Cities for Life Day - November 30
Thu, Nov 30, 2023

Cities for Life Day

Cities for Life Day is celebrated around the world on November 30th. This holiday commemorates the abolition of the death penalty, and is celebrated by those who believe in the right of every person to live. Join the movement and celebrate the life of every person!


Cesare Beccaria’s essay “On Crimes and Punishments” was a major influence in the abolishment of the death penalty. In the essay, Beccaria made his case for why the deprivation of the right to exist, and torture, are wrong. He argued that people are not things, and that crimes cause immense damage to society, and that therefore, punishments are only legitimate if they protect people from future tragedies.

Beccaria’s essay was translated into many languages, and it gained both admirers and critics. It spread all over Europe, and in 1786, Pietro Leopold, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, abolished the death penalty. This was the first time such an event had happened, and it was met with celebration and surprise.

Interesting facts

  • Bank robber Mitchell Roop was so fat that he was never hanged in Washington state. He was instead issued a life sentence.
  • Some countries still use the death penalty as punishment, like India, China, 27 US states, and Indonesia.
  • Studies have shown that taking a life is more expensive than keeping a person in prison for life.
  • Six out of ten people in America support an execution.
  • The US is in fifth place for the total number of executions.

How to take part

To take part in Cities for Life Day, read Cesare Beccaria’s essay, and highlight any interesting points. Get together with friends and discuss the topic, and listen to everyone’s opinion. Many cities will be organizing events such as lighting candles in memory of the departed souls, so participate in those events if you can.

When is Cities for Life Day celebrated in 2023?

Cities for Life Day is observed on November 30 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday November 30 2023
Saturday November 30 2024
Sunday November 30 2025
Monday November 30 2026