World Music Day 2020: Important date, History of World Music Day, Purpose & Special quotes

World Music Day 2020: World Music Day is celebrated on June 21 across the world with an aim to make music for all at free cost and encourage them to learn and enjoy the art. Get the information about the history, purpose of celebrating World Music Day, and special quotes in this article.

Updated: Jun 10, 2020 13:24 IST

World Music Day 2020: Important date, History of World Music Day, Purpose & Special quotes

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World Music Day 2020

World Music Day was first observed on June 21, 1982. June 21 is the beginning of summer solstice which is the longest day of the year. On this day, the International Day of Yoga is also celebrated.  The day was established to celebrates the magic of music which is called the World music day. The event became a worldwide phenomenon as several countries across the world rejoices in their own unique way to celebrate the day. This year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration will go virtual by the event organizers across the world.

What is Music?

Music is the sign of art, an expression of love and emotions through the frequency of sounds. Music helps to find our spirit. It has the ability to go through the hearts and reach the feelings and even train the mind in a peaceful state. Music spots deep into the human’s memories. It is the source of entertainment and the best way to express feelings. 

What is the history of World Music Day?

On 21 June 1982, World Music Day was started to celebrate all over the world. In 1981, the former French Minister of Culture Jack Lang conceived this idea of celebrating the wonders of music as World Music day. This was proposed by Jack Lang along with Maurice Fleuret who are the members of the French Minister of Culture. This Music day is called “ Fête de la Musique”. In more than 1000 cities across 120 countries, people rejoice in this occasional day. In France, World Music Day is called “The Festival of Music and Make Music”. India, Spain, UK, Germany, Japan, Brazil, the USA, Nigeria, Argentina, and more countries involved in this soul-soothing activity.

How is World Music Day celebrated?

The actual thing which wonders the celebrations of World Music Day is that it is free and enjoyable for all kinds of humans. Full of fun is free and open to the public. Every musical artist pours onto Street corners, Parks, Plazas, and porches to share the music art with friends, family, strangers, and music lovers. The celebration never minds the kinds of musicians whether young and old, good at singing and not, amateur and professional. Parties always end with music and the celebration of music is endless throughout the whole day. 

Fete de la musique is an open place for anyone to make music. Mostly music splits into two parts. People singing with their voices or playing different types of musical instruments. Every culture has its own form in music which is unique. Mostly social media takes the main part in Make Music. The 24 hours celebration events initiate at midnight and end with live shows. The theme for World Music Day 2019 was “Music at the intersections”.

Why is the purpose of the World Music Day celebration?

The most significant purpose is to make music accessible to everyone free of cost. And to encourage the amateur and professional musicians to perform on the streets. Lots of concerts are organized on this day at free of cost and artists will perform at free of charge so the public can easily access all kinds of music. This day is commemorated to promote peace and spread good deeds through the music. The most important section of World Music Day is to honour musicians, music lovers, and reverence musical instruments.

What are the Genres of Music?

Music can do interesting things that make the excited state, calm, and held to feel relaxed. Classification of music is different genres in more different ways, such as religious music, popular music, art music, etc. Early Rock music is most famous since the 1950s.

Now there are 1,264 genres or styles over the world. Some of them are:

  • Rock music

  • Pop music

  • Techno

  • Country music

  • Jazz

  • Indie Rock 

The major part of the music comes from instruments. Types of instruments are percussion, woodwind, string, brass, and keyboard. The most popular instruments that people like to play are  Piano, Guitar, Violin, Drums, Flute, Clarinet, Wagner Tuba, and so on.

Music is the best therapeutic tool for the body and the best medicine for the wound heart. It is one that spreads in the air and is filled with joy. On this World Music Day, let's promote peace and harmony through music.

World Music Day Special Quotes

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” - Plato

“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.” - Charles Darwin

“Music is to the soul what words are to the mind.” - Modest Mouse

“Some people have lives; some people have music.”- John Green

"Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it." - John Lennon

World Music Day - FAQ

1. Who started World Music Day?

The World Music Day was started by Jack Lang, Former French Minister. He conceived this idea of celebrating the wonders of music as World Music day. This Music day is called “ Fête de la Musique”.

2. Why do we celebrate World Music Day?

World Music Day is celebrated on June 21 in over 120 countries. It is celebrated to honour both amateur and professional musicians.

3. How many countries celebrate World Music Day?

About 8% of the country has celebrated World Music Day by playing an instrument or singing in public. More than 120 countries are celebrating World Music Day.

4. When was the music day first celebrated?

The World Music Day was first initiated in the year 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique. The event is celebrated on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries.

5. What is the meaning of the music?

Music is the sign of art, an expression of love and emotions through the frequency of sounds. It is derived from the Greek word mousike which means “Art of the Muses”.

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