Down’s Syndrome Day: When is World Down’s Syndrome Day, and why do we wear odd socks for Down’s Syndrome Day?

Today is World Down’s Syndrome Day – but why are people wearing odd socks?
World Down Syndrome Day has been celebrated since 2006. Photo: DenisKuvaev / Canva Pro.World Down Syndrome Day has been celebrated since 2006. Photo: DenisKuvaev / Canva Pro.
World Down Syndrome Day has been celebrated since 2006. Photo: DenisKuvaev / Canva Pro.

Down’s syndrome is a condition people are born with, where the person has an extra chromosome.

Chromosomes determine how we grow and function, starting in the womb.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Typically, people have 46, but getting an extra one can happen simply by chance.

People with Down’s syndrome tend to have some level of learning disability to varying degrees.

Some people live independent lives, while others might need more care and support from those around them.

World Down’s Syndrome Day is held each year to raise awareness and signify the uniqueness of the 21st chromosome that causes the condition.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Here’s a bit more about World Down’s Syndrome Day and how it’s celebrated.

Odd socks are traditionally used to participate in World Down Syndrome Day. Photo: Warren Bourne / Getty Images / Canva Pro.Odd socks are traditionally used to participate in World Down Syndrome Day. Photo: Warren Bourne / Getty Images / Canva Pro.
Odd socks are traditionally used to participate in World Down Syndrome Day. Photo: Warren Bourne / Getty Images / Canva Pro.
Read More
Eid 2022: When is Eid al-Fitr, when is Eid al-Adha, and what are the origins of ...

What is World Down’s Syndrome Day?

The global awareness day has been held since 2006 and officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.

WDSD always falls on March 21st, the 21st day of the third month, to signify the triplication 21st chromosome that causes Down’s syndrome.

Why do we wear odd socks for Down’s Syndrome Day?

This year, the #LotsOfSocks campaign has been put together on March 21st to raise awareness of Down’s syndrome.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

To get involved, the organisers are calling for people to wear their brightest, most colourful socks – and, of course, mismatched ones.

If anyone asks about them, tell people that you’re wearing them to raise awareness of Down’s syndrome.

You can also get involved online by sharing a picture and using the #LotsOfSocks hashtag.

Related topics: