National Doctor’s Day is celebrated every year on July 1. The day is marked to recognise the contributions of physicians to the community. The Doctor’s Day is an effort to highlight the value of doctor’s in our society and to offer them respect for their dedicated work. The date may vary from nation to nation depending on the event of remembrance used to mark the date. In some nation, this day is observed as a holiday.

In India, Doctor’s Day was established by the government in the year 1991 to recognise and celebrate the work of physicians every year on July 1. The day is also marked as the birth and death anniversary of the famous physician of India Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy. Dr Roy was born on July 1, 1882, and died at the age of 80 in the year July 1, 1962. He was honoured with Bharat Ratna Award on February 4, 1961.

The first Doctor’s Day was observed on March 30th, 1993 in Winder, Georgia. The day was celebrated by mailing cards to the physicians and their wives, flowers were placed on graves of deceased doctors.

The day is symbolised by red flower since it signifies love, charity, sacrifice, bravery and courage. These are also terms that describe the medical profession.

Over the period of time, India has shown remarkable improvement in the medical field and this day is perfect to celebrate the spirit of doctors who had made relentless efforts towards achieving the goal and bringing in a cure for treatments that were not present earlier.