World Red Cross Day 2020: History, Significance, Theme, and Celebration of the Day

World Red Cross Day 2020: World Red Cross Day is annually observed on May 8. World Red Cross Red Crescent Day celebrates the principles of the International Red Cross. The main aim of the day is to pay tribute to the humanitarians as they protect their lives. There are 97 million members are honored to do for performing their tasks for the organization. Let us check out world red cross day history, world red cross day significance, world red cross day celebration here

Updated: May 07, 2020 18:41 IST

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Happy world red cross day 2020 

The original motto of the International Committee of the Red Cross was Inter Arma Caritas "In War, Charity". This Christian-spirited slogan was amended in 1961 with the neutral motto Per Humanitatem ad Pacem or "With humanity, towards peace. 240 Lakhs people are profited by the help of the Workers of the Red Cross activities.

History of World red cross day or World Red Cross Red Crescent Day

The day is celebrated as it denotes the birth anniversary of Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He is the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize.  World Red Cross is a voluntary humanitarian organization having a network of over 1100 branches throughout the country, providing relief in times of disasters/emergencies.  In 1934, the principles of the Red Cross Truce were presented at the 15th International Conference. It was approved at the same conference. World Red Cross Day annually celebrated on May 8, 1948. In 1984 it was named as World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day.

Significance of the Red Cross Day

The main focus of the Red Cross Society is to collect blood. Red Cross Organisation also helps to provide first aid, emergency response, health, and social care, refugee services, and help people in finding missing families. World Red Cross promotes self-awareness and empowers youth to learn about the techniques and methods that are essential for the survival of our generation. The red cross emblem continues to be an internationally recognized symbol of protection and neutrality. It is used to identify military medical services as well as the people, programs, and objects connected with the humanitarian activities of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

The red cross – five, red, equal-sized squares forming across is one of the most recognized emblems in the world. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement were born on a battlefield in 1859, in Solferino, Italy. Henry Dunant, a Swiss businessman, witnessed the aftermath of a grim battle that left 40,000 dead and wounded with few military or local medical services to help them.

World Red Cross Day 2020 celebration

Various programs and events are organized across the countries by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Its member countries facilitate and promote humanitarian activities. They motivate people to protect lives and take care of the dignity of the victims. This day is celebrated by all the sections of the Red Cross organizations to help people suffering from floods, earthquakes and other natural calamities, and protect their life from emergencies.

During World Red Cross Day life protection is recognized in various categories such as law enforcement, military, fire and rescue, community champion, and humanitarian awards. This celebration is marked by visiting detainees to show them that, regardless of the reasons of their incarceration, they are still treated with dignity in line with the international norms. The message delivered during World Red Cross Day is treat all people with hospitality, dignity, and humanity.

World Red Cross Day is celebrated through blood donation. People are encouraged to donate blood to save the lives of people in need of blood. World Red Cross Day is also celebrated through fundraising and donations.