World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, often referred to as World Red Cross Day for short, will take place on May 8, 2021. It is an unofficial international commemoration and holiday. It is celebrated annually on May 8th, the birthday of Henry Dunant, the founder of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
The origins of this commemoration and holiday date back to 1922. At that time there were internal political conflicts in the Czechoslovak Republic. At Easter this year, the Czechoslovak Red Cross Society declared a three-day ceasefire. This gave rise to the idea of celebrating a day of peace every year. This day was called “Red Cross Peace”.
At the 14th International Red Cross Conference, a commission was set up to investigate the possible benefits of such a “Red Cross Peace”. This commission then recommended to the 15th International Conference in Tokyo in 1934 the expansion of relevant activities at the international level. At the 16th International Conference in London in 1938 it was decided to celebrate one day every year as an initiative for peace.
However, due to the beginning of the Second World War, this decision was initially not implemented. After the end of the war, this idea was discussed again in 1946 at a meeting of the Board of Directors of the League of Red Cross Societies. Two years later, with the approval of the Executive Committee of the League, Henry Dunant’s birthday was celebrated for the first time as “International Day of the Red Cross”. It was later called “World Red Cross Day” and subsequently renamed several times until it was given its current name in 1984. (Source: Wikipedia, License: CC-A / SA)
Where is the World Red Cross Day?
When is the World Red Cross Day?
Saturday, May 8th, 2021