On this day, men everywhere celebrate men. Most men will joke that the day is too short because “the rest of the year belongs to women anyway” and that it is one day too few.
On November 19, the day designated as International Men’s Day (IMD), no special events are held. This is in contrast to Women’s Day. In fact, many individuals are unaware that there is a day specifically set aside for men.
Despite the fact that International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909, men have been calling for an International Men’s Day since 1969. Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, a medical professional from Trinidad and Tobago, reinstituted International Men’s Day in 1999. In observance of his father’s birthday, he selected November 19 as the date.
On November 19, 2007, the leading men’s rights group in India, Indian Family, hosted the IMD’s first celebration in that country. The November 19 date was chosen because Australia and the West Indies (Jamaica, Trinidad, and Tobago) were already observing IMD on that day. In 2008, India celebrated the occasion once more, and it was decided to continue doing so every year.
The following six factors illustrate why IMD is celebrated:
- It is a time to commemorate the lives, accomplishments, and contributions of boys and men, especially those who have made significant contributions to the nation, the union, society, the community, the family, marriage, and childcare.
- Spreading fundamental awareness of issues affecting men is the event’s overarching goal. As a result, this day is commemorated annually to raise awareness of all the global problems that men suffer in silence.
- According to Dr. Teelucksingh, the goal of observing International Men’s Day was not only to discuss issues that affect men and boys but also to explore and start conversations about taboo subjects like men’s mental health and male suicide.
- Men who positively impact their gender and serve as role models are also recognized on International Men’s Day to honor their contributions.
- Men are encouraged to impart the virtues, traits, and obligations of manhood to the young boys in their lives as part of International Men’s Day. We must “become the change we seek,” according to Mahatma Gandhi. We won’t be able to build a just and secure society where everyone has the chance to thrive until both men and women, individually and collectively, set the example.
- In conclusion, it is a day for and about men and is intended to recognize the contribution that men make to families, communities, society, and the global community. Better health for men and boys serves as this year’s theme, which aims to actually improve the health and general wellbeing of the male population.