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The Celebration of International Men's Day

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The International Men's Day was founded by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh in 1999. He is a history lecturer at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad Tobago.

The International Men's Day focuses on men's health and promoting positive expression of masculinity. It's all about the opportunity to recognize men who don't fall into traditional manifestations of masculinity such as bisexual men and also the transgender.


What is the history of International Men's Day?

An American journalist wrote an editorial about the lack of balance in the Soviet system, which promoted an International Women's Day for females but unsuccessful to deliver a male counterpart. The journalist stated that he agreed there should be a day to celebrate.

The Caribbean initiative is now celebrated in countries as Singapore, India, United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Jamaica, Malta, Haiti, Hungary, Ghana, and Moldova.

Since 1999, the flow of commemorating International Men's Day have included giving forums, public seminars, conference, and classroom activities at schools. Some also hold prayer meetings, music concerts, art displays, and parades.


How to Celebrate the International Men's Day?

This event is important for the masculine soul because it gathers events that important to all men. The International Men's Day encourages men to teach the men in their lives the character, value, and responsibilities of being a man.

You may think that the International Men's Day is made to compete against International Woman's Day, but it’s not. The day is celebrated to highlight the importance of men's physical and mental health and positive masculinity. The event has served to promote positive aspects of their male identity based on the premise that men respond more constructively to positive role models than to negative gender stereotyping.

Some ways to celebrate International Men's Day

✔ Take care of physical and mental health

✔ Watch after others

✔ Promote good moral character

Donate to charity if you can

✔ Celebrate one another