International Nurses’ Day (IND) is celebrated every year on the 12th May all around the world, not only to commemorate the birthday of Florence Nightingale but also to reflect upon all Nurses’ contributions towards people’s health. On this International Nurses Day, we want to celebrate and thank all the incredible nurses who work hard every single day.
A candle lamp service is held in Westminister Abbey, London to celebrate International Nurses’ Day every year. The candle lamp will be handed from one nurse to another (signifying the passing of knowledge from one nurse to another) to place it on the High Altar. Additionally, at Florence Nightingale’s place of burial, a big ceremony is held a day after her birthday. In the United States and Canada, International Nurses’ Day is celebrated for week-long as a National Nursing Week from the 6th of May to the 12th of May. In Australia, a variety of nursing ceremonies are conducted during the whole week of celebration.