Celebrated on August 12th every year, Youth Day is a celebration of the young people of the world and their contribution to the advancement of society on a global scale. It is a day that aims to not only bring attention to the issues which face the young people of the world but also to help them participate in their communities and to help them make the world a better place.
This day was established by the United Nations General Assembly on December 17th, 1999 through Resolution 54/120. This resolution established the day as a day of observance but not as an official public holiday. However, some countries do recognize it as a public holiday. These countries include Cameroon and South Africa.
Customs, Traditions And Celebrations
This observance day is celebrated in many different ways all over the world. In some countries, it is celebrated with concerts and sporting events, while in other countries it is honored by holding conventions and conferences with the sole purpose of educating the youth of that country or to help them find employment.
Youth Day not only serves to educate the public about the issues concerning the youth of the world and to help address issues specific to this age group, but is also a tool that is used by the United Nations to raise funds for various youth oriented organizations and programs.