Since 1948, World Red Cross Day has been celebrated globally every year on 8th May. The day’s celebration is aimed to broaden people’s understanding of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
History of World Red Cross Day
Henry Dunant was born on May 8, 1828, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. World Red Cross Day is also known as World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. In 1863, Henry Dunant founded the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland.
In 1934, the principles of the Red Cross were proclaimed at the Fifteenth International Congress. It was approved at the same meeting. World Red Cross Day is celebrated annually on May 8, 1948. In 1984, it was named World Red Cross Day and New Red Moon Day.
World Red Cross Day and Red Crescent Day- Why is it celebrated?
- This day is the birthday of Henry Dunant, the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
- In 1948, just two years after the Tokyo Resolution, the annual celebration of Red Cross Day was introduced and in 1984 it was officially designated as ‘World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day’.
The theme of World Red Cross Day 2022
The theme of 2022 World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2022 is #BeHUMANKIND (Believe in the power of Kindness). The theme focuses on the power of kindness and how it can impact the whole world.