World Youth Day Date in the current year: March 20, 2016

World Youth Day Youth Day is celebrated in many countries around the world on different dates, however, there is also a global event, known as World Youth Day. This observance was established by Pope John Paul II in 1985 and it's annually celebrated on Palm Sunday.

Unlike other Youth Days, World Youth Day is rather a religious holiday, than a secular. This holiday was initiated by Pope John Paul II, when he saw over 300,000 young people from all over the world to gather in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City. This was their respond to Pope's invitation for an International Jubilee of Youth held on Palm Sunday.

The next year Pope John Paul II announced establishment of World Youth Day in order to celebrate and appreciate youth's sense of values. The first official celebration of World Youth Day was held in 1986, bishops were invited to coordinate special events to be held in their dioceses.

Celebration of World Youth Day in dioceses is traditionally marked by singing national songs involving a Catholic theme, bearing national symbols and flags. The pilgrims trade national objects with each other and keep them as souvenirs from other countries.

Every three years World Youth Day is brought to international level and the holiday is celebrated in important religious centers and the biggest cities of the world.

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