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National Milk Day: Check Date, History and Facts

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Jan 11, 2022, 12:07

The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) celebrates National Milk Day on 26 November every year. This day is observed to educate people about milk's health benefits and nutritional value. Till now, NDDB has been promoting the importance of milk and its products since 1966. On this day, you can get many kinds of milk products at highly discounted rates all over India.

What is National Milk Day India?

India faced many issues related to the availability of milk and production. After the initiative spearheaded by Dr Verghese Kurien went live by the name of Operation Flood, the country turned into the largest milk producer in the world. This day was chosen because it is on this day that Dr Verghese Kurien was born, marking his birth anniversary.

Although milk has been an essential part of Indian cuisine for thousands of years and is a staple food for many Indians, milk consumption is declining in India. Milk also has natural sugars (lactose) that help promote strong teeth and gums.

Why is National Milk Day celebrated?

Tens of millions of people die each year from poor nutrition, and experts say that the best way to ensure good food and improve health is through milk and milk products. Proper nutrition can help prevent diseases like diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and even cancer. In addition, it contains essential vitamins like Ak, B12, D and E and minerals such as calcium and phosphorous.

When is National Milk Day celebrated in India?

National Milk Day is celebrated on 26 November every year. On this day, both children and adults are encouraged to increase their milk consumption for better health. The NDDB also organizes various events such as health camps, school-level competitions, and awareness campaigns.

National milk day activities include a special event called "Milk Mela" organized by NDDB and other organizations to spread awareness about a healthy diet through milk consumption and its products. Milk also improves concentration levels at work or school since it helps in increasing blood flow to brain cells and thus enhances memory power.

Why is milk considered beneficial for your health?

Touted as a complete food, milk is rich in protein, carbohydrates, and minerals. It is digested easily by the body and has countless health benefits. Regular milk consumption keeps the body fit and healthy and helps build strong bones and teeth. Milk contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium besides vitamins A, D and E.

And it is suitable for both young and old alike. Kids and adults can drink milk as it helps keep their teeth healthy and prevent cavities. It also increases their height, strength and immunity power. Milk contains essential fats that are required for developing babies too.

Milk is an excellent source of energy, helping to keep us energized throughout the day without feeling sleepy or lethargic. Due to its high-energy property, milk is often recommended for people who have just undergone surgery or those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome or anaemia.

The date of 26 November national milk day, is the time to celebrate and honour the humble cow and everything it does for us. It is believed that cows give us more than just milk. They are considered holy by many cultures and are frequently worshipped.

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FAQs about National Milk Day

  • When is National Milk Day India celebrated?

National Milk Day is celebrated on 26 November in India every year.

  • Who is called the Father of the White Revolution?

Dr Verghese Kurien is the face behind the movement and initiated the White Revolution in India.

  • How many servings of milk is recommended for children?

Children must consume two to three servings depending upon their age.