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Govt of India unveils 2024 calendar with monthly themes, QR codes, highlighting societal progress

The Centre released the Government of India calendar 2024 with the theme of “Hamara Sankalp Viksit Bharat”, having different themes and QR codes for every month. The calendar 2024 depicts the social, cultural and economic transformation brought about in the lives of the people of India through the design of people-friendly policies and the implementation […]

The Centre released the Government of India calendar 2024 with the theme of “Hamara Sankalp Viksit Bharat”, having different themes and QR codes for every month. The calendar 2024 depicts the social, cultural and economic transformation brought about in the lives of the people of India through the design of people-friendly policies and the implementation of schemes and initiatives under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

ABOUT THE CALENDAR
The calendar features distinct themes for each month, accompanied by a QR code providing additional details. Each month highlights the joy reflected on the faces of diverse segments of society, including women, youth, the middle class, farmers, and various other cross-sections. These portray the fulfilment of promises made by the Government of India over the past nine years. The calendar serves as a tribute to the relentless efforts of numerous government agencies and officers in realizing the commitment of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas.’
Moreover, the design of the calendar is intended to function as a daily reminder of our collective dedication to the development and progress of the nation. It aims to inspire individuals to work with determination, unity, and a shared vision, encouraging all Indians to embark on a journey toward a flourishing and developed India for everyone.
January: As we enter into the New Year, we embrace the spirit of innovation and resilience with the theme of ‘Unleashing Potential, Making India Self-reliant’ for the first month of the year. India has achieved unparalleled success thanks to initiatives like “Make in India” and “Make for the World” and the theme of January is serving as a due reminder of our collective efforts towards a self-sufficient and empowered future.
February: Moving ahead, we celebrate February with the theme of “Youth Power for National Development.” From fostering entrepreneurship to embracing technology, February is a call to amplify the contributions of the youth, propelling the nation towards a brighter and more inclusive future.
March: Serving the poor and uplifting the marginalized have been one of the core priorities of the Modi government. The month of March, with its theme of ‘Priority to the deprived’ is a reminder that true progress lies in providing support to those who need it the most by ensuring that our actions and policies reflect a dedication to inclusivity and justice.
April: Women play an integral part in society; without their progress, the overall progress of society comes to a halt. The theme of April encourages focus on empowering women across all sectors, fostering a future where their leadership and contributions are integral to decision-making and sustainable development.
May: Championing the incredible work of our dedicated farmers is the highlight of this month. It emphasizes the importance laid by the government on policies for agricultural advancements, supporting sustainable practices, and ensuring the well-being of those who feed the nation.
June: In the past ten years, numerous government initiatives such as PM SVANidhi, PM Vishwakarma, and MUDRA Yojana have significantly increased the number of jobs, chances for self-employment, and business in India. This month, with its theme of ‘Growth in employment and self-employment Opportunities’ invites a focus on fostering job creation and entrepreneurship which in turn drives economic empowerment.
July: July is all about celebrating the backbone of our society, the middle class. Their hard work defines the spirit of New India and they are at the forefront of driving growth and innovation. Our government has consistently worked towards greater ‘Ease Of Living’ for the benefit of the middle class.
August: The month of August represents the increasing stature of India on the world economic forum. With major initiatives like Digital India, Make in India, and Vocal for Local, India has paved its way to becoming the 3rd largest economy of the world.
September: From significant investments in modern infrastructure with cutting-edge facilities to expansive transportation networks, September is a testament to the transformative strides the country has made in the last ten years in building a resilient foundation for the country’s progress.
October: October invites us to celebrate the vision of a healthier India by emphasising on the strides made in healthcare accessibility and affordability with Ayushman cards, Jan Aushadhi kendras and new AIIMS and district hospitals strengthening the health infrastructure of the country.
November: From taking pride in our inherent vibrant culture to promoting various art forms and preserving cultural heritage sites to strengthen the cultural lineage, November’s theme is all about cherishing our values and culture to ensure holistic and sustainable growth.
December: With the motto of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam—one earth, one family, one future—and initiatives like Mission Life, India has carved a place for itself as Vishwa-Mitra, a friend of the world.
WHY DO WE CELEBRATE NEW YEAR ON JANUARY 1?
History
January 1st was first observed as the start of the new year in 45 BC. Before that, the Roman calendar began in March and lasted 355 days. After coming to power, Roman dictator Julius Caesar changed the calendar. In part to honour the month’s namesake, Janus, the Roman god of beginnings whose two faces allowed him to look forward into the future as well as backwards into the past, made 1 January the first day of the year.
However, it wasn’t widely accepted in Europe until well into the middle of the 16th century. After the introduction of Christianity, December 25, the day of Jesus’ birth, was accepted and January 1, the start of the new year, was considered heathen. It wasn’t until Pope Gregory changed the Julian calendar to make January 1 the official start of the year that it became accepted.
Furthermore, it is thought that the new year began approximately 2,000 BC, or over 4,000 years ago, in ancient Babylon. On the first new moon following the vernal equinox, usually in late March, the Babylonians celebrated the new year with an 11-day celebration called Akitu, which included a distinct ceremony on each of the days.
Significance and traditions
The start of a new year is more than just the turning of a page; it’s a time for everyone to take stock of their lives and make a fresh start. Around the world, the beginning of a new year symbolises a fresh start and a sense of hope, encouraging people to set goals and seize new opportunities. In many countries, New Year’s Eve falls on 31 December and celebrations continue into the early hours of 1 January. Foods and snacks believed to bring good luck are consumed by revellers. Around the world, people celebrate with customs such as singing songs and watching fireworks. As the New Year is a great opportunity for good change, many people write down their resolutions for the coming year.
Reflection and Resolutions
The New Year’s resolutions game! It’s like a giant to-do list for becoming the best version of yourself. Whether it’s hitting the gym, learning a new skill, or finally kicking that habit, January 1st is the kick-off for personal glow-ups.

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