Hiroshima Day


Hiroshima Day is observed on August 6 every year aimed at promoting peace in the world and free the world of nuclear war. On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped the world's first ever deployed atomic B29 bomber on Hiroshima city of Japan. This bomb instantly killed over 80,000 people and three days later, a second nuclear atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki which killed over 40,000 people. In commemoration of these nuclear war tragedies which killed over 200,000, Hiroshima Day stands as a focus day for anti-war and anti-nuclear discussions.

Hiroshima Day 2023

Sun , 6th Aug 2023

On August 6, 1945, at 8:15 am, a United States B-29 warplane named Enola Gay, dropped a bomb nicknamed "Little Boy" on Hiroshima, a manufacturing centre with around 350,000 people, located about 500 miles from Tokyo city. This bomb detonated at 2,000 feet above ground level in a powerful blast equal to 15,000 tons of TNT and destroyed five square miles of the city. This destruction failed to elicit immediate surrender from Japan. So, on August 9 another B-29 bomber dropped a plutonium bomb nick named “Fat Man” on the secondary target, city of Nagasaki at 11:02 AM. This bomb weighed about 10,000 pounds and was constructed to produce a 22-kiloton blast. Though this was a huge bomb, the destruction effect was reduced to 2.6 square miles, due to the topography of Nagasaki which was amidst narrow valleys.

After the bombings, Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced his country’s unconditional surrender and withdrawal from World War II in his radio announcement on August 15. Though the nuclear bombings put an end to World War II after the surrender of Japan, it did not come easy. Two important cities were irreversibly damaged and killed over 200,000 civilians. aftermath of this devastation added to the death toll by thousands due to radiation-related injuries.

Hiroshima’s many messages of peace and hope stand an example of the devastating humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons which in turn inspired a global campaign solely focused on the zero tolerance on using these arms under international humanitarian and human rights law.

People in Japan and USA also in certain other countries commemorate this day by organising Art Displays, host a film screening, group reading activities on "Lest the Living Forget," the famous sermon delivered by Reverend A. Powell Davies, Music and Video shows to create awareness on the dangers of Nuclear weapons. 

Hiroshima Day festival dates between 2019 & 2029

Year

Date

2019

Tuesday, 6th of August

2020

Thursday, 6th of August

2021

Friday, 6th of August

2022

Saturday, 6th of August

2023

Sunday, 6th of August

2024

Tuesday, 6th of August

2025

Wednesday, 6th of August

2026

Thursday, 6th of August

2027

Friday, 6th of August

2028

Sunday, 6th of August

2029

Monday, 6th of August

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