June 21 has been designated as World Music Day or Fête de la Musique, the day when the world celebrates the magical gift of music. It is a day of free music, where musicians – local and amateur – are allowed and encouraged to perform their music in public spaces without any restriction. For every musician, this day is very much special.
History gives us two theories regarding this:
- American musician Joel Cohen proposed this idea of celebrating the beginning of summer solstice through music and since then, the entire world celebrates World Music day on June 21.
- Another theory related to this day is that since June 21, 1982, France has been celebrating Fete de la Musique as their Music Day. The then French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, carried the idea forward and the day came to be known as World Music Day.
Another question now comes up. Why do we need to celebrate this day?
Fête de la Musique promoted music in 2 ways:
- The amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to perform in streets, under the slogan (Faites de la musique OR ” make music)
- Many free concerts are organized. Making all genres of music accessible to public.
Also, the day is celebrated to promote peace and spread goodwill through music. World Music Day is celebrated in Argentina, Australia, Britain, Luxemburg, Germany, Switzerland, Costa Rica, China, India, Lebanon and several other countries.
In India this day is celebrated with great enthusiasm. People organize program everywhere and this brings up the cultural side of India. You’ll find people gathering on streets and organizing some street programs. And those are the best ones.
Being a musician I believe that music is the need of our souls. Lets just forget every worries of our daily lives, and indulge ourselves to the soothing rhythm of music.
A very happy World Music Day to all the readers.