Humanists around the world celebrate World Humanist Day every year on 21st June. The day of the June solstice, a day symbolized by gatherings, it is an occasion for Humanists to promote the values they hold. Activities ranging from parties, conferences, and activist gatherings will be staged in countries across the globe to promote the Humanist view.
Humanism embraces the value of the human, promoting critical thinking over dogma. Typically secular and democratic in approach, humanists look to human experience and rational thinking for knowledge and values. World Humanist Day originally began in America in the 1980s but has since grown into a worldwide event recognizing the global nature of Humanist thought.
On the day many activities will take place across the world. From proclamations to ceremonies, parties to videos, and conferences, World Humanist Day is an opportunity to publicize Humanism, to reach out to the media, and educate. Different themes may be adopted in different countries but each to the same aim, to improve awareness of Humanist thinking and Humanist values.
It generally points at a perspective where one affirms to notions of human freedom and progress. It looks at humans as solely responsible for the development and promotion of other individuals and the concern for all humankind.
Humanism is non-religious, but there are several other aspects and components of humanism. For instance, humanity, gender equality, the environment, other animals, science, and culture.
Other noteworthy days Humanists tend to celebrate:
Black History Month: All of Feb
Darwin Day Feb 12th
International Women's Day March 8th
International Atheist Day March 23rd
Week of Secularism April 30th - May 9th
World Environment Day June 5th
Humanist Day June 21st
International Indigenous peoples day Aug 9th
World Pride Day Aug 22nd
Truth and Reconciliation Day Sept 30th
National Coming Out Day Oct 11th
Openly Secular Day Oct 15th
Remembrance Day Nov 11th
Human Rights Day Dec 10th