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November 19th is International Men's Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then look to a man because it's International Men's Day!  They deserve a day too, dang it!  So, let's get right into celebrating International Men's Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Well, there is a Children's Day and an International Women's Day, but for the longest time there wasn't a Men's Day. And the men of the world had been hoping for some kind of holiday to sprout up, even as far back as the 1960's. They just wanted to be recognized for the good that they do and some voiced that they even wanted the day to be on February 23rd. And there were celebrations in the 1990's, but that fell off quickly. But then, in 1999, in Trinidad and Tobago the celebration popped up again thanks to Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, because it was his father's birthday and he felt that he was a great role model. And other countries started to follow suit and the date stuck!  In 2001, Jamaica joined in on the celebration thanks to the Northgate Family Church in Ocho Rios. In 2003, Australia joined in on the fun thanks to Phil Gouldson of the Men's Health and Wellbeing Association ACT. Also in 2003, China hopped aboard thanks to Men's Health Magazine. In 2008, both the United States and England joined in on the celebration thanks to the Malachi Global Foundation in Michigan and students from the University of Kent. In 2007, India followed suit thanks to Indian Men's rights organization called Save Indian Family. In 2009, Malta switched to celebrating the holiday today, instead of in February, thanks to a vote by the Maltese Association for Men's Rights Committee.  Countries from all over the world, including Northern Ireland, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Hungary, Ghana, Ireland, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Italy, Pakistan, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Cayman Islands and St. Lucia, all recognize and celebration this wonderful day for men. It's not to divide genders but to bring equality and to recognize those men who are good role models and who contribute not just to their families but to society too.  Do you have a positive male role model in mind?

HOW TO CELEBRATE
So, how can you celebrate today?  Well to start, you can head over to the official site and see what this year's theme is all about. That will help you come up with some really specific ideas on how you can celebrate today. You can watch the videos on the site, learn about the history of it being celebrated in your country and a lot of other things.  But another way to celebrate is to focus on what they call the "pillars" of this celebration. Think about who is a positive male role model to you. Someone who gives back to the community, has a great family relationship and cares for his children just as much as he cares about the environment. You can also try to focus your efforts on men's health, gender equality and trying to make the world a safer place. If you're a man, then perhaps you can model your lifestyle after the efforts of this celebration.  But if there is no International Men's Day celebration in your country, then one of the greatest things you could do is organize an event, to get the ball rolling. I can't see why anyone would be against you starting such an event, unless they had no idea what it was really about. So get some posters from the official site and start popping them up all over the place, choose a place for the event to take place and start planning what will happen at the event.  Have a great day and enjoy being a man!





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