by the UN in 2012.

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