Did you know today is International Mountain Day?
Dec 10, 2009
After the UN named 2002 the International Year of Mountains, the decision was made to declare December 11th International Mountain Day from 2003 onwards to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life. The day also focuses on highlighting opportunities and constraints in mountain development and building partnerships that will bring positive change to the world's mountains and highlands. The theme of this year's International Mountain Day is 'Disaster Risk Management in Mountains,' recognizing the hazardous nature of living in the mountains due to the threat of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, avalanches, landslides and floods. The meaning of the symbol for the day is as follows: three equilateral triangles representing mountains, the blue on the first 'mountain' representing snow and ice, the orange on the second representing mineral resources, and the green on the right representing crops. While the day is considered a global observance and not a public holiday, use it as an excuse to escape work a little early and celebrate the mountains in whatever way you can. We know we will! Other Holidays or reasons to celebrate today: Hanukkah Begins at Sunset National Noodle Ring Day- no information found on this, big suprise! UNICEF Anniversary