The buildings of many ministries and organisations were lit up in green on Thursday, in celebration of Qatar Family Day.
Among them were the buildings of the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Family Consulting Centre, and Kahramaa.
The MME, in a billboard put up in front of its building on Doha Corniche, explained the origins of Qatar Family Day.
The idea to dedicate a day for the family came on the sidelines of Qatar hosting the International Conference for the Family, organised by the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in 2004, which marked the 10th anniversary of the International Year of the Family.
At the conclusion of the conference, Qatar Foundation chairperson Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, called for observing and celebrating Family Day.
In June 2010, Qatar's Council of Ministers agreed that April 15 of each year shall be declared Qatar Family Day in order to raise awareness on the vital importance of supporting families in all shapes and forms and highlight and promote their role.    
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