It is impossible not to remember Rana Pratap, the Rajput warrior, on his birthday on May 9, without thinking of his steed Chetak. Shyama Narayan Pandey's magnificent poem 'Chetak Ki Veerta' (http://ramprasadbismil.blogspot.in/2010/09/chetak-ki-veerta.html) is something worth revisiting today. Internationally, May 9 is celebrated worldwide as Europe Day. It was on May 9 in 1949 that the Council of Europe was founded. But the holiday was only announced by the Council in 1964. The symbols of the Council of Europe - the Flag
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