03 October 2021

World Temperance Day - 03 October.

Every year on October 3, World Temperance Day encourages people to give up alcohol. It’s also a day to learn about the history of temperance movements around the world.

Fermented beverages and alcoholic drinks date back thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians and Chinese were some of the first to consume alcohol. In 2700 B.C. the Babylonians were known to worship a wine goddess. An alcoholic drink called mead was very popular in Greece. The Bible also mentions the drinking of wine. In fact, turning water into wine was the second recorded miracle performed by Jesus.

Temperance Movements

Temperance movements were especially popular in English-speaking countries. They were also common amongst Scandinavians. Most of these movements were led by the religious leaders of the day. 

Some of these temperance organizations were successful as they persuaded governments around the world to ban the sale of alcohol. However, this caused other problems as people illegally made their own. Eventually, the ban on alcohol failed in many countries. There are some countries, however where alcohol is still banned. These countries include Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Somalia, Libya, Bangladesh, and some states in India.

The origins of this day began between 1890 and 1900. This is when the Buddhist Temperance Movement began. The day is widely observed in Sri Lanka, as well as a handful of other countries around the world.

Source: https://medium.com

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