The United Nations have designed many days in honor of many things. One of these days is the World Philosophy Day. It is celebrated every year on the third Thursday of November. The aim of the day is to honor the philosophical reflections around the globe. The day was introduced by UNESCO in 2002. This is the day on which people are encouraged to share new thoughts and ideas, open their minds to new happenings around the world. People tend to share their philosophical heritage with family and friends. The Director-General of UNESCO, Koichiro Matsuura, gave the first speech about philosophy on this day in 2004. He highlighted the day’s importance and spoke about the significance philosophy holds in keeping peace in our society. Philosophy shapes the values and beliefs that we hold today and what makes us who we are.
How to observe it?
People celebrate this day differently depending on the significance it holds for them. Debates and lectures are held on renewed philosophers. Book fairs and exhibitions are held. Discussions take place at international level relating philosophy to education and culture. Educational institutes educate the young regarding the great philosophers that lived through time. People share their thoughts and exchange ideas about the challenges that the society faces.