International observance

This is a list of articles about notable observed periods (days, weeks, months, and years) declared by various governments, groups and organizations to raise awareness of an issue, commemorate a group or event, or celebrate something.

This list does not include official public holidays; for those, see List of holidays by country. For religious holidays and feasts, see Category:Religious holidays. For an overview including all types of holidays, see Lists of holidays.

Terminology[]

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),[1] 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. I'm on youtube Lightningking44

Days[]

January[]

Date Holiday Established/recognized by
January 1 Global Family Day[2]
January 1 Polar Bear Swim Day Various organizations in Canada
January 1 International Public Domain Day Wallace McLean
January 2 National Science Fiction Day (United States)
January 4 World Braille Day (birthday of Louis Braille) World Health Organization[citation needed]
January 6 National Technology Day[3] StoAmigo, National Day Calendar
January 7 Distaff Day Tradition in parts of Europe
January 9 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Non-resident Indian Day) Ministry of External Affairs (India)
January 11 National Human Trafficking Awareness Day[4]
January 11 International Parity at Work Day[5]
January 12 National Youth Day (India) Government of India
January 15 Indian Army Day
January 15 Wikipedia Day[6] Wikipedia ors
January 16 National Religious Freedom Day President of the United States
January 21 National Hugging Day (United States) Kevin Zaborney
January 24 Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day[7]
January 25 National Voters' Day (India) Government of India
January 25 Burns Night (Roberts Burns' birth anniversary) Friends of Robert Burns in Scotland
January 26 International Customs Day[2]
January 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day United Nations General Assembly[8]
January 27 Family Literacy Day[9] Canada; national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999
January 28 Data Privacy Day a.k.a. Data Protection Day Council of Europe and various national governments[10]
January 30 CTE Awareness Day Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation[11]
January 30 (or closest school day) School Day of Non-violence and Peace Llorenç Vidal Vidal
January 31 Street Children's Day Jugend Eine Welt
First Monday of January Handsel Monday[12] 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[13][10]

February[]

Day Name Established/recognized by
February 1 Imbolc Gaelic Traditional
February 1 World Hijab Day[14]
February 1 World Aspergillosis Day [15]
February 2 Groundhog Day
February 2 Candlemas Day Christian Traditional
February 2 World Wetlands Day
February 2 Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day[16]
February 2 Wear Red Day Raises funds for children and adults with congenital heart disease[17]
February 4 Sri Lankan Independence Day
February 4 World Cancer Day UN, WHO[8][18]
February 6 Sami National Day
February 6 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
February 6 Waitangi Day (New Zealand)
February 6 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation WHO[8][19]
February 7 International Safer Internet Day[20]
February 11 European 112 Day Instituted by the European Union[21]
February 11 World Day of the Sick Instituted by Pope John Paul II
February 11 International Day of Women and Girls in Science UN Women
February 12 Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day Canadian Federation for Sexual Health[22]
February 12 Darwin Day
February 12 International Day of Women's Health Canadian Foundation for Women's Health[23]
February 12 Red Hand Day Child Soldier Awareness
February 13 World Radio Day UN, UNESCO[8][24]
February 14 World Valentine Day
February 14 Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day (Canada) Children's Heart Society[25]
February 14 V-Day Global day to end violence against women
February 15 (variously, February 13, 14, or 15) Singles Awareness Day
February 15 Total Defence Day (Singapore)
February 15 World Earthworm Day
February 15 International Childhood Cancer Day Childhood Cancer Foundation[26]
February 16 Lithuanian Independence Day
February 17 Random Acts of Kindness Day (USA)
February 20 World Day of Social Justice[27] UN[8]
February 21 International Mother Language Day[28] UN, UNESCO[8]
February 21 Language Movement Day (Bangladesh)
21 February Global Information Governance Day
22 February Founders Day[29] Scouts' Day, worldwide
22 February World Thinking Day[30]
February 27 World NGO Day[31][32] Baltic Sea NGO Forum of the Council of the Baltic Sea States,[33] Communities, International Leaders and Organizations
27 February Anosmia Awareness Day,[34] World NGO Day[35]
February 27 World NGO Day[36][37] Baltic Sea NGO Forum of the Council of the Baltic Sea States,[38] Communities, International Leaders and Organizations
28/29 February Rare Disease Day[39] Last day of February
First Saturday of February Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
third Monday of February Washington's Birthday
February 22 World Thinking Day
February 26 (Celebrated on 26th in UK, on first Friday in February in USA) National Wear Red Day
February 27 National Pancake Day (USA)

March[]

Day Name Established/recognized by
March 1 World Civil Defence Day[40]
March 3 World Wildlife Day UN[41]
March 8 International Women's Day UN[42]
March 12 World Glaucoma Day[43]
March 14 Pi Day
March 15 World Consumer Rights Day
March 15 World Contact Day
March 20 World Oral Health Day[44]
March 20 International Day of Francophonie[45]
March 20 International Day of Happiness UN[8][46]
March 20 World Sparrow Day[47]
March 20 World Rights to Water Day[48]
March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination UN[8]
March 21 World Poetry Day UN, UNESCO[8][49]
March 21 International Day of Nowruz UN[8][50]
March 21 World Down Syndrome Day UN[8][51]
March 21 World Puppetry Day UNIMA
March 21 International Day of Forests UN[8][52]
March 22 World Water Day UN[8][53]
March 23 World Meteorological Day UN, WHO[8][54]
March 24 World Tuberculosis Day[55] UN, WHO[8][56]
March 25 International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade UN[8][57]
March 25 Observance of National Genocide Day[58] BPCA[59]
March 27 World Theatre Day
1 March National Pig Day (USA)
1 March Self-Injury Awareness Day Also known as Self-Harm Awareness Day
8 March International Women's Day
March 10 National Women and Girl's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day[60]
March 11 National Singles Day UK[61]
March 20 World Oral Health Day[62] The most important day in the dental calendar worldwide; organized by World Dental Federation (FDI)
March 21 Cluster Headache Awareness Day[63] Promoted by OUCH (Organisation for the Understanding of Cluster Headaches) alongside The European Headache Federation and European Headache Alliance.
Cluster headaches are one of the ten most painful conditions known to medical science, with a 1 in 1000 prevalence rate but zero drug research funding.
21 March International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
21 March International Day of Forests
21 March Anal Cancer Awareness Day[64]
21 March World Down Syndrome Day
22 March World Water Day
23 March National Puppy Day (USA)[65][66]
24 March World Tuberculosis Day
25 March EU Talent Day
25 March FND Awareness Day UK For functional neurological disorder and non-epileptic attack disorder[67][68]
26 March Purple Day for epilepsy
30 March World Bipolar Day[69] International Society for Bipolar Disorders
31 March World Backup Day[70]
March (First Saturday of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship) National Corndog Day (USA)
March 10 or Friday of first full week Middle Name Pride Day[71]
March 10 Mario Day
March 14 Pi Day, White Day (Japan), Steak and Blowjob Day
March 18 Transit Driver Appreciation Day
March 25 Tolkien Reading Day
Monday before Shrove Tuesday Nickanan Night, Collop Monday. Hall' Monday[72]

April[]

Day Name Established/recognized by
April 1 World April Fools' Day
April 2 World Autism Awareness Day UN[8][74]
April 2 International Children's Book Day
April 7 Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide UN[8][75]
April 7 World Health Day[55] UN, WHO[8][76]
April 8 International Romani Day
April 10 World Homeopathy Day
April 17 World Haemophilia Day
April 18 International Day For Monuments and Sites
April 18 Youth Homelessness Matters Day National Youth Coalition for Housing, Australia
April 20 420: international day for cannabis-related protests and events Global cannabis culture[77][78][79]
April 22 International Mother Earth Day UN[8][80]
April 23 World Book and Copyright Day UN, UNESCO[8][81]
April 23 English Language Day[8]
April 24 World Day for Laboratory Animals
April 25 World Malaria Day[55] UN, WHO[8][82]
April 28 World Day for Safety and Health at Work UN, ILO[8][83]
April 29 Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare UN[8][84]
April 29 International Dance Day UNESCO[85]
April 30 International Jazz Day UN[8][86]
1 April April Fool day
2 April World Autism Awareness Day
6 April World Bohring-Opitz Syndrome Awareness Day[87]
7 April World Health Day
12 April Equal Pay Day
13 April FND Awareness Day[88] The internationally recognised and celebrated awareness day for functional neurological disorder and conversion disorder.
Originally created by FND Hope, and has since been adopted by other groups and medical professionals worldwide.[89][90][91]
15 April World Bleeding Disorders Awareness Day Supported by the World Federation of Hemophilia
16 April National Healthcare Decisions Day (US)[92]
16 April World Voice Day
19 April Bicycle Day
21 April Day of Silence National Day of Silence is a student-led movement to protest bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and those who support them (changes annually)
22 April Earth Day
24 April World Meningitis Day[93]
24 April Fashion Revolution Day
25 April Parental Alienation Awareness Day
29 April International Dance Day
April (North America: Wednesday of last full week) Administrative Professionals' Day
April 1 April Fools' Day; Edible Book Festival
April 14 Black Day (South Korea)
April 16 Foursquare Day
Third Thursday of April National High Five Day (USA)
April (19th, 18th and 17th have been used) Record Store Day
April 22 (UK) Administrative Professionals' Day
April 21 National Tea Day
April 22 Earth Day
April 25 DNA day
April 30 Honesty Day (USA)

May[]

Day Name Established/recognized by
May 1 May Day, International Workers' Day, World Asthma Day
May 3 World Press Freedom Day UN[8][94]
May 4 International Firefighters' Day, Star Wars Day
May 5 International Midwives Day
May 8 World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day
May 8–9 Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War UN[8][95]
May 9 Europe Day
May 10 International Migratory Bird Day North America
May 12 International Nurses Day
May 15 International Day of Families UN[8][96]
May 17 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia UN[8]
May 17 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day ITU[97]
May 18 World AIDS Vaccine Day
May 18 International AIDS Candlelight Memorial
May 18 International Museum Day
May 20 World Metrology Day BIPM, OIML[98]
May 20 World Bee Day UN, FAO[99]
May 21 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development UN[8][100]
May 22 International Day for Biological Diversity UN[8][101]
May 24 World Schizophrenia Day 2018
May 25 Geek Pride Day, Towel Day
May 29 International Day of UN Peacekeepers UN[102]
May 31 World No-Tobacco Day[55] UN, WHO[8][103]
1st Tuesday in May World Asthma Day
1st Sunday in May World Laughter Day
2nd Saturday in May World Fair Trade Day
2nd Sunday in May Mother's Day
3rd Thursday in May Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Full moon in May Vesak[8]
A weekend in May World Migratory Bird Day UN, UNEP[8][104]
May 4 Star Wars Day
May 7 World Password Day[105]
May 10 Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Awareness Day[106]
May 17 International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

World Neurofibromatosis Day

20 May Blue Cone Monochromacy International Awareness Day[107]
May 23 World Turtle Day
May 25 Towel Day
May 31 World No Tobacco Day
May (First Sunday) World Laughter Day
May 4 Star Wars Day "May the Fourth be with you."
May 5 Cinco de Mayo
May 6 International No Diet Day
May 7 National Masturbation Day
May (Saturday of third full week) International Heritage Breeds Day[108][109] (USA)
May 17 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
May 18 International Museum Day
May 25 Geek Pride Day; Towel Day
May 26 National Paper Airplane Day (USA)

June[]

Day Name Established/recognized by
June 1 Global Day of Parents UN[8][113]
June 1 International Children's Day
June 1 World Milk Day
June 2 International Whores' Day
June 3 World Bicycle Day UN[114]
June 4 International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression UN[8][115]
June 5 World Environment Day UN, UNEP[8][116]
June 6 International Russian Language Day UN[117][better source needed]
June 6 International Day of Beauty In honor of every beautiful thing ever made by man to develop culture and lifestyle and dedicated in honor of the birthday of the founder of Beauty Full group, organizers of America’s Most Beautiful at Fifty.
June 6 World Pest Day CEPA, NPMA[118]
June 8 World Oceans Day UN[8][119]
June 12 International Shia Day[120]
June 12 World Day Against Child Labour[8][121]
June 14 World Blood Donor Day[55] UN, WHO[8][122]
June 15 Global Wind Day
June 16 International Day of the African Child AU (OAU)
June 17 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought UN[8][123]
June 18 Autistic Pride Day
June 19 World Sickle Cell Day

United Nations General Assembly (63rd session) has declared the 19th of June to be celebrated as the World Sickle Cell Day annually to cover almost all the curable criteria through the fast awareness campaign to take this genetic health condition under control all over the world.

June 20 World Refugee Day UN[8][124]
June 21 World Music Day, International Day of Yoga, International Day of Purpose, National Indigenous Day (Canada) UN[125], Day of Purpose[126]
June 23 International Widow's Day UN[8][127]
June 25 World Vitiligo Day VITSAF[128][129]
June 26 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking UN[8][130]
June 26 United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture UN[8][131]
June 30 United Nations International Asteroid Day raises public awareness of the asteroid impact hazard UN[8][132]
3rd Sun in Jun Fathers' Day in some countries
5 June Daniel White Day
20 June World Refugee Day
21 June International Yoga Day
22 June World Kidney Cancer Q&A Day[133]
24 June Take Your Dog to Work Day
25 June World Vitiligo Day
27 June National PTSD Awareness Day
2 July World UFO Day
8 July Life Over Violence Epidemic (LOVE) Day Life Over Violence Epidemic (LOVE)[134][135] is a nationally recognized social impact initiative focused on community policing with youth.
Through a Mother's Lens (TML)[136] is an expansion of LOVE offering a video curriculum on polarizing, real-world topics, due in part to the noted escalating political divergence in the US. Together, LOVE and TLM form The LOVE Movement (TLM).[137]
11 July World Population Day[138]
28 July World Hepatitis Day
29 July International Tiger Day
June (First Friday) National Donut Day (USA)
June 12 Anne Frank Day[139]
June 16 Bloomsday
June 18 Autistic Pride Day
June 20–21 (Solstice) International Surfing Day
June 21 Go Skateboarding Day
June 28 (Also October 22) CAPS LOCK DAY
June (Last Saturday) Bundle Day (Switzerland)

July[]

Day Name Established/recognized by
1st Saturday in July International Day of Cooperatives UN[8][140]
July 7 World Chocolate Day
July 11 World Population Day UN[8][141]
July 12 Malala Day UN
July 15 World Youth Skills Day UN[142]
July 17 World Day for International Justice
July 18 Nelson Mandela International Day UN[8][143]
July 26 International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem UN[144]
July 28 World Hepatitis Day[55] UN, WHO[8][145]
July 29 International Tiger Day
July 30 International Day of Friendship UN[8][146]
July 30 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons UN[8][147]
July (First Saturday) International Free Hugs Day
July 5 X-Day (Church of the SubGenius)
July 6 National Fried Chicken Day (USA)
July 17 World Emoji Day (World)
July 22 Pi Approximation Day
July 25 Christmas in July
July (Last Friday) System Administrator Appreciation Day

August[]

Day Name Established/recognized by
1st Friday in August International Beer Day
August 9 International Day of the World's Indigenous People UN[8][148]
August 12 International Youth Day UN[8][149]
August 13 International Lefthanders Day
August 19 World Humanitarian Day UN[8][150]
August 20 World Mosquito Day
August 21 World Senior Citizens Day
August 23 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition UN, UNESCO[8][151]
August 29 International Day against Nuclear Tests UN[8][152]
August 30 International Day of the Disappeared
12 August Youth Day
26 August Women's Equality Day
3rd Saturday of August National Honey Bee Day
August (First Sunday) International Friendship Day
August (First Friday) International Beer Day
August (First Wednesday) Professional Engineers Day
August 25 Christmas in August

September[]

Day Name Established/recognized by
September 5 International Day of Charity[8]
September 8 International Literacy Day UN, UNESCO[8][153]
September 10 World Suicide Prevention Day UN, WHO[8][154]
September 15 International Day of Democracy UN[8][155]
September 16 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer UN[8][156]
September 18 World Water Monitoring Day
September 21 International Day of Peace UN[8][157]
September 23 Celebrate Bisexuality Day
September 23 International Day of Sign Languages UN[158][159]
September 24 Roxy and James Day
September 26 European Day of Languages
September 27 World Tourism Day UN, UNWTO[8][160]
September 28 World Rabies Day UN, WHO[8][161]
September 28 International Right to Know Day[162]
September 28 International Safe Abortion Day[163]
September 29 World Heart Day UN, WHO[8][164]
September 29 International Coffee Day
September 30 Blasphemy Day
September 30 International Translation Day
1 National Insurance Day (LK) Government of Sri Lanka declared 1 September as the National Insurance Day as a measure to increase public awareness on the importance of insurance.
6 September Colour Blindness Awareness Day[165]
9 September International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day
11 September International Skyscraper Awareness Day (US)[166]
12 September ATSEP Day Air traffic safety electronics personnel
13 September RUOK? Day Depression awareness and suicide prevention (Australia)[167]
14 September National Quiet Day (UK)[168]
20 September Self-Represented Litigant Awareness Day[169]
21 September International Day of Peace;[170] United Nations International Day of Peace
22 September World Rhino Day[171]
23 September Celebrate Bisexuality Day[172] Also known as Bisexual Pride or Bisexual Visibility Day
25 September As You Wish Day
26 September World Contraception Day[173]
28 September World Rabies Day[174]
September (Third Saturday) Software Freedom Day
September 1 Random Acts of Kindness Day (New Zealand)
September 10 World Suicide Prevention Day
September 13 International Chocolate Day, Birthday of Milton S. Hershey.[175][176][177]
September 19 International Talk Like a Pirate Day
September 22 Hobbit Day
September 28 Ask a Stupid Question Day

October[]

Day Name Established/recognized by
October 1 International Day of Older Persons UN[8][178]
October 1 World Vegetarian Day
October 2 International Day of Non-Violence UN[8][179]
October 2 World Cerebral Palsy Day
October 5 World Teachers' Day UN, UNESCO[8][180]
October 9 World Post Day UN[8][181]
October 10 World Mental Health Day UN, WHO[8][182]
October 11 International Day of the Girl Child UN[8][183]
October 11 World Obesity Day
October 13 World Thrombosis Day International Society on Thrombosis and HaemostasisWorld Thrombosis Day[184]
October 13 International Day for Disaster Reduction UN[8][185]
October 14 World Standards Day
October 15 Global Handwashing Day
October 15 White Cane Safety Day
October 16 National Boss Day (Boss's Day), World Food Day
October 16 World Anaesthesia Day WFSA[186]
October 17 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty UN[8][187]
October 18 World Vasectomy Day[188]
October 20 World Osteoporosis Day[189]
October 20 World Statistics Day
October 22 International Stuttering Awareness Day
October 23 International Cyrus The Great Memorial Day[190][8] UN,[8] IR
October 24 United Nations Day UN[8][191]
October 24 World Development Information Day UN[8][192]
October 26 Intersex Awareness Day
October 27 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage UN, UNESCO[8][193]
October 28 International Animation Day
October 29 World Stroke Day
4 October eDay Electronic Waste Awareness Day (New Zealand)
5 October International Day of No Prostitution[194]
10 October World Mental Health Day
11 October International Day of the Girl Child
11 October National Coming Out Day
12 October World Sight Day
16 October World Food Day
22 October International Stuttering Awareness Day
26 October Intersex Awareness Day
1st Mon in Oct World Habitat Day UN[8][195]
day in 1st week in Oct World Ballet Day
2nd Thu in Oct World Sight Day UN, WHO,[8][196] IAPB[197]
1st Fri in Oct World Smile Day[198]
2nd Sat in Oct International Migratory Bird Day South America
October 1-31 National Pizza Month
October (First Friday) World Smile Day
October (day in 1st week) World Ballet Day
October 9 World Post Day
October 11 or 12 National Coming Out Day
October 21 (2015 only) Back to the Future Day
October 21 International Day of the Nacho
October 22 (also June 28) CAPS LOCK DAY
October 23 Mole Day
October 29 National Cat Day (USA)
October 30 Mischief Night

November[]

Day Name Established/recognized by
November 1 World Vegan Day
November 2 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists UN[199]
November 2 World Mankousheh Day
November 6 International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict UN, WHO[8][200]
November 7 International African Writers' Day Pan African Writers' Association[201]
November 8 International Day of Radiology
November 10 World NET Cancer Awareness Day INCA (The International Neuroendocrine Cancer Alliance)[202]
November 10 World Science Day for Peace and Development UNESCO
November 12 World Pneumonia Day UN, WHO[8][203]
November 13 World Kindness Day
November 14 World Diabetes Day UN, WHO[8][204]
November 14 Children's Day
November 15 Day of the Imprisoned Writer
November 16 International Day for Tolerance UN[8][205]
November 17 International Students Day
November 17 World Prematurity Day
November 19 International Journalist's Remembrance Day UN[8][206]
November 19 World Toilet Day UN[207]
November 19 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)
November 20 Universal Children's Day
November 20 Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20 Africa Industrialization Day UN[8][208]
November 21 World Television Day UN[8][209]
November 21 World Hello Day
November 25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women UN[8][210]
November 26 Anti Obesity Day
November 29 International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People UN[8][211]
3rd Thu in Nov World Philosophy Day UN, UNESCO[8][212]
3rd Sun in Nov World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims UN, WHO[8][213]
1 November International Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Awareness Day
8 November Intersex Day of Remembrance
9 November World Freedom Day
10 November World KC Day[214][215] Keratoconus awareness day
11 November Remembrance Day
13 November World Kindness Day[216]
14 November World Diabetes Day
17 November World Prematurity Day
19 November World Toilet Day
19 November International Men's Day
20 November Transgender Day of Remembrance
20 November Universal Children's Day
21 November World Television Day
25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
29 November International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
November (First Friday in November) Love Your Lawyer Day[217]
November (Day after Thanksgiving) National Day of Listening (USA)
November 13 World Kindness Day
November 17 International Students' Day
November 25–26 Buy Nothing Day

December[]

Day Name Established/recognized by
December 1 World AIDS Day[55] UN[8][218]
December 2 International Day for the Abolition of Slavery UN[8][219]
December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities UN[8][220]
December 5 World Soil Day UN: A/RES/68/232
December 5 International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development UN[8][221]
December 7 International Civil Aviation Day UN, ICAO[8][222]
December 9 International Anti-Corruption Day UN[8][223]
December 10 Human Rights Day UN[8][224]
December 11 International Mountain Day UN[8][225]
December 16 Victory day of Bangladesh
December 18 International Migrants Day UN[8][226]
December 20 International Human Solidarity Day UN
1 December World AIDS Day
10 December Human Rights Day
20 December World Barking Day #worldbarking day is a celebration of everyone's inner dog. Join in, bark randomly in the street, make someone smile.
21 December National Robin Day[227] #NationalRobinDay is an annual UK nationwide event raising awareness of small birds and other wildlife in winter and how you can help them through this tough time of year.
December (Winter Solstice) Global Orgasm
December (Thursday before Christmas) National Regifting Day (USA)
December 14 Monkey Day
December 23 Festivus

Other days that vary by location[]

Other[]

Weeks[]

International[]

Week Name Recognized by
February 1–7 World Interfaith Harmony Week UN with A/RES/65/5[230]
February 7–14 Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week Mended Hearts[231]
March 11–18 (2018) World Glaucoma Week WGA[232][233]
March 27 – April 2 (2017) Global Money Week[234]
April 25 – May 2 (2009) Vaccination Week in the Americas[235]
August 1–7 World Breastfeeding Week WHO[236]
September 5–11, 2016 Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week[237]

Regional or national[]

Months[]

See List of month-long observances.

Years[]

2019 International Year of Indigenous languages (A/RES/71/178) [248] by UNESCO;
Moderation (A/RES/72/129) by Alliance of Civilizations;
Periodic table of Chemical Elements (A/RES/72/228) by UNESCO.[249]
2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development[250]
2016 International Year of Pulses[251]
2015 Year of the Gibbon[252]
2015 International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies[253]
2015 International Year of Soils[254]
2014 International Year of Crystallography[255][256]
2014 International Year of Family Farming[257]
2014 International Year of Small Island Developing States[258]
2013 International Year of Quinoa[259]
2013 The Year of Luigi[260]
2012 Alan Turing Year
2011 World Veterinary Year 2011
2011 International Year for People of African Descent, recognized by UNESCO, proclaimed by UN on December 18, 2009[261][262][263]
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 for the Rapprochement of Cultures[264]
2000s
2009 International Year of the Shark[265]
2009 Year of the Gorilla[266]
2009 International Year of Reconciliation[267][268]
2009 International Year of Natural Fibres[269]
2009 International Year of Astronomy[270] (proposal accepted by 33rd session of the UNESCO General Conference, proclaimed by United Nations 62nd General Assembly)
2008 International Year of Sanitation
2008 International Year of the Potato
2008 International Year of Languages
2007 Year of the Rights of Internally Displaced Persons in Colombia
(2007)–2008–(2009) International Year of Planet Earth (N.B. Triennium)[271]
2007–2008–(2009) International Polar Year
2007–2008 International Heliophysical Year
2007 International Year of the Scout[272]
2007 Year of the Dolphin (extended to 2008)
2006 International Year of Deserts and Desertification
2005 World Year of Physics (declared by IUPAP)[273]
2005 International Year of Sport and Physical Education[274]
2005 International Year of Microcr[275]
2004 International Year of Rice
2004 International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition[276]
2003 International Year of Freshwater[277]
2002 United Nations Year for Cultural Heritage[278]
2002 International Year of Mountains[279]
2002 International Year of Ecotourism[280]
2001 United Nations Year of Dialogue among Civilizations[281][282][283]
2001 International Year of Volunteers
2001 International Year of Mobilization against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance
2000 International Year for the Culture of Peace
1990s
1999 International Men's Day
1999 International Year of Older Persons
1995 United Nations Year for Tolerance
1994 International Year of the Family
1992 International Space Year
1990 International Literacy Year[284]
1980s
1987 International Year of Shelter for the Homeless
1986 International Year of Peace
1985 International Youth Year
1984 Year of Women in South Africa[285]
1981 International Year of Disabled Persons
1970s
1979 International Year of the Child
1975 International Women's Year
1974 World Population Year[286]
1960s
1965 International Cooperation Year
1950s
1957/1958 International Geophysical Year
Before 1950
1932/1933 International Polar Year
1882/1883 International Polar Year

Decades[]

Decade Name Recognized by
2021–2030 Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development[287] UNESCO
2015–2024 International Decade for People of African Descent UN General Assembly[288][289]
2014–2024 United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All[288][290] UN
2013–2020 International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures UNESCO[291][292]
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[293] UN
2008–2017 Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty[288] UN
2005–2015 Water for Life Decade UN
2005–2014 Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous People[294] UN
2005–2014 United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development[295] UN
2003–2012 United Nations Literacy Decade[296] UN
2001–2010 International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World[297] UN
2000–2010 Bone and Joint Decade[298] WHO, UN
2000–2010 Second International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism[299] UN
1997–2006 First United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty[300] UN
1994–2004 First International Decade of the World's Indigenous People[301] UN[288]
1993–2003 Third Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination[288] UN
1990s International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction
1976–1985 United Nations Decade for Women[302] UN

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