international awareness days

International Awareness Days

World & International Awareness Days List

ADDucation’s 2018 international awareness days list has been fact-checked to make sure all the awareness days actually exists, rather than mere social media campaigns generating fake news. We’ve included all the fixed UN observance days and all the fixed international awareness days we could find. We believe every day should be special so we’ve also included a few national days (of global interest) and a few fun days. There are still 125 days of the year without an annual fixed international awareness day – which is probably why awareness day websites started making them up and copying each other! If you’re aware of any awareness days we’ve missed, please add a comment so we can improve the list.

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DateInternational Awareness DaysAcronymFirst ObservedWhere?Founder / OrganizationsFilter Tags / CategoriesAbout Awareness DaySocial Media Hashtags
1 JanuaryNew Year, New Year’s Daycountries using the Gregorian CalendarFamily occasion day, National Holiday in many countriesNew Years day is a national holiday in most countries which use the Gregorian calendar and often involves hangover remedies, family meals, TV and a walk. 1st January is not a national holiday in Israel, India, Bangladesh, China, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia etc.#NewYearsDay
2 JanuaryNational Science Fiction Day2012USSci-Fi fans, Hallmark ChannelLiterary day, Literary awareness day, Geek dayCelebrates the official birthday of Isaac Asimov who wrote the Three Laws of Robotics and has written hundreds of popular sci-fi books.#ScienceFictionDay #NationalScienceFictionDay #SciFiDay
3 JanuaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1977 Apple Computer Inc was incorporated
4 JanuaryWorld Braille Day2013worldwideWBU (World Blind Union)Literary day, Literary awareness dayCommemorates the birth of Louis Braille and to recognize his efforts#WorldBrailleDay
5 JanuaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1933 construction of the Golden Gate Bridge started in San Francisco, USA.
6 JanuaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1912 New Mexico is the 47th US state admitted to the Union.
7 JanuaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1610 Galileo discovered three of Jupiter’s moons; Io, Europa and Ganymede.
8 JanuaryEarth’s Rotation Day2015onlinecalendar websitesSocial media day, Fun day, Fake News dayOn this day in 1851 Léon Foucault, a French physicist, first swung “Foucault’s Pendulum” in his cellar. The actual date could have been on the 6th, 7th or 8th January 1851. ADDucation believes Earth’s Rotation Day is an online social media fun day.#EarthRotationDay
9 JanuaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 2007 Steve Jobs announces the original iPhone
10 JanuaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 49 BC Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon (river in Italy) starting a civil war.
11 JanuaryNational Human Trafficking Awareness Day2007USAUS Senate, UNRights day, Rights awareness dayLaunched by the US Senate to raise awareness and combat human trafficking and slavery. More people, mainly women and children, are enslaved than at any time in human history. Think child soldiers, sex slaves and migrant workers.#HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay
11 JanuaryInternational Parity at Work Day2017UK, USA, Australia, Japan, Sri LankaThe Parity Pioneers MovementRights day, Rights awareness dayRaises awareness of ongoing inequality in the workplace with events to celebrate the strength of diversity at work.#ParityAtWork
11 JanuaryLearn Your Name in Morse Code DayUSA, worldwide“Brownielocks”Fun day, Geek dayMorse code is a way to communicate using dots and dashes. Samuel F. B. Morse and Alfred Lewis Vail performed the first public demonstration of the electric telegraph on this day in 1838. Participate by learning your name in Morse code.#NationalLearnYourMorseCodeDay
12 JanuaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1948 Mahatma Gandhi begins final fast.
13 JanuaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1794 US Congress changes the US flag to 15 stars and 15 stripes.
14 JanuarySTI Day2010UKIf you’re aware of a website or organisation please add a comment.Health day, Health awareness dayThere are social media campaigns promoting this online calendar day. STI Day is held 2 weeks into each New Year which marks the time after which most common STIs can be tested. Everyone is encouraged to ask questions and think about their sexual health.#STIDay (or add year:) #STIDay2018 there’s also separate #STIQDay
15 JanuaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1535 Henry VIII declares himself head of the Church in England.
16 JanuaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1914 Writer Maxim Gorky returns to Russia.
17 JanuaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1779 Captain James Cook’s made this last entry in the Discovery ship’s log.
18 JanuaryWinne the Pooh DayworldwideAA Milne fansLiterary day, Fan day, Social Media, Awareness dayCelebrates the birthday of English author Alan Alexander “AA” Milne who was born on 18th January 1882. He bought Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore to life for his son Christopher Robin who also featured in his stories.#WinnieThePoohDay
19 JanuaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1903 the first “Tour de France” cycle race was announced.
20 JanuaryPenguin Awareness Dayworldwide onlineWWF (World Widelife Foundation)Wildlife day, Wildlife awareness day, Online day, Nature day, Social Media, Awareness dayA day to campaign on behalf of penguins. Eight (of 18 species) of penguins live in the Antarctic and these charismatic birds are struggling with the impact of climate change. Adopt a penguin through the WWF. See also World Penguin Day on 25th April.#PenguinAwarenessDay
21 JanuaryNational Hug Day / National Hugging Day / World Hug Day1986USA, Australia, Canada, England, Germany (Weltknuddeltag), Poland, Sweden, Bulgaria, Guam, Georgia, RussiaKevin Zaborney, The Hug Mob, THA (The Hug Alliance)Lifestyle day, Health day, Family dayDreamed up by Kevin Zaborney to encourage everyone to hug friends and family more often. Hugs are scientifically shown to make us happier and relieve stress. Hugs show you care without the need for words. Celebrate with a Hug-athon (always ask first).#NationalHuggingDay #NationalHugDay #WorldHugDay
22 JanuaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1788 Lord Byron, a famous English politician, poet and leading figure in the Romantic art movement was born.
23 JanuaryNational Handwriting Day1977USA, UKWIMA Writing (Instrument Manufacturers Association), NHA (National Handwriting Association)Literacy day, History dayWIMA sponsors National Handwriting Day which celebrates on John Hancock’s birthday. John was the first to sign the USA Declaration of Independence with his impressive signature. Celebrate by writing a handwritten note, journal entry, letter or poem using a pen or pencil.#NationalHandwritingDay
23 JanuaryNational Pie Day1986USAAPC (American Pie Council)Food day, Food awareness dayAmerican author, nuclear engineer and brewer Charlie Papazian created National Pie Day in the mid 1970s to celebrate pies on 23rd January, his birthday. Since 1986 National Pie Day has been sponsored by the American Pie Council.
24 JanuaryMoebius Syndrome Awareness DayUSAMoebius Syndrome FoundationHealth day, Health awareness dayCelebrated on the birthday of Professor Paul Julius Moebius who first diagnosed the condition in 1888. Moebius syndrome affects the cranial nerves which control facial expressions.
25 JanuaryBurns Night1796Scotland and celebrated worldwideParty occasion, Cultural day, Cultural awareness dayHonours Robert Burns, Scotland’s famous poet, on his birthday with a Burns Supper which includes recitals, whisky and a haggis dinner.
26 JanuaryInternational Customs Day2010worldwideWCO (World Customs Organization)Global trade awareness dayCommemorates the 1953 inaugural session of the Customs Cooperation Council (CCC) held in Brussels, Belgium attended by 17 European countries.#InternationalCustomsDay
27 JanuaryInternational Holocaust Remembrance Day2005worldwideUN, The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach ProgrammeWar and Peace, Remembrance dayCommemoratates all holocaust victims including Jews, mentally and physically disabled people and homosexual men by the Nazis.#HRD2018 (change year) #HolocaustRemembranceDay
27 JanuaryFamily Literacy Day1999CanadaABC Life Literacy CanadaFamily day, Literacy day, Literacy awareness dayRaises awareness of the importance of reading and literacy activities within families.#FamilyLiteracyDay
28 JanuaryData Privacy Day / Data Protection Day2007worldwideUSA, Council of EuropeRights day, Privacy awareness dayPromote best practices for data protection and privacy.#PrivacyAware
29 JanuaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1886 Carl Benz, a German inventor, patents the first gasoline-driven car.
30 JanuaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1969 The Beatles give their last public performance from the rooftop of Apple Corps building on Savile Row, London, England.
31 JanuaryInternational Street Children’s Day2011Consortium for Street ChildrenChildrens day, Children awareness dayThe first event was held in London 2011 to raise awareness of the millions of street children and their champions around the world.#StreetChildren
February
1 FebruaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates returning to Earth with the loss of all seven astronauts.
2 FebruaryWorld Wetlands Day1997worldwideNature awareness dayRaise awareness about the importance of wetlands for humanity and the planet.#WorldWetlandsDay
2 FebruaryGroundhog Day1887USA, CanadaWeather awareness day, Fun dayAccording to folklore if it’s cloudy on this day, when celebrity groundhog “Punxsutawney Phil” emerges from his burrow, it will be an early spring otherwise Phil will see his shadow and retreat into his den and winter will last another six weeks.#GroundHogDay
3 FebruaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1966 the unmanned Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft makes the first soft landing touchdown on the Moon.
4 FebruaryRosa Parks Day2000USA (some states)NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)Civil Rights day, Civil rights awareness dayHonors civil rights leader Rosa Parks birthday (in California and Missouri). Also celebrated on 1st December in Oregon and Ohio, the day Rosa Parks was arrested.#RosaParksDay
4 FebruaryWorld Cancer Day2006worldwideUN, WHO, UICC (Union for International Cancer Control)Health day, Health awareness dayRaise awareness of cancer to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment.#WorldCancerDay
5 FebruaryWorld Nutella® Day2007worldwideFerrero GroupFood day, Food awareness dayIn 2007 American blogger Sara Rosso founded World Nutella® Day on her blog and it went viral. In 2015 Sara transferred the blog to Ferrero (who make Nutella®) and each year fans share their passion for Nutella® on social media through recipes, photos and messages and each year a new Chief Nutella® Ambassador is appointed.#WorldNutellaDay
6 FebruaryInternational Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation2003worldwideUN, WHOWomens Rights day, Womens rights awareness dayUN campaign to end genital mutilation of girls and women and highlight the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) which is an abuse of human rights and can cause fatal bleeding.#EndFGM #ZeroTolerance4FGM #FGMday
7 FebruaryRose DayAsia, IndiaLove and Romance, Romantic dayThe first day of Valentines day week celebrations, especially popular in India.#ValentineWeek
8 FebruaryPropose DayAsia, IndiaLove and Romance, Romantic day, Lovers dayToday is the perfect day to announce your love and propose marriage.#ValentineWeek
9 FebruaryChocolate DayAsia, IndiaLove and Romance, Romantic dayThe day to buy chocolates or anything chocolately to express your love.#ValentineWeek
10 FebruaryTeddy DayAsia, IndiaLove and Romance, Romantic dayThe day to give a Teddy that “bears” your message of love.#ValentineWeek
11 FebruaryInternational Day of Women and Girls in Science2015worldwideUNScience day, Workers awareness day, Science awareness dayRecognise the contribution women and girls make to science and end bias by promoting opportunities to further their careers.#February11 #WomenScienceDay
11 FebruaryPromise DayAsia, IndiaLove and Romance, Romantic dayThe day to make promises and commitments to your lover and fulfill existing ones!#ValentineWeek
12 FebruaryDarwin DayworldwideInternational Darwin Day FoundationScience day, Science awareness dayCelebrated on the birthday of Charles Darwin in 1809 to highlight Darwin’s contribution to science and inspire us to act on the principles of scientific thinking, curiosity intellectual bravery and hunger for truth.#DarwinDay
12 FebruaryHug DayAsia, IndiaLove and Romance, Romantic dayThe day to ask for a hug to express your love and affection. See also World Hugging day.#ValentineWeek
13 FebruaryWorld Radio Day2012worldwideUN, UNESCOTelecoms dayRaise awareness of how radio can educate people, provide information, promote free expression and bring people of all cultures together.#WorldRadioDay
13 FebruaryKiss DayAsia, IndiaLove and Romance, Romantic dayThe day to ask your lover for a kiss.#ValentineWeek
14 FebruaryValentine’s DayworldwideLove and Romance, Romantic day, Lovers day, Couples dayOriginally a Christian feast day Valentines day is the day to express your love with cards, flowers and gifts.#ValentineWeek #ValentinesDay
14 FebruaryWorld Whale Day1980Hawaii and other countries worldwidePacific Whale Foundation, Maui Whale FestivalConservation day, Nature awareness dayA day to appreciate whales and campaign to protect them from pollution and being killed by whaling nations including Norway, Iceland and Japan.#WorldWhaleDay
15 FebruaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 2001 the first draft of the human genome was published.
16 FebruaryWorld Voice DayWVD2002worldwideHealth day, Health awareness dayEveryone is encouraged to assess and maintain their vocal health.#WorldVoiceDay
17 FebruaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1904 Puccini’s Madama Butterfly was premiered, one of the most performed works but was initially poorly received.
18 FebruaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1930 the dwarf planet Pluto is discovered by Clyde W Tombaugh.
19 FebruaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1945 U.S. troops land on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima and the famous photo of soldiers raising the U.S. flag was taken.
20 FebruaryWorld Day of Social Justice2007worldwideUN, ILO (International Labour Organization)Rights day, Rights awareness dayRaise awareness and support the efforts of the international community to eradicate poverty, promote full employment, decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.#SocialJusticeDay
21 FebruaryInternational Mother Language Day2000worldwideUN, UNESCOEducation day, Education awareness day, Cultural diversity awareness dayPromote the protection and preservation of all languages and promote international understanding, through multiculturalism and multilingualism.#MotherLanguageDay #IMLD #IMLD2018 (change year)
22 FebruaryA Day Without NewsADWN2013worldwideWorkers day, Media awareness dayA day to commemorate the acknowledge the brave and dedicated journalists working in dangerous areas and the risks they take to report the truth. See also World Press Freedom day.#ADayWithoutNews
22 FebruaryWorld Thinking Day / International Scouts’ Day / Founders DayWTD1926worldwideWAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts)Scouting day, Scouting awareness dayA day for Girl Guides and Boy Scouts to think about their sisters and brothers around the world and the glocal impact the scouting movement has made. Held on the birthday of Robert Baden-Powell who founded the Scout movement in England.#WorldThinkingDay #WTD2018 (change year) #LetsGrow
23 FebruaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1455 the Gutenberg Bible (the first book to be printed using movable type) was published and made printed books more accessible in the Western world.
24 FebruaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1582 Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar, to replace the Julian calendar, and is now the most widely used calendar in the world.
25 FebruaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1964 Muhammad Ali (called Cassius Clay at the time) became world heavyweight champion.
26 FebruaryNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1991 the world’s first web browser called “WorldWideWeb”, developed by Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, was presented to the public.
27 FebruaryInternational Polar Bear Day2011USA, CanadaPBI (Polar Bears International)Environment day, Wildlife conservation day, Environmental awareness dayA day to raise awareness of the need to conserve polar bear habitats which are threatened by global warming/climate change. Take the Thermostat Challenge at home, work or school to reduce your carbon footprint. Then make every day polar bear day by switching to green energy suppliers, installing energy efficient insulation and smarter technology.#PolarBearDay
27 FebruaryAnosmia Awareness Day2012USA, UK and worldwideDaniel Schein, Fifth SenseHealth day, Health awareness dayA day to raise awareness about Anosmia (loss of the sense of smell) and the practical and safety issues associated with olfactory disorders and campaign for more research, treatments and education.#LongLostSmell
28 FebruaryRare Disease DayworldwideEURORDIS (European Organisation for Rare Diseases)Health day, Health awareness dayA day to acknowledge and campaign to support EURODIS research on rare diseases and the commercial development of orphan drugs.#RareDiseaseDay
29 FebruaryLeap Year Day / Leap Day1752countries which use the Gregorian calendarCalendar dayBecause planet Earth takes approximately 365 and a quarter days to orbit the Sun an extra leap day is added every four years (years that are divisible by four) to re-align the calendar with the Earth’s position in the Solar System. A Leap year is 366 days, including 29th February which is also the least popular birthday of the year!#LeapYear #February29 #Feb29
March
1 MarchSelf-injury Awareness Day / Self-Harm Awareness DaySIADUK and other countriesLifeSIGNS, Sociedad Internacional de Autolesión, Self Injury Foundation, YoungMinds, YouthNet, ChildLineMental health day, Health awareness dayA day to educate people who do not self-injure and reach out to people who do. Raising awareness should lead to understanding and empathy reducing the number of people who suffer alone. Orange ribbons are worn by some supporters.#SelfHarmAwarenessDay #TheOrangeEffect
1 MarchWorld Civil Defence DayWCDD1990worldwideEU, ENP, ICDO (International Civil Defence Organisation)Disaster awareness dayA day to raise awareness of civil defence and the practical mechanisms that need to be put into place to prevent disasters across the world.#WorldCivilDefenceDay
1 MarchZero Discrimination Day2014worldwideUN, UNAIDS, WHODiscrimination, Human rights day, Human rights awareness dayPromote efforts to achieve a more fair, just and equitable world by challenging discrimination wherever it happens.#ZeroDiscrimination
2 MarchNational Read Across America Day1998USANEAEducational day, Educational awareness dayHeld on the birthday of american children’s author Dr. Seuss who was born 2nd March 1904. Events are held across the USA in schools, libraries, and community centers to celebrate books and reading.#ReadAcrossAmerica
3 MarchWorld Wildlife Day2013worldwideUNWildlife day, Conservation day, Wildlife conservation awareness dayRaise awareness and celebrate wild flora and fauna. Campaign to raise awareness about wildlife protection online and get involved in local wildlife conservation projects. See also World Wildlife Conservation Day.#WorldWildlifeDay #EndWildlifeTrafficking
4 MarchNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 2007 Estonia became the first country to allow its citizens to vote in parliamentary elections on the world wide web.
5 MarchNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1970 the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty came into force and has since been ratified by 190 nations worldwide. India, Israel, Pakistan and South Sudan have not signed the treaty and North Korea signed then withdrew, their exact status remains unclear.
6 MarchNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1869 the first periodic table of chemical elements was presented to the Russian Chemical Society by Dmitri Mendeleev.
7 MarchNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1926 the first two-way transatlantic telephone conversation took place between London and New York via a short-wave radio signal.
8 MarchInternational Women’s DayIWD1909worldwideUN, RussiaWomens Rights day, Civil Rights awareness dayInternational Women’s Day celebrates womens rights. It was declared a national holiday in Russia in 1917 following the Russian revolution and predominantly celebrated in communist countries and by socialist movements worldwide until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.#WomensDay
9 MarchInternational Day of Action for Rivers1998worldwideInternational RiversEnvironment day, Environmental awareness day, Sustainable developmentA day to enjoy the world’s rivers and acknowledge the conservation programs which have improved rivers worldwide. Get involved online to influence decision makers and with local river restoration projects.#RiversUniteUs #DayofActionforRivers #RiseUpforRivers
9 MarchInternational School Meals DayISMD2013USA, UK, worldwideUSDA (United States Department of Agriculture, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services), GCNF (Global Child Nutrition Foundation), WFP (World Food Programme), We Movement, No Kid HungryChildrens day, Food day, Food awareness dayA day to raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition at school and at home and foster healthy eating habits for all children whatever their circumstances.#ISMD2018 (change year) #SchoolMeals
10 MarchNational Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness DayNWGHAADUSAOWH (Office on Womens Health), U.S. Department of Health & Human ServicesWomems Health day, Womens Health awareness dayToday is a day for women and girls to think about and make good choices about sex to to protect yourself and others from HIV and other STIs (sexually transmitted infections).#NWGHAAD
11 MarchNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 2011 the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster strikes Japan following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
12 MarchNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1918 the capital of Russia changed to Moscow from St. Petersburg following the 1917 Russian revolution.
13 MarchNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1781 Uranus, the third largest planet in our solar system was discovered by William Herschel.
14 MarchWhite Day1978Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam and other countriesNational Confectionery Industry AssociationRomantic day, Lovers dayOne month after Valentines day men are expected to give white gifts (cookies, jewelry, white chocolate, marshmallows, white lingerie etc.) to women who bought them Valentines day gifts. The gifts are expected to be more expensive (sanbai gaeshi “triple the return”‘)!#WhiteDayは白猟屋の誕生日
14 MarchPi Day1988worldwideLarry Shaw, The Exploratorium, California, USAScience day, Mathematics day, Geek day, Internet dayPi (calculated to 2 decimal places) is 3.14 so 14th March was chosen by Larry Shaw as Pi Day in 1988 and has been running every year since. Pi (Ï€) is the greek symbol used in mathematics to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter as a constant. See also Pi Approximation Day 22 July.#PiDay
15 MarchWorld Consumer Rights DayWCRD1983worldwideConsumers International CharityConsumer day, Consumer rights awareness dayOn this day in 1962 USA President John F Kennedy formerly addressed the issue of consumer rights in the US Congress. Today is a day to recognize the importance of consumer rights and campaign to protect and improve consumer rights around the world.#WorldConsumerRightsDay #WCRD (or add year:) #WCRD2018
16 MarchNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1968 the My Lai Massacre (Sơn Mỹ Massacre) by U.S. troops of hundreds of people, including children and infants, took place in Vietnam.
17 MarchNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1992 apartheid in South Africa ends following a referendum in which 68.7% of white South Africans voted to abolish racial segregation.
18 MarchWorld Sleep Day58 countries worldwideWorld Sleep SocietyMental health day, Mental health awareness dayRaise awareness of the importance of sleep health and sleep disorders worldwide through education, research and setting best practice standards of patient care worldwide.#WorldSleepDay (or add year:) #WorldSleepDay2018
19 MarchNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1962 Bob Dylan’s first album, titled “Bob Dylan”, was released by Columbia Records.
20 MarchWorld Sparrow DayWSD2010India and other countriesNFS (Nature Forever Society)Environment day, Environmental awareness dayA day to celebrate the long-standing affinity between humans and house sparrows and raise awareness that sparrows (and other small bird species) are disappearing fast and the need to conserve their habitats and maintain urban biodiversity.#WorldSparrowDay
20 MarchWorld Oral Health DayWOHD2013130+ countries worldwideFDI (World Dental Federation)Health day, Health awareness dayRaise awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthy mouth to overall health and quality of life and the need of regular checkups.#WOHD18 (change yr) #SayAhh
20 MarchFrench Language Day2010worldwideUN, OIF (International Organization of the Francophonie)Culture day, Cultural awareness dayA day to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity. French is one of the six official languages of the UN along with English (23rd April), Arabic (18th December), Chinese (20th April), Spanish (23rd April), Russian (6 June)#FrenchLanguageDay #InternationalFrancophonieDay
20 MarchInternational Day of Happiness2013worldwideUNFun day, Awareness dayThe United Nations invites everyone, every classroom, business and government to celebrate the importance of happiness in our lives. Read this years World Happiness Report.#InternationalDayOfHappiness
21 MarchWorld Poetry Day1999worldwideUN, UNESCOArts day, Awareness dayCelebrate poetry as the oral tradition which communicates the creative spirit and values of diverse cultures throughout history. Raise awareness of the interactions between poetry, theatre, dance, music and other arts.#WorldPoetryDay
21 MarchWorld Puppetry Day2003worldwideUNIMA, founded by Javad Zolfaghari, IranArts day, Awareness dayA day to celebrate puppetry and raise awareness of puppetry as a global art form.#WorldPuppetryDay
21 MarchInternational Day of Forests / World Forestry Day / Forest DayIDF1971worldwideUN, CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research), UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations), ICRAF (International Centre for Research in Agroforestry), FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)Environment day, Environmental awareness dayEvents are organized worldwide, based on a different theme each year, to raise awareness of the importance trees and forests to us all including future generations#IntForestDay #ForestsDay
21 MarchWorld Down Syndrome DayWDSD2006worldwideUN, WHO, AFRT, EDSA DSi (Down Syndrome International), ART21Health day, Health awareness dayA day to raise awareness of Down syndrome and to recognise the vital role people with Down syndrome play in our lives and communities.#WDSD #WDSD19 (change yr) #WDSD2019 (change year) #WhatIBringToMyCommunity #WorldDownSyndromeDay
21 MarchInternational Colour DayICD29 countries worldwideAIC (International Colour Association)Arts day, Awareness dayCelebrated on 21 because it’s the equinox (equal day and night) which relatest to the complementary nature of light and darkness/shadow expressed in all human cultures.#InternationalColorDay
21 MarchInternational Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination1966worldwideUN, OHCHRRights day, Rights awareness dayOn this day in 1960 police opened fire and killed 69 people, in Sharpeville, South Africa, who were peacefully protesting against the apartheid pass laws. Worldwide events call on everyone to help eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.#Standup4humanrights #EndRacism
21 MarchWorld Wood DayWWD2013WWDF (World Wood Day Foundation), IWCS (International Wood Culture Society)Environment day, Environmental awareness day, Sustainable developmentCelebration of wood as an eco-friendly and renewable biomaterial and raise awareness on the role wood plays in a sustainable world through biodiversity and forest conservation.#WWD #WoodisGood #WoodCulture
22 MarchWorld Water Day1993worldwideUN, UN-WaterEnvironment day, Environmental awareness dayRaise awareness of action to tackle the water crisis and the importance of freshwater around the globe.#WorldWaterDay
23 MarchWorld Meteorological Day2006worldwideUN, WHO, WMO (World Meteorological Organization)Environment day, Environmental awareness dayLocal and national events worldwide with a different metrological theme each year.#WorldMetDay
24 MarchWorld Tuberculosis Day1997worldwideUN, WHOHealth day, Health awareness dayRaise awareness that Tuberculosis (TB) still kills well over 1 million people every year and efforts to eliminate the disease. It was 24th March 1882 that Dr Robert Koch discovered the cause of tuberculosis which was the cause of death for around 14% of the population.#CureTBNow #WorldTBDay #WorldTBDay2018 (change year)
24 MarchInternational Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims2011worldwideUNHuman Rights day, Human Rights awareness dayA day to pay tribute to those who have devoted (and lost) their lives to promote and protect human rights. On this day in 1980 Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero was murdered for denouncing human rights violations in El Salvador. Honours the memory of victims of human rights violations and promotes the importance of the right to truth and justice, human dignity and opposition to all forms of violence.#RighttotheTruth
25 MarchInternational Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade2008worldwideUNHuman Rights day, Human Rights awareness dayRemembrance day for the victims of slavery and raise awareness of the dangers of racism and prejudice today.
25 MarchInternational Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members1995worldwideUNHuman Rights day, Human Rights awareness dayStand in solidarity with all detained staff and pledge to work together to ensure that all UN staff have the safety they need to help the world’s most vulnerable.#DetainedStaffDay
26 MarchPurple Day for Epilepsy2008USA, Canada, Australia and other countries worldwideCassidy Megan’s Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia, Anita Kaufmann Foundation, Epilepsy CanadaHealth day, Health awareness dayA day to raise awareness of epilepsy by wearing something purple. Lavender, the purple flower, is the international color for epilepsy.#PurpleDay #EpilepsyAwarness
27 MarchWorld Theatre DayWTD1962worldwideITI (International Theatre Institute), UNESCOCulture day, Cultural awareness day, Arts day, Arts awareness dayA day to go to the theatre and celebrate the contribution theatre makes to the arts and communities worldwide. Each year a World Theatre Day Message Author is invited to reflect on the theme of theatre and a culture of peace.#WorldTheatreDay
28 MarchNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1963 Alfred Hitchcock’s classic horror movie The Birds, set in Bodega Bay, California, USA was released.
29 MarchNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1974 Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s army of 8000 terracotta soldiers was found by farmers digging a well in Xi’an, China.
30 MarchWorld Idli DayIndia, Sri Lanka, worldwideFood days, Fun days, Social media daysIdli is a savoury cake made from de-husked black lentils and rice. With no origin, sponsor or coverage outside the calendar sites we think it’s fake news.#WorldIdliDay
31 MarchWorld Backup Day2012worldwideMat HonanOnline security, Internet day, Online safety dayWe’re creating more digital information than ever before. Ask yourself what would you do if you lost everything? If you haven’t backed up your data and photos to protect your legacy take the pledge today – tomorrow could be too late!#WorldBackupDay
April
1 AprilApril Fools Day / All Fools’ Day / April Fish Day1392United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Scandinavia, Italy, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, USA, Canada, India, RomaniaOccasion day, Comedy dayA day when practical jokes, tricks and hoaxes are perputrated by individuals, organisations and media outlets worldwide.#AprilFoolsDay
2 AprilInternational Children’s Book DayICBD1967worldwideIBBY (International Board on Books for Young People)Literacy day, Literacy awareness dayCelebrated on the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen, beloved childrens author, with book awards, competitions and authors.#ICBD (or add year:) #ICBD2018
2 AprilWorld Autism Awareness DayWAAD2008worldwideUNHealth day, Health awareness dayA day to change attitudes toward persons with autism and recognize their right to self-determination and autonomy so they are empowered to make an even stronger positive impact on our shared future. 1 of 4 UN health-specific days. See also Autistic Pride Day.#LightItUpBlue #WorldAustismDay
3 AprilWorld Party DayP-Day1996worldwideLook for real world party events and online music podcastsInternet HolidayInspired by “Flight: A Quantum Fiction Novel”, written by American novelist Vanna Bonta, which ended with a synchronized worldwide party. Throw or attend a party today!#WorldPartyDay
4 AprilInternational Mine Awareness Day / Assistance in Mine Action2006worldwideUN, UNMAS, GICHD (Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining), ICBL (International Campaign to Ban Landmines)Health day, Health awareness dayJoin the campaign for a world without mines by printing out the red triangle and sharing it along with your photos on social media to keep mine clearance at the top of the international agenda.#TogetherAgainstMines
5 AprilFirst Contact Day2063worldwide and beyondStar Trek, United Federation of PlanetsStar Trek Holiday, Fun holiday, Internet holiday, Sci-Fi day, Fan dayOn this day in 2063 Zefram Cochrane achieves Warp 1 in the Phoenix and makes first contact with the Vulcans, whose greeting included, “Live long and prosper” – today is a good day to use the greeting, along with the Vulcan “V” salute, watch Star Trek, hold a Star Trek costume party.#StarTrek #FirstContactDay #LLAP #LiveLongAndProsper
6 AprilInternational Day of Sport for Development and PeaceIDSDP2014worldwideUN, UNOSDP (United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace), IOC (International Olympic Committee)Sports day, Sports awareness dayOn this day in 1896 the first modern Summer Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece and is now the UN Observance day to celebrate the power of sport to drive social change, community development and promote peace, unity and inclusion.#WePlayTogether #IDSDP
7 AprilWorld Health Day1950worldwideUN, WHO, GHC (Global Health Council), PAHO (Pan American Health Organization)Health day, Health awareness dayWorld health day celebrates the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization in 1948 and focuses on a different global health issue every year since 1950.#WorldHealthDay
7 AprilInternational Day of Reflection on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide200530+ countries worldwideUNRemembrance dayMembers of all UN states asked to observe one minute of silence in memory of the victims of the Rwanda genocide and to help prevent future acts of genocide.
8 AprilInternational Romani Day / International Roma Day1990EuropeCouncil of Europe, World Romani Congress, IRU (International Romani Union)Awareness day, Remembrance dayA day to celebrate Romani culture and acknowledge the persecution and discrimination Roma and Sinti people have faced.#InternationalRomaniDay #InternationalRomaDay
9 AprilNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1860 French inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville used his phonautograph to make the the first recording of the human voice, singing the French folk song “Au clair de la lune”.
10 AprilNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1970 Paul McCartney leaves the Beatles breaking up one the most successful bands of all time.
11 AprilNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1979 dictator Idi Amin is overthrown after ruling Uganda for eight years. He was responsible for human rights abuse and the deaths of thousands of people.
12 AprilInternational Day of Human Space Flight / Cosmonautics Day / World Aviation and Astronautics Day1962Russia, Poland, worldwideUN, FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale)Science day, History day, Awareness dayOn this day in 1961 Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet cosmonaut, became the first human to travel into outer space. Comsonautics day was founded in 1962 in Russia and is celebrated in other former Soviet countries. In 2011 the UN Observance day was inauguarated to promote space exploration and use of space for the benefit of all humanity.#InternationalDayOfHumanSpaceFlight #CosmonautDay
12 AprilInternational Day for Street ChildrenIDSC2011UK, 130+ countries worldwideCSC (Consortium for Street Children)Rights day, Rights awareness day, Childrens dayA day to spread awareness of the rights of street children worldwide. Get involved by taking the pledge and sharing via social media.#StreetChildrenDay #IDSC2018 (change year)
13 AprilNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1963 former World Chess Champion and grand master Garry Kasparov was born in Azerbaijan.
14 AprilBlack DaySouth Korea and other asian countriesRomantic day, Lovers dayBlack day follows after Valentines day and White day and is celebrated by South Korean singles. Matchmaking events, jajangmyeon-eating contests and retail events.
15 AprilWorld Art Day2012worldwideIAA (International Association of Art)Arts day, Art awareness dayA day to celebrate fine arts and promote creative activity worldwide on the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci.#WorldArtDay
16 AprilNational Healthcare Decisions DayNHDDUSAThe Conversation Project, Institute for Healthcare ImprovementHealth day, Health awareness dayAdvance healthcare planning. Patients, families and providers can exchange views for the benefit of all.#NHDD #AdvanceCarePlanning
16 AprilWorld Voice DayWVD199958+ countries worldwideGlottal Enterprises, The Voice Foundation, SEMPRE (Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research)Human, Awareness dayA day to celebrate the human voice.#WorldVoiceDay #WVD (or add yr:) #WVD18
17 AprilWorld Hemophilia Day / World Haemophilia DayWHD1989118+ countries worldwideUN, WHO, WFH (World Federation of Hemophilia)Health day, Health awareness dayA day to raise awarenss of bleeding disorders and to show support for the millions of women and girls affected around the world.#WHD (or add year:) #WHD2018
18 AprilWorld Heritage Day / International Day For Monuments and SitesworldwideUN, UNESCO, ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites)Culture day, Cultural awareness dayRaise awareness of the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts needed to conserve them.#IDMS (or add year:) #IDMS2018 #WHDay (or add year:) #WHDay2018 #WorldHeritageDay #HeritageDay
19 AprilBicycle Day1985USA and worldwideAlbert HoffmanRandom day, Drugs awareness dayA day celebrating the discovery of psychedelic substances. On this day in 1943 Albert Hoffman intentionally self-administered LSD and ended up taking a psychedelic ride home on a bicycle.#BicycleDay
20 AprilChinese Language Day2010worldwideUNCulture day, Cultural awareness dayCelebrates the multilingualism and cultural diversity on the anniversay of the Lunar New Year. Chinese is the most commonly spoken language in the world and one of the six official languages of the UN along with French (20th March), Arabic (18th December), English (23rd April), Spanish (23rd April), Russian (6th June).#ChineseLanguageDay
21 AprilWorld Creativity and Innovation DayWCID2002Canada, worldwideUNCulture day, Cultural awareness dayWorld Creativity and Innovation Day is now celebrated as part of World Creativity and Innovation Week (WCIW) since 2006 to encourage people to use their creativity to make their place in the world and the world a better place.#WCIW #WCID (or add year:) #WCID2018
21 AprilNational Tea DayNTDUKNational Tea Day LtdFood day, Fun dayA day to share your love of tea, invite your neighbours round for a cup of tea or attend a tea party or a Fes-Tea-Val#NationalTeaDay
22 AprilEarth Day1970worldwideUNESCOEnvironment day, Environmental awareness dayEarth Day was originally observed in 1970 in Wisconsin, USA demonstrating for a healthy and sustainable environment. On the 20th anniversary, in 1990, over 200 million people across 141 countries participated and it’s still getting bigger. This year, Earth Day coincides with the signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which will take place at UN Headquarters in New York. The Agreement was adopted by all 196 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at COP21 in Paris on 12 December 2015.#EarthDay
22 AprilInternational Mother Earth Day2009worldwideUNEnvironment day, Environmental awareness day, Sustainable developmentOriginally observed in 1970 in Wisconsin, USA demonstrating for a healthy and sustainable environment. On the 20th anniversary, in 1990, over 200 million people across 141 countries participated and it’s still getting bigger. This year, Earth Day coincides with the signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which will take place at UN Headquarters in New York. The Agreement was adopted by all 196 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at COP21 in Paris on 12 December 2015.#InternationalMotherEarthDay
23 AprilSpanish Language Day2010worldwideUNCulture day, Cultural awareness dayA day to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity. Spanish is one of the six official languages of the UN along with French (20th March), Arabic (18th December), Chinese (20th April), English (also on 23rd April) and Russian (6th June).#UNSpanishLanguageDay
23 AprilWorld Book and Copyright DayWND1995worldwideUN, UNESCOLiterature day, Awareness dayOn this day in 1616 William Shakespeare, Cervantes, Inca Garcilaso all died. Encouraging everyone, especially young people, to discover the joy of reading and acknowledge the contributions of authors who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. In the UK and Ireland World Boy Day is celebrated on the first thursday in March.#WorldBookandCopyrightDay #WorldBookDay
23 AprilEnglish Language Day2010worldwideUNCulture day, Literary day, Cultural awareness dayA day to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity. English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. English is one of the six official languages of the UN along with French (20th March), Arabic (18th December), Chinese (20th April), Spanish (23rd April), Russian (6th June) and is often referred to as a “world language” because it is so widely spoken.#EnglishLanguageDay #EnglishDay
24 AprilWorld Day for Laboratory Animals / World Lab Animal Day1979UK and other countriesNAVS (National Anti-Vivisection Society)Animal welfare day, Awareness dayA day to commemorate the suffering of animals in laboratories and campaign for animal welfare and use cruelty free products.#WDLA #LAW2018 (change year)
24 AprilFashion Revolution Day2014100+ countries worldwideCarry Somers and Orsola de CastroWorkers Rights day, Fashion day, Fashion awareness dayFashion Revolution Day (part of Fashion Revolution Week) campaigns for greater transparency, sustainability and
ethics in the fashion supply chain.
#WhoMadeMyClothes #IMadeYourClothes #FashionRevolutionDay
25 AprilWorld Malaria DayWMD2008worldwideUN, WHOHealth day, Heath awareness dayRaise awareness and recognize global efforts to control malaria. Related to World Mosquito Day#WorldMalariaDay
25 AprilWorld Penguin Day2007worldwideWWF (World Widelife Foundation)Nature day, Bird day, Awareness dayA day to celebrate penguins, timed to coincide with their annual migration northwards, and raise awareness of climate change which is impacting on their habitats worldwide. Adopt a penguin through the WWF. See also Penguin Awareness Day on 20th January.#WorldPenguinDay
25 AprilParental Alienation Awareness Day / Bubbles of Love DayPAAD2006 / 2010worldwidePAAO (Parental Alienation Awareness Organization)Family day, Awareness dayA day to raise awareness of parental alienation, to educate and campaign for social change at all levels of society and end the mental and emotional abuse of children. Blow soap bubbles on behalf of all children who should be allowed to love and be loved by their families without guilt or fear.#PAAD (or add year:) #PAAD2018 #ParentalAlienation
26 AprilInternational Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day2016worldwideUN, WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)Health day, Technology, Awareness dayOn this day in 1986 the Chernobyl nuclear disaster we remember the long-term consequences and risks posted by nuclear energy along with the ongoing needs of affected communities.#ChernobylRemembranceDay #Chernobyl
26 AprilWorld Intellectual Property DayWIPO2001worldwideUNTechnology, Awareness dayOn the anniversary of the 1970 WIPO Convention events are held around the world to raise awareness of intellectual property, including trademarks, copyright and patents and the role they play in creativity and innovation.#WorldIPDay
27 AprilNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1791
Samuel Morse, American artist and co-inventor of the Morse code was born.
28 AprilWorld Day for Safety and Health at Work2003worldwideUN, ILO (International Labour Organization)Workers rights, Health & Safety, Health awareness dayHealth and Safety is often ridiculed. When you learn 6,300 people die every DAY it may change the way you think, which is what this day is all about. Collecting Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) data makes it easier to spot trends and help prevent accidents.#SHWDay
29 AprilDay of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare2005worldwideUN, OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons)War and Peace, Disarmament, Remembrance dayOn this day in 1997 the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) entered into force. A day to remember victims of chemical warfare and reaffirm the aim to remove the threat of chemical weapons.ChemWarfareDay #ChemicalWarfare #VictimsChemicalWarfare
29 AprilInternational Dance Day1982worldwideITI (International Theatre Institute), UNESCOArts day, Dance day, Awareness dayA day for dancers of the world to flashmob and celebrate the contribution dance makes to the arts and campaign for support from regional and national governments worldwide.#InternationalDanceDay
30 AprilInternational Jazz Day2011worldwideUN, UNESCOArts day, Music, Awareness dayJazz day (as part of Jazz month) celebrates the role jazz plays bringing people and communities together for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding worldwide.#JazzDay
May
1 MayMay DayBCEuropeOccasion day, National holiday in many countriesMay day is an ancient Spring festival of dancing, (Maypole dancing in the UK) music, food and drink. The festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers was celebrated in the Roman Republican era (509–27BC), Walpurgis Night in Germanic countries and the Gaelic Beltane festival.#MayDay2018 (change year)
1 MayInternational Workers’ Day / Labour Day1904most countries worldwideITUC (International Trade Union Confederation), IWA (International Workers’ Association), WFTU (World Federation of Trade Unions), TUC (Trades Union Congress)Politics day, Rights day, National holiday in many countriesSocalists, communists, trade unions and workers organize rallies and demonstrations and media events to celebrate and campaign for workers rights and peace worldwide. Canada and the US celebrate Labor day on the first Monday in September.#LabourDay (or add year:) #LabourDay2018 #MayDay2018 (change year)
2 MayWorld Tuna Day2017worldwideUN, ISSF (International Seafood Sustainability Foundation), PNA (Parties to the Nauru Agreement)Conservation day, Awareness dayWorld Tuna Day highlights the importance of sustainably managed fish stocks as part of the UN 2030 agenda sustainable development goals (SDGs).#WorldTunaDay
3 MayWorld Press Freedom Day / World Press DayWPFD2003worldwideUN, UNESCORights day, Rights awareness dayEvery week, a journalist is killed simply for doing their job and most cases go unpunished. On this day in 1991 the Windhoek Declaration of press freedom principles were adopted at a UNESCO seminar. WPFD raises awareness of the freedom of the press and reminds governments of their obligations under Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. See also A Day Without News.#WorldPressFreedomDay #WPFD (or add year:) #WPFD2018 #PressFreedom #FreedomOfSpeech
4 MayStar Wars Day2011worldwide onlineStar Wars fans, Lucasfilm, Walt Disney CompanyFan day, Geek day, Internet day, Awareness dayA day to celebrate everything Star Wars. Held today based on the “May the Force be with you” pun. Real world conventions, costume parties and online social media campaigns.#StarWarsDay
5 MayInternational Midwives’ Day / International Day of the MidwifeIDM199150+ countries worldwideICM (International Confederation of Midwives), WHOHealth day, Awareness dayA day to recognise the work of midwives and midwifery worldwide, focused on a different theme each year.#ThankAMidwife
5 MayRevenge of the Fifthworldwide onlineStar Wars fans, Lucasfilm, Walt Disney CompanyFan day, Geek day, Internet day, Awareness dayFollowing on from Star Wars Day turn to the dark side for just one day. Held today based on a wordplay of Star Wars Episode III “Revenge of the Sith”.#RevengeOfTheFifth #RevengeOfThe5th #SithDay
6 MayInternational No Diet DayINDD1992UK, USA and a few other countriesMary Evans Diet Breakers, ISAA (International Size Acceptance Association)Food day, Health Awareness dayA day to consider maintaining a healthy life style whatever your size. Raise awareness of the potential dangers of dieting and likelihood of success. Wear a light blue ribbon to honor victims of eating disorders and weight loss surgery.#InternationalNoDietDay #NoDietDay
7 MayNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 2000 Vladimir Putin became President of Russia.
8 MayVictory in Europe Day / VE Day / V-E Day / V Day1945USA, EuropeWar and Peace, Remembrance dayVE day marked the formal acceptance of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender to the allies which ended World War II in Europe#VEDay #8May1945
8 MayWorld Red Cross and Red Crescent Day1948worldwideIFRC (International Federation of the Red Cross Societies), LORCS (League of the Red Cross Societies)War and Peace, Remembrance day, Awareness dayA day to recognize the work of volunteers worldwide and campaign for peace to prevent wars instead of mitigating the consequences of wars. Celebrated on the birthday of Swiss born
Henry Dunant, the first Nobel Peace Prize winner.
#WorldRedCrossAndRedCrescentDay #RedCrossDay #RedCrescentDay #Red8May
8 MayTime of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War2005worldwideUNWar and Peace, Remembrance dayMay 8 is the date the World War II Allies accepted the unconditional surrender of the Nazi Germany armed forces and marks the end of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. Day 1 of a 2 day event.#WorldWar2remembrance #RemembranceLostLivesWW2
9 MayTime of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War2005worldwideUNRemembrance dayCountries, UN organizations, NGOs and individuals are urged to pay tribute to the victims of World War II. Day 2 of a 2 day event.
9 MayEurope Day / EU Flag Day1985European EU states and accesion countries; TurkeyEU, Council of EuropeHistory day, Politics day, Awareness dayA day to celebrate peace and unity in Europe.#EUday #EuropeDay #EUFlagDay
10 MayWorld Migratory Bird DayWMBD2006worldwideUN, North America, CMS (Convention on Migratory Species), AEWA (Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds)Bird day, Awareness dayA day to raise awareness and conservation of migratory birds and their habitats which are under threat from climate change,#TheirFutureOurFuture #WorldMigratoryBirdDay
10 MayWorld Lupus Day2004worldwideWLF (World Lupus Federation)Health day, Health awareness dayA day to raise awareness of Lupus and campaign for better education, research, treatment and support from health organizations.#WorldLupusDay
11 MayTwilight Zone DayUSAUSA, Sci-Fi fansGeek day, Fan day, Social Media dayLike the popular TV show the Twilight Zone Day origin remains a mystery – as does the choice of day. We suspect it was just fake news made up by one of the calendar websites but there’s plenty of fan interest so it’s a thing.
12 MayInternational Nurses DayIND1965worldwideICN (International Council of Nurses)Workers day, Workers awareness dayOn this day in 1820 Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was born. Today is a day to celebrate and acknowlege the contributions nurses make to society worldwide and campaign#InternationalNursesDay #IND2018 (change year)
13 MayInternational Hummus Day2012worldwideFood day, Fun day, Social media dayTo celebrate eat hummus on breakfast, lunch or dinner or attend a hummus event. Share your Hummus pics and add a pin to the World Hummus Map.#HummusDay
14 MayNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1984 Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder is born and American singer and actor Frank Sinatra dies.
15 MayInternational Day of Families1996worldwideUNFamily day, Family awareness dayA day to celebrate the role families play in the lives of all family members and to promote good practices in the workplace to support working parents. Each year families day raises awareness on a different family issue.#DayOfFamilies
16 MayNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1929 the first Academy Awards (Oscars) were awarded.
17 MayInternational Day Against Homophobia and TransphobiaIDAHOT2004130+ countries worldwideIDAHO Committee, Arcus Foundation, HivosRights day, Rights awareness dayA day to celebrate the rights achieved by LGBTI people so far and to campaign for further change and end violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people.#IDAHOT #IDAHOBIT
17 MayInternet Day / World Information Society Day / World Telecommunication DayWTISD2006worldwideUN, ITU (International Telecommunication Union)Technology, Awareness dayRaise awareness of how information technologies and the internet have changed society and exchange ideas to reduce the digital divide.#WTSID (or add year:) #WTSID2018 #WorldTelecommunicationsDay
18 MayWorld AIDS Vaccine DayHealth
18 MayFascination of Plants Day2013worldwideEPSO (European Plant Science Organisation)Environment day, Environmental awareness dayThousands of plant related events organized worldwide to raise awareness of the importance of plant science and role they play in agriculture, food production, horticulture, forestry, paper, timber, chemicals, energy and pharmaceuticals.#PlantDay
18 MayPlant Conservation Day2001USA, Europe + other countriesAZH (Association of Zoological Horticulture), BGCI (Botanic Gardens Conservation International)Environment day, Environmental awareness dayRaise awareness of the importance of plants and learn more about the key role we all play in their conservation.#PlantConservationDay
19 MayEndangered Species Day2005USA, worldwideEndangered Species Coalition, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)Animal day, Awareness dayRaise awareness of endangered species and some everyday actions you can take to help protect them.#EndangeredSpeciesDay
20 MayBlue Cone Monochromacy International Awareness DayUSA, worldwideBCM Families FoundationHealth day, Awareness dayA day to raise awareness of blue cone monochromacy (BCM) which is a rare inherited eye disease which usually manifests itself in early infancy. There’s currently no cure.
20 MayWorld Metrology Day2005worldwideBIPM (Bureau International des Poids et Mesures)Science day, Awareness dayA day to celebrate the impact of measurement on our daily lives. Held on the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention on 20 May 1875. Celebrated jointly by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures/Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (IBWM/BIPM), International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) and national metrology organizations.#WorldMetrologyDay
21 MayWorld Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development2002worldwideUN, UNESCOCulture day, Cultural awareness dayA day to promote cultural diversity issues and learn how to live together in harmony though education for sustainable lifestyles and development.#WDCDDD (or add year:) #WDCDDD2018
22 MayInternational Day for Biological DiversityIDB2002worldwideUN, CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity)Environment day, Environmental awareness dayA day to raise awareness and deepen understanding of how sustainable tourism can lead to both economic growth and the conservation of biodiversity.#IDB (or add year:) #IDB2018 #BiodiversityDay #BiologicalDiversityDay
23 MayInternational Day to End Obstetric Fistula2013worldwideUN, UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund)Health day, Health awareness dayA day to raise awareness that Fistulas can be repaired. Obstetric Fistula afflicts vulnerable women during childbirth turning a joyous occasion into tragedy. Women are left incontinent and often shunned by their communities.#EndFistula
24 MayNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1956 Lys Assia won the first Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland.
25 MayInternational Missing Children’s DayIMCD1983 / 2001USA, 22+ countries worldwideICMEC (International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children), NCMEC (U.S. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children), GMCN (Global Missing Children’s Network, EU, Missing Children EuropeFamily day, Family awareness dayA day to celebrate missing children who have been found and support campaigns to find children who are still missing worldwide.#MissingChildren #BringThemHome #IMCD2018 (change year)
25 MayWorld Thyroid DayWTD2008worldwideATA (American Thyroid Association), ETA (European Thyroid Association), TFI (Thyroid Federation International)Health day, Health awareness dayA day to raise awareness of thyroid health and to improve education and prevention programs. Thyroid diseases and disorders often remain undiagnosed leading to other health issues.#WorldThyroidDay
25 MayGeek Pride Day1998Spain, USA, Sweden, CanadaGeeks, Sci-Fi Fans, The Science ChannelGeek day, Awareness day, Fun day, Online dayA day for geeks to flaunt their geekiness both online and at real world events worldwide. There are references to Geek Pride Day events in 1998 New York by Tim McEachern, in 2001 by Dick Morley in New Hampshire. In 2006 300 Geeks formed a human Pac-Man and created a manifesto in Madrid, Spain and it’s now an annual celebration.#GeekPrideDay #GeekDay
25 MayTowel Day2001UK, USA, worldwideSci-Fi fans, HHGTTG fansLiterary day, Geek dayFans celebrate the English writer Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (HHGTTG) by openly carrying a towel with them, as described in the books. Why 25 May? No reason but if you want one add 25+5 in hexadecimal and you get 2A which is 42 in decimal 😉#TowelDay #DouglasAdams
25 MayThe Glorious Twenty-Fifth of MayUK, USA, worldwideSci-Fi fans, Discworld fansGeek day, Literary dayIn the Discworld novel series 25th May is observed by survivors of the People’s Revolution, which ended Lord Winder’s reign. Terry Pratchett fans wear a sprig of lilac in his memory.#WearTheLilac #AllTheLittleAngels #HowDoTheyRiseUp
26 MayNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1923 Le Mans 24 hours race is held for the first time, won by André Lagarde and Albert Leonard of France.
27 MayNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1937 the Golden Gate suspension bridge is opened connecting the San Francisco peninsula with Marin County, USA.
28 MayWorld Hunger Day2011worldwideThe Hunger ProjectFood day, Hunger awareness dayOver 795 million people in the world do not have enough food today. You can help by supporting sustainable solutions that empower people to help end hunger and poverty worldwide.#WorldHungerDay
28 MayMenstrual Hygiene DayMHD / MH DayworldwideWASH UnitedFamily, Women, Health awareness dayA day to raise awareness about the importance of good menstrual hygiene management for women and girls worldwide. Always wash hands thoroughly with soap before eating and after using the toilet.#MenstrualHygieneDay #MHDay (or add year:) #MHDay2018
29 MayInternational Day of UN Peacekeepers20142003worldwideUNWar and Peace, Global politics awareness dayA day to pay tribute to the men and women who are serving, and have served, in UN peacekeeping operations and to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.#InvestingInPeace #PKDay #Volunteers4Peace
30 MayNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1846 Peter Carl Fabergé, Russian goldsmith and jeweler was born. On this day in 1431 Joan of Arc was tied to a pillar and burnt to death in Rouen, France.
31 MayWorld No Tobacco Day / A World No-Smoking DayWNTD1988worldwideUN, WHO, TFI (Tobacco Free Initiative), Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease,Rights day, Health day, Health awareness dayThe health risks of smoking are widely understood but every smoker exposes others to second-hand risks. Give up smoking day. Give up for the day, the week, the year, then the rest of your life.#NoTobacco #WorldNoTobaccoDay #WNTB (or add year:) #WNTB2018
June
1 JuneGlobal Day of Parents2013worldwideUNFamily, Family awareness dayThe Global Day of Parents is a day to celebrate the key role parents play in the full and harmonious development of children for the well-being of families and wider society. See also Parents’ Day (US)#GlobalDayofParents
1 JuneWorld Milk Day2001worldwideUN, FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization)Food day, Food awareness day, Sustainable developmentCelebrates the contributions of the dairy sector to sustainability, economic development, livelihoods and nutrition.#WorldMilkDay
2 JuneNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1953 Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey, London, England, following the death of her father, King George VI the previous year.
3 JuneNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1931 Raúl Castro, the 17th Prime Minister of Cuba was born. In 1926 Allen Ginsberg, American poet, was born, In 1808 Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America was born. On this day in 2016 Muhammad Ali, U.S. boxer died. In 1924 Franz Kafka, Czech/German writer died. In 1875 Georges Bizet, French composer died. In 1989 Ruhollah Khomeini, first leader of Iran died.
4 JuneInternational Day of Innocent Children Victims of AggressionIDICVA1982worldwideUNChildrens rights day, Rights awareness dayA day to recognise children throughout the world are victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse and to re-affirm the UN’s commitment to protect the rights of children.#IDICVA (or add year:) #IDICVA2018 #VictimsofAggression
5 JuneWorld Environment DayWED1973worldwideUN, UNEPEnvironment day, Environmental awareness dayA day to connect with nature and understand environmental issues in order to move towards sustainable consumption. Each year this global awareness raising event is held in a different country with a different theme.#WorldEnvironmentDay #WithNature
6 JuneRussian Language Day2010worldwideUNCulture day, Cultural awareness dayCelebrate the birthday of Russian poet A.S. Pushkin along with multilingualism and cultural diversity. Russian is one of the six official languages of the UN along with French (20th March), Arabic (18th December), Chinese (20th April), Spanish and English (23rd April).#RussianLanguageDay
7 JuneNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1958 Prince, American singer-songwriter, musican and actor was born. In 1952 Liam Neeson Irish American actor born. In 1940 Tom Jones, Welsh American singer and actor born. In 1848 Paul Gauguin, French painter was born. In 1954 Alan Turing, English mathematician died. In 1329 Robert the Bruce, Scottish king died.
8 JuneWorld Oceans Day1992worldwideUN, DOALOS (Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea), ICOD (International Centre for Ocean Development), OIC (Ocean Institute of Canada)Environment day, Environmental awareness dayA day to celebrate oceans and get involved with conservation action to find better solutions to plastic pollution, marine litter, sustainable management of ocean resources towards healthier oceans which will benefit us all.#WorldOceansDay
9 JuneCoral Triangle DayCTDay2012Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and worldwideWWF (World Wildlife Fund), CTI-CFF (Coral Triangle Initiative On Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security)Environment day, Environmental awareness dayA day to raise awareness of ocean conservation and ocean protection in general and celebrate marine biodiversity in the Coral Triangle. Get involved with beach clean-ups, eat sustainable seafood and share on social media.#SayNo2Plastic #CoralTriangle #CTDay (or add year:) #CTDay2018
10 JuneNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1935 Alcoholics Anonymous was founded to help combat alcoholism.
11 JuneNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 2010 the 19th FIFA Soccer World Cup was hosted in Africa for the first time and won by Spain.
12 JuneWorld Day Against Child LabourWDACL2002worldwideUN, ILO (International Labour Organization)Childrens day, Childrens rights day, Rights awareness dayA day to bring attention to the international efforts being made to end child labour in any of its forms worldwide.#NOChildLabour #WDACL (or add year:) #WDACL2018 #WorldDayAgainstChildLabor
13 JuneInternational Albinism Awareness DayIAAD2013worldwideUN, UNESCOHealth day, Health awareness dayA day to challenge the stigma, discrimination and violence against people with Albinism. Albinism is a non-contagious genetically inherited rare difference from birth which is found in both sexes worldwide.#NotGhosts #IAAD (or add year:) #IAAD2018
14 JuneWorld Blood Donor DayWBDD2004worldwideUN, WHOHealth day, Health awareness dayRaise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving, donations.#WBDD #WorldBloodDonorDay
14 JuneCupcake Day2017UKAlzheimer’s SocietyFood day, Fun day, Food awareness dayDementia is the number one cause of death in England and Wales and there’s no cure. Host a Cupcake Day or get involved online and support the fight against dementia.#CupcakeDay
15 JuneWorld Elder Abuse Awareness DayWEAAD2012worldwideUNRights day, Rights awareness dayA day to reflect on the rights of older people to live in dignity, free from abuse and exploitation which can lead to poverty, health issues leading to premature mortality.#WEAAD #ElderAbuse
15 JuneGlobal Wind Day2007worldwideEWEA (European Wind Energy Association), GWEC (Global Wind Energy Council)Environment day, Environmental awareness dayA day to celebrate wind energy and how it has reshaped the energy generation marketplace and debate. Wind energy decarbonises economies and creates jobs.#GlobalWindDay
16 JuneInternational Day of the African ChildIDAC1991Africa and worldwideWHO, UNICEF, OAU (Organisation of African Unity), ACERWC (African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child)Remembrance day, Rights day, Education day, Awareness dayA day to raise awareness of the need to continue to improve the education of African childen. Held on this day to honor the hundreds of people were killed and injured in the Soweto Uprising in 1976.#InternationalDayOfTheAfricanChild #IDAC2018 (change year)
16 JuneThe International Day of Family RemittancesIDFR2014worldwideUN, GMG (Global Migration Group, IOM (The United Nations Migration Agency), IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development)Family day, Rights day, Rights awareness dayMoney sent home by migrants helps families put food on the table, send their children to school, support economic development and job creation. All helping to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Developement Goals (SDG) one family at a time.#IDFR (or add year:) #IDFR2018
17 JuneWorld Day to Combat Desertification and DroughtWDCD1995worldwideUN, WHO, UNESCO, UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification)Environment day, Environmental awareness dayA day to raise awareness of desertification and drought, highlight methods to prevent desertification and recover from drought.#WDCD #LoveLand4Climate
17 JuneSustainable Gastronomy Day2017worldwideUN, UNESCO, FAOCulture day, sustainable development, Food day, Food awareness dayGastronomy is an important aspect of cultural expression which ties in with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through biodiversity, sustainable food production, agricultural development, nutrition and food security.#SustainableGastronomyDay
18 JuneAutistic Pride Day2005worldwideAFF (Aspies For Freedom), ANI (Autism Network International), ASAN (Autistic Self Advocacy Network)Health day, Health awareness dayA day to raise awarenss and celebration the neurodiversity and potential of all people including those on the autism spectrum. See also World Autism Awareness Day.#AutisticPrideDay #ActuallyAutistic
19 JuneInternational Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict2016worldwideUN, ECOSOC (United Nations Economic and Social Council)Rights day, Rights awareness dayRaise awareness the end conflict-related sexual violence, honour victims and survivors of sexual violence and pay tribute to those who have devoted and/or lost their lives standing up to help end these crimes.#StopSVC
20 JuneWorld Refugee Day / African Refugee Day2001worldwideUN, UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency), OAU (Organization of African Unity)Rights day, Rights awareness dayA day to show support for refugees and urge governments to do their fair share to help refugees and their families.#WithRefugees #WorldRefugeeDay
21 JuneWorld Music Day / Fête de la Musique / Make Music DayFDLM1981120+ countries worldwideJack LangArts day, Music dayAnnual summer solstice music celebration of music. All musicians are encouraged to perform on the streets and organize free concerts.#FeteMusique #FDLM (or add year:) #FDLM2018
21 JuneWorld Hydrography DayWHD2007worldwideUN, IHO (International Hydrographic Organization), NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), IFHS (International Federation of Hydrographic Societies)Navigation day, Science awareness dayA day to raise awareness of the importance of hydrography (surveys and charts of oceans, seas, coastal areas, lakes and rivers) and celebrate the work of hydrographers who facilitate safe navigation maps along with scientific, security and environmental information.#HydrographyDay
21 JuneInternational Day of Yoga / Yoga Day2015worldwideUN,Health day, Cultural awareness dayA day to raise awareness of the health benefits of practicing yoga and celebrate the physical, mental and spiritual practice of Yoga that originated in India.#InternationalDayofYoga #YogaDay
21 JuneNational Selfie Day2014USA, UKDJ Rick McNeelyPhotography day, Fun day, Online daySelfie day has attracted media coverage from ABC News and BBC News and has gone viral. To participate share your selfies via social media.#NationalSelfieDay #SelfieDay
22 JuneNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1633 the Catholic Church forced Galileo Galilei to renounce heliocentrism (his theory that the Sun is the center of the Universe, rather than Earth) and he was placed under house arrest for the rest of his life.
23 JuneUnited Nations Public Service DayUNPSD2003worldwideUN, UNESCO (United Nations Economic and Social Council)Culture day, Cultural awareness dayUNESCO (United Nations Economic and Social Council) bestows UN Public Service Awards on UN Public Service Day for contributions made to the cause of enhancing the role, prestige, and visibility of public service.#UNPublicServiceDay #UNPSD (or add year:) #UNPSD2018 #PublicServiceDay
23 JuneInternational Widows Day2011worldwideUN, The Loomba FoundationFamily rights day, Rights awareness dayWidows in many societies have few, if any, rights to inheritance or land ownership and find themselves dependent on the charity of their husbands’ relatives. International Widows Day was established by The Loomba Foundation. On this day in 1954 Shrimati Pushpa Wati Loomba, mother of Lord Loomba, the foundation’s founder, became a widow.#InternationalWidowsDay #WidowsDay
24 JuneNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1901 eighteen year old Pablo Picasso was featured in his first exhibition in Ambroise Vollard’s gallery in Paris, France.
25 JuneDay of the Seafarer2011worldwideUN, WMU (World Maritime University), IMLI (International Maritime Law Institute)Seafarers awareness dayA day to give thanks to seafarers for the risks they take doing their jobs and to recognize the vital role sea transport plays in all our lives either directly or indirectly.A different hashtag is used each year #CareerAtSea #AtSeaForAll #ThankYouSeafarers #SeafarersMatter (2017)
26 JuneInternational Day in Support of Victims of Torture1998worldwideUN, OHCHR (Office of the High Commissioner Human Rights)Rights day, Rights awareness dayA day to support victims of torture and all the people being tortured around the world today. Under international law torture is a crime which cannot be justified under any circumstances.#SupportLifeAfterTorture
26 JuneInternational Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking / World Drug Day2010worldwideUN, UNODC (UN Office on Drugs and Crime)Health day, Health awareness dayA day to recognize the problem illicit drugs represents to society and raise awareness of the dangers associated with illicit drugs use.#ListenFirst
27 JuneMicro- Small and Medium-sized Enterprises DayMSMEs2017worldwideUN, ITC (International Trade Centre)Economy, Awareness dayA day to recognize the contribution MSMEs make to livelihoods, local communities and international development and to campaign for more support at all levels of government worldwide.#MSMEDay #SmallBusinessBigImpact
28 JuneNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie are assassinated which triggered the First World War.
29 JuneInternational Day of the Tropics2016worldwideUN, UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme)Environment day, Environmental awareness dayA day to acknowledge the diversity and potential of the region and highlight the challenges facing the world’s tropical zone and the need for countries in the tropics to play their role towards the UN’s sustainable development goals.#WeAreTheTropics #TropicsDay
30 JuneInternational Asteroid Day201578+ countries worldwideUNOOSA (United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs), COPUOS (Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space), California Academy of Sciences, Discovery Science day, European Space Agency (ESA), Association of Space Explorers (ASE), Planetary Society, B612 Foundation etc.Science day, Awareness dayHeld annually on the anniversary of the 1908 Tunguska asteroid impact in Siberia to raise awareness of the impact threat of an asteroid striking the earth and the preparations you can take to help protect our planet, your families and future generations.#AsteroidDay
July
1 JulyCanada Day (formerly Dominion Day)1867CanadaBritish North America ActNational dayOn this day in 1867 the colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Canada were united into a single Dominion called Canada, within the British Empire. The 1st July is a national holiday in Canada.#CanadaDay #OhCanada #DominionDay
2 JulyWorld UFO Day2001worldwideHaktan Akdogan, WUFODO (World UFO Day Organization)UFO awareness day, Sci-Fi dayOn this day in 1947 the Roswell UFO incident reportedly took place. A day to raise awareness about UFO’s (Unidentified Flying Objects) and to open our minds to the possibility of intelligent beings from outer space. Participate at events, skywatch, watch UFO movies and share your UFO sightings and experiences on social media.#WorldUFODay
3 JulyNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1863 the three day long Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War ended in Union victory with around 50,000 soldiers dead.
4 JulyIndependence Day1776USASecond Continental CongressNational dayOn this day in 1776 the United States Declaration of Independence of the thirteen British colonies from the British crown and the creation of a new country called the United States of America. The 4th of July is a national holiday in the USA.#4thOfJuly #FourthOfJuly #IndependenceDay
5 JulyNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1996 Dolly the Sheep, the first live cloned mammal was born in Scotland. She lived to be nearly seven years old, well short of the average 10-12 year lifespan for sheep.
6 JulyNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1935 14th the Dalai Lama, Tibetan Spiritual leader since 1950 was born. In 1946 George W Bush, 43rd President of the USA was born. On this day in 1553 King Edward VI of England died. In 1971 Louis Armstrong, American singer and trumpeter died.
7 JulyNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1985 Boris Becker, a German tennis player, became the youngest person to win the Wimbledon mens single title aged 17 years and 227 days.
8 JulyNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1994 Kim Jong-il becomes the Supreme Leader of North Korea. Following his death in 2011 the current North Korean leader is Kim Jong-un.
9 JulyNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1877 the first Wimbledon Championship was held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England.
10 JulyNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1913 the highest recorded temperature record of 56.7°C (134°F) was measured at Death Valley, California, USA.
11 JulyWorld Population Day1990worldwideUN, UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund)Birth control, Contraception, Family day, Family planning awareness dayOn this day in 1987 “Five Billion Day” marked the world’s population reaching five billion, today it’s 7.6 billion and rising fast. Since 1969 the UNFPA contines to help remove obstacles to family planning so women can exercise their reproductive rights.#WorldPopulationDay
12 JulyMalala Day2013Pakistan and worldwideUN, Ziauddin and Malala YousafzaiPeace day, Peace awareness dayOn this day in 2013 Malala Yousafzai made a speech at the UN on her sixteenth birthday calling for global access to education. In 2014 Malala became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner.#MalalaDay
13 JulyNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1985 Live Aid benefit concerts were held simultaneously in London and Philadelphia watched by over 1 billion viewers. Around £40 million was raised to help alleviate famine in Ethiopa and long term projects in Africa.
14 JulyNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1789 the storrming of the Bastille prison in Paris was the flashpoint of the French revolution.
15 JulyWorld Youth Skills DayWYSD2015worldwideUNYouth awareness dayA day to recognise that the skills of individuals, communities and countries create a more prosperous future for us all.#SkillsForAll #WYSD (or add year:) #WYSD2018
16 JulyNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1994 the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet collided with Jupiter. It was the first collision between celestial objects observed by astronomers in recorded history.
17 JulyWorld Day for International Justice / Day of International Criminal Justice / International Justice DayIJDworldwideUN, UNPO (Unrepresented Nations and People Organization), ICC (International Criminal Court), Amnesty InternationalRights day, Rights awareness dayA day to recognize the progress made in the international criminal justice system on the anniversary of the creation of the International Criminal Court. A day to highlight genocide in Darfur and serious crimes of violence against women.#MakeJusticeVisible #MoreJustWorld #InternationalJusticeDay #IJD2018 (change year)
17 JulyWorld Emoji Day2014worldwideFun dayWorld Emoji day was created by Jeremy Burge in 2014 to celebrate how much emojis are loved around the world. July 17 was chosen because it was the date displayed on the original iCal for Mac application at the 2002 MacWorld Expo.#WorldEmojiDay #WorldEmojiDay2019 (change year)
18 JulyNelson Mandela International Day2010worldwideUNRights day, Rights awareness dayOn the birthday of Nelson Mandela you are invited to devote 67 minutes of your time to help others, that’s one minute for each of Mandela’s 67 years of public service. Take action to inspire change!#MandelaDay #ActionAgainstPoverty
19 JulyNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1553 Mary I (aka Bloody Mary for her persecution of Protestants) became Queen of England replacing Lady Jane Grey.
20 JulyInternational Chess DayICD1966170+ countries worldwideUNESCO, FIDE (World Chess Federation),Chess awareness dayA day to celebrate chess events and chess competitions around the world on the anniversary of the foundation of the International Chess Federation.#WorldPlaysChess #InternationalChessDay #ChessDay
21 JulyNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the Moon stepping from Apollo 11 onto the Moon’s surface in the Sea of Traquility he said: “one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind”.
22 JulyPi Approximation Day / Casual Pi DayworldwideGeek day, Mathematics day, Online day22/7 (day/month format) is the fraction used as an approximation of π to two decimal places. See also Pi Day on 14th March#PiApproximationDay
23 JulyNo verified international awareness days todayIWC (International Whaling Commission)On this day in 1982 the International Whaling Commission passed a resolution to restrict commercial whaling and ban it completely after 1986. 25 countries voted to put the restrictions and ban in place.
24 JulyNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1911 Machu Picchu, the forgotten 15th century Inca site was rediscovered in Peru by American Hiram Bingham III.
25 JulyNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 2007 India gets its first and, so far, only female president. Pratibha Patil was the 12th president of India and was in office for 5 years until 2012.
26 JulyNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1894 Aldous Huxley, English author was born. In 1875 Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist was born. In 1943 Mick Jagger, the English Rolling Stones singer-songwriter was born. In 1928 Stanley Kubrick, American director was born.
27 JulyNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1940 Bugs Bunny made his official debut in A Wild Hare.
28 JulyWorld Hepatitis DayWHD2008worldwideUN, WHOHealth day, Health awareness dayThe birthday of Nobel science prize winner Baruch Samuel Blumberg, who discovered the hepatitis B virus, was chosen to raise awareness and encourage the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E.#WorldHepatitisDay #ShowYourFace
29 JulyInternational Tiger Day / Global Tiger Day2010worldwideWWFAnimal awareness dayA day to celebrate Tigers and to campaign for an end to wildlife crime and Tiger conservation.#GlobalTigerDay #InternationalTigerDay
30 JulyInternational Day of Friendship2011worldwideUN, World Friendship Crusade, UNESCOCulture day, Cultural awareness dayRaise awareness of the role friendship plays in promoting mutual understanding, solidarity, reconciliation and peace in many cultures.#FriendshipDay
30 JulyWorld Day against Trafficking in Persons2014worldwideUN, UNODC, ILORights day, Rights awareness dayA day to acknowledge human trafficking is an unacceptable breach of human rights and exploits millions of men, women and children for forced labour, sex and other illegal purposes.#HumanTrafficking #EndHumanTrafficking #TraffickingInPersons
31 JulyWorld Ranger Day2007worldwideIRF (International Ranger Federation)Environment day, Environmental awareness dayThe anniversary of the founding of the International Ranger Federation (IRF) is a day to commemorate Rangers killed or injured while on duty and to acknowledge the work Rangers do to protect the world’s cultural and natural treasures.#WorldRangerDay
August
1 AugustInternational Childfree Day1973USA, worldwideNAOP (National Alliance for Optional Parenthood)Cultural awareness dayA day to recognize the contribution childfree people make to society and educate society that parenthood is optional.#InternationalChildfreeDay
2 AugustNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1870 the world’s first underground railway opened between Tower Hill and Vine Lane under the river Thames in London, England. Within a few months it went bankrupt and was converted for pedestrian use, costing 1⁄2d, and was used by 1 million people each year. In 1894 the toll-free Tower Bridge opened and in 1989 the tunnel was closed and sold to a utility company, which now carries water mains.
3 AugustNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1946 the world’s first theme park called Santa Claus Land opened in Santa Claus, Indiana, USA.
4 AugustSingle Working Women’s Day1996USA, worldwideBarbara Payne, SWWAN (Single Working Women’s Affiliate Network)Womens day, Awareness dayA day to recognize the contributions made by single women in the workplace. Part of Single Working Women’s Week.#SingleWorkingWomensDay
5 AugustInternational Sailor Moon DayISMD2015USA, Canada, UK, worldwidePomegranate MagazineFun day, Geek day, Fan daySailor Moon is a popular Japanese anime/manga series, originally broadcast 1991-1997 but popular with fans who attend Sailor Moon events in cities around the world and online.#ISMD
6 AugustNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1945 the USA dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing around 20,000 soldiers and up to 126,000 civilians. It was followed by a second nuclear bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, which killed 39,000-80,000 people. Six days later Japan agreed to surrender which was officially signed on 2nd September 1945 and effectively ended World War II.
7 AugustNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1782 George Washington established the Badge of Military Merit made from purple cloth in the shape of a heart. it was superceded by the Purple Heart medal which was first awarded in 1932.
8 AugustInternational Cat Day2002worldwideIFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)Animal awareness dayA day to pamper our feline friends and take cat selfies to share on social media. Consider making a donation to support charities taking care of cats less fortunate than your own.#InternationalCatDay
9 AugustInternational Day of the World’s Indigenous People1995worldwideUNRights day, Rights awareness dayA day to acknowledge the UN declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples sets minimum standards and extends the human rights specifically for the survival, dignity and well-being of all indigenous peoples worldwide.#WeAreIndigenous #IndigenousPeoplesDay #IndigenousDay
10 AugustWorld Lion Day2013worldwideRae Kokeš and David Youldon of ALERT (African Lion & Environmental Research Trust)Conservation day, Animal day, Wildlife awareness dayCelebrate the importance of lions symbolically, religiously, culturally, economically and biologically. Campaign to conserve lion habitats worldwide.#WorldLionDay
11 AugustPresidential Joke Day1984USA and onlineSocial media day, Online day, Fake newsOn this day in 1984 President Ronald Reagan, during an off-the-record sound check, joked “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” It was leaked and broadcast on CBS. Presidential Joke Day is a social media event so we’re wondering what President Trump will tweet.#PresidentialJokeDay
12 AugustInternational Youth DayIYD2000worldwideUNYouth awareness dayA day to recognize and encourage the world’s youth (15-24 year olds) to be actively involved in their local communities which enhances global society.#IYD (or add year:) #IYD2018 #YouthDay
12 AugustWorld Elephant Day2012worldwidePatricia Sims, Elephant Reintroduction Foundation of ThailandEnvironment day, Environmental awareness dayRaise awareness that African and Asian elephants both need our help and to campaign for better care and management of both captive and wild elephants.#WorldElephantDay #BeElephantEthical #BEE
13 AugustInternational Lefthanders Day1976worldwide onlineAssociation of Left-Handers,People awareness day, People dayA day to celebrate the achievements of lefties, especially in sport, and raise awareness of the practical issues faced by left handed people every day.#LeftHandersDay
14 AugustNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1947 Pakistan gained independence from the British India Empire and became a seperate country and part of the Commonwealth.
15 AugustNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1947 India gained independence from the United Kingdom. Independence Day of India is a national holiday in India.
16 AugustNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1958 Madonna, American singer born. In 1954 James Cameron, Canadian film director born. In 1977 Elvis Presley died.
17 AugustNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, Michael Phelps wins his eighth Gold Medal breaking the record for the most gold medals won by a person in a single Olympic games.
18 AugustNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1877 the Martian Moon Phobos (named after the Greek god of fear) was discovered by American astronomer Asaph Hall who also discovered Deimos (named after the Greek god of terror).
19 AugustWorld Photo Day2009worldwideCerebral Palsy AllianceFun day, Arts awareness dayFounded by Korske Ara, an Australian writer and photographer, to encourage people to take pictures and share them with the world to inspire others.#WorldPhotoDay
19 AugustWorld Humanitarian DayWHD2009worldwideUNRights day, Rights awareness dayA day to thank all humanitarians and honor those who have lost their lives in the cause of duty. Sign the petition and share your support on social media.#NotATarget #WorldHumanitarianDay
20 AugustWorld Mosquito DayworldwideMalaria No More, Mosquito Squad, PMI (President’s Malaria Initiative), End Malaria Council, LSHTM (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)Heath day, Health awareness dayOn this day in 1897 Sir Ronald Ross proved malaria was transmitted by mosquitoes which led to effective treatments. Mosquitoes kills more people than snakes, sharks, lions and malaria can be treated for less than the price of a cup of coffee so get involved. Related to World Malaria Day.#WorldMosquitoDay
21 AugustInternational Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism2018worldwideUNRemembrance dayA day to remember the victims of terrorism and pay tribute and support and uphold the rights of survivors to reduce the lasting damage done by terrorists to individuals, communities and societies.#VictimsOfTerrorism #SurvivingTerrorism
22 AugustWorld Plant Milk Day2017worldwideProVeg InternationalVegetarianism, Vegan food day, Vegan food awareness dayRaise awareness of the wide range of dairy free healthy and vegan milk alternatives available at local supermarkets and the treatment of dairy cows.#WorldPlantMilkDay #PostMilkEra
23 AugustInternational Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its AbolitionIDRSTA1998worldwideUN, UNESCORemembrance dayA day to remember, acknowledge and understand the history of the slave trade and abolish modern day slavery. Get involved to end the legacy of social injustice and combat racism so we all have an equal role in society.#IDRSTA (or add year:) #IDRSTA #SlaveTradeAbolition #TimeToRemember #VictimsofSlavery #RememberSlavery
23 AugustEuropean Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism / Black Ribbon Day2009Europe, USA, CanadaEP (European Parliament)Remembrance dayOn this day in 1939 Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union agreed a non-agression pact which made World War II more likely. A day to remember and commemorate the victims of mass deportations and exterminations and campaign for democratic values to reinforce European peace and stability.#RememberAugust23 #EuropeanDayOfRemembrance #BlackRibbonDay (or add year) #BlackRibbonDay2018
24 AugustNo verified international awareness days todayNATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)On this day in 1949 the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) military alliance came into force. An attack on any member country is considered an attack on all signatories.
25 AugustNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 2012 NASA’s Voyager One left the heliosphere to become the first spacecraft to enter interstellar space. Voyager 1 is the most distant man-mad object in space.
26 AugustWomen’s Equality Day / Women’s Rights Day1973USAProposed by Congresswoman Bella Abzug, USA Presidential decreeNational day, Suffrage day, Womens Rights day, Womens Rights awareness dayOn this day in 1920 the 19th amendment to the USA constitution granted women the right to vote.#WomensEqualityDay
27 AugustNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 2003 Mars was closer to the Earth than it has been since 57,617 BC. It will be further away until 2287.
28 AugustNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1963 Martin Luther King made his most famous “I Have a Dream” speech at a human and political rights rally of over 20,000 people in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, USA.
29 AugustInternational Day against Nuclear TestsIDANT2010worldwideUNEnvironment day, Environmental awareness dayOn this day in 1991 the Kazakhstan nuclear test site was closed and this day was dedicated educating the public about the effects of nuclear tests and explosions and to promote a nuclear weapon free world.#AgainstNuclearTests #IDANT (or add year:) #IDANT #AgainstNuclearTestsDay
30 AugustInternational Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances / International Day of the DisappearedIDVED2011worldwideUN, Amnesty International, FEDEFAM (Latin American Federation of Associations for Relatives of Detained-Disappeared), UNMIK (UN Mission in Kosovo), OHCHR, ICMP (International Commission on Missing Persons), ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), AFAID (Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances)Rights day, Rights awareness dayEnforced disappearance is a crime used to spread fear through societies. This global problem must end and today is the day to campaign and share personal stories.#IDVED (or add year:) #IDVED2018 #VictimsEnforcedDisappearances #DisappearanceDay #StopDisappearance
31 AugustNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1997 Princess Diana of Wales died in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris, France.
September
1 SeptemberLabor Day1894Canada, USAITUC (International Trade Union Confederation), IWA (International Workers’ Association), WFTU (World Federation of Trade Unions)Politics, Rights day, National holidaySocalists, communists, trade unions and workers organize rallies and demonstrations and media events to celebrate and campaign for workers rights. Most other counties in the world celebrate Labour day or International Workers’ Day on 1st May.#LaborDay (or add year:) #LaborDay2018 #LaborDayWeekend
2 SeptemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1666 the “Great fire of London” started in a bakery and gutted the city of London within the old Roman city wall for several days destroying the homes of around 70,000 of the city’s 80,000 inhabitants.
3 SeptemberNo verified international awareness days todayThis day in 1967 was “Dagen H” (H day) in Sweden when the country changed from driving on the left to the right overnight.
4 SeptemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1998 Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin which started as a research project while they were doctoral students at Stanford University, USA.
5 SeptemberInternational Day of CharityIDC2013worldwideUNGiving day, Charity dayThis day commemorates the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa and encourages countries, organizations and individuals to take public action and support charitable work worldwide to alievate poverty and suffering.#InternationalDayofCharity
6 SeptemberInternational Colour Blindness Awareness Day2016Europe and worldwideUN, UNESCO, UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) TheFA (The Football Association), CAFE (Centre for Access to Football in Europe)Discrimination awareness day, Health day, Health awareness dayA day to raise awareness of colour blindness, remove the stigma surrounding colour blindness and campaign for organizations to choose colours which are more visible to people with colour vision defects (CVDs).#Iam1in12 (males) #Iam1in200 (females) #kickthestigma
#kickingthestigma #ColourBlindAwarenessDay
7 SeptemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1978 Georgi Markov, a Bulgarian writer and dissident, working at the BBC, was murdered as he crossed Waterloo Bridge in London, using a modified umbrella to shoot a ricin pellet into his leg – he died four days later.
8 SeptemberInternational Literacy Day1966worldwideUN, UNESCOCultural day, Culteral awareness day, Literacy awareness dayUNESCO hosts their International Literacy Prizes ceremony to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. Literacy rates are improving worldwide but one in five adults are still not literate.#LiteracyDay
8 SeptemberWorld Cleanup Day2008150 countries worldwideUNEP, LetsDoItWorld.orgEnvironment day, Environmental awareness dayStart or join a local Let’s Do It! Team to help clean up the world.#WorldCleanUpDay
9 SeptemberInternational FASD Awareness DayFASDay62 countriesFASworldAlcohol awareness, Health day, Health awareness dayBells are rung at 9:09 a.m. around the world to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and support families and individuals struggling with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).#FASDay (or add year:) #FASDay2018 #FASDAwarenessDay
10 SeptemberWorld Suicide Prevention Day2003worldwideUN, WHO, IASP (International Association for Suicide Prevention)Mental health day, Mental health awareness dayA day to remember victims of suicide and raise awareness of suicide. Just taking a minute to ask if someone is OK can lift someone out of a suicidal crisis.#WSPD
11 SeptemberPatriot Day2002USA and friends of the USA worldwideU.S. House of RepresentativesWar & Peace, National dayOn this day in 2001 the September 11 attacks (9/11) took place. 2,996 people were killed (of various nationalities including 19 terrorists) and over 6,000 people injured. Patriot day was proclaimed by President George W Bush and passed into law. The US flag is flown at half-staff around the world and a moment of silence is observed at 8:46 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) to co-incide with the time American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center.#PatriotsDay
12 SeptemberInternational Day for South-South Cooperation2004worldwideUNEconomic, Awareness dayA day to celebrate technical cooperation among developing countries and to recognize South-South cooperation complements North-South cooperation in achieving development goals. Previously observed on 19th December.#DayforSouthSouthCooperation
12 SeptemberAir Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel DayATSEP Day2015worldwideIFATSEA (International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations)Workers day, Workers awareness dayA day to acknowledge the achievements and contribution of air traffic safety electronics personnel to safer skies worldwide.#IFATSEA (or add year:) #IFATSEA2018
13 SeptemberDay of the Programmer2009Russia, USA, Canada, UK, India & 20+ other countriesMinComSvyaz RossiiWorkers day, Workers awareness dayCelebrated on the 256th day of the year (significant to programmers and 100 in hexadecimal). Originally proposed by Michael Cherviakov (aka htonus) and Valentin Balt to the Russian government in 2002 and decreed by the President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, on 11th September 2009. Held on 12th September in leap years.#DayOfProgrammers #ProgrammersDay
14 SeptemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1901 Theodore Roosevelt becomes the 26th and youngest ever U.S. President, aged 42 years and 322 days, after William McKinley was assassinated by an anarchist in Buffalo.
15 SeptemberInternational Day of Democracy2008worldwideUN, UNESCOCivil rights day, Civil rights awareness dayRecognize that democracy is a work in progress but an important UN goal to spread the values of freedom, human rights and genuine elections worldwide.#DemocracyDay
16 SeptemberInternational Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer1995worldwideUN, UNEP, EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency), WMO (World Meteorological Organization), NASA, BAS (British Antarctic Survey), NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), ESRL (Earth System Research Laboratory).Environment day, Environmental awareness dayThe Ozone Layer protects the Earth from the harmful portion of the sun’s rays. We can all take action to protect it.#InternationalOzoneDay
17 SeptemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1978 the Camp David Accords are signed by Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin which led to the 1974 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty.
18 SeptemberWorld Water Monitoring Day / EarthEcho Water ChallengeWWMD2003143 countries worldwideEarthEcho International, ACWF (America’s Clean Water Foundation), WEF (Water Environment Federation), IWA (International Water Association)Environment day, Environmental awareness dayGlobal educational outreach program which builds public awareness and participation in protecting water resources around the world by empowering citizens to carry out basic tests on their local water bodies and upload the results to a world map.#MonitorWater
19 SeptemberInternational Talk Like a Pirate DayITLAPD2002USA, worldwide onlineFounded by Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy) and John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket), EarthEcho InternationalFun day, Online day, Social media dayA day to talk like a pirate. You can also switch your Google Search and Facebook language to Pirate for the day – or all year around.#TalkLikeAPirateDay #TLAPD (or add year:) #TLAPD2018
20 SeptemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1973 Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in a mixed gender tennis match in Houston winning $100,000 prize money. Riggs boasted that even aged 55 he could beat any female tennis player. The match remains one of the most viewed tennis matches ever.
21 SeptemberInternational Day of Peace / World Peace Day1982worldwideUN, UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency)War and Peace awareness dayA day to reflect upon the cruel price of war and call for a global ceasefire in all combat zones.#PeaceDay
21 SeptemberZero Emissions Day / ZeDayworldwideSealevel.caEnvironment day, Environmental awareness dayGive the planet a day off by not burning coal, oil or gas and minimize any electricity generated by fossil fuels for 24 hours. ZeDay is the perfect day to switch to a green energy provider or carbon offset your fossil fuel use.#ZeroEmissionsDay #ZeDay #GoGreen
22 SeptemberWorld Rhino Day2011worldwideWWF-South AfricaAnimal day, Wildlife conservation dayA day to raise awareness about Rhinos and the need to protect their habitats. Get involved by debunking the myths that rhino horn contains curative properties to lower the demand for Rhino horn.#WorldRhinoDay
22 SeptemberWorld Rose DayCanada, India, worldwideCARF (Cancer Aid and Research Foundation)Health day, Health awareness dayA day to recognise the physical, emotional, social and financial burdens faced by cancer survivors and their care givers. Give roses and gifts to cancer patients and campaign for cancer charities.#WorldRoseDay
23 SeptemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1965 the Indo-Pakistani war (aka the Second Kashmiri War) ends with a UN ceasefire. India and Pakistan remain in dispute over the territory of Kashmir.
24 SeptemberNo verified international awareness days todayThis day in 1869 was Black Friday in the United States because speculators hoarded gold to push the price of gold higher. In response, under orders from President Ulysses S. Grant, the US Treasury sold a large amount of gold and price of gold plummeted within minutes.
25 SeptemberWorld Dream DayWDD2012USA and worldwideBurnBright InternationalSelf improvement day, Mental health awareness dayA day to transform yourself and the world one dream at a time! Set your dreams in motion for yourself, your family, local community and the world.#WorldDreamDay
26 SeptemberEuropean Day of LanguagesEDL2002EuropeEU, CoE (Council of Europe)Literacy day, literacy awareness day, Language dayA day to celebrate all the world’s languages and cultural diversity and raise awareness of the importance of lifelong language learning.#EuropeanDayofLanguages #coeEDL (or add year:) #coeEDL2018
26 SeptemberWorld Environmental Health DayWEHD2011worldwideIFEH (International Federation Of Environmental Health)Environment day, Environmental health dayA day to raise awareness of environmental factors that can affect health including physical, chemical and biological factors to help prevent disease and promote healthy environments worldwide.#WEHD (or add year:) #WEHD2017
26 SeptemberInternational Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons2014worldwideUNWar and Peace, Disarmament day, Global politics awareness dayA day to call on all countries to get rid of their nuclear weapons to achieve a world free of nuclear weapons.#InternationalOzoneDay #OzoneHeroes #GoodbyeNukes
26 SeptemberWorld Contraception DayWCD2007worldwideUN, Women Deliver, Population Council, EngenderHealth, Pathfinder International, 120 Under 40, APCOC (Asia Pacific Council On Contraception), CELSAM, MSI (Marie Stopes International), IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation), PSI (Population Services International), USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development), ESC (European Society Of Contraception And Reproductive Health), DSW, FIGIJ, FP2020 (Family Planning 2020), EWEC (Every Woman Every Child)Family planning, Birth control, Health day, Health awareness dayA day to raise awareness about safe sex and contraception to help each new generation of adults make informed decisions until all pregnancies are planned.#WorldContraceptionDay #WCD2018 (change year)
27 SeptemberWorld Tourism DayWTD1980worldwideUN, UNWTOSustainable development, Environment day, Environmental awareness dayA day to acknowledge the role responsible tourism plays worldwide and learn how tourism affects cultural, social, political and economic values worldwide.#TravelEnjoyRespect #WorldTourismDay
28 SeptemberWorld Rabies Day2007worldwideUN, WHO, GARC (Global Alliance for Rabies Control)Environment day, Environmental awareness dayOn the anniversary of the death of French chemist Louis Pasteur in 1895, who developed the first rabies vaccine, the WHO urges to raise awareness of rabies prevention and campaign to end human deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030.Was held on 8th September in 2007 #WorldRabiesDay #TogetherAgainstRabies
28 SeptemberInternational Right to Know DayRTKD2002worldwideFOIA (Freedom of Information Advocates)Rights day, Rights awareness dayA day to campaign for the right to information to be written into laws in accordance with international standards. The right to information is a vital human right for transparent and accountable government. Without acesss to information other human rights can be denied.#RightToKnowDay #RTK2018 (change year)
28 SeptemberInternational Day for Universal Access to InformationIDUAI2016worldwideUN, UNESCO, APAI (African Platform on Access to Information)Rights day, Rights awareness dayA day to campaign for more information transparency and access to information held by all organizations.#IDUAI (or add year:) #IDUAI2018
29 SeptemberWorld Heart DayWHD2000worldwide(WHF) World Heart FederationHealth day, Health awareness dayA day to raise awareness that stroke and heart disease are the world’s leading causes of death and to encourage everyone to participate in activities to improve their heart health and that of others.#WorldHeartDay
30 SeptemberInternational Translation Day1953worldwideUN, FIT (International Federation of Translators), CEATL (European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations)Culture day, Cultural awareness day, Literary awareness dayA day to recognize the role professional translators play connecting nations together. Celebrated on the feast of Saint Jerome, a Bible translator, and the patron saint of translators.#Translatorsday #xl8day #InternationalTranslationDay
30 SeptemberInternational Podcast DayIPD201540+ countries worldwideInternationalPodcastDay.comCulture day, Culture day, Cultural awareness day, Online day, Media day, Awareness dayA day to raising awareness of the power of podcasting and promote digital media worldwide.#InternationalPodcastDay
30 SeptemberInternational Blasphemy Day2009CFI (Center for Inquiry)freedom of worship, Cultural freedom day, freedom of speechA day to express solidarity with those who challenge social prohibitions and oppressive laws against freedom of expression and support the right to challenge prevailing religious beliefs without fear of arrest, violence or persecution.#BlasphemyDay
October
1 OctoberInternational Day of Older Persons1991worldwideUN, WHORights day, Family awareness dayCelebrate the contributions older people make to society and raise awareness of issues that affect their lives.#UNIDOP (or add year:) #UNIDOP2018
1 OctoberWorld Vegetarian DayWVD1977worldwideNAVS (The North American Vegetarian Society), IVU (International Vegetarian Union)Food day, Food awareness dayA day to promote the compassion, pleasure and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism. Meat eaters are invited to have a meat-free day – then just keep going!#WVD2018 (change year)
1 OctoberInternational Coffee Day2015worldwideICO (International Coffee Organization)Food day, Drink dayA day to enjoy coffee and be consider supporting sustainable coffee cultivation and fair trade coffee practices.#InternationalCoffeeDay
2 OctoberInternational Day of Non-Violence / Gandhi Jayanti2007India, worldwideUNRights day, Rights awareness dayOn this day in 1869 Mahatma Gandhi was born in India. His contribution to non-violent change, based on the “Ahimsa” philosophy, led to independence for India in 1947. In his own words “Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man”.#Nonviolence #InternationalDayofNonViolence
3 OctoberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1863 U.S. President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day and holiday.
4 OctoberWorld Animal DayWAD1925worldwideHeinrich Zimmermann writer and publisher of German magazine “Mensch und Hund” (Man and Dog), Naturewatch FoundationAnimal day, Awareness dayCampaigns to improve the welfare standards of animals worldwide.#WorldAnimalDay
5 OctoberWorld Teachers’ Day / International Teachers Day1994worldwideUN, UNESCOEducation day, Awareness dayCommemorates the signing of UNESCO Teachers’ rights and responsibilities framework on this day in 1966. Recognizes the role teachers play in their local communities and progress towards the UN sustainable development goals.#WorldTeachersDay
6 OctoberWorld Cerebral Palsy Day201260+ countries worldwideWCPI (World Cerebral Palsy Initiative)Health day, Health awareness dayA day to raise awareness, and educate people, about this widely misunderstood physical disability which is poorly diagnosed often leaving people with CP out of sight, out of mind and out of options. Campaign to help change this.#WorldCPDay
7 OctoberInternational Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day2012worldwideInternational Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Fighters, Facial Pain Association, Facial Pain Advocacy Alliance, Facial Pain Research Foundation.Health day, Health Awareness dayA day to raise awareness of Trigeminal Neuralgia which is a rare condition characterized by episodes of intense and excruciating pain in the face from the Trigeminal Nerve and to#TrigeminalNeuralgia #TrigeminalNeuralgiaAwareness
8 OctoberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1948 the first internal pacemaker was implanted in Arne Larsson, a 43 year old man, but it stopped working after a few hours, he went on to have a total of 26 pacemakers and he lived to be 86.
9 OctoberWorld Post Day1969worldwideUN, UPU (Universal Postal Union)Workers awareness dayThe anniversary of the Universal Postal Union formed in 1874 to provide a structure for worldwide international mail which support the UN’s sustainable development goals.#WorldPostDay
10 OctoberWorld Mental Health DayWMHD1992worldwideUN, WHO, WFMH (World Federation for Mental Health)Health day, Health awareness dayA day to openly discuss mental health illnesses and issues and take action to support mental health services and providers worldwide.#WorldMentalHealthDay
11 OctoberNational Coming Out DayNCOD1988USA, UK, Ireland, Switzerland and other countriesHRC (Human Rights Campaign)Rights day, Rights awareness dayA day to come out to family, colleagues and friends and live life as an openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender or queer (LGBTQ) person, raise awareness, promote tolerance and campaign for equal rights for all.#NCOD #NationalComingOutDay
11 OctoberInternational Day of the Girl ChildIDG2011worldwideUN, UNICEFRights day, Rights awareness dayA day to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face in an unequal world and to promote girls’ empowerment, energy and creativity to fulfill their human rights.#DayOfTheGirl #FreedomForGirls
12 OctoberWorld Arthritis DayWAD1996worldwideARI (Arthritis and Rheumatism International), EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism), PARE (People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe)Health day, Health awareness dayA day to raise awareness of arthritis, rheumatic and musculosketal diseases (RMDs) and campaign to improve diagnosis, treatment, care and support.#WorldArthritisDay #ConnectToday
13 OctoberWorld Thrombosis DayWTD85 countries+ worldwideISTH (International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis), WHF (World Heart Federation), WSO (World Stroke Organization) and over 1000 partnersHealth day, Health awareness dayA day to raise awareness of Thrombosis which refers to abnormal, life-threatening, blood clots that form in arteries or veins.#WorldThrombosisDay #WTDay18 (change yr)
13 OctoberInternational Day for Disaster ReductionIDDR1990worldwideUN, UNISDR (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction)Disaster awareness dayA day to encourage people, communities and governments to build more disaster resilient communities.#IDDR (or add year:) #IDDR2018
14 OctoberWorld Standards Day / International Standards Day1946worldwideISO (International Organization for Standardization), ITU (International Telecommunication Union), IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force), IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)Standards awareness dayA day to raise awareness and honor the work of experts who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards. Standards improve quality, safety and the global economy.#WorldStandardsDay #StandardsDay #WorldStandardsDay2017 (change year)
15 OctoberInternational Day of Rural Women2008worldwideUNFamily awareness day, Family dayA day to recognize the the crucial role women and girls play ensuring the sustainability of rural communities and households which improves both livelihoods and wellbeing.#RuralWomenDay
15 OctoberPregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance DayPAiL Day2002USA, Canada, UK, Italy, Norway and some Australian statesUSARemembrance day, Family dayA day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death including (but not limited to) stillbirth, miscarriage, SIDS, newborn deaths. Ceronomies, candlelight vigils and wearing of red and blue ribbons mark the day.#PAiL2017 #GoPinkandBlue #PregnancyAndInfantLossAwareness
15 OctoberGlobal Handwashing DayGHD2008worldwideGHP (Global Handwashing Partnership)Health day, Health awareness dayAwareness day to remind us all that regular handwashing, with soap, will reduce the spread of diseases.#GlobalHandwashingDay #GHD2018 (change year) #WashYourHands
16 OctoberWorld Food DayWFD1981worldwideUN, FAOFood day, Health day, Health awareness dayThe Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was founded on this day in 1945 and campaigns to action for end hunger by 2013 and ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.#WFD (or add year:) #WFD2018 #ZeroHunger #WorldFoodDay
16 OctoberBoss’s Day / National Boss’ Day1962USA, Canada, LithuaniaCultural day, Work dayThe day employees can thank their bosses for being good bosses and strengthen the bond between employer and employee. There’s opposition to Boss’s day pointing out employees should not feel obligated to buy gifts.Moved to nearest working day if it falls on a weekend. #BossDay #BosssDay #BbossesDay
17 OctoberInternational Day for the Eradication of Poverty1987worldwideUN, ATD Fourth World (All Together for Dignity)Poverty, Awareness dayRaise awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide campaigning on a different theme each year.#EndPoverty #StopPoverty
18 OctoberNo verified international awareness days today18th October is Alaska Day in Alaska. On this day in 1867 Alaska was purchased from Russia for $7.2 million and becomes a part of the United States but not admitted to the union until 1959.
19 OctoberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 2014 a working human intestine is generated in a laboratory from stem cells in a USA lab.
20 OctoberWorld Osteoporosis DayWOD199690+ countries worldwideIOF (The International Osteoporosis Foundation)Health day, Health awareness dayA day to love your bones and raise awareness of osteoporosis to help prevent, diagnose and treat osteoporosis. Fractures affect one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50.#WorldOsteoporosisDay #WorldOsteoporosisDay2018 #LoveYourBones
21 OctoberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1805 the British fleet defeated the French and Spanish fleets at the battle of Trafalgar. Admiral Horatio Nelson was shot and died during the battle and is commemorated with a statue on top of Nelson’s column in Trafalgar Square, London, England.
22 OctoberInternational Stuttering Awareness DayISAD1998worldwideISAD (European League of Stuttering Associations, International Fluency Association and International Stuttering Association)Health day, Health awareness dayA day to raise awareness of the speech disorder of stuttering also known as stammering which affects around 1% of the world’s population.#InternationalStutteringAwarenessDay #ISAD (or add year:) #ISAD2018
22 OctoberReptile Awareness Day / National Reptile Awareness DayUSA, maybe other countriesNature, Awareness dayA day to learn about reptile types, their habitats and the ecological threats to reptiles.#ReptileAwarenessDay #ReptileDay #ReptilesDay
23 OctoberMole Day / National Mole Day / International Mole DayGeek day, Chemistry day, Maths dayCommemorates Avogadro’s Number 6.02 × 10[23] (1 of 7 base SI units). Celebrated from 6:02 am to 6:02 pm#InternationalMoleDay #Avogadro #MoleDay
24 OctoberUnited Nations DayUN Day1948worldwideUNAwareness dayOn this day in 1945 the UN Charter came into force and has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948.#UNDay
24 OctoberWorld Development Information Day1973worldwideUNInformation, Telecoms, Awareness dayA day to draw the attention, especially of young people, about information and communications technologies, which may lead to new solutions and international cooperation to help achieve the UN’s sustainable development goals.#DevInfoDay
25 OctoberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1881 Pablo Picasso, the Spanish painter and sculptor was born in Málaga, Spain.
26 OctoberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1863 the Football Association is formed at the Freemasons’ Tavern in London, England. The FA created and formalized the rules of the game.
27 OctoberNational Mentoring DayUK, worldwideLearning day, Education awareness dayCreated by business mentor Chelsey Baker to encourage and celebrate mentoring in all its forms. If the 27th falls on a weekend the day moves to the following Monday.#NationalMentoringDay
27 OctoberWorld Day for Audiovisual Heritage2007worldwideUN, UNESCO, AMIA (Association of Moving Image Archivists), ICA (International Council on Archives), IASA (International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives), FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives), IFTA (International Federation of Television Archives)Preservtion, Arts day, Cultural awareness dayA day to raise awareness of the need to preserve and safeguard audio visual documents for future generations and to make them accessible to to highlight heritage and cultural issues.#WDAVH (or add year:) #WDAVH2018
28 OctoberInternational Animation DayIAD200240+ countries worldwideUNESCO, ASIFA (International Animated Film Association)Arts day, Arts awareness dayToday, on the anniversary of first public performance of Emile Reynaud’s Theatre Optique in 1892, is a day to put animation, as an art form, in the limelight to different audiences and cultures.#InternationalAnimationDay
29 OctoberWorld Stroke Day2006worldwideWSO (World Stroke Organization)Health day, Health awareness dayA day to build awareness of stroke issues and get the message out online and in your local communities to take action to prevent strokes now.#WorldStrokeDay
29 OctoberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1998 John Glenn became the oldest person to fly in space aged 77. He flew on the Discovery Space Shuttle mission STS-95.
30 OctoberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1889 the Bosphorous Bridge in Istanbul opened connecting Asia with Europe.
31 OctoberHalloween, Hallowe’en, All Hallows’ Evening, All Saints’ Eve1900USA, wordwideIrish & Scottish immigrants to USAParty occasion day, Holiday, Fun dayRooted in old European traditions and later the eve of the Christian All Saints Day. Now celebrated worldwide with costume parties, trick or treat and anything spooky.#Halloween
31 OctoberWorld Cities DayWCD2014worldwideUN, UN-HabitatUrban, Awareness dayA day to campaign for cooperation among inhabitants, urban communities and countries to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable urban development. Better City, Better Life.#WorldCitiesDay #CitiesDay #TheCityWeNeed
November
1 NovemberWorld Vegan Day1994worldwideThe Vegan Society UKVegetarianism, Food day, Food awareness dayA day the vegan-curious can explore the benefits of veganism and a vegan lifestyle living free from animal products for the benefit of people, animals and the environment.#WorldVeganDay
2 NovemberInternational Day to End Impunity for Crimes against JournalistsIDEI2014worldwideUN, UNESCORights day, Rights awareness dayCommemorates the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on this day in 2013 and campaign for an end to violence against journalists and media workers by working with States to ensure a safe environment for journalists to operate and bring perpetrators to justice.#IDEI (or add year:) #IDEI #EndImpunity #JournoSafe #MyFightAgainstImpunity
3 NovemberWorld Sandwich Day / National Sandwich Day2001worldwideSubway restaurantsFood day, Food awareness dayCelebrate with a burger or sub from your favorite restaurant or make yourself a traditional sandwich at home. The word “Sandwich” is attributed to John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, who was born on 13th November 1718 so it’s NOT a celebration of his birthday. The earliest reference to National Sandwich Day we’ve found dates back to the USA in 2001.#NationalSandwichDay
4 NovemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 2008 Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States of America. The first African-American president. He succeeded President George W. Bush and was followed by President Donald Trump.
5 NovemberBonfire Night, Guy Fawkes Night, Guy Fawkes Day, Firework Night1606UKUK Observance of 5th November ActPolitics, National dayOrganised and private firework displays with a bonfire commemorate the failure of a plot, in 1605, by Guy Fawkes and other members of the Gunpowder Plot, to blow up the House of Lords in London, England.#BonfireNight #GuyFawkes #FireworksNight
5 NovemberWorld Tsunami Awareness Day2016UN, UNSDRDisasters, Awareness dayA day to raise awareness of Tsunamis and risk reduction measures. Campaign for better international cooperation to help coastal communities in affected areas based on the Sendai framework.#TsunamiDay (or add year:) #TsunamiDay2018
6 NovemberInternational Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict2001worldwideUN, UNEP, UN EMG (UN Environment Management Group), TRWN (Toxic Remnants of War Network), GCI (Green Cross International)War and Peace, Environment day, Environmental awareness dayA day to educate people that the damage to the Environment day, caused by war and armed conflict, may extend beyond man made borders and affect future generations.#EnvConflictDay
7 NovemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1917 Lenin’s Bolsheviks took over the winter palace in Petrograd (St Petersburg) which was the October Revolution that eventually led to the creation of the Soviet Union in 1922.
8 NovemberInternational Day of RadiologyIDoR2012worldwideESR (European Society of Radiology), RSNA (Radiological Society of North America), ACR (American College of Radiology)Science day, Health day, Health awareness dayOn this day in 1985 Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, a German scientist, discovered X-rays which led to radiology and the benefits of medical imaging in healthcare today.#IDoR (or add year:) #IDoR2017
9 NovemberWorld Freedom Day2001USA and other countriesYAF (Young America’s Foundation), CRNC (College Republican National Committee)Politics, Commemoration dayCommemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 which led to the end of communist rule across Central and Eastern Europe. It marks the start of Freedom Week which includes Veterans Day. Other countries have their own World Freedom Day.#WorldFreedomDay
10 NovemberWorld Science Day for Peace and Development / World Science DayWSDPD2002worldwideUN, UNESCO, UNAWE (Universe Awesomeness)Peace, Science day, Awareness dayA day to raise awareness of emerging scientific issues and encourage wider public engagement to highlight the relevance, importance and benefits of science in society and in our daily lives.#WSDPD (or add year:) #WSDPD2018
11 NovemberSingles Day1993China, worldwideRelationship status11th November (11/11) was chosen because the number 1 represents an individual, aka “bare sticks holiday”. Originally celebrated as “Bachelors’ Day” by men it’s now widely celebrated by men and women with “Blind date” parties and retail events.#SinglesDay
11 NovemberRemembrance Day / Poppy Day1919UK, France, Belgium, Commonwealth Nations (except Mozambique) and other countriesCommonwealth of NationsRemembrance dayCommemorates the armistice between the allied and central powers marking the end of World War I at 11am on 11th November 1918. The UK observes 2 minutes silence at 11am. In the UK Remembrance Sunday is held on the nearest Sunday to 11 November.#RemembranceDay
11 NovemberArmistice Day1919UK, Belgium, France, NZ, Australia and other countriesRemembrance dayCommemorates the armistice between the allied and central powers marking the end of World War One (WWI) at 11am on 11th November 1918.#ArmisticeDay
11 NovemberVeterans Day1954USAU.S. Department of Veterans AffairsRemembrance day, HolidayHonors USA armed forces veterens. Prior to 1954 the USA celebrated Armistice Day. Between 1971 and 1977 Veterans day was held on the fourth Monday in October.#VeteransDay
12 NovemberWorld Pneumonia Day2009worldwideUN, WHOHealth day, Health awareness dayPneumonia is the leading infectious killer of children under 5 years old and needs action to raise awareness, prevent and treat pneumonia and spread best practices.#WorldPneumoniaDay
13 NovemberWorld Kindness Day / Random Acts of Kindness DayWKD / RAK1998USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Nigeria, UAE, Singapore, Italy, India, UK and many other countriesWKM (World Kindness Movement) 43+ countries, RAK (The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation), Kindness Day UK, Australian Kindness Movement, Kindness CanadaPeace, Happiness, Awareness dayPerform a random act of kindness today or organize an event to help your local community. Various national organizations participate on the World Kindness Movement. As the Dalai Lama said “When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace”.#WorldKindnessDay
14 NovemberWorld Diabetes DayWDD2007worldwideUN, WHO, IDF (International Diabetes Federation)Health day, Health awareness dayRaise awareness of the need for co-ordinated healthcare and health education to prevent, treat and care for people as the percentage of people living with diabetes has almost doubled since 1980 largely as a result of obesity.#WDD (or add year:) #WDD2018 #WorldDiabetesDay
15 NovemberAmerica Recycles DayARD1997USA(KAB) Keep America BeautifulEnvironment day, Environmental awareness daySince 2009 it’s a national nonprofit program of Keep America Beautiful. Events are held across the USA to recycle and pledge to buy products made from recycled materials.#AmericaRecyclesDay #BeRecycled #BuyRecycled
15 NovemberDay of the Imprisoned Writer1981PEN Int.Literature day, Awareness daySupports and recognizes writers being denied their human right to freedom of expression.#DayoftheImprisonedWriter
15 NovemberNational Philanthropy DayNPD1986USA, CanadaAFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)Philanthropy, Awareness dayA day to celebrate philanthropy by volunteering, giving and good deeds to change the world for the better.#afpnpd #NPDlove
16 NovemberInternational Day for ToleranceIDT1996worldwideUN, UNESCOCulture day, Cultural awareness dayA day to urge tolerance and nuture tolerance in ourselves and our everyday lives and rejoice in the diversity that makes us strong and the values that bring us together. The winner of the bi-annual UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for tolerance and non-violence is awarded on this day.#ToleranceDay
17 NovemberInternational Students DayCzech Republic, Slovakia, Italy and other countriesStudent Chamber and the Council of Higher Education Institutes, OBESSU (Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions), ESU (European Students’ Union), UdS (Unione degli Studenti)Culture day, Cultural awareness dayA day to celebrate the multiculturalism of students at universities worldwide held on the anniversary of the storming of Czech universities by Nazis in 1939.#InternationalStudentsDay
18 NovemberEuropean Antibiotic Awareness DayEAAD2008EuropeECDC, EC, EU Agencies: EFSA & EMAHealth day, Health awareness dayRaise awareness of antibiotic resistance and sensible use of antibiotics to reduce this serious threat to public health. Co-incides with World Antibiotic Awareness Week in November.
19 NovemberInternational Men’s DayIMD199270+ countries worldwideUNESCOFamily awareness dayAims to improve gender equality, highlight male role models, celebrate male contributions to community, family, marriage and child care and promote basic humanitarian values.#InternationalMensDay (or add year:) #InternationalMensDay2018
19 NovemberWorld Toilet DayWTD2001worldwideUN, WTO, UNICEFHealth day, Health awareness dayThe World Toilet Organization campaigns to raise awareness of sanitation issues worldwide and draw attention to the global sanitation crisis.#WorldToiletDay
20 NovemberUniversal Children’s Day1954worldwideUN, UNICEFChildrens day, Children awareness day, Family dayCelebrated on the anniversary of the date the UN adopted the declaration and convention on children’s rights. Promotes togetherness between children around the world. Celebrated on different days in some countries.#ChildrensDay #KidsTakeOver
20 NovemberAfrica Industrialization DayAID1956worldwideUN, UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization)Sustainable development, Industry awareness dayA day to raise awareness of the challenges and issues of industrialization in Africa and urge countries to work together.#AfricanIndustrializationDay
20 NovemberTransgender Day of RemembranceTDoR1999USA and 20+ countries worldwideGLAADRights day, Rights awareness dayFounded by transgender woman, Gwendolyn Ann Smith. Day of action to remember those who lost their lives as a result of transphobia and raise awareness of ongoing violence endured by the transgender community.#TDOR #TransDayofRemembrance
21 NovemberWorld Television Day1996worldwideUN, UN VIDEOTelecoms, Awareness dayCommemorates the date of the first World Television Forum in 1996.#WorldTVDay
21 NovemberWorld Hello Day1973worldwideBrian and Michael McCormackFun day, Friendship day, Awareness dayA day to say “Hello” to the world online or in person by greeting ten or more people to emphasize the importance of verbal communication in preserving peace.#WorldHelloDay
22 NovemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 2005 Angela Merkel took office as the first female Chancellor of Germany.
23 NovemberFibonacci DayworldwideMathematics day, Geek day, Fun day, Awareness dayCelebrates Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci who wrote the Fibonacci Series of numbers where each number in the sequence is the sum of the previous two: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 etc. Why November 23? In mm/dd format the date is 11/23 and the first 4 Fibonacci numbers 1,1,2,3.#FibonacciDay
24 NovemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1859 Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species was published.
25 NovemberInternational Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women1999wordwideUN, UN Women, UNiTERights day, Rights awareness dayCommemorating the date of the assassination, in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters who were political activists in the Dominican Republic killed by dictator Rafael Trujillo.#OrangeTheWorld #MeToo #ViolenceAgainstWomen
26 NovemberAnti Obesity DayAOD2001India, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countriesUN WFP, VLCC (wellness brand)Health day, Health awareness dayA day to raise awareness of the health risks associated with obesity and participate in health camps and healthy activities.#WorldAntiObesityDay #AntiObesityDay
27 NovemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1895 Alfred Nobel signed his will creating five Nobel Prize awards for those who contributed to the benefit of mankind.
28 NovemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1967 the first pulsar star was observed by grad student Jocelyn Bell and her advisor Antony Hewish at Cambridge University, England.
29 NovemberInternational Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People1978worldwideUNGlobal politics, Global politics awareness dayOn this day in 1947 the UN passed Resolution 181 which, after a transition period, calls for the establishment of “Independent Arab and Jewish States and the Special International Regime for the City of Jerusalem.” Held on 1st December in 2003.#DayOfSolidarity #PalestineDay
30 NovemberCities for Life Day2002cities worldwideAmnesty International, Ensemble contre la Peine de Mort, FIACAT (International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture) and International Penal ReformGlobal politics, Global politics awareness dayA day cities around the world campaign for the abolition of the death penalty organised by the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty.#CitiesForLife
December
1 DecemberWorld AIDS Day (Priyasbday)WAD1988USA, worldwideUN, WHO, UNAIDSHealth day, Health awareness dayRed ribbons worn to remember those who died of AIDS and raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic and spread of HIV infection. Observed by governments, health officials, NGOs and individuals with education on AIDS prevention and control.#WorldAIDSDay #LetsEndIt (2017) #WAD (or add year:) #WAD2017
2 DecemberInternational Day for the Abolition of SlaveryworldwideUN, ILO (International Labour Organization)Rights day, Rights awareness dayRaise awareness that, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), over 40 million people around the world are victims of “modern slavery” which covers forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking. 1 in 10 children are also subject to child labor.#SlaveTradeAbolition #EndSlavery
3 DecemberInternational Day of Persons with DisabilitiesIDPD1998worldwideUNHealth day, Health awareness dayRaising awareness and working together for full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in an inclusive and sustainable world that embraces humanity in all its diversity.#IDPD #IDPwD
4 DecemberWorld Wildlife Conservation DayworldwideWWFAnimal day, Nature day, Awareness dayA day to spread awareness that wildlife isn’t manufactured, once it’s gone that’s it. Illegal poaching is stealing wildlife from future generations. Contribute to help protect endangered species and be a responsible consumer. See also World Wildlife Day.#WorldWildlifeConservationDay
5 DecemberInternational Volunteer DayIVD2008worldwideUN, (UNV) United Nations VolunteersAwareness dayEvery day thousands of people volunteer, contributing to peace and help shape the UN’s sustainable development agenda.#IVD (or add year:) #IVD2017 #VolunteersActFirst #VolunteerDay
5 DecemberWorld Soil Day2012worldwideUN, FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), IUSS (International Union of Soil Sciences), GSP (Global Soil Partnership)Environmental awareness dayRaise awareness of issues affecting soils, including climate change, antimicrobial resistance, soil-borne diseases, contamination, nutrition and human health.#WorldSoilDay
6 DecemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1865 the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution abolished slavery.
7 DecemberInternational Civil Aviation Day1994worldwideUN, ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization)Aviation, Travel awareness dayA day to recognize the role aviation, specifically international air travel, plays in economic and social development worldwide.#CivilAviationDay #InternationalCivilAviationDay
8 DecemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1941 the US enters WWII and declares war on Japan following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
9 DecemberInternational Anti-Corruption DayICAD2005worldwideUN, UNODC (UN Office on Drugs and Crime)Politics awareness dayRaise awareness that corruption is a serious crime which undermines social and economic development and threatens the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a peaceful, prosperous and healthy planet.#AnticorruptionDay
10 DecemberHuman Rights Day1950worldwideUNGA (UN General Assembly), OHCHR (Office of the High Commissioner Human Rights)Rights day, Rights awareness dayA day commemorating the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on 10th December 1948#HumanRightsDay #StandUp4HumanRights
11 DecemberInternational Mountain Day2003worldwideUNEnvironment day, Environmental awareness dayRecognize and encourage sustainable development in mountain areas focusing on a different theme each year. (Not connected to student celebrations in USA where classes are cancelled and everyone heads to the mountains nor to the Mountain Day national holiday in Japan)#InternationalMountainDay #MountainsMatter #MountainDay
12 DecemberInternational Day of Neutrality2017worldwideUNWar and Peace, Global politics awareness dayEvents to raise public awareness of the value of neutrality in international relations are held on this day worldwide.#InternationalDayofNeutrality
13 DecemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1972 the last the eleventh Eugene Cernan and twelfth Harrison Schmitt humans walked on the Moon.
14 DecemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1946 the UN General Assembly votes to make New York City the UN Headquaters.
15 DecemberInternational Tea Day2005worldwideFood day, Drinks day, Rights day, Rights awareness dayCelebrated in tea producing countries to draw global attention to the needs of tea trade workers and calls for Fair Trade practices.#InternationalTeaDay
16 DecemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1773 the Boston Tea Party was one of the key events in the U.S. War of Independence. Protesters in Boston, controlled by the British, dumped heavily taxed British tea into the harbor.
17 DecemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1989 the first episode of The Simpsons was aired in the USA.
18 DecemberArabic Language Day2010worldwideUNCultural diversity, Culture day, Cultural awareness dayA day to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity. Arabic is the language of the Qur’an and one of the six official languages of the UN along with French (20th March), Spanish (23rd April), Chinese (20th April), Russian (6th June) and English (23rd April).
18 DecemberInternational Migrants Day2000worldwideUNRights day, Rights awareness day, Family awareness dayUN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon: “On this International Migrants Day, I call on the international community to act on the global compact on safe, regular and orderly migration as an important contribution to building a world of peace, prosperity, dignity and opportunity for all.”#InternationalMigrantsDay #MigrantsContribute #MigrantsDay
19 DecemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1783 William Pitt the Younger becomes the youngest ever British Prime Minister, aged just 24 years old.
20 DecemberInternational Human Solidarity Day2006worldwideUNRights day, Rights awareness day, Family awareness dayHuman Solidarity Day is a day to celebrate unity in diversity, remind governments of their commitments, and raise awareness of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).#HumanSolidarityDay
21 DecemberNational Robin DayUKSBS (Songbird Survival)Nature, Wildlife awareness dayAwareness day to take care of small birds and other wildlife to help them through the winter.#NationalRobinDay
22 DecemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1937 the NYC Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic. In 1965 Great Britain sets the maximum road speed limit at 70mph.
23 DecemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1888 Vincent van Gogh cuts his left ear off with a razor following an argument Paul Gauguin.
24 DecemberChristmas Evemost countries which use the Gregorian calendarChristian, Cultural, Occasion dayChristmas Eve refers to the entire day before Christmas Day. Christmas Eve is an important celebration in the Christian calendar.#ChristmasEve
25 DecemberChristmas Daymost countries which use the Gregorian calendarChristianity, religious day, cultural day, Family occasion day, National holiday in many countriesChristmas Day is widely celebrated worldwide with some exceptions. In the Christian calendar Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. Children may visit Father Christmas (Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Christkind etc.) and receive a gift. Traditions include card and gift giving, a Christmas meal usually with family, Christmas music, carol singing, Christmas decorations including a Christmas tree, Christmas lights, nativity plays, kissing under the mistletoe. Watching classic Christmas movies and more.#ChristmasDay
26 DecemberBoxing DayUK, Great Britain, Commonwealth and other countriesFamily occasion dayBoxing day traditions vary widely often involving family, meals and walks. Historically on Boxing day servants and tradesmen were given a “Christmas box” gift from employers, masters and customers.#BoxingDay
27 DecemberNational Fruitcake DayUSAFood day, Fake day?More nutty news but we haven’t got anything better for today and we like fruit cake so we’re in#NationalFruitcakeDay
28 DecemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1867 the USA annexes Midway Island, the first territory ouside Continental limits.
29 DecemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1170 Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is assassinated by followers of King Henry II inside Canterbury Cathedral.
30 DecemberNo verified international awareness days todayOn this day in 1924 Astronomer Edwin Hubble announces the existence of other galactic systems formally at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
31 DecemberNew Year’s Evemost countries which use the Gregorian calendarParty occasion dayIn many countries New Years Eve is celebrated with organised parties and fireworks or privately with friends and family.#NewYearsEve #NewYears
31 DecemberHogmanayScotlandFamily occasion dayHogmanay typically involves gift-giving and visiting friends and neighbours at their homes. First-footing (the first guest to cross the threshold on New Year’s Day) involves gifts, fortunes and other variable customs.#Hogmanay

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