World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day - May 8
Wed, May 8, 2024

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is a worldwide holiday dedicated to the activities of this association and all its members. Thanks to their efforts, people affected by military conflicts and various disasters can count on the necessary assistance and support. The main principles are impartiality and neutrality. It does not matter in which country people suffer. They should still get the help they need. It is commemorated annually on May 8.


The ICRC was founded back in 1863. Today we can talk about the enormous contribution of this organization to society as a whole. Hundreds of thousands of workers and volunteers help people around the world every year. They don’t think about who started the war or any conflict, their goal is to help the victims.

The basic idea is to achieve peace and social unity. Creating a society in which everyone is safe and able to fulfill themselves as they wish is a feasible task. Everything depends on us.

Originally there was only the Red Cross, but during the Russo-Turkish War in the 1970s, the Turks opposed the cross symbol and suggested the crescent. The original designation symbolized the Christian crusades of the Crusaders. Thus, in 1829 a second official symbol, the red crescent, was approved.

Interesting facts

  • Today the organization has about 17 million members worldwide.
  • The Battle of Solferino was a turning point in the creation of the organization. Its founder, A.J. Dunant, saw thousands of dying soldiers, which inspired him to create this humanitarian community.

How to celebrate

Learn more about the achievements of the Red Cross and learn more about its history. Think you might want to be a part of this humanitarian organization yourself. It would be the best way to celebrate!

Spread the word about the holiday on social media. Let more people know about it.

When is World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day celebrated in 2024?

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is observed on May 8 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday May 8 2024
Thursday May 8 2025

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