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People handing out button badges in Madrid for World Haemophilia Day (17 April)

A national or international awareness day or observance is a date usually set by a major organisation or government to commemorate a public health or ethical cause of importance on a national or international level.

An international observance, also known as an international dedication or international anniversary, is a period of time to observe some issue of international interest or concern. This is used to commemorate, promote and mobilize for action. Many of these periods have been established by the United Nations General Assembly (UN), Economic and Social Council, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Health Organization (WHO) and other United Nations bodies including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). In this case, the lead agency for a particular international observance uses the symbolism of the United Nations (UN), perhaps a specially designed logo for the year, and the UN infrastructure to coordinate events worldwide. It also presents a written report about the event. This summarizes the activities that took place around the world under the auspices of the international observance, and makes recommendations for the future.

The lists below include some days, month, years, and decades that have been recognized as international observances by the United Nations, or by other organizations that declare international observances but are not as widely recognized.



Date Name Established/recognized by
1 January Global Family Day
1 January Polar Bear Swim Day Various organizations in Canada
1 January International Public Domain Day Wallace McLean
2 January National Science Fiction Day (United States)
4 January World Braille Day (birthday of Louis Braille) World Health Organization
7 January Distaff Day Tradition in parts of Europe
9 January Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Non-resident Indian Day) Ministry of External Affairs (India)
10 January World Tintin day
11 January National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
11 January International Parity at Work Day
12 January National Youth Day (India)

National Vision Board Day

Government of India
14 January World Logic Day UNESCO, CIPSH
15 January Indian Army Day
15 January Wikipedia Day Wikipedia editors
15 January Intestinal malrotation and Volvulus Awareness Day Intestinal Malrotation Foundation
16 January National Religious Freedom Day President of the United States
21 January National Hugging Day (United States) Kevin Zaborney
24 January Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day
24 January National Compliment Day
24 January International Day of Education United Nations General Assembly
25 January National Voters' Day (India) Government of India
25 January Burns Night (Roberts Burns' birth anniversary) Friends of Robert Burns in Scotland
26 January Australia Day
26 January Indian Republic Day
27 January International Holocaust Remembrance Day United Nations General Assembly
27 January Family Literacy Day Canada; national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999
28 January Data Privacy Day a.k.a. Data Protection Day Council of Europe and various national governments
30 January CTE Awareness Day Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation
30 January (or closest school day) School Day of Non-violence and Peace Llorenç Vidal Vidal
31 January Street Children's Day Jugend Eine Welt
First Monday of January Handsel Monday Tradition in Scotland
First Monday after Epiphany Plough Monday Tradition in parts of England and Belgium
Third Sunday in January World Religion Day National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States
Last Sunday of January Leprosy Prevention Day World Health Organization


Day Name Established/recognized by
1 February Imbolc Gaelic Traditional
1 February World Hijab Day
1 February World Aspergillosis Day
2 February Groundhog Day
2 February World Wetlands Day
2 February Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day
4 February International day of Human Fraternity
4 February Sri Lankan Independence Day
4 February World Cancer Day UN, WHO
5 February Kashmir Solidarity Day
5 February World Nutella Day
6 February Sami National Day
6 February Waitangi Day (New Zealand)
6 February International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation WHO
10 February World Pulses Day UN, FAO
11 February European 112 Day Instituted by the European Union
11 February World Day of the Sick Instituted by Pope John Paul II
11 February International Day of Women and Girls in Science UN Women
12 February Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day Canadian Federation for Sexual Health
12 February Darwin Day
12 February International Day of Women's Health Canadian Foundation for Women's Health
12 February Red Hand Day Child Soldier Awareness
13 February World Radio Day UN, UNESCO
14 February World Valentine Day
14 February Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day (Canada) Children's Heart Society
14 February V-Day Global day to end violence against women
15 February (variously, 13, 14 or 15 February) Singles Awareness Day
15 February Total Defence Day (Singapore)
15 February International Childhood Cancer Day Childhood Cancer Foundation
17 February Random Acts of Kindness Day (USA)
17 February Serbian Statehood Day
20 February World Day of Social Justice UN
21 February International Mother Language Day UN, UNESCO
21 February Language Movement Day (Bangladesh)
21 February Global Information Governance Day
22 February Founders Day Scouts' Day, worldwide
22 February World Thinking Day
26 February (in UK, first Friday in February in USA) National Wear Red Day
27 February World NGO Day Baltic Sea NGO Forum of the Council of the Baltic Sea States, the European External Action Service of the European Union.
27 February Anosmia Awareness Day
27 February National Pancake Day (USA)
28/29 February (last day of February) Rare Disease Day
February (first Saturday) Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
February (the Tuesday falling between the 5th and 11th inclusive) Safer Internet Day
February (third Monday) Washington's Birthday


Day Name Established/recognized by
1 March World Civil Defence Day
1 March National Pig Day (USA)
1 March Self-Injury Awareness Day Also known as Self-Harm Awareness Day
2 March Employee Appreciation Day
2 March Texas Independence Day
2 March (or closest school day) Read Across America Day (USA) National Education Association
3 March World Wildlife Day UN
3 March World Hearing Day WHO
3 March Liberation Day of the Republic of Bulgaria
4 March HPV Awareness Day International Papilloma Society
8 March International Women's Day UN
10 March National Women and Girl's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
10 March Mario Day
11 March National Singles Day and Solo Poly Day (worldwide) UK
12 March World Glaucoma Day
14 March Pi Day
14 March Dog Theft Awareness Day
14 March White Day (Japan)
15 March World Consumer Rights Day
15 March or Friday before vernal equinox World Sleep Day
15 March World Contact Day
18 March Transit Driver Appreciation Day
18 March National Covid's Victims Day (Italy) Italy
20 March Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Awareness Day Living LFS, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that encourages, empowers, and educates those living with Li–Fraumeni syndrome.
20 March World Oral Health Day World Dental Federation (FDI)
20 March International Day of Francophonie
20 March International Day of Happiness UN
20 March World Sparrow Day
20 March World Rights to Water Day
21 March Anal Cancer Awareness Day
21 March Cluster Headache Awareness Day Promoted by OUCH (Organisation for the Understanding of Cluster Headaches) alongside The European Headache Federation and European Headache Alliance.
21 March Human Rights Day (South Africa) South Africa
21 March International Black And White Day
21 March International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination UN
21 March World Poetry Day UN, UNESCO
21 March International Day of Nowruz UN
21 March World Down Syndrome Day UN
21 March World Puppetry Day UNIMA
21 March International Day of Forests UN
22 March World Water Day UN
23 March Pakistan Day
23 March International atheist day
23 March World Meteorological Day UN, WMO, WHO
23 March National Puppy Day (USA)
24 March World Tuberculosis Day UN, WHO
25 March International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade UN
25 March International Day of the Unborn Child Catholic Church
25 March Bangladesh National Genocide Day BPCA
25 March EU Talent Day
25 March FND Awareness Day UK For functional neurological disorder and non-epileptic attack disorder
25 March Tolkien Reading Day
26 March Bangladesh Independence Day
26 March Purple Day for epilepsy
27 March World Theatre Day
27 March Muslim Women's Day
30 March World Bipolar Day International Society for Bipolar Disorders
30 March World Bass Day Institute for Bass Sciences
31 March International Drug Checking Day
31 March World Backup Day
31 March International Transgender Day of Visibility
March (First Saturday of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship) National Corndog Day (USA)
March (Second Thursday) World Kidney Day
Monday before Shrove Tuesday Nickanan Night, Collop Monday. Hall' Monday


Day Name Established/recognized by
1 April April Fools' Day
1 April Edible Book Festival
2 April World Autism Awareness Day UN
2 April International Children's Book Day
4 April International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action UN
5 April National Maritime Day
6 April International Day of Sport for Development and Peace UN
6 April World Bohring-Opitz Syndrome Awareness Day
7 April Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide UN
7 April World Health Day UN, WHO
8 April International Romani Day
10 April World Homeopathy Day
10 April Siblings Day (some countries)
11 April International Louie Louie Day
12 April Equal Pay Day
12 April Cosmonautics Day
13 April FND Awareness Day functional neurological disorder and conversion disorder.
FND Hope; since adopted by other groups and medical professionals worldwide.
14 April Black Day (South Korea)
14 April Pohela Boishakh (Bangla New Year's Day)
14 April Cake and Cunnilingus Day
15 April Day of Dialogue
15 April World Bleeding Disorders Awareness Day World Federation of Hemophilia
16 April National Healthcare Decisions Day (US)
16 April Foursquare Day
16 April World Voice Day
17, 18 and 19 April have been used Record Store Day
17 April World Haemophilia Day
18 April International Day For Monuments and Sites
18 April Youth Homelessness Matters Day National Youth Coalition for Housing, Australia
19 April Bicycle Day
Third Thursday of April National High Five Day (USA)
20 April 420: international day for cannabis-related protests and events Global cannabis culture
21 April Day of Silence
21 April National Tea Day
22 April Earth Day
22 April International Mother Earth Day UN
22 April (UK) Administrative Professionals' Day
23 April World Book and Copyright Day UN, UNESCO
23 April English Language Day
24 April Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day
24 April Fashion Revolution Day
24 April International Sculpture Day
24 April World Day for Laboratory Animals
25 April DNA day
25 April World Malaria Day UN, WHO
25 April International Delegate's Day UN
25 April Parental Alienation Awareness Day
25 April ANZAC Day
25 April Liberation Day (Italy)
April (North America: Wednesday of last full week) Administrative Professionals' Day
26 April World Intellectual Property Day
27 April King's Day (The Netherlands)
27 April Freedom Day (South Africa)
28 April World Day for Safety and Health at Work UN, ILO
29 April Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare UN
29 April International Dance Day UNESCO
30 April International Jazz Day UN


Day Name Established/recognized by
1 May May Day
1 May International Workers' Day
1st Friday in May No Pants Day
1st Saturday in May World Naked Gardening Day
3 May World Press Freedom Day UN
4 May International Firefighters' Day
4 May Star Wars Day
4 May Greenery Day
4 May Remembrance of the Dead
5 May International Midwives Day
5 May Cinco de Mayo
6 May International No Diet Day
7 May World Password Day
7 May National Masturbation Day
7 May World Wide Day of Genital Autonomy
8 May World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day
8 May World Ovarian Cancer Day World Ovarian Cancer Coalition
8 May Teacher's Day
8 May Victory in Europe Day
8–9 May Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War UN
9 May Europe Day
10 May International Migratory Bird Day North America
10 May Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Awareness Day
Friday before Mother's Day Military Spouse Day
11 May National Technology Day India
12 May International Nurses Day
12 May International May 12th Awareness Day Centers for Disease Control and others
2nd Sunday in May Mother's Day
13 May World Cocktail Day
15 May International Day of Families UN
16 May International Day of Light UNESCO
17 May Shades Day Family Holiday Association
17 May Norwegian Constitution Day
17 May International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia UN
17 May World Telecommunication and Information Society Day ITU
18 May World AIDS Vaccine Day
18 May International AIDS Candlelight Memorial
18 May International Museum Day
19 May World Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day
20 May World Metrology Day BIPM, OIML
20 May World Bee Day UN, FAO
20 May Blue Cone Monochromacy International Awareness Day
21 May World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development UN
21 May International Tea Day UN
22 May International Day for Biological Diversity UN
23 May World Turtle Day
23 May Labour Day (Jamaica)
24 May World Schizophrenia Day 2018
24 May World Orienteering Day
25 May Geek Pride Day
25 May African Liberation Day
25 May International Missing Children's Day
25 May World Multiple Sclerosis Day
25 May Towel Day
26 May National Paper Airplane Day (USA)
28 May Menstrual Hygiene Day
29 May International Day of UN Peacekeepers UN
31 May World No-Tobacco Day UN, WHO
1st Tuesday of May World Asthma Day
1st Sunday in May World Laughter Day
2nd Saturday in May World Fair Trade Day
3rd Thursday in May Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Last Monday in May Memorial Day
Full moon in May Vesak
Second weekend of May World Migratory Bird Day UN, UNEP
May (Saturday of third full week) International Heritage Breeds Day (USA)
May (First Saturday of the month) Free Comic Book Day


Day Name Established/recognized by
June (First Friday) National Donut Day (USA)
1 June Global Day of Parents UN
1 June International Children's Day
1 June World Milk Day
2 June International Whores' Day
2 June Republic Day (Italy)
3 June World Bicycle Day UN
4 June International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression UN
5 June World Environment Day UN, UNEP
5 June Danish Constitution Day
6 June D-Day
6 June World Pest Day CEPA, NPMA
6 June National Day of Sweden
7 June World Swift Day Swifts Without Frontiers
7 June World Food Safety Day WHO
8 June World Oceans Day UN
9 June Coral Triangle Day
10 June Portugal Day Portugal
10 June World Art Nouveau Day
11 June Brazilian Navy Day
12 June Anne Frank Day Anne Frank Centre
12 June International Shia Day
12 June World Day Against Child Labour
12 June Independence Day (Philippines)
13 June International Albinism Awareness Day UN
14 June World Blood Donor Day UN, WHO
15 June Global Wind Day
16 June Youth Day (South Africa)
16 June International Day of the African Child AU (OAU)
16 June Bloomsday
17 June World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought UN
17 June Icelandic National Day
18 June Autistic Pride Day
19 June or third Saturday of the month Juneteenth
19 June World Sickle Cell Day United Nations General Assembly (63rd session)
20 June World Refugee Day UN
20–21 June (Solstice) International Surfing Day
21 June International day of the Celebration of the Solstice
21 June World Humanist Day
21 June Go Skateboarding Day
21 June World Music Day
21 June International Day of Yoga| UN
21 June International Day of Purpose
21 June National Indigenous Day (Canada)
21 June World Hydrography Day
22 June World Kidney Cancer Q&A Day
23 June International Widow's Day UN
23 June UN Public Service Day
23 June World Female Ranger Day How Many Elephants
24 June Take Your Dog to Work Day
24 June Fête Nationale du Québec
25 June World Vitiligo Day VITSAF
26 June International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking UN
26 June United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture UN
26 June World Refrigeration Day
27 June National PTSD Awareness Day
28 June Tau Day
28 June (Also 22 October) CAPS LOCK DAY
30 June International day of the tropics UN
June (first, second, or third Saturday) Queen's Official Birthday
June (first Sunday) National Cancer Survivors Day (US)
June (second Saturday) World Wide Knit in Public Day
June (third Sunday) Father's Day in some countries
June (last Saturday) Bundle Day (Switzerland)


Day Name Established/recognized by
July (First Saturday) International Free Hugs Day
July (First Saturday) International Day of Cooperatives UN
July (First Weekend) World Aquatics Day FINA
1 July Somalia Independence Day
1 July Canada Day
1 July National Doctors' Day (India)
1 July Chartered Accountants' Day (India)
2 July World UFO Day
4 July Independence Day (United States)
5 July X-Day (Church of the SubGenius)
5 July Tynwald Day (Isle of Man)
6 July National Fried Chicken Day (USA)
6 July International Kissing Day
7 July World Chocolate Day
11 July World Population Day UN
12 July Malala Day UN
12 July The Twelfth (Northern Ireland)
12 July Simplicity day
14 July Bastille Day
14 July International Non-Binary People's Day
15 July World Youth Skills Day UN
16 July Guinea Pig Appreciation Day
17 July World Day for International Justice
17 July World Emoji Day
18 July Nelson Mandela International Day UN
20 July International Chess Day
21 July Belgian National Day
22 July Pi Approximation Day
25 July Christmas in July
26 July International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem UN
26 July Kargil Vijay Diwas
26 July Esperanto Day
28 July World Hepatitis Day UN, WHO
29 July International Tiger Day
30 July International Day of Friendship UN
30 July World Day Against Trafficking in Persons UN
30 July National Whistleblower Appreciation Day
July (Last Friday) System Administrator Appreciation Day
31 July World Ranger Day IRF, UNESCO


Day Name Established/recognized by
1st Sunday in August International Friendship Day
1st Wednesday in August Professional Engineers Day
1st Friday in August International Beer Day
3rd Saturday in August National Honey Bee Day
1 August Emancipation Day (Jamaica)
1 August Yorkshire Day
6 August Independence Day (Jamaica)
8 August International Cat Day
9 August National Day (Singapore)
9 August International Day of the World's Indigenous People UN
12 August International Youth Day UN
13 August International Lefthanders Day
14 August World Lizard Day
14 August Youm-e-Azadi (Pakistan Independence Day)
15 August National day of mourning (Bangladesh)
15 August Independence Day (India)
15 August Victory over Japan Day (UK)
16 August Bennington Battle Day
17 August Indonesian Independence Day
19 August World Humanitarian Day UN
20 August World Mosquito Day
20 August Indian Akshay Urja Day
21 August World Senior Citizens Day
22 August International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief UN
23 August International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition UN, UNESCO
23 August European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism
25 August Christmas in August
25 August Brazilian Army Day
26 August Women's Equality Day
29 August International Day against Nuclear Tests UN
29 August National Sports Day
30 August International Day of the Disappeared
30 August El 'Ouardighi Day
31 August Hari Merdeka (Malaysia Independence Day)


Day Name Established/recognized by
3rd Saturday in September Software Freedom Day
1 September National Insurance Day (Sri Lanka) Government of Sri Lanka
1 September Random Acts of Kindness Day (New Zealand)
2 September Victory over Japan Day (US)
3 September Skyscraper Day
4 September National Finnish Food Day (Finland)
5 September International Day of Charity UN
5 September Teachers' Day (India)
6 September Defense Day (Pakistan)
7 September Brazilian Independence Day
7 September International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies UN
8 September World Physical Therapy Day
8 September International Literacy Day UN, UNESCO
9 September International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day NIH/International
9 September International Day to Protect Education from Attack UN
10 September World Suicide Prevention Day UN, WHO
11 September Patriot Day
12 September ATSEP Day Air traffic safety electronics personnel
13 September RUOK? Day Depression awareness and suicide prevention (Australia)
13 September International Chocolate Day, Birthday of Milton S. Hershey.
14 September Hindi Day
15 September International Day of Democracy UN
15 September Engineer's Day (India)
16 September International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer UN
16 September Start of Mexican Independence Day
16 September Malaysia Day
17 September World Patient Safety Day WHO
18 September World Water Monitoring Day
19 September International Talk Like a Pirate Day
20 September International Day of University Sport FISU, UNESCO
21 September International Day of Peace UN
21 September World Alzheimer's Day
22 September Baltic Unity Day Seimas of Lithuania and Saeima of Latvia
22 September World Rhino Day
22 September Hobbit Day
22 September World Car Free Day
23 September International Day of Sign Languages UN
23 September Celebrate Bisexuality Day Also known as Bisexual Pride or Bisexual Visibility Day
24 September Heritage Day (South Africa)
25 September World Pharmacists Day International Pharmaceutical Federation
26 September European Day of Languages
26 September World Contraception Day
27 September World Tourism Day UN, UNWTO
28 September World Rabies Day UN, WHO
28 September International Right to Know Day
28 September International Safe Abortion Day
28 September Ask a Stupid Question Day
29 September World Heart Day UN, WHO
30 September International Translation Day UN
30 September Botswana Day


Day Name Established/recognized by
1 October International Day of Older Persons UN
1 October World Vegetarian Day
1 October International Coffee Day
2 October International Day of Non-Violence UN
2 October World Cerebral Palsy Day
First Friday in October World Smile Day
2 October Gandhi Jayanthi
3 October German Unity Day
3 October Stevie Ray Vaughan Day (Austin, Texas, US)
4 October World Animal Day
4 October Cinnamon roll day Sweden
4 October eDay Electronic Waste Awareness Day (New Zealand)
5 October International Day of No Prostitution
5 October World Teachers' Day UN, UNESCO
6 October German-American Day
6 October National Poetry Day (Britain)
Second Saturday in October International Migratory Bird Day South America
8 October National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day
9 October World Post Day UN
10 October World Mental Health Day UN, WHO
10 October World Day Against the Death Penalty
10 October Fiji Day (Fiji)
11 October International Day of the Girl Child UN
11 October World Obesity Day
11 October National Coming Out Day
12 October World Sight Day
12 October Columbus Day Celebrated in Spain, US, and Latin American countries
12 October Spain National Day
13 October World Thrombosis Day International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis World Thrombosis Day
13 October International Day for Disaster Reduction UN
14 October World Standards Day
15 October Global Handwashing Day
15 October White Cane Safety Day
15 October Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
16 October National Boss Day (Boss's Day)
16 October World Anaesthesia Day WFSA
16 October World Food Day
17 October International Day for the Eradication of Poverty UN
18 October World Vasectomy Day
20 October World Osteoporosis Day
20 October World Statistics Day
21 October International Day of the Nacho
21 October (2015 only) Back to the Future Day
21 October Trafalgar Day (United Kingdom)
22 October International Stuttering Awareness Day
22 October (also 28 June) CAPS LOCK DAY
23 October Mole Day
23 October Brazilian Air Force Day
24 October United Nations Day UN
24 October World Development Information Day UN
26 October Intersex Awareness Day
Fourth Monday in October Labour Day (New Zealand)
27 October World Day for Audiovisual Heritage UN, UNESCO
28 October International Animation Day
29 October World Stroke Day
29 October National Cat Day (USA)
30 October Mischief Night
1st Mon in Oct World Habitat Day UN
Day in 1st week in Oct World Ballet Day
2nd Thu in Oct World Sight Day UN, WHO, IAPB
30 October Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions (Russia)
31 October Reformation Day
31 October World Cities Day UN


Day Name Established/recognized by
1 November World Vegan Day
1 November International Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Awareness Day
1 November Kerala Piravi
2 November International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists UN
5 November Guy Fawkes Day (United Kingdom)
6 November International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict UN, WHO
7 November International African Writers' Day Pan African Writers' Association
8 November International Day of Radiology
8 November Aaron Swartz Day Aaron Swartz family and associates; Hermes Center (Italy)
8 November Intersex Day of Remembrance
8 November World Urbanism Day
9 November World Freedom Day
9 November Iqbal Day
10 November Keratoconus awareness day/World KC Day
10 November World Science Day for Peace and Development UNESCO
11 November Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day
11 November National Independence Day (Poland)
11 November Singles' Day Chinese people, Alibaba Group
12 November World Pneumonia Day UN, WHO
13 November World Kindness Day
14 November World Diabetes Day UN, WHO
14 November Children's Day
15 November Day of the Imprisoned Writer PEN International
16 November International Day for Tolerance UN
17 November International Students Day
17 November World Prematurity Day
19 November International Journalist's Remembrance Day UN
19 November World Toilet Day UN
19 November International Men's Day (Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Australia, India, United States, Singapore, Malta, United Kingdom, South Africa, Hungary, Ireland, Ghana, Canada, Denmark, Austria, France, Pakistan, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis and Grenada)
19 November Citizen's Day
20 November Transgender Day of Remembrance
20 November Universal Children's Day
20 November Africa Industrialization Day UN
21 November World Television Day UN
21 November World Hello Day
23 November (Day after Thanksgiving) National Day of Listening (USA)
25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women UN
25–26 November Buy Nothing Day
26 November Law Day (India)
26 November National Milk Day (India)
26 November Constitution Day (India)
26 November Anti Obesity Day
29 November International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People UN
30 November Cities for Life Day
30 November Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare
November (second Thursday) World Quality Day Chartered Quality Institute
3rd Thu in Nov World Philosophy Day UN, UNESCO
3rd Sun in Nov World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims UN, WHO


Day Name Established/recognized by
1 December World AIDS Day UN
2 December International Day for the Abolition of Slavery UN
2 December UAE National Day
3 December International Day of Persons with Disabilities UN
5 December World Soil Day UN: A/RES/68/232
5 December International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development UN
6 December Independence Day (Finland)
7 December International Civil Aviation Day UN, ICAO
9 December International Anti-Corruption Day UN
10 December Human Rights Day UN
11 December International Mountain Day UN
12 December Universal Health Coverage Day
14 December Monkey Day
16 December Victory day of Bangladesh
16 December Day of Reconciliation
16 December Bahrain National Day
17 December International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
18 December International Migrants Day UN
20 December International Human Solidarity Day UN
22 December National Mathematics Day (India)
23 December Festivus
December (Winter Solstice) Global Orgasm
December (Thursday before Christmas) National Regifting Day (USA)
25 December Good Governance Day (India)
25 December Quaid-e-Azam Day
26 December Boxing Day
27 December Benazir Bhutto Memorial Day (Karachi, Pakistan)
27 December International Day of Epidemic Preparedness UN
Full moon day during December Purnima Sukla Paksha
31 December New Year's Eve

Other days that vary by location



Week Name Recognized by
1–7 February World Interfaith Harmony Week UN with A/RES/65/5
7–14 February Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week Mended Hearts
Begins every 2nd Sunday of March World Glaucoma Week WGA
27 March – 2 April (2017) Global Money Week
Last week of April World Immunization Week World Health Organization
Last week of April Vaccination Week In The Americas
25 April – 2 May (2009) Vaccination Week in the Americas Pan American Health Organization
8 – 14 May Mental Health Awareness Week Mental Health Foundation and others
20 – 26 May Dementia Action Week
Third week in June Mosquito Awareness Week Pan American Health Organization
1–7 August World Breastfeeding Week WHO
5–11 September 2016 – 2017 Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week
First week in September Zero Waste Week
Last week in September Global ITP Awareness Week Global ITP Alliance
5 – 11 October Mental Illness Awareness Week - 5–11 October 2008
26 December – 1 January Kwanzaa

Regional or national

  • OCDAction - week of Action 15–19 February; raising awareness of obsessive compulsive disorder in the UK
  • Celebrate Your Name Week - first full week in March
  • Fix a Leak Week - March
  • UK Parkinson's Awareness Week - 10–16 April 2017
  • Sleep Awareness Week - Last week of April
  • National Dark-Sky Week (USA) - April (Week of new moon)
  • Public Service Recognition Week - 1–7 May
  • National Postcard Week (USA) - May (First full week)
  • National Dairy Goat Awareness Week (US) - from the second Saturday to the third Saturday of June
  • Gifted Awareness Week in New Zealand - the full week including George Parkyn's birthday, 17 June
  • Speech Pathology Awareness Week (Australia) - 20 August
  • Contact Lens Health Week - 21–25 August 2017
  • Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week - worldwide event designed to raise awareness and educate the community about the rare neurological sleep disorder idiopathic hypersomnia; first week in September
  • Free Speech Week - third full week in October in the United States
  • National Map Reading Week - educational campaign to increase awareness of map skills; third full week in October
  • UK Charity Week - 4–10 December


See List of month-long observances.


2024 International Year of Camelids
2023 International Year of Millets
2022 International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development
2022 International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development
2022 International Year of Glass
2022 International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture
2021 International Year of Peace and Trust
2021 International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development
2021 International Year of Fruits and Vegetables
2021 International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour
2020 International Year of the Nurse and Midwife
2020 International Year of Plant Health
2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages (A/RES/71/178) by UNESCO;
Moderation (A/RES/72/129) by Alliance of Civilizations;
Periodic table of Chemical Elements (A/RES/72/228) by UNESCO.
2018 International Year of the Reef
2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
2016 International Year of Pulses
2015 Year of the Gibbon
2015 International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies
2015 International Year of Soils
2014 International Year of Crystallography
2014 International Year of Family Farming
2014 International Year of Small Island Developing States
2014 International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
2013 International Year of Statistics
2013 International Year of Quinoa
2013 The Year of Luigi
2012 International Year of Cooperatives
2012 International Year of Sustainable Energy for All
2012 Alan Turing Year
2011 World Veterinary Year 2011
2011 International Year for People of African Descent, recognized by UNESCO, proclaimed by UN on 18 December 2009
2011 International year of homophobia prevention and tables
2011 International Year of Chemistry, recognized by UNESCO
2011 International Year of Forests
2010 International Year of Youth
2010 International Year of Biodiversity
2010 International Year of the Seafarer
2010 International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures
2009 International Year of the Shark
2009 Year of the Gorilla
2009 International Year of Reconciliation
2009 International Year of Natural Fibres
2009 International Year of Human Rights Learning
2009 International Year of Astronomy (proposal accepted by 33rd session of the UNESCO General Conference, proclaimed by United Nations 62nd General Assembly)
2008 International Year of the Reef
2008 International Year of Sanitation
2008 International Year of the Potato
2008 International Year of Languages
(2007)–2008–(2009) International Year of Planet Earth (N.B. Triennium)
2007–2008–(2009) International Polar Year
2007–2008 International Heliophysical Year
2007 International Year of the Scout
2007 Year of the Dolphin (extended to 2008)
2006 International Year of Deserts and Desertification
2005 World Year of Physics (declared by IUPAP)
2005 International Year of Sport and Physical Education
2005 International Year of Microcredit
2004 International Year of Rice
2004 International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition
2003 Year of Kyrgyz Statehood
2003 International Year of Freshwater
2002 United Nations Year for Cultural Heritage
2002 International Year of Mountains
2002 International Year of Ecotourism
2001 United Nations Year of Dialogue among Civilizations
2001 International Year of Volunteers
2001 International Year of Mobilization against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance
2000 International Year of Thanksgiving
2000 International Year for the Culture of Peace
1999 International Men's Day
1999 International Year of Older Persons
1998 International Year of the Ocean
1997 International Year of the Reef
1996 International Year for the Eradication of Poverty
1995 United Nations Year for Tolerance
1995 World Year of Peoples’ Commemoration of the Victims of the Second World War
1994 International Year of the Family
1994 International Year of Sport and the Olympic Ideal
1993 International Year for the World's Indigenous People
1992 International Space Year
1990 International Literacy Year
1987 International Year of Shelter for the Homeless
1986 International Year of Peace
1985 Year of the United Nations
1985 International Youth Year
1984 Year of Women in South Africa
1983 World Communications Year
1982 International Year of Mobilization for Sanctions Against South Africa
1981 International Year of Disabled Persons
1979 International Year of the Child
1978/1979 International Anti-Apartheid Year
1975 International Women's Year
1974 World Population Year
1971 International Year for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Prejudice
1970 International Education Year
1968 International Year of Human Rights
1967 International Tourist Year
1966 International Rice Year
1965 International Cooperation Year
1961 International Health and Medical Research Year
1959/1960 World Refugee Year
1957/1958 International Geophysical Year
Before 1950
1932/1933 International Polar Year
1882/1883 International Polar Year


Decade Name Recognized by
2021–2030 Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development UNESCO
2015–2024 International Decade for People of African Descent UN General Assembly
2014–2024 United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All UN
2013–2022 International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures UNESCO
2011–2020 United Nations Decade on Biodiversity UN
2011–2020 Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism UN
2011–2020 Decade of Action for Road Safety UN
2008–2017 Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty UN
2005–2015 Water for Life Decade UN
2005–2014 Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous People UN
2005–2014 United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development UN
2003–2012 United Nations Literacy Decade UN
2001–2010 International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World UN
2000–2010 Bone and Joint Decade WHO, UN
2000–2010 Second International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism UN
1997–2006 First United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty UN
1994–2004 First International Decade of the World's Indigenous People UN
1993–2003 Third Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination UN
1990s International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction
1976–1985 United Nations Decade for Women UN

See also

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