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Annual Holidays and Celebrations

Note: Human Rights Day is a floating holiday, to be celebrated any time during the year

January
  • 1 Jan – New Year’s Day
  • 3rd Monday in Jan – MLK Day
  • 27 January – International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust (UN)
February
  • Black History Month
  • Lent begins this month
  • 4 Feb – World Cancer Day (UN)
  • 6 Feb – International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (UN)
  • 13 Feb – World Radio Day (UN)
  • 14 Feb – Valentine’s Day
  • 20 Feb – World Day of Social Justice (UN)
  • 21 Feb – International Mother Language Day (UN)
March
  • Women’s History Month
  • 1st Friday in Mar – World Day of Prayer
  • 1 Mar – Zero Discrimination Day (UN)
  • 3 Mar – World Wildlife Day (UN)
  • 8 Mar – International Women’s Day (UN)
  • 20 Mar – International Day of Happiness (UN)
  • 21 Mar – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN)
  • 21 Mar – International Day of Nowruz (UN)
  • 21 Mar – International Day of Forests and the Tree (UN)
  • 22 Mar – World Water Day (UN)
  • 23 Mar – World Meteorological Day (UN)
  • 24 Mar – World Tuberculosis Day (UN)
  • 24 Mar – International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims (UN)
  • 25 Mar – International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (UN)
  • 25 Mar – International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members (UN)
April
  • Easter happens this month
  • 2 Apr World Autism Awareness Day (UN)
  • 4 Apr – International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action (UN)
  • 6 Apr – International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (UN)
  • 7 Apr – Day of Remembrance for Victims of the Rwanda Genocide (UN)
  • 7 Apr – World Health Day (UN)
  • 12 Apr – International Day of Human Space Flight (UN)
  • 22 Apr – Earth Day
  • 23 Apr – World Book and Copyright Day (UN)
  • 23 Apr – English Language Day (UN)
  • 25 Apr – World Malaria Day (UN)
  • 26 Apr – World Intellectual Property Day (UN)
  • 28 Apr – World Day for Safety and Health at Work (UN)
  • 29 Apr – Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare (UN)
  • 30 Apr – International Jazz Day (UN)
May
  • 1st Thursday in May – National Day of Prayer
  • 1st Friday in May – May Friendship Day
  • 3 May – World Press Freedom Day (UN)
  • 8-9 May – Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War (UN)
  • 10-11 May Migratory Bird Day (UN)
  • 15 May – International Day of Families (UN)
  • 17 May – World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (UN)
  • 21 May – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (UN)
  • 22 May – International Day for Biological Diversity (UN)
  • 23 May – International Day to End Obstetric Fistula (UN)
  • Last Monday in May – Memorial Day
  • 29 May – International Day of UN Peacekeepers (UN)
  • 31 May – World No-Tobacco Day (UN)
June
  • 1 June – Global Day of Parents (UN)
  • 4 June – International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression (UN)
  • 5 June – World Environment Day
  • 6 June – Russian Language Day (UN)
  • 8 June – World Oceans Day (UN)
  • 12 June – World Day Against Child Labour (UN)
  • 14 June – World Blood Donor Day (UN)
  • 15 June – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (UN)
  • 17 June – World Day to Combat Desertification and Draught (UN)
  • 20 June – World Refugee Day (UN)
  • 21 June – International Day of Yoga (UN)
  • 23 June – International Widows’ Day (UN)
  • 25 June – Day of the Seafarer (UN)
  • 26 June – International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (UN)
  • 26 June – UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (UN)
  • 26 June – International Albinism Awareness Day (UN)
July
  • 1st Saturday in July – International Day of Cooperatives (UN)
  • 4 July – Independence Day
  • 11 July – World Population Day (UN)
  • 15 July – World Youth Skills Day (UN)
  • 18 July – Nelson Mandela International Day (UN)
  • 28 July – World Hepatitis Day (UN)
  • 30 July – International Day of Friendship (UN)
  • 30 July – World Day against Trafficking in Persons (UN)
August
  • 9 Aug International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (UN)
  • 12 Aug – International Youth Day (UN)
  • 19 Aug – World Humanitarian Day (UN)
  • 23 Aug – International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition (UN)
  • 26 Aug – Women’s Equality Day
  • 29 Aug – International Day against Nuclear Tests (UN)
  • 30 Aug – International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances (UN)
September
  • 1st Monday in Sept – Labor Day
  • 5 Sept – International Day of Charity (UN)
  • 8 Sept – International Literacy Day (UN)
  • 12 Sept – UN Day for South-South Cooperation (UN)
  • 16 Sept – International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (UN)
  • 21 Sept – International Day of Peace (UN)
  • 25 Sept – World Maritime Day (UN)
  • 26 Sept – International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (UN)
  • 27 Sept – World Tourism Day (UN)
October
  • 1st Monday in Oct – Child Health Day
  • 1 Oct – International Day of Older Persons (UN)
  • 2 Oct – International Day of Non-Violence (UN)
  • 5 Oct – World Teachers’ Day (UN)
  • 9 Oct – World Post Day (UN)
  • 10 Oct – World Mental Health Day
  • 11 Oct – International Day of the Girl Child (UN)
  • 13 Oct – International Day for Disaster Reduction (UN)
  • 15 Oct – Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
  • 16 Oct – World Food Day (UN)
  • 17 Oct – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (UN)
  • 24 Oct – United Nations Day (UN)
  • 27 Oct – World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (UN)
  • 31 Oct – World Cities Day (UN)
November
  • 1st Friday in Nov – World Community Day
  • 2 Nov International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (UN)
  • 6 Nov – International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict (UN)
  • 10 Nov – World Science Day for Peace and Development (UN)
  • 11 Nov – Veterans Day
  • 14 Nov – World Diabetes Day (UN)
  • 16 Nov – International Day for Tolerance (UN)
  • 3rd Sunday in Nov – World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (UN)
  • 3rd Thursday in Nov – World Philosophy Day (UN)
  • 19 Nov – World Toilet Day (UN)
  • 20 Nov – Africa Industrialization Day (UN)
  • 20 Nov – Universal Children’s Day (UN)
  • 21 Nov – World Television Day (UN)
  • 4th Thursday in Nov – Thanksgiving
  • 25 Nov – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (UN)
  • 29 Nov – International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (UN)
December
  • 1 Dec – World AIDS Day (UN)
  • 2 Dec – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (UN)
  • 3 Dec – International Day of Persons with Disabilities (UN)
  • 5 Dec – International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development (UN)
  • 5 Dec – World Soil Day (UN)
  • 7 Dec – International Civil Aviation Day (UN)
  • 9 Dec – International Anti-Corruption Day (UN)
  • 10 Dec – Human Rights Day (UN)
  • 11 Dec – CWU Birthday
  • 11 Dec – International Mountain Day (UN)
  • 18 Dec – International Migrants Day (UN)
  • 20 Dec – International Human Solidarity Day (UN)
  • 25 Dec – Christmas