Micronesia is one of many nations around the world that celebrates United Nations Day every 24 October. This holiday commemorates the founding of the UN on 24 October 1945, when the UN Charter came into force.
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Micronesia was a UN Trust Territory under the care of the United States following World War II and up until independence from the US in 1982. Actually, the Micronesian federation did not arise until 1979, but the member states of the federation were formerly under UN-US supervision.
In Micronesia, UN Day is a national public holiday. According to the UN resolution passed in 1971, all member states of the UN ought to make United Nations Day a public holiday, but in point of fact, few do. It is an international holiday all over the world, but in Micronesia, it is also a national holiday.
United Nations Day is celebrated with special gusto on the island of Yap in Micronesia. There, businesses, schools, and government buildings close down for the day. There are public exhibits, educational events, speeches, and more. There are also concerted media campaigns devoted to pointing up the purpose and accomplishments of the UN over the years. As United Nations Week runs from 20 to 26 October, there may be limited events that linger for a whole week.