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International Day of Light: 16 May

Published on May 16, 2024
Current Context: The International Day of Light is celebrated each year on May 16. This day is a call to strengthen scientific cooperation and harness its potential to foster peace and sustainable development.
International Day of Light: 16 May
  • The celebration of this day is on the anniversary of the first successful operation of the laser in 1960 by physicist and engineer, Theodore Maiman.
  • The study of light has led to promising alternative energy sources, lifesaving medical advances in diagnostics technology and treatments, light-speed internet and many other discoveries that have revolutionized society and shaped our understanding of the universe.
  • The International Day of Light celebrates the role light plays in science, culture and art, education, sustainable development, and fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy.
  • The celebration allows many different sectors of society worldwide to participate in activities that demonstrate how science, technology, art, and culture can help achieve the goals of UNESCO – building the foundation for peaceful societies.
  • The theme for the International Day of Light 2024 is “Light in Our Lives”.
  • This theme focuses on the importance of light and its role as a guide.


Q.1 When is the International Day of Light celebrated each year?
a. May 15
b. May 16
c. May 17
d. May 14
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