International Men's Day

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International Men's Day

International Men's Day is observed on 19 November to remember all the men in the society and their contribution in all aspects of life.

Important facts

  • The day aims to remember positive male role models and honour their contributions in all aspects of life.

  • This year's International Men's Day theme is "Helping Men and Boys." 

  • The theme aims to work towards improving the health and well-being of men globally.

  • The day encourages men to teach boys the values, character and responsibilities of being a man in life.

  • On this day, express your heartfelt gratitude to the men in your life and wish them 'happiness, success and prosperity'.

Background of the day

  • International Men's Day was first celebrated in 1999 by Dr. Jerome Teelaksingh, Professor of History at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, to commemorate the birth anniversary of his father.

  • He encouraged everyone to use the day to raise issues related to men and boys.

  • However, International Men's Day was inaugurated in 1992 by Thomas Oster.

  • The day was revived in 1999 by Dr Jerome Teelaksingh, lecturer in history at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago.

  • Dr. Tilak Singh proposed the observance of International Men's Day on 19 November to mark his father's birthday.

  • International Men's Day was formally celebrated for the first time on 19 November 2007.

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