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List of minor secular observances

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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.



Date Name 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[3]
January 6 National Technology Day[4] 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[5]
January 11 International Parity at Work Day[6]
January 12 National Youth Day (India) Government of India
January 15 Indian Army Day
January 15 Wikipedia Day[7] Wikipedia editors
January 15 Intestinal malrotation and Volvulus Awareness Day[8] Intestinal Malrotation Foundation
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[9]
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 Australia Day
January 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day United Nations General Assembly[10]
January 27 Family Literacy Day[11] 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[12]
January 30 CTE Awareness Day Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation[13]
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[14] 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[15][12]


Day Name Established/recognized by
February 1 Imbolc Gaelic Traditional
February 1 World Hijab Day[16]
February 1 World Aspergillosis Day [17]
February 2 Groundhog Day
February 2 World Wetlands Day
February 2 Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day[18]
February 4 Sri Lankan Independence Day
February 4 World Cancer Day UN, WHO[10][19]
February 5 Kashmir Solidarity Day
February 5 World Nutella Day
February 6 Sami National Day
February 6 Waitangi Day (New Zealand)
February 6 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation WHO[10][20]
February 7 International Safer Internet Day[21]
February 11 European 112 Day Instituted by the European Union[22]
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[23]
February 12 Darwin Day
February 12 International Day of Women's Health Canadian Foundation for Women's Health[24]
February 12 Red Hand Day Child Soldier Awareness
February 13 World Radio Day UN, UNESCO[10][25]
February 14 World Valentine Day
February 14 Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day (Canada) Children's Heart Society[26]
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 International Childhood Cancer Day Childhood Cancer Foundation[27]
February 17 Random Acts of Kindness Day (USA)
February 20 World Day of Social Justice[28] UN[10]
February 21 International Mother Language Day[29] UN, UNESCO[10]
February 21 Language Movement Day (Bangladesh)
February 21 Global Information Governance Day
February 22 Founders Day[30] Scouts' Day, worldwide
February 22 World Thinking Day[31]
February 26 (in UK, first Friday in February in USA) National Wear Red Day
February 27 World NGO Day[32][33] Baltic Sea NGO Forum of the Council of the Baltic Sea States,[34] Communities, International Leaders and Organizations
February 27 Anosmia Awareness Day,[35] World NGO Day[36]
February 27 National Pancake Day (USA)
February 28/29 (last day of February) Rare Disease Day[37]
February (first Saturday) Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
February (third Monday) Washington's Birthday


Day Name Established/recognized by
March 1 World Civil Defence Day[38]
March 1 National Pig Day (USA)
March 1 Self-Injury Awareness Day Also known as Self-Harm Awareness Day
March 2 Employee Appreciation Day
March 2 Texas Independence Day
March 3 World Wildlife Day UN[39]
March 8 International Women's Day UN[40]
March 10 National Women and Girl's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day[41]
March 10 Mario Day
March 11 National Singles Day and Solo Poly Day (worldwide) UK[42] [43]
March 12 World Glaucoma Day[44]
March 14 Pi Day
March 14 White Day (Japan)
March 15 World Consumer Rights Day, World Sleep Day
March 15 World Contact Day
March 18 Transit Driver Appreciation Day
March 19 Mario Monti Day (Italy)[citation needed]
March 20 World Oral Health Day[45] The most important day in the dental calendar worldwide; organized by World Dental Federation (FDI)
March 20 International Day of Francophonie[46]
March 20 International Day of Happiness UN[10][47]
March 20 World Sparrow Day[48]
March 20 World Rights to Water Day[49]
March 20–21 Persian new year
March 21 Anal Cancer Awareness Day[50]
March 21 Cluster Headache Awareness Day[51] 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.
March 21 Human Rights Day (South Africa)[52] South Africa
March 21 International Colour Day
March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination UN[10]
March 21 World Poetry Day UN, UNESCO[10][53]
March 21 International Day of Nowruz UN[10][54]
March 21 World Down Syndrome Day UN[10][55]
March 21 World Puppetry Day UNIMA
March 21 International Day of Forests UN[10][56]
March 22 World Water Day UN[10][57]
March 23 Pakistan Day
March 23 World Meteorological Day UN, WHO[10][58]
March 23 National Puppy Day (USA)[59][60]
March 24 World Tuberculosis Day[61] UN, WHO[10][62]
March 25 International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade UN[10][63]
March 25 International Day of the Unborn Child Catholic Church
March 25 Observance of National Genocide Day[64] BPCA[65]
March 25 EU Talent Day
March 25 FND Awareness Day UK For functional neurological disorder and non-epileptic attack disorder[66][67]
March 25 Tolkien Reading Day
March 26 Bangladesh Independence Day
March 26 Purple Day for epilepsy
March 27 World Theatre Day
March 28 International Laser Tag Day[68] Laser Tag Museum
March 30 World Bipolar Day[69] International Society for Bipolar Disorders
March 31 International Drug Checking Day[70][71][72][73]
March 31 World Backup Day[74]
March (First Saturday of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship) National Corndog Day (USA)
March (Second Thursday) World Kidney Day
March 10 or Friday of first full week Middle Name Pride Day[75]
Monday before Shrove Tuesday Nickanan Night, Collop Monday. Hall' Monday[76]


Day Name Established/recognized by
April 1 April Fools' Day
April 1 Edible Book Festival
April 2 World Autism Awareness Day UN[10][77]
April 2 International Children's Book Day
April 2 Male Escorts' Day[78]
April 5 National Maritime Day
April 6 International Day of Sport for Development and Peace UN[10]
April 6 World Bohring-Opitz Syndrome Awareness Day[79]
April 7 Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide UN[10][80]
April 7 World Health Day[61] UN, WHO[10][81]
April 8 International Romani Day
April 10 World Homeopathy Day
April 10 Siblings Day (some countries)
April 11 International Louie Louie Day
April 12 Equal Pay Day
April 12 Cosmonautics Day
April 13 FND Awareness Day[82] functional neurological disorder and conversion disorder.
FND Hope; since adopted by other groups and medical professionals worldwide.[83][84][85]
April 14 Black Day (South Korea)
April 14 Pohela Boishakh (Bangla New Year's Day)
April 15 Day of Dialogue
April 15 World Bleeding Disorders Awareness Day Supported by the World Federation of Hemophilia
April 16 National Healthcare Decisions Day (US)[86]
April 16 Foursquare Day
April 16 World Voice 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 19 Bicycle Day
April 20 420: international day for cannabis-related protests and events Global cannabis culture[87][88][89]
April 21 Day of Silence
April 21 National Tea Day
April 22 Earth Day
April 22 International Mother Earth Day UN[10][90]
April 22 (UK) Administrative Professionals' Day
April 23 World Book and Copyright Day UN, UNESCO[10][91]
April 23 English Language Day[10]
April 24 Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day
April 24 World Meningitis Day[92]
April 24 Fashion Revolution Day
April 24 International Sculpture Day
April 24 World Day for Laboratory Animals
April 25 DNA day
April 25 World Malaria Day[61] UN, WHO[10][93]
April 25 Parental Alienation Awareness Day
April 25 ANZAC Day
April 25 Liberation Day (Italy)
April 26 World Intellectual Property Day
April 27 King's Day (The Netherlands)
April 27 Freedom Day (South Africa)
April 28 World Day for Safety and Health at Work UN, ILO[10][94]
April 29 Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare UN[10][95]
April 29 International Dance Day UNESCO[96]
April 30 International Jazz Day UN[10][97]
April (North America: Wednesday of last full week) Administrative Professionals' Day
Third Thursday of April National High Five Day (USA)
April (19th, 18th and 17th have been used) Record Store Day


Day Name Established/recognized by
May 1 May Day
May 1 International Workers' Day
May 3 World Press Freedom Day UN[10][98]
May 4 International Firefighters' Day
May 4 Star Wars Day
May 5 International Midwives Day
May 5 Cinco de Mayo
May 6 International No Diet Day
May 7 World Password Day[99]
May 7 National Masturbation 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[10][100]
May 9 Europe Day
May 10 International Migratory Bird Day North America
May 10 Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Awareness Day[101]
May 12 International Nurses Day
May 15 International Day of Families UN[10][102]
May 16 International Day of Light UNESCO
May 17 Shades Day Family Holiday Association
May 17 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia UN[10]
May 17 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day ITU[103]
May 18 World AIDS Vaccine Day
May 18 International AIDS Candlelight Memorial
May 18 International Museum Day
May 20 World Metrology Day BIPM, OIML[104]
May 20 World Bee Day UN, FAO[105]
May 20 Blue Cone Monochromacy International Awareness Day[106]
May 21 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development UN[10][107]
May 22 International Day for Biological Diversity UN[10][108]
May 23 World Turtle Day
May 24 World Schizophrenia Day 2018
May 25 Geek Pride Day
May 25 Towel Day
May 26 National Paper Airplane Day (USA)
May 29 International Day of UN Peacekeepers UN[109]
May 31 World No-Tobacco Day[61] UN, WHO[10][110]
1st Tuesday of 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[10]
A weekend in May World Migratory Bird Day UN, UNEP[10][111]
May (Saturday of third full week) International Heritage Breeds Day[112][113] (USA)


Day Name Established/recognized by
June (First Friday) National Donut Day (USA)
June 1 Global Day of Parents UN[10][117]
June 1 International Children's Day
June 1 World Milk Day
June 2 International Whores' Day
June 3 World Bicycle Day UN[118]
June 4 International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression UN[10][119]
June 5 World Environment Day UN, UNEP[10][120]
June 6 D-Day
June 6 World Pest Day CEPA, NPMA[121]
June 6 National Day of Sweden
June 8 World Oceans Day UN[10][122]
June 10 Portugal Day Portugal
June 12 Anne Frank Day[123] Anne Frank Centre
June 12 International Shia Day[124]
June 12 World Day Against Child Labour[10][125]
June 13 International Albinism Awareness Day UN[126][127]
June 14 World Blood Donor Day[61] UN, WHO[10][128]
June 15 Global Wind Day
June 16 Youth Day (South Africa)
June 16 International Day of the African Child AU (OAU)
June 16 Bloomsday
June 17 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought UN[10][129]
June 17 Icelandic National Day
June 18 Autistic Pride Day
June 19 World Sickle Cell Day United Nations General Assembly (63rd session)
June 20 World Refugee Day UN[10][130]
June 20–21 (Solstice) International Surfing Day
June 21 World Humanist Day
June 21 Go Skateboarding Day
June 21 International Yoga Day
June 21 World Music Day, International Day of Yoga, International Day of Purpose, National Indigenous Day (Canada) UN,[131] Day of Purpose[132]
June 22 World Kidney Cancer Q&A Day[133]
June 23 International Widow's Day UN[10][134]
June 24 Take Your Dog to Work Day
June 25 World Vitiligo Day VITSAF[135][136]
June 26 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking UN[10][137]
June 26 United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture UN[10][138]
June 27 National PTSD Awareness Day
June 28 (Also October 22) CAPS LOCK DAY
June 30 United Nations International Asteroid Day raises public awareness of the asteroid impact hazard UN[10][139]
3rd Sun in Jun 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[10][140]
July 1 Somalia Independence Day
July 1 Canada Day
July 2 World UFO Day
July 4 Independence Day (United States)
July 5 X-Day (Church of the SubGenius)
July 6 National Fried Chicken Day (USA)
July 6 International Kissing Day [141]
July 7 World Chocolate Day
July 11 World Population Day UN[10][142]
July 12 Malala Day UN
July 14 Bastille Day
July 15 World Youth Skills Day UN[143]
July 17 World Day for International Justice
July 17 World Emoji Day[144]
July 18 Nelson Mandela International Day UN[10][145]
July 21 Belgian National Day
July 22 Pi Approximation Day
July 24 International Safe Places To Work Day Safe Places To Work Movement [146]
July 25 Christmas in July
July 26 International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem UN[147]
July 28 World Hepatitis Day[61] UN, WHO[10][148]
July 29 International Tiger Day
July 30 International Day of Friendship UN[10][149]
July 30 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons UN[10][150]
July 30 National Whistleblower Appreciation Day
July (Last Friday) System Administrator Appreciation Day


Day Name Established/recognized by
1st Friday in August International Beer Day
August 9 International Day of the World's Indigenous People UN[10][151]
August 12 International Youth Day UN[10][152]
August 13 International Lefthanders Day
August 19 World Humanitarian Day UN[10][153]
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[10][154]
August 29 International Day against Nuclear Tests UN[10][155]
August 30 International Day of the Disappeared
August 12 Youth Day
August 26 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


Day Name Established/recognized by
September 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.
September 1 Random Acts of Kindness Day (New Zealand)
September 5 International Day of Charity UN [10]
September 6 Colour Blindness Awareness Day[156]
September 8 International Literacy Day UN, UNESCO[10][157]
September 9 International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day
September 10 World Suicide Prevention Day UN, WHO[10][158]
September 12 ATSEP Day Air traffic safety electronics personnel
September 13 RUOK? Day Depression awareness and suicide prevention (Australia)[159]
September 13 International Chocolate Day, Birthday of Milton S. Hershey.[160][161][162]
September 14 National Quiet Day (UK)[163]
September (Third Saturday) Software Freedom Day
September 15 International Day of Democracy UN[10][164]
September 16 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer UN[10][165]
September 17 World Patient Safety Day WHO[166]
September 18 World Water Monitoring Day
September 19 International Talk Like a Pirate Day
September 21 International Day of Peace UN[10][167]
September 22 Baltic Unity Day Seimas of Lithuania and Saeima of Latvia[168]
September 22 World Rhino Day[169]
September 22 Hobbit Day
September 23 International Day of Sign Languages UN[170][171]
September 23 Celebrate Bisexuality Day[172] Also known as Bisexual Pride or Bisexual Visibility Day
September 25 World Pharmacists Day[173] International Pharmaceutical Federation
September 25 As You Wish Day
September 26 European Day of Languages
September 26 World Contraception Day[174]
September 27 World Tourism Day UN, UNWTO[10][175]
September 28 World Rabies Day UN, WHO[10][176]
September 28 International Right to Know Day[177]
September 28 International Safe Abortion Day[178]
September 28 Ask a Stupid Question Day
September 29 World Heart Day UN, WHO[10][179]
September 29 International Coffee Day
September 30 International Translation Day


Day Name Established/recognized by
October 1 International Day of Older Persons UN[10][180]
October 1 World Vegetarian Day
October 1 International Coffee Day
October 2 International Day of Non-Violence UN[10][181]
October 2 World Cerebral Palsy Day
October 4 Cinnamon roll day Sweden
October 4 eDay Electronic Waste Awareness Day (New Zealand)
October 5 International Day of No Prostitution[182]
October 5 World Teachers' Day UN, UNESCO[10][183]
October 9 World Post Day UN[10][184]
October 10 World Mental Health Day UN, WHO[10][185]
October 11 International Day of the Girl Child UN[10][186]
October 11 World Obesity Day
October 11 National Coming Out Day
October 12 World Sight Day
October 13 World Thrombosis Day International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis World Thrombosis Day[187]
October 13 International Day for Disaster Reduction UN[10][188]
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[189]
October 16 World Food Day
October 17 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty UN[10][190]
October 18 World Vasectomy Day[191]
October 20 World Osteoporosis Day[192]
October 20 World Statistics Day
October 21 International Day of the Nacho
October 21 (2015 only) Back to the Future Day
October 22 International Stuttering Awareness Day
October 22 (also June 28) CAPS LOCK DAY
October 23 International Cyrus The Great Memorial Day[193][10] UN,[10] IR
October 23 Mole Day
October 24 United Nations Day UN[10][194]
October 24 World Development Information Day UN[10][195]
October 27 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage UN, UNESCO[10][196]
October 28 International Animation Day
October 29 World Stroke Day
October 29 National Cat Day (USA)
October 30 Mischief Night
1st Mon in Oct World Habitat Day UN[10][197]
day in 1st week in Oct World Ballet Day
2nd Thu in Oct World Sight Day UN, WHO,[10][198] IAPB[199]
1st Fri in Oct World Smile Day[200]
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


Day Name Established/recognized by
November 1 World Vegan Day
November 2 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists UN[201]
November 6 International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict UN, WHO[10][202]
November 7 International African Writers' Day Pan African Writers' Association[203]
November 8 International Day of Radiology
November 8 Aaron Swartz Day Aaron Swartz family and associates;[204] Hermes Center (Italy)[205]
November 10 World Science Day for Peace and Development UNESCO
November 11 Singles' Day Chinese people, Alibaba Group
November 12 World Pneumonia Day UN, WHO[10][206]
November 13 World Kindness Day
November 14 World Diabetes Day UN, WHO[10][207]
November 14 Children's Day
November 15 Day of the Imprisoned Writer PEN International[208]
November 16 International Day for Tolerance UN[10][209]
November 17 International Students Day
November 17 World Prematurity Day
November 19 International Journalist's Remembrance Day UN[10][210]
November 19 World Toilet Day UN[211]
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 Africa Industrialization Day UN[10][212]
November 21 World Television Day UN[10][213]
November 21 World Hello Day
November 25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women UN[10][214]
November 26 Anti Obesity Day
November 29 International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People UN[10][215]
3rd Thu in Nov World Philosophy Day UN, UNESCO[10][216]
3rd Sun in Nov World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims UN, WHO[10][217]
1 November International Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Awareness Day
8 November Intersex Day of Remembrance
9 November World Freedom Day
10 November World KC Day[218][219] Keratoconus awareness day
11 November Remembrance Day
13 November World Kindness Day[220]
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[221]
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


Day Name Established/recognized by
December 1 World AIDS Day[61] UN[10][222]
December 2 International Day for the Abolition of Slavery UN[10][223]
December 2 UAE National Day
December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities UN[10][224]
December 5 World Soil Day UN: A/RES/68/232
December 5 International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development UN[10][225]
December 7 International Civil Aviation Day UN, ICAO[10][226]
December 9 International Anti-Corruption Day UN[10][227]
December 10 Human Rights Day UN[10][228]
December 11 International Mountain Day UN[10][229]
December 14 Monkey Day
December 16 Victory day of Bangladesh
December 18 International Migrants Day UN[10][230]
December 20 International Human Solidarity Day UN
December 22 National Mathematics Day (India)
December 23 Festivus
December (Winter Solstice) Global Orgasm
December (Thursday before Christmas) National Regifting Day (USA)

Other days that vary by location



Week Name Recognized by
February 1–7 World Interfaith Harmony Week UN with A/RES/65/5[232]
February 7–14 Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week Mended Hearts[233]
Begins every 2nd Sunday of March World Glaucoma Week WGA[234][235]
March 27 – April 2 (2017) Global Money Week[236]
April 25 – May 2 (2009) Vaccination Week in the Americas[237]
August 1–7 World Breastfeeding Week WHO[238]
September 5–11, 2016-2017 Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week[239]

Regional or national


See List of month-long observances.


2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages (A/RES/71/178) [251] by UNESCO;
Moderation (A/RES/72/129) by Alliance of Civilizations;
Periodic table of Chemical Elements (A/RES/72/228) by UNESCO.[252]
2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development[253]
2016 International Year of Pulses[254]
2015 Year of the Gibbon[255]
2015 International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies[256]
2015 International Year of Soils[257]
2014 International Year of Crystallography[258][259]
2014 International Year of Family Farming[260]
2014 International Year of Small Island Developing States[261]
2014 International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People[262][263]
2013 International Year of Quinoa[264]
2013 The Year of Luigi[265]
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[266][267][268]
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[269]
2009 International Year of the Shark[270]
2009 Year of the Gorilla[271]
2009 International Year of Reconciliation[272][273]
2009 International Year of Natural Fibres[274]
2009 International Year of Astronomy[275] (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)[276]
2007–2008–(2009) International Polar Year
2007–2008 International Heliophysical Year
2007 International Year of the Scout[277]
2007 Year of the Dolphin (extended to 2008)
2006 International Year of Deserts and Desertification
2005 World Year of Physics (declared by IUPAP)[278]
2005 International Year of Sport and Physical Education[279]
2005 International Year of Microcredit[280]
2004 International Year of Rice
2004 International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition[281]
2003 International Year of Freshwater[282]
2002 United Nations Year for Cultural Heritage[283]
2002 International Year of Mountains[284]
2002 International Year of Ecotourism[285]
2001 United Nations Year of Dialogue among Civilizations[286][287][288]
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
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[289]
1987 International Year of Shelter for the Homeless
1986 International Year of Peace
1985 International Youth Year
1984 Year of Women in South Africa[290]
1981 International Year of Disabled Persons
1979 International Year of the Child
1975 International Women's Year
1974 World Population Year[291]
1965 International Cooperation 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[292] UNESCO
2015–2024 International Decade for People of African Descent UN General Assembly[293][294]
2014–2024 United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All[293][295] UN
2013–2020 International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures UNESCO[296][297]
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[298] UN
2008–2017 Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty[293] UN
2005–2015 Water for Life Decade UN
2005–2014 Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous People[299] UN
2005–2014 United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development[300] UN
2003–2012 United Nations Literacy Decade[301] UN
2001–2010 International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World[302] UN
2000–2010 Bone and Joint Decade[303] WHO, UN
2000–2010 Second International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism[304] UN
1997–2006 First United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty[305] UN
1994–2004 First International Decade of the World's Indigenous People[306] UN[293]
1993–2003 Third Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination[293] UN
1990s International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction
1976–1985 United Nations Decade for Women[307] UN

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