Introduction – National Milk Day is celebrated every year on November 26 to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Dr. Verghese Kurien who is also popularly known as the ‘’Father of White Revolution’’ in India. Since 2014, the birth anniversary of Dr. Verghese Kurien has been celebrated as the National Milk Day on November 26 annually in our country.
Dr. Kurien played an important role in ‘’Operation Blood’’ that made the dairy firm the largest self-sustaining industry in India. The Indian Dairy Association (IDA) took the initiative to observe National Milk Day every year on November 26 in India in the year 2014.
History – Indian Dairy Association was introduced National Milk Day in the year 2014 to pay tribute to the birth anniversary of Dr. Verghese Kurien who is popularly called as ‘’Father of White Revolution’’ in India.
Significance – The main purpose of this national day is to provide information that concerns the necessity and the importance of milk in human life. Milk is the first food and the main source of nutrition for infants before they can digest solid food after birth. Early lactation milk is known as colostrum that has antibodies and strengthens the immune system, which lowers the risk of several severe diseases.
Milk contains several nutrients including lactose and protein that are beneficial especially for babies. It is also a good source of several other essential nutrients including vitamin D, calcium, and protein. Milk is good for brain health, bone health, strong teeth, and improve immunity. It is also beneficial in lowering the risk of heart diseases by reducing cholesterol and blood pressure.