Youth Day

Observed on the 12th of August annually, Youth Day is a holiday that’s dedicated to the celebration and commemoration of the young people in the world. It’s also a holiday that acknowledges the contributions that the younger generation has contributed to the advancement of society on a global basis. It’s also a day that tries to bring attention to the issues that face the young people of the world and a day to encourage them to participate in their communities to make the world a much better place. It all comes down to the fact that the youth coming up nowadays is the future of our society and we would all be advised to keep that in mind. 

The History Of Youth Day

This day was established by the United Nations General Assembly on December 17th, 1999, and enacted through UN Resolution 54/120. This resolution established the day as a day of observance but not as an official public holiday. That means that in those countries, schools, businesses, and government buildings remain open. However, some countries do recognize it as a public holiday. These countries include Cameroon and South Africa.

Problems Facing Today’s Youth

Since one of the reasons why this holiday is observed is to address the issues that today’s youth face, w thought that we’d list some statistics that paint a picture of a fraction of some of the problems that today’s younger generation faces. Although we don’t have the space to list every problem, we can list some of the more common ones below. 

  • Almost 90% of teens have seen cruelty or witnessed bullying among their peers. 
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people aged 10-years to 24-years. 
  • Almost 70% of teens have conversations about depression.
  • America’s leading drug epidemic is the prescription drug epidemic. Three-fourths of teens say it’s easy to access prescription drugs in their daily lives. 
  • Twenty-five percent of sexually active adolescent teens between the ages of 14 and 19 have an STD.
  • Only about 1 teen out of 10 will talk to their parents about incidents of cyberbullying. 

The Customs, Traditions & Celebrations For Youth Day

Youth 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 by helping them find employment. To complicate the issue, many countries have their own holidays dedicated to the youth of their country. Some of these holidays are observed in addition to Youth Day, while others are observed instead of this holiday. 

In Conclusion

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. Youth programs that have traditionally been underfunded. 

Where is Youth Day celebrated?

This year (2023):
Kiribati (Aug 7) - China (May 4) - Taiwan (Mar 29) - Morocco (Aug 21) - South Africa (Jun 16) Show all 5 locations
Next year (2024):
Kiribati (Aug 5) - China (May 4) - Taiwan (Mar 29) - Morocco (Aug 21) - South Africa (Jun 16) Show all 5 locations
Last year (2022):
Kiribati (Aug 1) - China (May 4) - Taiwan (Mar 29) - Morocco (Aug 21) - South Africa (Jun 16) Show all 5 locations