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World Music Day observed on 21 June

Jun 21, 2013 09:59 IST

21 June: World Music Day

World Music Day also called Fête de la Musique was observed on 21 June 2013 across the world. This day is celebrated to promote peace and spread goodwill through music. The main idea behind the day is to bring music out onto the streets.

For the first time, this day was observed in 1982 in Paris as the Fête de la Musique and since then has become an international phenomenon holding the same set of principles for being celebrated. The day is held on mid-summer solstice and the best thing of this day is that, the musicians perform for free in parks, museums, stations and other places making music of all types accessible to public. The events and concerts marking the day is free with a non-profit making objective.

This day is celebrated across 460 cities in 110 countries that includes Germany, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Australia, Vietnam, Congo, Cameroon, Mauritius, Fiji, Colombia, Chile, Nepal, and Japan.

Meaning of Solstice
Solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. This astronomical event occurs on 21 June and 21 December every year.

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