international awareness days

International Awareness Days

World & International Awareness Days List

ADDucation’s 2017/2018 international awareness days list has been fact-checked to make sure each awareness day exists and is active rather than 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’ve also included a few national days (of global interest) and a few fun days. Much to our surprise 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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Date International Awareness Days Acronym First Observed Where? Founder / Organizations Filter Tags / Categories About Awareness Day Social Media Hashtags
1 January New Year, New Year’s Day countries using the Gregorian Calendar Family occasion day, National Holiday in many countries New 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 January National Science Fiction Day 2012 US Sci-Fi fans, Hallmark Channel Literary day, Literary awareness day, Geek day Celebrates 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 January No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1977 Apple Computer Inc was incorporated
4 January World Braille Day 2013 worldwide WBU (World Blind Union) Literary day, Literary awareness day Commemorates the birth of Louis Braille and to recognize his efforts #WorldBrailleDay
5 January No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1933 construction of the Golden Gate Bridge started in San Francisco, USA.
6 January No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1912 New Mexico is the 47th US state admitted to the Union.
7 January No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1610 Galileo discovered three of Jupiter’s moons; Io, Europa and Ganymede.
8 January Earth’s Rotation Day 2015 online calendar websites Social media day, Fun day, Fake News day On 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 January No verified international awareness days today On this day in 2007 Steve Jobs announces the original iPhone
10 January No verified international awareness days today On this day in 49 BC Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon (river in Italy) starting a civil war.
11 January National Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2007 USA US Senate, UN Rights day, Rights awareness day Launched 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 January International Parity at Work Day 2017 UK, USA, Australia, Japan, Sri Lanka The Parity Pioneers Movement Rights day, Rights awareness day Raises awareness of ongoing inequality in the workplace with events to celebrate the strength of diversity at work. #ParityAtWork
11 January Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day USA, worldwide “Brownielocks” Fun day, Geek day Morse 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 January No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1948 Mahatma Gandhi begins final fast.
13 January No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1794 US Congress changes the US flag to 15 stars and 15 stripes.
14 January STI Day 2010 UK If you’re aware of a website or organisation please add a comment. Health day, Health awareness day There 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 January No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1535 Henry VIII declares himself head of the Church in England.
16 January No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1914 Writer Maxim Gorky returns to Russia.
17 January No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1779 Captain James Cook’s made this last entry in the Discovery ship’s log.
18 January Winne the Pooh Day worldwide AA Milne fans Literary day, Fan day, Social Media, Awareness day Celebrates 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 January No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1903 the first “Tour de France” cycle race was announced.
20 January Penguin Awareness Day worldwide online WWF (World Widelife Foundation) Wildlife day, Wildlife awareness day, Online day, Nature day, Social Media, Awareness day A 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 January National Hug Day / National Hugging Day / World Hug Day 1986 USA, Australia, Canada, England, Germany (Weltknuddeltag), Poland, Sweden, Bulgaria, Guam, Georgia, Russia Kevin Zaborney, The Hug Mob, THA (The Hug Alliance) Lifestyle day, Health day, Family day Dreamed 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 January No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1788 Lord Byron, a famous English politician, poet and leading figure in the Romantic art movement was born.
23 January National Handwriting Day 1977 USA, UK WIMA Writing (Instrument Manufacturers Association), NHA (National Handwriting Association) Literacy day, History day WIMA 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 January National Pie Day 1986 USA APC (American Pie Council) Food day, Food awareness day American 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 January Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day USA Moebius Syndrome Foundation Health day, Health awareness day Celebrated 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 January Burns Night 1796 Scotland and celebrated worldwide Party occasion, Cultural day, Cultural awareness day Honours Robert Burns, Scotland’s famous poet, on his birthday with a Burns Supper which includes recitals, whisky and a haggis dinner.
26 January International Customs Day 2010 worldwide WCO (World Customs Organization) Global trade awareness day Commemorates the 1953 inaugural session of the Customs Cooperation Council (CCC) held in Brussels, Belgium attended by 17 European countries. #InternationalCustomsDay
27 January International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2005 worldwide UN, The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme War and Peace, Remembrance day Commemoratates all holocaust victims including Jews, mentally and physically disabled people and homosexual men by the Nazis. #HRD2018 (change year) #HolocaustRemembranceDay
27 January Family Literacy Day 1999 Canada ABC Life Literacy Canada® Family day, Literacy day, Literacy awareness day Raises awareness of the importance of reading and literacy activities within families. #FamilyLiteracyDay
28 January Data Privacy Day / Data Protection Day 2007 worldwide USA, Council of Europe Rights day, Privacy awareness day Promote best practices for data protection and privacy. #PrivacyAware
29 January No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1886 Carl Benz, a German inventor, patents the first gasoline-driven car.
30 January No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1969 The Beatles give their last public performance from the rooftop of Apple Corps building on Savile Row, London, England.
31 January International Street Children’s Day 2011 Consortium for Street Children Childrens day, Children awareness day The first event was held in London 2011 to raise awareness of the millions of street children and their champions around the world. #StreetChildren
1 February No verified international awareness days today On this day in 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates returning to Earth with the loss of all seven astronauts.
2 February World Wetlands Day 1997 worldwide Nature awareness day Raise awareness about the importance of wetlands for humanity and the planet. #WorldWetlandsDay
2 February Groundhog Day 1887 USA, Canada Weather awareness day, Fun day According 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 February No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1966 the unmanned Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft makes the first soft landing touchdown on the Moon.
4 February Rosa Parks Day 2000 USA (some states) NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Civil Rights day, Civil rights awareness day Honors 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 February World Cancer Day 2006 worldwide UN, WHO, UICC (Union for International Cancer Control) Health day, Health awareness day Raise awareness of cancer to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment. #WorldCancerDay
5 February World Nutella® Day 2007 worldwide Ferrero Group Food day, Food awareness day In 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 February International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation 2003 worldwide UN, WHO Womens Rights day, Womens rights awareness day UN 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 February Rose Day Asia, India Love and Romance, Romantic day The first day of Valentines day week celebrations, especially popular in India. #ValentineWeek
8 February Propose Day Asia, India Love and Romance, Romantic day, Lovers day Today is the perfect day to announce your love and propose marriage. #ValentineWeek
9 February Chocolate Day Asia, India Love and Romance, Romantic day The day to buy chocolates or anything chocolately to express your love. #ValentineWeek
10 February Teddy Day Asia, India Love and Romance, Romantic day The day to give a Teddy that “bears” your message of love. #ValentineWeek
11 February International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2015 worldwide UN Science day, Workers awareness day, Science awareness day Recognise the contribution women and girls make to science and end bias by promoting opportunities to further their careers. #February11 #WomenScienceDay
11 February Promise Day Asia, India Love and Romance, Romantic day The day to make promises and commitments to your lover and fulfill existing ones! #ValentineWeek
12 February Darwin Day worldwide International Darwin Day Foundation Science day, Science awareness day Celebrated 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 February Hug Day Asia, India Love and Romance, Romantic day The day to ask for a hug to express your love and affection. See also World Hugging day. #ValentineWeek
13 February World Radio Day 2012 worldwide UN, UNESCO Telecoms day Raise awareness of how radio can educate people, provide information, promote free expression and bring people of all cultures together. #WorldRadioDay
13 February Kiss Day Asia, India Love and Romance, Romantic day The day to ask your lover for a kiss. #ValentineWeek
14 February Valentine’s Day worldwide Love and Romance, Romantic day, Lovers day, Couples day Originally a Christian feast day Valentines day is the day to express your love with cards, flowers and gifts. #ValentineWeek #ValentinesDay
14 February World Whale Day 1980 Hawaii and other countries worldwide Pacific Whale Foundation, Maui Whale Festival Conservation day, Nature awareness day A day to appreciate whales and campaign to protect them from pollution and being killed by whaling nations including Norway, Iceland and Japan. #WorldWhaleDay
15 February No verified international awareness days today On this day in 2001 the first draft of the human genome was published.
16 February World Voice Day WVD 2002 worldwide Health day, Health awareness day Everyone is encouraged to assess and maintain their vocal health. #WorldVoiceDay
17 February No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1904 Puccini’s Madama Butterfly was premiered, one of the most performed works but was initially poorly received.
18 February No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1930 the dwarf planet Pluto is discovered by Clyde W Tombaugh.
19 February No verified international awareness days today On 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 February World Day of Social Justice 2007 worldwide UN, ILO (International Labour Organization) Rights day, Rights awareness day Raise 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 February International Mother Language Day 2000 worldwide UN, UNESCO Education day, Education awareness day, Cultural diversity awareness day Promote the protection and preservation of all languages and promote international understanding, through multiculturalism and multilingualism. #MotherLanguageDay #IMLD #IMLD2018 (change year)
22 February A Day Without News ADWN 2013 worldwide Workers day, Media awareness day A 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 February World Thinking Day / International Scouts’ Day / Founders Day WTD 1926 worldwide WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) Scouting day, Scouting awareness day A 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 February No verified international awareness days today On 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 February No verified international awareness days today On 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 February No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1964 Muhammad Ali (called Cassius Clay at the time) became world heavyweight champion.
26 February No verified international awareness days today On 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 February International Polar Bear Day 2011 USA, Canada PBI (Polar Bears International) Environment day, Wildlife conservation day, Environmental awareness day A 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 February Anosmia Awareness Day 2012 USA, UK and worldwide Daniel Schein, Fifth Sense Health day, Health awareness day A 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 February Rare Disease Day worldwide EURORDIS (European Organisation for Rare Diseases) Health day, Health awareness day A day to acknowledge and campaign to support EURODIS research on rare diseases and the commercial development of orphan drugs. #RareDiseaseDay
29 February Leap Year Day / Leap Day 1752 countries which use the Gregorian calendar Calendar day Because 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
1 March Self-injury Awareness Day / Self-Harm Awareness Day SIAD UK and other countries LifeSIGNS, Sociedad Internacional de Autolesión, Self Injury Foundation, YoungMinds, YouthNet, ChildLine Mental health day, Health awareness day A 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 March World Civil Defence Day WCDD 1990 worldwide EU, ENP, ICDO (International Civil Defence Organisation) Disaster awareness day A 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 March Zero Discrimination Day 2014 worldwide UN, UNAIDS, WHO Discrimination, Human rights day, Human rights awareness day Promote efforts to achieve a more fair, just and equitable world by challenging discrimination wherever it happens. #ZeroDiscrimination
2 March National Read Across America Day 1998 USA NEA Educational day, Educational awareness day Held 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 March World Wildlife Day 2013 worldwide UN Wildlife day, Conservation day, Wildlife conservation awareness day Raise 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 March No verified international awareness days today On this day in 2007 Estonia became the first country to allow its citizens to vote in parliamentary elections on the world wide web.
5 March No verified international awareness days today On 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 March No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1869 the first periodic table of chemical elements was presented to the Russian Chemical Society by Dmitri Mendeleev.
7 March No verified international awareness days today On 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 March International Women’s Day IWD 1909 worldwide UN, Russia Womens Rights day, Civil Rights awareness day International 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 March International Day of Action for Rivers 1998 worldwide International Rivers Environment day, Environmental awareness day, Sustainable development A 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 March International School Meals Day ISMD 2013 USA, UK, worldwide USDA (United States Department of Agriculture, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services), GCNF (Global Child Nutrition Foundation), WFP (World Food Programme), We Movement, No Kid Hungry Childrens day, Food day, Food awareness day A 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 March National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day NWGHAAD USA OWH (Office on Womens Health), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Womems Health day, Womens Health awareness day Today 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 March No verified international awareness days today On this day in 2011 the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster strikes Japan following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
12 March No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1918 the capital of Russia changed to Moscow from St. Petersburg following the 1917 Russian revolution.
13 March No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1781 Uranus, the third largest planet in our solar system was discovered by William Herschel.
14 March White Day 1978 Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam and other countries National Confectionery Industry Association Romantic day, Lovers day One 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 March Pi Day 1988 worldwide Larry Shaw, The Exploratorium, California, USA Science day, Mathematics day, Geek day, Internet day Pi (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 March World Consumer Rights Day WCRD 1983 worldwide Consumers International Charity Consumer day, Consumer rights awareness day On 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 March No verified international awareness days today On 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 March No verified international awareness days today On 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 March World Sleep Day 58 countries worldwide World Sleep Society Mental health day, Mental health awareness day Raise 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 March No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1962 Bob Dylan’s first album, titled “Bob Dylan”, was released by Columbia Records.
20 March World Sparrow Day WSD 2010 India and other countries NFS (Nature Forever Society) Environment day, Environmental awareness day A 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 March World Oral Health Day WOHD 2013 130+ countries worldwide FDI (World Dental Federation) Health day, Health awareness day Raise 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 March French Language Day 2010 worldwide UN, OIF (International Organization of the Francophonie) Culture day, Cultural awareness day A 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 March International Day of Happiness 2013 worldwide UN Fun day, Awareness day The 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 March World Poetry Day 1999 worldwide UN, UNESCO Arts day, Awareness day Celebrate 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 March World Puppetry Day 2003 worldwide UNIMA, founded by Javad Zolfaghari, Iran Arts day, Awareness day A day to celebrate puppetry and raise awareness of puppetry as a global art form. #WorldPuppetryDay
21 March International Day of Forests / World Forestry Day / Forest Day IDF 1971 worldwide UN, 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 day Events 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 March World Down Syndrome Day WDSD 2005 worldwide UN, WHO, AFRT, EDSA DSi (Down Syndrome International), ART21 Health day, Health awareness day A day to raise awareness of Down syndrome and to recognise the vital role people with Down syndrome play in our lives and communities. #MyVoiceMyCommunity #DownSyndromeDay #WDSD18 (change yr)
21 March International Colour Day ICD 29 countries worldwide AIC (International Colour Association) Arts day, Awareness day Celebrated 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 March International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 1966 worldwide UN, OHCHR Rights day, Rights awareness day On 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 March World Wood Day WWD 2013 WWDF (World Wood Day Foundation), IWCS (International Wood Culture Society) Environment day, Environmental awareness day, Sustainable development Celebration 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 March World Water Day 1993 worldwide UN, UN-Water Environment day, Environmental awareness day Raise awareness of action to tackle the water crisis and the importance of freshwater around the globe. #WorldWaterDay
23 March World Meteorological Day 2006 worldwide UN, WHO, WMO (World Meteorological Organization) Environment day, Environmental awareness day Local and national events worldwide with a different metrological theme each year. #WorldMetDay
24 March World Tuberculosis Day 1997 worldwide UN, WHO Health day, Health awareness day Raise 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 March International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims 2011 worldwide UN Human Rights day, Human Rights awareness day A 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 March International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade 2008 worldwide UN Human Rights day, Human Rights awareness day Remembrance day for the victims of slavery and raise awareness of the dangers of racism and prejudice today.
25 March International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members 1995 worldwide UN Human Rights day, Human Rights awareness day Stand 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 March Purple Day for Epilepsy 2008 USA, Canada, Australia and other countries worldwide Cassidy Megan’s Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia, Anita Kaufmann Foundation, Epilepsy Canada Health day, Health awareness day A day to raise awareness of epilepsy by wearing something purple. Lavender, the purple flower, is the international color for epilepsy. #PurpleDay #EpilepsyAwarness
27 March World Theatre Day WTD 1962 worldwide ITI (International Theatre Institute), UNESCO Culture day, Cultural awareness day, Arts day, Arts awareness day A 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 March No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1963 Alfred Hitchcock’s classic horror movie The Birds, set in Bodega Bay, California, USA was released.
29 March No verified international awareness days today On 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 March World Idli Day India, Sri Lanka, worldwide Food days, Fun days, Social media days Idli 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 March World Backup Day 2012 worldwide Mat Honan Online security, Internet day, Online safety day We’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
1 April April Fools Day / All Fools’ Day / April Fish Day 1392 United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Scandinavia, Italy, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, USA, Canada, India, Romania Occasion day, Comedy day A day when practical jokes, tricks and hoaxes are perputrated by individuals, organisations and media outlets worldwide. #AprilFoolsDay
2 April International Children’s Book Day ICBD 1967 worldwide IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Literacy day, Literacy awareness day Celebrated on the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen, beloved childrens author, with book awards, competitions and authors. #ICBD (or add year:) #ICBD2018
2 April World Autism Awareness Day WAAD 2008 worldwide UN Health day, Health awareness day A 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 April World Party Day P-Day 1996 worldwide Look for real world party events and online music podcasts Internet Holiday Inspired 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 April International Mine Awareness Day / Assistance in Mine Action 2006 worldwide UN, UNMAS, GICHD (Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining), ICBL (International Campaign to Ban Landmines) Health day, Health awareness day Join 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 April First Contact Day 2063 worldwide and beyond Star Trek, United Federation of Planets Star Trek Holiday, Fun holiday, Internet holiday, Sci-Fi day, Fan day On 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 April International Day of Sport for Development and Peace IDSDP 2014 worldwide UN, UNOSDP (United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace), IOC (International Olympic Committee) Sports day, Sports awareness day On 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 April World Health Day 1950 worldwide UN, WHO, GHC (Global Health Council), PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) Health day, Health awareness day World 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 April International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide 2005 30+ countries worldwide UN Remembrance day Members 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 April International Romani Day / International Roma Day 1990 Europe Council of Europe, World Romani Congress, IRU (International Romani Union) Awareness day, Remembrance day A day to celebrate Romani culture and acknowledge the persecution and discrimination Roma and Sinti people have faced. #InternationalRomaniDay #InternationalRomaDay
9 April No verified international awareness days today On 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 April No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1970 Paul McCartney leaves the Beatles breaking up one the most successful bands of all time.
11 April No verified international awareness days today On 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 April International Day of Human Space Flight / Cosmonautics Day / World Aviation and Astronautics Day 1962 Russia, Poland, worldwide UN, FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale) Science day, History day, Awareness day On 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 April International Day for Street Children IDSC 2011 UK, 130+ countries worldwide CSC (Consortium for Street Children) Rights day, Rights awareness day, Childrens day A 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 April No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1963 former World Chess Champion and grand master Garry Kasparov was born in Azerbaijan.
14 April Black Day South Korea and other asian countries Romantic day, Lovers day Black day follows after Valentines day and White day and is celebrated by South Korean singles. Matchmaking events, jajangmyeon-eating contests and retail events.
15 April World Art Day 2012 worldwide IAA (International Association of Art) Arts day, Art awareness day A day to celebrate fine arts and promote creative activity worldwide on the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci. #WorldArtDay
16 April National Healthcare Decisions Day NHDD USA The Conversation Project, Institute for Healthcare Improvement Health day, Health awareness day Advance healthcare planning. Patients, families and providers can exchange views for the benefit of all. #NHDD #AdvanceCarePlanning
16 April World Voice Day WVD 1999 58+ countries worldwide Glottal Enterprises, The Voice Foundation, SEMPRE (Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research) Human, Awareness day A day to celebrate the human voice. #WorldVoiceDay #WVD (or add yr:) #WVD18
17 April World Hemophilia Day / World Haemophilia Day WHD 1989 118+ countries worldwide UN, WHO, WFH (World Federation of Hemophilia) Health day, Health awareness day A 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 April World Heritage Day / International Day For Monuments and Sites worldwide UN, UNESCO, ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) Culture day, Cultural awareness day Raise 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 April Bicycle Day 1985 USA and worldwide Albert Hoffman Random day, Drugs awareness day A 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 April Chinese Language Day 2010 worldwide UN Culture day, Cultural awareness day Celebrates 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 April World Creativity and Innovation Day WCID 2002 Canada, worldwide UN Culture day, Cultural awareness day World 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 April National Tea Day NTD UK National Tea Day Ltd Food day, Fun day A 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 April Earth Day 1970 worldwide UNESCO Environment day, Environmental awareness day Earth 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 April International Mother Earth Day 2009 worldwide UN Environment day, Environmental awareness day, Sustainable development 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. #InternationalMotherEarthDay
23 April Spanish Language Day 2010 worldwide UN Culture day, Cultural awareness day A 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 April World Book and Copyright Day WND 1995 worldwide UN, UNESCO Literature day, Awareness day On 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 April English Language Day 2010 worldwide UN Culture day, Literary day, Cultural awareness day A 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 April World Day for Laboratory Animals / World Lab Animal Day 1979 UK and other countries NAVS (National Anti-Vivisection Society) Animal welfare day, Awareness day A day to commemorate the suffering of animals in laboratories and campaign for animal welfare and use cruelty free products. #WDLA #LAW2018 (change year)
24 April Fashion Revolution Day 2014 100+ countries worldwide Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro Workers Rights day, Fashion day, Fashion awareness day Fashion Revolution Day (part of Fashion Revolution Week) campaigns for greater transparency, sustainability and
ethics in the fashion supply chain.
#WhoMadeMyClothes #IMadeYourClothes #FashionRevolutionDay
25 April World Malaria Day WMD 2008 worldwide UN, WHO Health day, Heath awareness day Raise awareness and recognize global efforts to control malaria. Related to World Mosquito Day #WorldMalariaDay
25 April World Penguin Day 2007 worldwide WWF (World Widelife Foundation) Nature day, Bird day, Awareness day A 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 April Parental Alienation Awareness Day / Bubbles of Love Day PAAD 2006 / 2010 worldwide PAAO (Parental Alienation Awareness Organization) Family day, Awareness day A 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 April International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day 2016 worldwide UN, WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Health day, Technology, Awareness day On 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 April World Intellectual Property Day WIPO 2001 worldwide UN Technology, Awareness day On 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 April No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1791
Samuel Morse, American artist and co-inventor of the Morse code was born.
28 April World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2003 worldwide UN, ILO (International Labour Organization) Workers rights, Health & Safety, Health awareness day Health 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 April Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare 2005 worldwide UN, OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) War and Peace, Disarmament, Remembrance day On 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 April International Dance Day 1982 worldwide ITI (International Theatre Institute), UNESCO Arts day, Dance day, Awareness day A 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 April International Jazz Day 2011 worldwide UN, UNESCO Arts day, Music, Awareness day Jazz day (as part of Jazz month) celebrates the role jazz plays bringing people and communities together for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding worldwide. #JazzDay
1 May May Day BC Europe Occasion day, National holiday in many countries May 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 May International Workers’ Day / Labour Day 1904 most countries worldwide ITUC (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 countries Socalists, 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 May World Tuna Day 2017 worldwide UN, ISSF (International Seafood Sustainability Foundation), PNA (Parties to the Nauru Agreement) Conservation day, Awareness day World Tuna Day highlights the importance of sustainably managed fish stocks as part of the UN 2030 agenda sustainable development goals (SDGs). #WorldTunaDay
3 May World Press Freedom Day / World Press Day WPFD 2003 worldwide UN, UNESCO Rights day, Rights awareness day Every 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 May Star Wars Day 2011 worldwide online Star Wars fans, Lucasfilm, Walt Disney Company Fan day, Geek day, Internet day, Awareness day A 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 May International Midwives’ Day / International Day of the Midwife IDM 1991 50+ countries worldwide ICM (International Confederation of Midwives), WHO Health day, Awareness day A day to recognise the work of midwives and midwifery worldwide, focused on a different theme each year. #ThankAMidwife
5 May Revenge of the Fifth worldwide online Star Wars fans, Lucasfilm, Walt Disney Company Fan day, Geek day, Internet day, Awareness day Following 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 May International No Diet Day INDD 1992 UK, USA and a few other countries Mary Evans Diet Breakers, ISAA (International Size Acceptance Association) Food day, Health Awareness day A 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 May No verified international awareness days today On this day in 2000 Vladimir Putin became President of Russia.
8 May Victory in Europe Day / VE Day / V-E Day / V Day 1945 USA, Europe War and Peace, Remembrance day VE day marked the formal acceptance of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender to the allies which ended World War II in Europe #VEDay #8May1945
8 May World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 1948 worldwide IFRC (International Federation of the Red Cross Societies), LORCS (League of the Red Cross Societies) War and Peace, Remembrance day, Awareness day A 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 May Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War 2005 worldwide UN War and Peace, Remembrance day May 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 May Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War 2005 worldwide UN Remembrance day Countries, 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 May Europe Day / EU Flag Day 1985 European EU states and accesion countries; Turkey EU, Council of Europe History day, Politics day, Awareness day A day to celebrate peace and unity in Europe. #EUday #EuropeDay #EUFlagDay
10 May World Migratory Bird Day WMBD 2006 worldwide UN, North America, CMS (Convention on Migratory Species), AEWA (Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds) Bird day, Awareness day A day to raise awareness and conservation of migratory birds and their habitats which are under threat from climate change, #TheirFutureOurFuture #WorldMigratoryBirdDay
10 May World Lupus Day 2004 worldwide WLF (World Lupus Federation) Health day, Health awareness day A day to raise awareness of Lupus and campaign for better education, research, treatment and support from health organizations. #WorldLupusDay
11 May Twilight Zone Day USA USA, Sci-Fi fans Geek day, Fan day, Social Media day Like 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 May International Nurses Day IND 1965 worldwide ICN (International Council of Nurses) Workers day, Workers awareness day On 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 May International Hummus Day 2012 worldwide Food day, Fun day, Social media day To 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 May No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1984 Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder is born and American singer and actor Frank Sinatra dies.
15 May International Day of Families 1996 worldwide UN Family day, Family awareness day A 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 May No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1929 the first Academy Awards (Oscars) were awarded.
17 May International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia IDAHOT 2004 130+ countries worldwide IDAHO Committee, Arcus Foundation, Hivos Rights day, Rights awareness day A 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 May Internet Day / World Information Society Day / World Telecommunication Day WTISD 2006 worldwide UN, ITU (International Telecommunication Union) Technology, Awareness day Raise 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 May World AIDS Vaccine Day Health
18 May Fascination of Plants Day 2013 worldwide EPSO (European Plant Science Organisation) Environment day, Environmental awareness day Thousands 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 May Plant Conservation Day 2001 USA, Europe + other countries AZH (Association of Zoological Horticulture), BGCI (Botanic Gardens Conservation International) Environment day, Environmental awareness day Raise awareness of the importance of plants and learn more about the key role we all play in their conservation. #PlantConservationDay
19 May Endangered Species Day 2005 USA, worldwide Endangered Species Coalition, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Animal day, Awareness day Raise awareness of endangered species and some everyday actions you can take to help protect them. #EndangeredSpeciesDay
20 May Blue Cone Monochromacy International Awareness Day USA, worldwide BCM Families Foundation Health day, Awareness day A 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.
21 May World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2002 worldwide UN, UNESCO Culture day, Cultural awareness day A 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 May International Day for Biological Diversity IDB 2002 worldwide UN, CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity) Environment day, Environmental awareness day A 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 May International Day to End Obstetric Fistula 2013 worldwide UN, UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) Health day, Health awareness day A 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 May No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1956 Lys Assia won the first Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland.
25 May International Missing Children’s Day IMCD 1983 / 2001 USA, 22+ countries worldwide ICMEC (International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children), NCMEC (U.S. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children), GMCN (Global Missing Children’s Network, EU, Missing Children Europe Family day, Family awareness day A 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 May World Thyroid Day WTD 2008 worldwide ATA (American Thyroid Association), ETA (European Thyroid Association), TFI (Thyroid Federation International) Health day, Health awareness day A 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 May Geek Pride Day 1998 Spain, USA, Sweden, Canada Geeks, Sci-Fi Fans, The Science Channel Geek day, Awareness day, Fun day, Online day A 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 May Towel Day 2001 UK, USA, worldwide Sci-Fi fans, HHGTTG fans Literary day, Geek day Fans 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 May The Glorious Twenty-Fifth of May UK, USA, worldwide Sci-Fi fans, Discworld fans Geek day, Literary day In 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 May No verified international awareness days today On 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 May No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1937 the Golden Gate suspension bridge is opened connecting the San Francisco peninsula with Marin County, USA.
28 May World Hunger Day 2011 worldwide The Hunger Project Food day, Hunger awareness day Over 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 May Menstrual Hygiene Day MHD / MH Day worldwide WASH United Family, Women, Health awareness day A 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 May International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2014 2003 worldwide UN War and Peace, Global politics awareness day A 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 May No verified international awareness days today On 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 May World No Tobacco Day / A World No-Smoking Day WNTD 1988 worldwide UN, WHO, TFI (Tobacco Free Initiative), Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Rights day, Health day, Health awareness day The 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
1 June Global Day of Parents 2013 worldwide UN Family, Family awareness day The 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 June World Milk Day 2001 worldwide UN, FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) Food day, Food awareness day, Sustainable development Celebrates the contributions of the dairy sector to sustainability, economic development, livelihoods and nutrition. #WorldMilkDay
2 June No verified international awareness days today On 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 June No verified international awareness days today On 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 June International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression IDICVA 1982 worldwide UN Childrens rights day, Rights awareness day A 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 June World Environment Day WED 1973 worldwide UN, UNEP Environment day, Environmental awareness day A 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 June Russian Language Day 2010 worldwide UN Culture day, Cultural awareness day Celebrate 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 June No verified international awareness days today On 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 June World Oceans Day 1992 worldwide UN, 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 day A 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 June Coral Triangle Day CTDay 2012 Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and worldwide WWF (World Wildlife Fund), CTI-CFF (Coral Triangle Initiative On Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security) Environment day, Environmental awareness day A 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 June No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1935 Alcoholics Anonymous was founded to help combat alcoholism.
11 June No verified international awareness days today On this day in 2010 the 19th FIFA Soccer World Cup was hosted in Africa for the first time and won by Spain.
12 June World Day Against Child Labour WDACL 2002 worldwide UN, ILO (International Labour Organization) Childrens day, Childrens rights day, Rights awareness day A 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 June International Albinism Awareness Day IAAD 2013 worldwide UN, UNESCO Health day, Health awareness day A 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 June World Blood Donor Day WBDD 2004 worldwide UN, WHO Health day, Health awareness day Raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving, donations. #WBDD #WorldBloodDonorDay
14 June Cupcake Day 2017 UK Alzheimer’s Society Food day, Fun day, Food awareness day Dementia 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 June World Elder Abuse Awareness Day WEAAD 2012 worldwide UN Rights day, Rights awareness day A 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 June Global Wind Day 2007 worldwide EWEA (European Wind Energy Association), GWEC (Global Wind Energy Council) Environment day, Environmental awareness day A 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 June International Day of the African Child IDAC 1991 Africa and worldwide WHO, 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 day A 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 June The International Day of Family Remittances IDFR 2014 worldwide UN, GMG (Global Migration Group, IOM (The United Nations Migration Agency), IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) Family day, Rights day, Rights awareness day Money 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 June World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought WDCD 1995 worldwide UN, WHO, UNESCO, UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification) Environment day, Environmental awareness day A day to raise awareness of desertification and drought, highlight methods to prevent desertification and recover from drought. #WDCD #LoveLand4Climate
17 June Sustainable Gastronomy Day 2017 worldwide UN, UNESCO, FAO Culture day, sustainable development, Food day, Food awareness day Gastronomy 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 June Autistic Pride Day 2005 worldwide AFF (Aspies For Freedom), ANI (Autism Network International), ASAN (Autistic Self Advocacy Network) Health day, Health awareness day A 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 June International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict 2016 worldwide UN, ECOSOC (United Nations Economic and Social Council) Rights day, Rights awareness day Raise 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 June World Refugee Day / African Refugee Day 2001 worldwide UN, UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency), OAU (Organization of African Unity) Rights day, Rights awareness day A day to show support for refugees and urge governments to do their fair share to help refugees and their families. #WithRefugees #WorldRefugeeDay
21 June World Music Day / Fête de la Musique / Make Music Day FDLM 1981 120+ countries worldwide Jack Lang Arts day, Music day Annual 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 June World Hydrography Day WHD 2007 worldwide UN, IHO (International Hydrographic Organization), NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), IFHS (International Federation of Hydrographic Societies) Navigation day, Science awareness day A 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 June International Day of Yoga / Yoga Day 2015 worldwide UN, Health day, Cultural awareness day A 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 June National Selfie Day 2014 USA, UK DJ Rick McNeely Photography day, Fun day, Online day Selfie 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 June No verified international awareness days today On 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 June United Nations Public Service Day UNPSD 2003 worldwide UN, UNESCO (United Nations Economic and Social Council) Culture day, Cultural awareness day UNESCO (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 June International Widows Day 2011 worldwide UN, The Loomba Foundation Family rights day, Rights awareness day Widows 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 June No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1901 eighteen year old Pablo Picasso was featured in his first exhibition in Ambroise Vollard’s gallery in Paris, France.
25 June Day of the Seafarer 2011 worldwide UN, WMU (World Maritime University), IMLI (International Maritime Law Institute) Seafarers awareness day A 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 June International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 1998 worldwide UN, OHCHR (Office of the High Commissioner Human Rights) Rights day, Rights awareness day A 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 June International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking / World Drug Day 2010 worldwide UN, UNODC (UN Office on Drugs and Crime) Health day, Health awareness day A day to recognize the problem illicit drugs represents to society and raise awareness of the dangers associated with illicit drugs use. #ListenFirst
27 June Micro- Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day MSMEs 2017 worldwide UN, ITC (International Trade Centre) Economy, Awareness day A 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 June No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie are assassinated which triggered the First World War.
29 June International Day of the Tropics 2016 worldwide UN, UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) Environment day, Environmental awareness day A 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 June International Asteroid Day 2015 78+ countries worldwide UNOOSA (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 day Held 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
1 July Canada Day (formerly Dominion Day) 1867 Canada British North America Act National day On 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 July World UFO Day 2001 worldwide Haktan Akdogan, WUFODO (World UFO Day Organization) UFO awareness day, Sci-Fi day On 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 July No verified international awareness days today On 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 July Independence Day 1776 USA Second Continental Congress National day On 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 July No verified international awareness days today On 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 July No verified international awareness days today On 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 July No verified international awareness days today On 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 July No verified international awareness days today On 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 July No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1877 the first Wimbledon Championship was held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England.
10 July No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1913 the highest recorded temperature record of 56.7°C (134°F) was measured at Death Valley, California, USA.
11 July World Population Day 1990 worldwide UN, UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) Birth control, Contraception, Family day, Family planning awareness day On 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 July Malala Day 2013 Pakistan and worldwide UN, Ziauddin and Malala Yousafzai Peace day, Peace awareness day On 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 July No verified international awareness days today On 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 July No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1789 the storrming of the Bastille prison in Paris was the flashpoint of the French revolution.
15 July World Youth Skills Day WYSD 2015 worldwide UN Youth awareness day A 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 July No verified international awareness days today On 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 July World Day for International Justice / Day of International Criminal Justice / International Justice Day IJD worldwide UN, UNPO (Unrepresented Nations and People Organization), ICC (International Criminal Court), Amnesty International Rights day, Rights awareness day A 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)
18 July Nelson Mandela International Day 2010 worldwide UN Rights day, Rights awareness day On 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 July No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1553 Mary I (aka Bloody Mary for her persecution of Protestants) became Queen of England replacing Lady Jane Grey.
20 July International Chess Day ICD 1966 170+ countries worldwide UNESCO, FIDE (World Chess Federation), Chess awareness day A 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 July No verified international awareness days today On 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 July Pi Approximation Day / Casual Pi Day worldwide Geek day, Mathematics day, Online day 22/7 (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 July No verified international awareness days today IWC (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 July No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1911 Machu Picchu, the forgotten 15th century Inca site was rediscovered in Peru by American Hiram Bingham III.
25 July No verified international awareness days today On 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 July No verified international awareness days today On 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 July No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1940 Bugs Bunny made his official debut in A Wild Hare.
28 July World Hepatitis Day WHD 2008 worldwide UN, WHO Health day, Health awareness day The 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 July International Tiger Day / Global Tiger Day 2010 worldwide WWF Animal awareness day A day to celebrate Tigers and to campaign for an end to wildlife crime and Tiger conservation. #GlobalTigerDay #InternationalTigerDay
30 July International Day of Friendship 2011 worldwide UN, World Friendship Crusade, UNESCO Culture day, Cultural awareness day Raise awareness of the role friendship plays in promoting mutual understanding, solidarity, reconciliation and peace in many cultures. #FriendshipDay
30 July World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2014 worldwide UN, UNODC, ILO Rights day, Rights awareness day A 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 July World Ranger Day 2007 worldwide IRF (International Ranger Federation) Environment day, Environmental awareness day The 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
1 August International Childfree Day 1973 USA, worldwide NAOP (National Alliance for Optional Parenthood) Cultural awareness day A day to recognize the contribution childfree people make to society and educate society that parenthood is optional. #InternationalChildfreeDay
2 August No verified international awareness days today On 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 August No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1946 the world’s first theme park called Santa Claus Land opened in Santa Claus, Indiana, USA.
4 August Single Working Women’s Day 1996 USA, worldwide Barbara Payne, SWWAN (Single Working Women’s Affiliate Network) Womens day, Awareness day A day to recognize the contributions made by single women in the workplace. Part of Single Working Women’s Week. #SingleWorkingWomensDay
5 August International Sailor Moon Day ISMD 2015 USA, Canada, UK, worldwide Pomegranate Magazine Fun day, Geek day, Fan day Sailor 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 August No verified international awareness days today On 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 August No verified international awareness days today On 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 August International Cat Day 2002 worldwide IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) Animal awareness day A 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 August International Day of the World’s Indigenous People 1995 worldwide UN Rights day, Rights awareness day A 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 August World Lion Day 2013 worldwide Rae Kokeš and David Youldon of ALERT (African Lion & Environmental Research Trust) Conservation day, Animal day, Wildlife awareness day Celebrate the importance of lions symbolically, religiously, culturally, economically and biologically. Campaign to conserve lion habitats worldwide. #WorldLionDay
11 August Presidential Joke Day 1984 USA and online Social media day, Online day, Fake news On 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 August International Youth Day IYD 2000 worldwide UN Youth awareness day A 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 August World Elephant Day 2012 worldwide Patricia Sims, Elephant Reintroduction Foundation of Thailand Environment day, Environmental awareness day Raise 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 August International Lefthanders Day 1976 worldwide online Association of Left-Handers, People awareness day, People day A 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 August No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1947 Pakistan gained independence from the British India Empire and became a seperate country and part of the Commonwealth.
15 August No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1947 India gained independence from the United Kingdom. Independence Day of India is a national holiday in India.
16 August No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1958 Madonna, American singer born. In 1954 James Cameron, Canadian film director born. In 1977 Elvis Presley died.
17 August No verified international awareness days today On 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 August No verified international awareness days today On 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 August World Photo Day 2009 worldwide Cerebral Palsy Alliance Fun day, Arts awareness day Founded 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 August World Humanitarian Day WHD 2009 worldwide UN Rights day, Rights awareness day A 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 August World Mosquito Day worldwide Malaria No More, Mosquito Squad, PMI (President’s Malaria Initiative), End Malaria Council, LSHTM (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) Heath day, Health awareness day On 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 August No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1911 the famous Leonardo da Vinci Mona Lisa painting was stolen by Vincenzo Peruggia. It was recovered in Italy two years later.
22 August World Plant Milk Day 2017 worldwide ProVeg International Vegetarianism, Vegan food day, Vegan food awareness day Raise 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 August International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition IDRSTA 1998 worldwide UN, UNESCO Remembrance day A 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 August European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism / Black Ribbon Day 2009 Europe, USA, Canada EP (European Parliament) Remembrance day On 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 August No verified international awareness days today NATO (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 August No verified international awareness days today On 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 August Women’s Equality Day / Women’s Rights Day 1973 USA Proposed by Congresswoman Bella Abzug, USA Presidential decree National day, Suffrage day, Womens Rights day, Womens Rights awareness day On this day in 1920 the 19th amendment to the USA constitution granted women the right to vote. #WomensEqualityDay
27 August No verified international awareness days today On 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 August No verified international awareness days today On 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 August International Day against Nuclear Tests IDANT 2010 worldwide UN Environment day, Environmental awareness day On 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 August International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances / International Day of the Disappeared IDVED 2011 worldwide UN, 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 day Enforced 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 August No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1997 Princess Diana of Wales died in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris, France.
1 September Labor Day 1894 Canada, USA ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation), IWA (International Workers’ Association), WFTU (World Federation of Trade Unions) Politics, Rights day, National holiday Socalists, 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 September No verified international awareness days today On 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 September No verified international awareness days today This day in 1967 was “Dagen H” (H day) in Sweden when the country changed from driving on the left to the right overnight.
4 September No verified international awareness days today On 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 September International Day of Charity IDC 2013 worldwide UN Giving day, Charity day This 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 September International Colour Blindness Awareness Day 2016 Europe and worldwide UN, 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 day A 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 September No verified international awareness days today On 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 September International Literacy Day 1966 worldwide UN, UNESCO Cultural day, Culteral awareness day, Literacy awareness day UNESCO 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 September World Cleanup Day 2008 150 countries worldwide UNEP, LetsDoItWorld.org Environment day, Environmental awareness day Start or join a local Let’s Do It! Team to help clean up the world. #WorldCleanUpDay
9 September International FASD Awareness Day FASDay 62 countries FASworld Alcohol awareness, Health day, Health awareness day Bells 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 September World Suicide Prevention Day 2003 worldwide UN, WHO, IASP (International Association for Suicide Prevention) Mental health day, Mental health awareness day A 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 September Patriot Day 2002 USA and friends of the USA worldwide U.S. House of Representatives War & Peace, National day On 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 September International Day for South-South Cooperation 2004 worldwide UN Economic, Awareness day A 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 September Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel Day ATSEP Day 2015 worldwide IFATSEA (International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations) Workers day, Workers awareness day A day to acknowledge the achievements and contribution of air traffic safety electronics personnel to safer skies worldwide. #IFATSEA (or add year:) #IFATSEA2018
13 September Day of the Programmer 2009 Russia, USA, Canada, UK, India & 20+ other countries MinComSvyaz Rossii Workers day, Workers awareness day Celebrated 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 September No verified international awareness days today On 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 September International Day of Democracy 2008 worldwide UN, UNESCO Civil rights day, Civil rights awareness day Recognize 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 September International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 1995 worldwide UN, 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 day The Ozone Layer protects the Earth from the harmful portion of the sun’s rays. We can all take action to protect it. #InternationalOzoneDay
17 September No verified international awareness days today On 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 September World Water Monitoring Day / EarthEcho Water Challenge WWMD 2003 143 countries worldwide EarthEcho International, ACWF (America’s Clean Water Foundation), WEF (Water Environment Federation), IWA (International Water Association) Environment day, Environmental awareness day Global 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 September International Talk Like a Pirate Day ITLAPD 2002 USA, worldwide online Founded by Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy) and John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket), EarthEcho International Fun day, Online day, Social media day A 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 September No verified international awareness days today On 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 September International Day of Peace / World Peace Day 1982 worldwide UN, UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) War and Peace awareness day A day to reflect upon the cruel price of war and call for a global ceasefire in all combat zones. #PeaceDay
21 September Zero Emissions Day / ZeDay worldwide Sealevel.ca Environment day, Environmental awareness day Give 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 September World Rhino Day 2011 worldwide WWF-South Africa Animal day, Wildlife conservation day A 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 September World Rose Day Canada, India, worldwide CARF (Cancer Aid and Research Foundation) Health day, Health awareness day A 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 September No verified international awareness days today On 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 September No verified international awareness days today This 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 September World Dream Day WDD 2012 USA and worldwide BurnBright International Self improvement day, Mental health awareness day A 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 September European Day of Languages EDL 2002 Europe EU, CoE (Council of Europe) Literacy day, literacy awareness day, Language day A 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 September World Environmental Health Day WEHD 2011 worldwide IFEH (International Federation Of Environmental Health) Environment day, Environmental health day A 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 September International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons 2014 worldwide UN War and Peace, Disarmament day, Global politics awareness day A 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 September World Contraception Day WCD 2007 worldwide UN, 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 day A 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 September World Tourism Day WTD 1980 worldwide UN, UNWTO Sustainable development, Environment day, Environmental awareness day A day to acknowledge the role responsible tourism plays worldwide and learn how tourism affects cultural, social, political and economic values worldwide. #TravelEnjoyRespect #WorldTourismDay
28 September World Rabies Day 2007 worldwide UN, WHO, GARC (Global Alliance for Rabies Control) Environment day, Environmental awareness day On 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 September International Right to Know Day RTKD 2002 worldwide FOIA (Freedom of Information Advocates) Rights day, Rights awareness day A 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 September International Day for Universal Access to Information IDUAI 2016 worldwide UN, UNESCO, APAI (African Platform on Access to Information) Rights day, Rights awareness day A day to campaign for more information transparency and access to information held by all organizations. #IDUAI (or add year:) #IDUAI2018
29 September World Heart Day WHD 2000 worldwide (WHF) World Heart Federation Health day, Health awareness day A 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 September International Translation Day 1953 worldwide UN, FIT (International Federation of Translators), CEATL (European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations) Culture day, Cultural awareness day, Literary awareness day A 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 September International Podcast Day IPD 2015 40+ countries worldwide InternationalPodcastDay.com Culture day, Culture day, Cultural awareness day, Online day, Media day, Awareness day A day to raising awareness of the power of podcasting and promote digital media worldwide. #InternationalPodcastDay
30 September International Blasphemy Day 2009 CFI (Center for Inquiry) freedom of worship, Cultural freedom day, freedom of speech A 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
1 October International Day of Older Persons 1991 worldwide UN, WHO Rights day, Family awareness day Celebrate the contributions older people make to society and raise awareness of issues that affect their lives. #UNIDOP (or add year:) #UNIDOP2018
1 October World Vegetarian Day WVD 1977 worldwide NAVS (The North American Vegetarian Society), IVU (International Vegetarian Union) Food day, Food awareness day A 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 October International Coffee Day 2015 worldwide ICO (International Coffee Organization) Food day, Drink day A day to enjoy coffee and be consider supporting sustainable coffee cultivation and fair trade coffee practices. #InternationalCoffeeDay
2 October International Day of Non-Violence / Gandhi Jayanti 2007 India, worldwide UN Rights day, Rights awareness day On 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 October No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1863 U.S. President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day and holiday.
4 October World Animal Day WAD 1925 worldwide Heinrich Zimmermann writer and publisher of German magazine “Mensch und Hund” (Man and Dog), Naturewatch Foundation Animal day, Awareness day Campaigns to improve the welfare standards of animals worldwide. #WorldAnimalDay
5 October World Teachers’ Day / International Teachers Day 1994 worldwide UN, UNESCO Education day, Awareness day Commemorates 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 October World Cerebral Palsy Day 2012 60+ countries worldwide WCPI (World Cerebral Palsy Initiative) Health day, Health awareness day A 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 October International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day 2012 worldwide International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Fighters, Facial Pain Association, Facial Pain Advocacy Alliance, Facial Pain Research Foundation. Health day, Health Awareness day A 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 #‎TNnME‬ ‪#‎TNisaLiveWire ‪#‎MenGetTNtoo ‪#‎KidsGetTNtoo‬
8 October No verified international awareness days today On 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 October World Post Day 1969 worldwide UN, UPU (Universal Postal Union) Workers awareness day The 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 October World Mental Health Day WMHD 1992 worldwide UN, WHO, WFMH (World Federation for Mental Health) Health day, Health awareness day A day to openly discuss mental health illnesses and issues and take action to support mental health services and providers worldwide. #WorldMentalHealthDay
11 October National Coming Out Day NCOD 1988 USA, UK, Ireland, Switzerland and other countries HRC (Human Rights Campaign) Rights day, Rights awareness day A 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 October International Day of the Girl Child IDG 2011 worldwide UN, UNICEF Rights day, Rights awareness day A 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 October World Arthritis Day WAD 1996 worldwide ARI (Arthritis and Rheumatism International), EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism), PARE (People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe) Health day, Health awareness day A day to raise awareness of arthritis, rheumatic and musculosketal diseases (RMDs) and campaign to improve diagnosis, treatment, care and support. #WorldArthritisDay #ConnectToday
13 October World Thrombosis Day WTD 85 countries+ worldwide ISTH (International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis), WHF (World Heart Federation), WSO (World Stroke Organization) and over 1000 partners Health day, Health awareness day A 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 October International Day for Disaster Reduction IDDR 1990 worldwide UN, UNISDR (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction) Disaster awareness day A day to encourage people, communities and governments to build more disaster resilient communities. #IDDR (or add year:) #IDDR2018
14 October World Standards Day / International Standards Day 1946 worldwide ISO (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 day A 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 October International Day of Rural Women 2008 worldwide UN Family awareness day, Family day A 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 October Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day PAiL Day 2002 USA, Canada, UK, Italy, Norway and some Australian states USA Remembrance day, Family day A 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 October Global Handwashing Day GHD 2008 worldwide GHP (Global Handwashing Partnership) Health day, Health awareness day Awareness day to remind us all that regular handwashing, with soap, will reduce the spread of diseases. #GlobalHandwashingDay #GHD2018 (change year) #WashYourHands
16 October World Food Day WFD 1981 worldwide UN, FAO Food day, Health day, Health awareness day The 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 October Boss’s Day / National Boss’ Day 1962 USA, Canada, Lithuania Cultural day, Work day The 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 October International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 1987 worldwide UN, ATD Fourth World (All Together for Dignity) Poverty, Awareness day Raise awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide campaigning on a different theme each year. #EndPoverty #StopPoverty
18 October No verified international awareness days today 18th 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 October No verified international awareness days today On this day in 2014 a working human intestine is generated in a laboratory from stem cells in a USA lab.
20 October World Osteoporosis Day WOD 1996 90+ countries worldwide IOF (The International Osteoporosis Foundation) Health day, Health awareness day A 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 #LoveYourBones
21 October No verified international awareness days today On 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 October International Stuttering Awareness Day ISAD 1998 worldwide ISAD (European League of Stuttering Associations, International Fluency Association and International Stuttering Association) Health day, Health awareness day A 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 October Reptile Awareness Day / National Reptile Awareness Day USA, maybe other countries Nature, Awareness day A day to learn about reptile types, their habitats and the ecological threats to reptiles. #ReptileAwarenessDay #ReptileDay #ReptilesDay
23 October Mole Day / National Mole Day / International Mole Day Geek day, Chemistry day, Maths day Commemorates 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 October United Nations Day UN Day 1948 worldwide UN Awareness day On this day in 1945 the UN Charter came into force and has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. #UNDay
24 October World Development Information Day 1973 worldwide UN Information, Telecoms, Awareness day A 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 October No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1881 Pablo Picasso, the Spanish painter and sculptor was born in Málaga, Spain.
26 October No verified international awareness days today On 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 October National Mentoring Day UK, worldwide Learning day, Education awareness day Created 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 October World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2007 worldwide UN, 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 day A 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 October International Animation Day IAD 2002 40+ countries worldwide UNESCO, ASIFA (International Animated Film Association) Arts day, Arts awareness day Today, 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 October World Stroke Day 2006 worldwide WSO (World Stroke Organization) Health day, Health awareness day A 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 October No verified international awareness days today On 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 October No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1889 the Bosphorous Bridge in Istanbul opened connecting Asia with Europe.
31 October Halloween, Hallowe’en, All Hallows’ Evening, All Saints’ Eve 1900 USA, wordwide Irish & Scottish immigrants to USA Party occasion day, Holiday, Fun day Rooted 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 October World Cities Day WCD 2014 worldwide UN, UN-Habitat Urban, Awareness day A 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
1 November World Vegan Day 1994 worldwide The Vegan Society UK Vegetarianism, Food day, Food awareness day A 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 November International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists IDEI 2014 worldwide UN, UNESCO Rights day, Rights awareness day Commemorates 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 November World Sandwich Day / National Sandwich Day 2001 worldwide Subway restaurants Food day, Food awareness day Celebrate 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 November No verified international awareness days today On 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 November Bonfire Night, Guy Fawkes Night, Guy Fawkes Day, Firework Night 1606 UK UK Observance of 5th November Act Politics, National day Organised 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 November World Tsunami Awareness Day 2016 UN, UNSDR Disasters, Awareness day A 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 November International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict 2001 worldwide UN, UNEP, UN EMG (UN Environment Management Group), TRWN (Toxic Remnants of War Network), GCI (Green Cross International) War and Peace, Environment day, Environmental awareness day A 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 November No verified international awareness days today On 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 November International Day of Radiology IDoR 2012 worldwide ESR (European Society of Radiology), RSNA (Radiological Society of North America), ACR (American College of Radiology) Science day, Health day, Health awareness day On 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 November World Freedom Day 2001 USA and other countries YAF (Young America’s Foundation), CRNC (College Republican National Committee) Politics, Commemoration day Commemorates 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 November World Science Day for Peace and Development / World Science Day WSDPD 2002 worldwide UN, UNESCO, UNAWE (Universe Awesomeness) Peace, Science day, Awareness day A 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 November Singles Day 1993 China, worldwide Relationship status 11th 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 November Remembrance Day / Poppy Day 1919 UK, France, Belgium, Commonwealth Nations (except Mozambique) and other countries Commonwealth of Nations Remembrance day Commemorates 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 November Armistice Day 1919 UK, Belgium, France, NZ, Australia and other countries Remembrance day Commemorates the armistice between the allied and central powers marking the end of World War One (WWI) at 11am on 11th November 1918. #ArmisticeDay
11 November Veterans Day 1954 USA U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Remembrance day, Holiday Honors 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 November World Pneumonia Day 2009 worldwide UN, WHO Health day, Health awareness day Pneumonia 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 November World Kindness Day / Random Acts of Kindness Day WKD / RAK 1998 USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Nigeria, UAE, Singapore, Italy, India, UK and many other countries WKM (World Kindness Movement) 43+ countries, RAK (The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation), Kindness Day UK, Australian Kindness Movement, Kindness Canada Peace, Happiness, Awareness day Perform 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 November World Diabetes Day WDD 2007 worldwide UN, WHO, IDF (International Diabetes Federation) Health day, Health awareness day Raise 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 November America Recycles Day ARD 1997 USA (KAB) Keep America Beautiful Environment day, Environmental awareness day Since 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 November Day of the Imprisoned Writer 1981 PEN Int. Literature day, Awareness day Supports and recognizes writers being denied their human right to freedom of expression. #DayoftheImprisonedWriter
15 November National Philanthropy Day NPD 1986 USA, Canada AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) Philanthropy, Awareness day A day to celebrate philanthropy by volunteering, giving and good deeds to change the world for the better. #afpnpd #NPDlove
16 November International Day for Tolerance IDT 1996 worldwide UN, UNESCO Culture day, Cultural awareness day A 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 November International Students Day Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy and other countries Student 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 day A 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 November European Antibiotic Awareness Day EAAD 2008 Europe ECDC, EC, EU Agencies: EFSA & EMA Health day, Health awareness day Raise 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 November International Men’s Day IMD 1992 70+ countries worldwide UNESCO Family awareness day Aims 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 November World Toilet Day WTD 2001 worldwide UN, WTO, UNICEF Health day, Health awareness day The World Toilet Organization campaigns to raise awareness of sanitation issues worldwide and draw attention to the global sanitation crisis. #WorldToiletDay
20 November Universal Children’s Day 1954 worldwide UN, UNICEF Childrens day, Children awareness day, Family day Celebrated 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 November Africa Industrialization Day AID 1956 worldwide UN, UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) Sustainable development, Industry awareness day A day to raise awareness of the challenges and issues of industrialization in Africa and urge countries to work together. #AfricanIndustrializationDay
20 November Transgender Day of Remembrance TDoR 1999 USA and 20+ countries worldwide GLAAD Rights day, Rights awareness day Founded 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 November World Television Day 1996 worldwide UN, UN VIDEO Telecoms, Awareness day Commemorates the date of the first World Television Forum in 1996. #WorldTVDay
21 November World Hello Day 1973 worldwide Brian and Michael McCormack Fun day, Friendship day, Awareness day A 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 November No verified international awareness days today On this day in 2005 Angela Merkel took office as the first female Chancellor of Germany.
23 November Fibonacci Day worldwide Mathematics day, Geek day, Fun day, Awareness day Celebrates 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 November No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1859 Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species was published.
25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 1999 wordwide UN, UN Women, UNiTE Rights day, Rights awareness day Commemorating 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 November Anti Obesity Day AOD 2001 India, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries UN WFP, VLCC (wellness brand) Health day, Health awareness day A day to raise awareness of the health risks associated with obesity and participate in health camps and healthy activities. #WorldAntiObesityDay #AntiObesityDay
27 November No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1895 Alfred Nobel signed his will creating five Nobel Prize awards for those who contributed to the benefit of mankind.
28 November No verified international awareness days today On 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 November International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 1978 worldwide UN Global politics, Global politics awareness day On 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 November Cities for Life Day 2002 cities worldwide Amnesty International, Ensemble contre la Peine de Mort, FIACAT (International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture) and International Penal Reform Global politics, Global politics awareness day A day cities around the world campaign for the abolition of the death penalty organised by the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty. #CitiesForLife
1 December World AIDS Day (Priyasbday) WAD 1988 USA, worldwide UN, WHO, UNAIDS Health day, Health awareness day Red 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 December International Day for the Abolition of Slavery worldwide UN, ILO (International Labour Organization) Rights day, Rights awareness day Raise 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 December International Day of Persons with Disabilities IDPD 1998 worldwide UN Health day, Health awareness day Raising 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 December World Wildlife Conservation Day worldwide WWF Animal day, Nature day, Awareness day A 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 December International Volunteer Day IVD 2008 worldwide UN, (UNV) United Nations Volunteers Awareness day Every 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 December World Soil Day 2012 worldwide UN, FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), IUSS (International Union of Soil Sciences), GSP (Global Soil Partnership) Environmental awareness day Raise awareness of issues affecting soils, including climate change, antimicrobial resistance, soil-borne diseases, contamination, nutrition and human health. #WorldSoilDay
6 December No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1865 the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution abolished slavery.
7 December International Civil Aviation Day 1994 worldwide UN, ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) Aviation, Travel awareness day A day to recognize the role aviation, specifically international air travel, plays in economic and social development worldwide. #CivilAviationDay #InternationalCivilAviationDay
8 December No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1941 the US enters WWII and declares war on Japan following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
9 December International Anti-Corruption Day ICAD 2005 worldwide UN, UNODC (UN Office on Drugs and Crime) Politics awareness day Raise 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 December Human Rights Day 1950 worldwide UNGA (UN General Assembly), OHCHR (Office of the High Commissioner Human Rights) Rights day, Rights awareness day A day commemorating the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on 10th December 1948 #HumanRightsDay #StandUp4HumanRights
11 December International Mountain Day 2003 worldwide UN Environment day, Environmental awareness day Recognize 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 December International Day of Neutrality 2017 worldwide UN War and Peace, Global politics awareness day Events to raise public awareness of the value of neutrality in international relations are held on this day worldwide. #InternationalDayofNeutrality
13 December No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1972 the last (eleventh “Gene” Eugene Cernan) and (twelfth “Jack” Harrison Schmitt) humans walked on the Moon.
14 December No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1946 the UN General Assembly votes to make New York City the UN Headquaters.
15 December International Tea Day 2005 worldwide Food day, Drinks day, Rights day, Rights awareness day Celebrated in tea producing countries to draw global attention to the needs of tea trade workers and calls for Fair Trade practices. #InternationalTeaDay
16 December No verified international awareness days today On 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 December No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1989 the first episode of The Simpsons was aired in the USA.
18 December Arabic Language Day 2010 worldwide UN Cultural diversity, Culture day, Cultural awareness day A 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 December International Migrants Day 2000 worldwide UN Rights day, Rights awareness day, Family awareness day UN 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 December No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1783 William Pitt the Younger becomes the youngest ever British Prime Minister, aged just 24 years old.
20 December International Human Solidarity Day 2006 worldwide UN Rights day, Rights awareness day, Family awareness day Human 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 December National Robin Day UK SBS (Songbird Survival) Nature, Wildlife awareness day Awareness day to take care of small birds and other wildlife to help them through the winter. #NationalRobinDay
22 December No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1937 the NYC Lincoln Tunnel opens to traffic. In 1965 Great Britain sets the maximum road speed limit at 70mph.
23 December No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1888 Vincent van Gogh cuts his left ear off with a razor following an argument Paul Gauguin.
24 December Christmas Eve most countries which use the Gregorian calendar Christian, Cultural, Occasion day Christmas Eve refers to the entire day before Christmas Day. Christmas Eve is an important celebration in the Christian calendar. #ChristmasEve
25 December Christmas Day most countries which use the Gregorian calendar Christianity, religious day, cultural day, Family occasion day, National holiday in many countries Christmas 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 December Boxing Day UK, Great Britain, Commonwealth and other countries Family occasion day Boxing 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 December National Fruitcake Day USA Food 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 December No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1867 the USA annexes Midway Island, the first territory ouside Continental limits.
29 December No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1170 Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is assassinated by followers of King Henry II inside Canterbury Cathedral.
30 December No verified international awareness days today On this day in 1924 Astronomer Edwin Hubble announces the existence of other galactic systems formally at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
31 December New Year’s Eve most countries which use the Gregorian calendar Party occasion day In many countries New Years Eve is celebrated with organised parties and fireworks or privately with friends and family. #NewYearsEve #NewYears
31 December Hogmanay Scotland Family occasion day Hogmanay 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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