• Important european events of the year

Important european events of the year

    • 6 june 2017

      Sweden National Day

    • Since 1983, the national day is fixed on June 6th. This date celebrates two events: the anniversary of Gustav Vasa's proclamation king of Sweden on June 6th, 1523 (who ended the Danish domination in Sweden) and the adoption of the new constitution on June 6th 1809. This new constitution is symbol of a reaffirmation of the Swedish civic values of freedom and right(law): as the freedom of religion, press and expression.
    • 8 june 2017

      World Oceans Day

    • The UN is celebrating the World Oceans Day 2017 with a ceremony where the winners of the photo contest organized around the topic will receive a prize.
    • 10 june 2017

      Portugal National Day

    • Called Camões Day, June 10 celebrates the anniversary of the death of the poet Luis Vaz de Camões (1525-1580), considered as the greatest writer of Portuguese literature.
      Famous for his poems of pastoral and medieval tradition, Luis Vaz de Camões is also well-known for his work Os Lusiadas, an epic poem written in 1556, celebrating the birth and destiny of the nation and of the Portuguese Empire - like the Iliad or the Odyssey.

    • 10 june 2017

      United Kingdom National Day

    • Unlike other countries which generally celebrate their independence, the United Kingdom celebrates the birth of its sovereign on its National Day.
      Although Queen Elizabeth II
      (who became Queen in 1952), was born on April 21st, 1926, its birthday is generally celebrated the 2eme on Saturday of June. For a long time, the custom was indeed to celebrate the birthday of the sovereign in summer.
      Since 1805, the official celebration of the sovereign is marked by a military parade " Tooping the color ".
    • 15 june 2017

      International Day against Hunger

    • The International Day against Hunger commemorates the establishment of FAO, a specialized UN agency responsible for nutrition and nourishment matters. It was founded in October 16, 1945.
    • 21 june 2017

      European Music Day

    • On its 36th edition, the European Music Day will bring together those passionate about music no matter the style: those who listen; those who play, professional or beginners, young and elders, in France and abroad.
    • 23 june 2017

      Luxembourg National Day

    • June 23th marks the anniversary of the sovereign of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Originally celebrated on 23 January, the birthday of the Grande-Duchesse Charlotte, June 23 was chosen since 1961 due to climatic conditions which fit with outdoor celebrations.
      On this day, two major events punctuate the celebrations: the Te Deum in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Luxembourg and the taking up of arms, accompanied by a civilian event, organized the Liberty avenue in Luxembourg.
    • 25 june 2017

      Slovenia National Day

    • The National Day commemorates the independence of Slovenia, obtained in 1991.
      The first Slovenes, the Slavic people, settled down in current Slovenia, at the borders of the Italy, Austria and Hungary, during the fourth century.
      Since the eighth century, Slovenia was incorporated into various empires or states. The last one was ex-Yugoslavia from which it would become independent in 1991.
      Its independance was recognized by Germany in December, 1991 and by the international community in January of the following year.

    • 26 june 2017

      International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

    • Torture seeks to annihilate the victim’s personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being. The United Nations has condemned torture from the outset as one of the vilest acts perpetrated by human beings on their fellow human beings.

      Torture is a crime under international law. According to all relevant instruments, it is absolutely prohibited and cannot be justified under any circumstances. This prohibition forms part of customary international law, which means that it is binding on every member of the international community, regardless of whether a State has ratified international treaties in which torture is expressly prohibited. The systematic or widespread practice of torture constitutes a crime against humanity.

      On 12 December 1997, by resolution 52/149, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, with a view to the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, (resolution 39/46), annex, which entered into force on 26 June 1987.

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    • 1 may 2017

      International Workers' Day

    • The date was chosen to commemorate the strike in the McCormick factories in Chicago on May 4, 1886 for the legal establishment of the 8 working hours day.
    • 3 may 2017

      Polish National Day

    • The Polish National Day takes place on May 3 in honor of the first Constitution of this country which was adopted on 3 May 1791. The Polish constitution was written by the bourgeois and nobles of the four years diet under the rule of the last king of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania Stanislas II.

      This constitution was the first constitution voted in Europe. It covered many essential points to reform the institutions and organize the life of the Polish people:

      - it recognized rights to farmers

      - it keeps the hereditary monarchy and its executive power

      - it declared the political rights of representatives

      - it limited the size of the standing army

      - it imposed land management.

      Since then, the 3rd May has become a yearly holiday celebrating the adoption of the Polish constitution.

    • 18 may 2017

      European Maritime Day

    • This day was celebrated for the first time on May 20th, 2008. Every year, this day gives place to activities of raising awareness(sensitization).