21 June is observed as World Music Day. Citizens and residents are encouraged to play music in their neighbourhoods and parks on Music Day. Free concerts are also held, where musicians play for fun.
It’s celebrated on 21 June, the summer solstice.
Known as Fête de la Musique, it’s a celebration of encouraging budding, young, and professional musicians to perform. More than 120 countries celebrate World Music Day with free public concerts in parks and stadiums. Different musical events are organized around the world.
Quick facts about music and its impact on humans
Here are quick facts about music and its impact on humans.
- It provides a total brain workout. Research has shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory.
- It helps to invoke nostalgia. Helps to recall a memory from long ago.
- Musicians have Shorter Life Spans Than the General Population.
- Singing in a Group Boosts Mood.
- Music Helps Plants Grow Faster
- Music Affects Your Perception of the World
- Musical Education Leads to Better Test Score
- Loud Music Causes You to Drink More in Less Time
History of World Music Day
The first all-day musical celebration on the day of the summer solstice was originated by Jack Lang, then Minister of Culture of France, as well as by Maurice Fleuret; it was celebrated in Paris in 1982. Later, Music Day was celebrated in 120 countries.
Maurice Fleuret became Director of Music and Dance at the French Ministry of Culture in October 1981. He applied his reflections to the musical practice and its evolution: “the music everywhere and the concert nowhere”. In 1982, he found out in a study of French culture that five million people, one out of two young people, played a musical instrument. This festival started in 1982 in Paris as the Fête de la Musique.
Significance of Music Day
This day celebrates free music for all music lovers and gives amateur and professional musicians a chance to showcase their talent. It’s a day to show how important music is for your mind and body.
Many studies and experts have pointed out that music helps in reducing stress, provides better sleep and keeps us going. Music therapy has proved wonders for people battling mental issues and it can also help an individual to exercise better. With the right kind of music, people can concentrate on their jobs and also perform better.