- April 8 -

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

Categories:

More holidays on this day:

Buddha's Birthday

You may also like...

Interesting events from Global category.

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is a United Nations observance each 4 June. It was established on 19 August 1982. The General Assembly, having considered the question of Palestine at its resumed seventh emergency special session, “appalled at the great...

International Panic Day

International Panic Day, a celebration of all things anxiety, aims to create greater awareness of the unexpected and episodic freak-outs so many of us experience during our lives. Panic is a sudden sensation of fear which is so strong as to dominate or prevent reason and logical thinking,...

World Sports Journalists Day

There are hundreds of thousands of sports fields on the planet, and some stunning events unfold there every hour. Thanks to journalists' promptness, impartiality and talent, millions of fans around the world receive information, make their choices, form their opinions. World Sports...

International Day of Charity

At the initiative of Hungary, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution by consensus to designate 5 September, the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa, as the International Day of Charity. The designation of the International Day of Charity will create a universal platform to...

World Animal Day

World Animal Day is celebrated each year on October the 4th. It started in Florence, Italy in 1931 at a convention of ecologists. On this day, animal life in all its forms is celebrated, and special events are planned in locations all over the globe. The 4th of October was originally chosen for...

International End Violence Day

By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the...

Download KeepIn Calendar

Enjoy the interesting stories even on your phone or tablet