New Delhi – Usually, a doctor’s profession is considered as a noble one, since they work their whole life to mitigate the sufferings of others. People revere doctors and see them as God’s miracle workers on earth, especially when the lives of their loved ones are dependent upon them.
The first day of July month is commemorated as National Doctor’s Day in India. It is celebrated to honour the renowned physician and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal, DR. Bidhan Chandra Roy. This day marks the birth and death anniversary of Dr Roy, who was born on July 1, 1882, and passed away on the same date in 1962.
It was started by the Government of India in the year 1991 to mark respect for the great physician.
“The day is meant to commemorate the medical industry and its advancements. There has been a constant effort by a doctor in improving people’s lives through personalised care in India and this day marks those accomplishments,” cites Dr Vikas Goswami, the Senior Consultant at Max Healthcare & Zeeva Clinic.
In India, why is it celebrated on July 1st?
Doctor’s Day was established by the Government of India in 1991 as a mark of respect to Dr Roy. Dr Roy was the most famous physician and renowned educationist as well as a freedom fighter as he joined the Mahatma Gandhi during the Civil Disobedience Movement. Later, he joined Indian National Congress and then he became Chief Minister of West Bengal.
Interesting Facts about Doctor’s Day
Well, here are some important and interesting facts you need to know about this special day –
- Doctor’s Day is celebrated on different dates in different countries, such as in Brazil it is celebrated on October 18, in the U.S. it is celebrated on March 30, while in Cuba it is celebrated on December 3.
- The Doctor’s Day is also a symbol of the red carnation because of the colour of the flower. It denotes love, charity, sacrifice, bravery, and courage, all of which are synonymous of the medical profession.
- On Doctor’s Day, special events – such as meetings – are usually accumulated across health organizations, commemorating the day as well as to honour physicians for their services as a part of the celebration.