It was on December 10, 1948, when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly when it was in its third session. Of the 58 members of the United Nations, 48 voted in favor of a Human Rights Day. Eight abstained from voting, and two did not vote. However, no one voted against it.

Every year since then, the day has been observed to remind people that everyone has human rights and to remind everyone to respect the rights of others. That means people should stand up for what they believe and others should respect those rights.

Most dates are celebrated as national days where they are observed only nationwide. Hopefully, you noticed that this particular day is not a national day. That's because the goal of the day applies to all, no matter where they live.

The document

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is an important document and has been translated into over 500 languages in order for it to be read and understood by people all over the world. It is safe to say that the document is a tangible and visible example of what the Golden Rule is all about.

The document proclaims that inalienable rights are available for every human being regardless of race, color, religion, gender, language, political views, possession of property, or any other status.

As long as any person is in this world, he is entitled to live free and be equal.

How to celebrate?

To celebrate Human Rights Day on December 10, first of all, be mindful of your own human rights by spending time learning about them as a citizen of this world and then stand up for what you believe. Secondly, remind others of what the day is all about.

Educate them and let them know that everyone has fundamental rights no matter who they are, where they live or work, or how many material possession they have.

Let people know that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights acknowledges that all people have human rights to live with freedom and dignity.

The wording of the document is simple enough for all people to understand that no one is to be excluded. The language is an all-inclusive verbiage indicating that all people, in all nations, and in all societies, have the same inalienable rights.

Those things make December 10 a day to celebrate with others all over the world. After all, having the same human rights makes everybody free and equal and puts us all on the same playing field.

Did you know these things that are outlined in the document that was adopted almost 70 years ago?