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“On March 6 we celebrate the Righteous that unite humanity and make us feel part of the same destiny”

What is the Day of the Righteous?

On 10 May 2012, the Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg accepted Gariwo's appeal - signed by many citizens and representatives of the world of culture - by setting up the European Day of the Righteous on 6 March, the date of the death of Moshe Bejski, creators of the Yad Vashem Avenue of the Righteous Among the Nations. Starting from the definition of Yad Vashem, we have extended the concept of Righteous to include those who, throughout the world, have saved human lives in all genocides and defended human dignity during totalitarianism. From 7 December 2017, the Day of the Righteous is civil solemnity in Italy: every year on 6 March we celebrate the example of the Righteous of the past and present to spread the values ​​of responsibility, tolerance and solidarity.

The Day of the Righteous of the Humanity is celebrated with commemorations in Italy, in Europe and in the world, in the Gardens of the Righteous, in schools, with institutions, local administrations, local associations and thanks to the work of all the subjects that animate GariwoNetwork, that unites the realities involved in spreading the message of the Righteous.

6 March 2021 in Milan

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Inauguration of the Garden of the Righteous of Bosisio Parini

On saturday 6 March 2021 there will be the inauguration of the Garden of the Righteous in Bosisio Parini in the province of Lecco, dedicated to Guido Brugger and Clementina Colombo. Institutional greetings, interventions by the pupils of the K. Wojtyla secondary school and uncovering of the plaque are scheduled. The ceremony will take place in compliance with anti-Covid regulations.

6 March 2021 h 10:00Bosisio Parini (Lecco)
Inauguration of the Garden of the Righteous of Albino

On the occasion of the Day of the Righteous, on March 5, 2021, the Comprehensive Institute of Albino (BG) will plant a tree for the Righteous dedicated to the spouses Nicoli. The students of the third classes will inaugurate a red maple tree for the spouses and the plaque dedicated to them. 

On 5 March 2021, on the occasion of the Day of the Righteous, the Comprehensive Institute of Albino (BG) will plant the tree for the Righteous dedicated to the spouses Edoardo Nicoli and Elisabetta Belotti, recognized as Righteous among the Nations. The pupils of the third classes - promoters of the initiative - will inaugurate the red maple and the plaque dedicated to the spouses.

5 March, 2021Albino, Via Carlo Marini, 26 (Bergamo)
Delivery of the parchments dedicated to new Righteous at the Virtual Garden of Milan

March 5, 2021, 3.00 pm
Live YouTube streaming from the Garden of the Righteous in Milan (only in Italian language)

Delivery of the parchments to the honoured Righteous at the Virtual Garden

In compliance with the anti-Covid rules, the ceremony can only be followed in streaming on the Gariwo YouTube page

The Association for the Garden of the Righteous of Milan (made up of the Municipality of Milan, Gariwo and UCEI) organizes the streaming ceremony for the delivery of the parchments dedicated to the eight new Righteous at the Virtual Garden of Milan Monte Stella on March 5 at 3 pm. The Virtual Garden is the space created in 2017 on Gariwo.net to receive reports and testimonies from citizens on forgotten or unknown figures worthy of being remembered.

The parchment delivery ceremony, during which the reasons for the choice of each Righteous will be read - in the presence of a representative -, will take place at the Ulianova Radice Amphitheatre of the Garden of the Righteous after the institutional greetings of the representatives of the Association for the Garden of the Righteous in Milan. There will be Lamberto Bertolé, president of the Milan City Council, Giorgio Mortara, UCEi vice president, Pietro Kuciukian, Honorary Consul of Armenia in Italy. The ceremony will also see the intervention of Senator Liliana Segre, who has proposed one of the nominations of the Honoured Righteous.

They will therefore be honoured Eugenio Damiani, Alessandro Cofini, Giorgio Paglia and Maria Lucia Vandone, Maria Mascaretti, the Sopianac family, Erich Eder, Maurizio Lazzaro de’ Castiglioni and Susanna Aimo.

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5 March, 2021 h 3 pm.Live streaming on Gariwo Youtube page from the Garden of the Righteous
Day of the Righteous of the humanity in Milan

March 5, 2021, 9.30 am
Garden of the Righteous Worldwide, Monte Stella - Milan
Honoured five new Righteous

In compliance with anti-Covid rules, the ceremony will be exclusively live streaming on YouTube in Italian and will see the participation of representatives of the Association for the Garden of the Righteous of Milan and of the new honoured Righteous

The ceremony will open at 9.30 am at the Garden of the Righteous Worldwide of Milan with the institutional greetings of the representatives of the Association for the Garden of the Righteous of Milan, composed of Gariwo, the Municipality of Milan and the Union of Italian Jewish Communities. The mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala, the president of Gariwo Gabriele Nissim, the UCEI vice president Giorgio Mortara will have their speech. 

Following, the plaques dedicated to the 5 new Righteous Dag Hammarskjöld, Carlo Urbani, Liu Xiaobo, Liu Xia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be discovered. Carlo Urbani's son, Luca Urbani, will be live from the Garden of the Righteous. We will then also have in connection the grandson of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Paul Spera, and the Executive Director of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Henrik Hammargren. Honoured Righteous Liu Xia will participate with a video message that will also be commented by Giulia Pompili, journalist of Il Foglio, expert on China.

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5 March 2021, h 9:30 am.Live streaming on Gariwo Youtube page from the Garden of the Righteous
Online Conference "Reflection on the Righteous of the World"

On the occasion of the European Day of the Righteous, the municipality of Padua organizes the online conference "Reflection on the Righteous of the World" for teachers and students of the city's high schools by professor Giuliano Pisani, vicepresident of the scientific committee of the Garden of the Righteous of the World of Padua.

In compliance with anti-Covid regulations, the conference takes place online, on the Zoom platform, on Friday 5 March at 11:00.

5 March, 2021 h 11:00 am.Live streaming Zoom
Meetings on democracy for the Day of the Righteous of the humanity

The Risorse e Futuro Association organizes with the patronage of Gariwo, together with Meriodionalisti Democratici and Comunità Solidale - on the occasion of the Day of the Righteous of the humanity - a cycle of meetings Dialogues on Democracy, not to forget how many, in the past and in the present, they have worked for human rights, against discrimination and totalitarianism.

Greetings from the President of Meriodionalisti Democratici Domenico Capobianco, and from the President of the Risorse e Futuro Association Andrea della Selva. Lucio Romano, President of Solidarity Community, will introduce the event.

The President Gariwo Gabriele Nissim and the Coordinator of the National Office against Racial Discrimination of the Prime Minister Luigi Manconi will speak. Moderated by Adele D'Angelo, coordinator of Solidarity Community.

In compliance with the anti-Covid regulations, the event will be held exclusively in live streaming on the Facebook platform.

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2 March, 2021 h 7:00 PM.Live streaming Facebook http://www.facebook.com/comunitasolidaleaversa
Ceremony in remembrance of Chico Mendes and Rachel Carson

On the occasion of the Day of the Righteous, as part of the "Seminiamo Speranze" initiative of the Comprehensive Institute of Opera, on March 6, 2021 a restricted ceremony will be held with the authorities of the Municipality of Opera and the school representants for the planting of two tree in honour of the Righteous Chico Mendes and Rachel Carson

The event will be streamed on the YouTube channel of the Comprehensive Institute and the Municipality.

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6th March 2021 h 10:45 am.Opera (Milano)
European Day of the Righteous in Desenzano

On the occasion of the Day of the Righteous, on 6 March 2021, six women exemplary figures of peace will be remembered in the Forest of Remembrance (Bosco della Memoria) located in the Park of Desenzano (Brescia).

6 March 2021 h 10:00Desenzano del Garda, Via Giotto 96 (Brescia)
Day of the Righteous in Rome

The Day of the Righteous in Rome is in Rome, too. The ceremony (online) will be on 19 March at 12.00, with 5 new trees of the Garden of Villa Pamphili dedicated to Raphael Lemkin, the guys of the White Rose, father Giovanni Gregorini, Elena Di Porto, Mothers and Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo.

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19 March 2021, 12.00Rome
A new tree in the Garden of Passoscuro

On the occasion of the Day of the Righteous, on March 5, 2021, on the initiative of the Fregene Comprehensive Institute of Passoscuro, a laurel dedicated to Antonio Cederna will be planted in the Garden of the Righteous of the school of Passoscuro (Fiumicino). 

5 March 2021Garden of the Righteous of the School of Passoscuro (Fiumicino)

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