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The International Day of Light, celebrated annually on May 16, is an occasion to recognize the immense power of light and the crucial role it plays in our lives. This day aims to raise awareness about how light-based technologies can provide innovative solutions to global challenges in areas such as energy, education, agriculture, and health. By appreciating the science of light, embracing technological advancements, and focusing on the importance of sustainable development, the International Day of Light enables its participants to move towards a bright and enlightened future.
Established by UNESCO, the International Day of Light was first observed on 16th May 2018, marking the anniversary of the first successful operation of the laser by physicist Theodore Maiman in 1960. This day emphasizes the cross-disciplinary nature of light science and its applications, encouraging collaboration between scientists, engineers, artists, and other professionals. Through a series of events, exhibitions, and initiatives, the International Day of Light brings together experts and enthusiasts from across the globe to engage in conversations and activities that demonstrate the significance and impact of light on our lives.
In order to partake in the celebration of the International Day of Light, India joins numerous other countries in organizing events that promote the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of light. These events serve as a platform for fostering partnerships between academia, industry, and decision-makers, helping to create an environment in which innovative, light-based technologies can thrive. Every year, on the 16th of May, Indians are invited to immerse themselves in this illuminating experience and contribute to harnessing the boundless potential of light.
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