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World Braille Day

World Braille Day is annually celebrated on January 4, the birthday of Braille inventor, Louis Braille. The day recognizes the contributions of Louis Braille in helping blind and visually impaired people to read and write.

Braille - a code used by the visually impaired worldwide.

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Celebrate World Braille Day

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world use this day to create awareness about the challenges faced by visually impaired individuals and to encourage businesses and governments to create economic and social opportunities for the blind.

NGOs and disability organizations hold competitions and public outreach events. Teachers in schools teach the history of braille to their students.

Public Life

World Braille Day is not an official holiday and businesses and government offices stay open on this day.

About World Braille Day

Braille is a code that uses bumps and indentation on a surface to represent letters, which can be recognized by touch. Louis Braille, a French man who was blinded in an accident at a very young age, invented it.

Before Braille invented this form of communication, visually impaired people read and wrote using the Haüy system which embossed Latin letters on thick paper or leather. This was a complicated system that required much training and only allowed people to read, not write. Discouraged by this, Braille at the age of 15 invented the Braille code.

While there are now several different versions of Braille, Louis Braille’s code was arranged in small rectangular blocks called cells with raised dots in a 3 x 2 pattern. Each cell represented a letter, number or punctuation.

Since Braille is a code, all languages and even certain subjects like mathematics, music and computer programming can be read and written in braille.

World Braille Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015SunJan 4World Braille DayWorldwide observance
2016MonJan 4World Braille DayWorldwide observance
2017WedJan 4World Braille DayWorldwide observance
2018ThuJan 4World Braille DayWorldwide observance
2019FriJan 4World Braille DayWorldwide observance
2020SatJan 4World Braille DayWorldwide observance
2021MonJan 4World Braille DayWorldwide observance
2022TueJan 4World Braille DayWorldwide observance
2023WedJan 4World Braille DayWorldwide observance
2024ThuJan 4World Braille DayWorldwide observance
2025SatJan 4World Braille DayWorldwide observance

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