World Milk Day


Since the first World Milk Day was held in 2001, many countries spread throughout the world have participated in the celebrations and the number is growing each year.

This date was chosen because a number of countries were already celebrating a national milk day on or around this time. Late May was originally proposed, but some countries, for example China, felt they already had too many celebrations in that month. While most countries hold their celebrations on 1st June, some choose to hold them a week or so before or after this date.

World Milk Day 2019 was celebrated by the people all over the world on Saturday, 1st of June.

The Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) celebrated the day by organizing various awareness campaigns on safe and hygienic milk production and consumption. A rally was also organised in villages to promote hygiene of the milk products. A poster competition was conducted for the children and a motivational lecture on the role of milk in rural economy and human health was also delivered on the occasion.

Various campaigns and rallies were organised on the occasion across the globe where volunteers spread awareness among people about the importance of milk for overall health of a person. Milk and dairy products were also donated among the public.


World Milk Day is observed every year on June 1. The theme of the World Milk Day this year is “Drink Milk: Today and Every day.” World Milk Day is intended to provide an opportunity to bring attention to activities that are connected with the dairy sector. World Milk Day was established in 2001 by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nation to recognise the importance of milk as a global food. According to Ayurveda, milk is pure or sattvic in nature. When digested properly, it nourishes all the tissues and promotes balanced emotions. It is good for such conditions as bleeding from the lungs, dry cough, ulcers, infertility, and lack of vitality. Loaded with nutrients like protein, Vitamin A, B1, B2, B12, and D, potassium, calcium and magnesium, milk is one of the most nutritious beverages one can have.

We say ‘Cheers’, ‘Mma manu’, ‘Yam sing’ to the parents who make sure there’s always a carton in the fridge, to the hard working dairy farmers, to the organisations who provide dairy supplements to help tackle famine and malnutrition, to the huge network of people who help us to enjoy milk.

As we Raise a Glass to milk, we connect with others and invite them to join the celebration that the goodness represents. It allows us to share the stories about all the goodness of milk and all the people who produce it. It offers a simple, natural way to recognize the people who matter most to us — in our communities, schools and homes.


Let us tell you that the World Milk Day event does not follow a specific theme in the world. In fact different countries, governments and non-governmental organisations decide their own theme.

This nourishing substance was first put forward for its holiday in 2001 when the FOA sought to have milk recognized as a Global Food that had deep cultural importance to multiple cultures. During World Milk Day the United Nations promotes and sponsors events that elevate the importance of milk both as a nutritional staple of countries everywhere, but also emphasizing its economic importance for countries and small farm owners as well.