INDIA: World Music Day, also known as Make Music Day, is annually celebrated on June 21 to honor musicians and their contributions to the music industry.
The day also encourages veterans and amateur musicians to make music and exhibit their talent in their neighborhoods or parks. For music lovers and budding artists, people in over 120 countries organize free public concerts in stadiums or public places so it’s accessible to all.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown this year, people are most likely to celebrate the beautiful art form virtually at home.
Music Day or Fête de la Musique originated in France in the year 1982. Along with French composer, Maurice Fleuret, the then Minister of Art and Culture, Jack Lange, first observed the event on the Summer Solstice.
On that day, free live music was played for the citizens of France on the street and the mountain tops. After that day Music Day became popular in almost all the countries around the globe.
Since then, France witnesses tourists from all over the world during Fete de la Musique. People also participate in fairs, fests, parades, feasts and dance parties to commemorate the day.
Here are a few quotes to motivate people to go out on the streets, listen to music and enjoy themselves:
1- “If music is the food of love, play on.” – William Shakespeare
2- “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” –Bob Marley
3- “I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.” – William James
4- “Where words fail, music speaks” – Hans Christian Andersen
5- “When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest of times, and to the latest.” – Henry David Thoreau