World Humanist Day is an international holiday dedicated to the positive values of humanism. It is celebrated by supporters of humanistic ideas around the world. The initiative to celebrate World Humanist Day comes from Humanists International – an association of organizations that develop, support, and promote the ideas of humanism and disseminate knowledge about it in many countries of the world.
The idea of a humanistic holiday was born in the 1980s at the local branches of the AHA, but the heads of these branches could not decide on a single date for the celebration. By the early 1990s, the AHA and Humanists International were in agreement and, with the help of resolutions, approved the date: June 21, the day of the solstice.
Both organizations submitted 2 similar resolutions each – the first of them announced that World Humanist Day should be celebrated, the second determined the specific date.
There are groups of humanists who attach great importance to the solstice – in their opinion, it is deeply symbolic and means the exit of humanity from the darkness of ignorance and savagery to the light – knowledge and humanistic values. These groups develop whole rituals for the holiday with music and themed readings.
How to take part
If you are a supporter of humanist and you cherish such values as freethinking, critical thinking, rationalism, free will, and protection of human rights regardless of religious beliefs, you should celebrate this holiday with like-minded people.
- Join Humanists International or another humanist organization.
- Organize a promotion, concert, or exhibition to promote humanistic ideas.
- Shoot a thematic video and post it on your social media page.
- Organize a party or picnic with friends to discuss humanitarian values and plan humanitarian action.
When is World Humanist Day celebrated in 2024?
World Humanist Day is observed on June 21 each year.