October awareness days

October Awareness Days

October Awareness Days 2019/2020 Worldwide List & Social Media Calendar

Our July awareness days list of worldwide international awareness days are fact checked to make sure they’re not social media hype or fake news. We’ve included all the fixed October international awareness days we could find including all the UN International Days. If you’re aware of any fixed international October awareness days not included on our list please add your comments at the bottom the page so we can include all July awareness days.

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Date International Awareness Days Acronym First Observed Where? Founder / Organizations Filter Tags / Categories October Awareness Day Facts/Trivia Social Media Hashtags
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. UN October awareness days. #UNIDOP (or add year) #UNIDOP2019
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! #WVD2019 (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”. UN October awareness days. #Nonviolence #InternationalDayofNonViolence
3 October No verified international October 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). Co-ordinated by Naturewatch Foundation. Animal day, Awareness day. Campaigns to improve the welfare standards of animals worldwide. Help make the world a better place for animals. #WorldAnimalDay (or add year) #WorldAnimalDay2019 #WorldAnimalWelfareDay
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. UN October awareness days. #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
8 October No verified international October 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. UN October awareness days. #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. UN October awareness days. #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. UN October awareness days. #IDDR (or add year:) #IDDR2019
13 October No Bra Day 2011 worldwide Dr. Mitchell Brown, Toronto, Canada. Social media day, Health day Originally BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) day. October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the USA. It’s a contentious awareness day with a popular #hashtag. Feminists have a view. Fashionistas have a view. Some health studies indicate not wearing a bra is a good thing. #NoBraDay
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. UN October awareness days. #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 #GHD2019 (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. UN October awareness days. #WFD (or add year:) #WFD2019 #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. UN October awareness days. #EndPoverty #StopPoverty
18 October No verified international October 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 October 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 #WorldOsteoporosisDay2019 #LoveYourBones
21 October No verified international October 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:) #ISAD2019
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 x10[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. UN October awareness days. #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. UN October awareness days. #DevInfoDay
25 October No verified international October 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 October 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 highlight heritage and cultural issues. UN October awareness days. #WDAVH (or add year:) #WDAVH2019
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 October 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 October 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, worldwide. 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. UN October awareness days. #WorldCitiesDay #CitiesDay #TheCityWeNeed

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