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International Romani Day

The International Romani Day (April 8) is a day to celebrate Romani culture and raise awareness of the issues facing Romani people.  The Romani Diaspora began 1000 years ago from what is now Northern India. There are at least 12 million Roma scattered throughout the world. In Europe, Roma...

International Romani Day

The International Romani Day (April 8) is a day to celebrate Romani culture and raise awareness of the issues facing Romani people.

The Romani Diaspora began 1000 years ago from what is now Northern India. There are at least 12 million Roma scattered throughout the world. In Europe, Roma people are the largest minority population and have been living in primarily Eastern countries since the Romani Diaspora.
Despite being Europe’s largest minority group, the Roma have been voiceless for centuries. As a people and as a culture, the Roma have been, and continue to be, misrepresented, mythologized, stereotyped, segregated, persecuted and systematically discriminated against.
During the 1960s a number of Romani organizations were established in France and the United Kingdom, as the number or Romani organizations grew so did an interest in the creation of international Romani organizations. After a number of failed attempts, success was made when Roma people from a number of European countries met in Orpington, near London, in April of 1971.
This congress, the first truly international meeting of Roma, brought a number of successes; the International Romani Union was founded, the Romani flag was accepted, and the song “Gelem, Gelem” composed by Jarko Jovanovic was adopted as an anthem. The delegates also unanimously declared April 8th as the International Day of Roma.
International Roma Day is a day that brings attention to the challenges that continue to face the Roma people; it is a day to ensure the protection and promotion of human rights for all people, but particularly the Roma people worldwide.
Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Romani_Day
http://www.tdsb.on.ca/_site/viewitem.asp?siteid=15&menuid=29981&pageid=25677

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