948 world traditions & customs

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JANUARY

JANUARY – CERVICAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

JANUARY – NATIONAL BIRTH DEFECTS PREVENTION MONTH

JANUARY – NATIONAL GLAUCOMA AWARENESS MONTH

JANUARY – NATIONAL RADON ACTION MONTH

JANUARY – NATIONAL STALKING AWARENESS MONTH

JANUARY – NATIONAL FOLIC ACID AWARENESS WEEK (1ST week in January)

JANUARY – NATIONAL DRUG AND ALCOHOL FACTS WEEK (last week in January)

JANUARY – NATIONAL WALK YOUR PET MONTH

JANUARY – THYROID AWARENESS MONTH

JANUARY 1,2,3,4 – NEW YEAR’S DAY – Armenia

JANUARY 1 – BANK HOLIDAY – Egypt, Japan

JANUARY 1 – GLOBAL FAMILY DAY – International

JANUARY 1 – HANUKKAH – Israel

JANUARY 1 – INDEPENDENCE DAY – Cameroon

JANUARY 1 – LAST DAY OF HANUKKAH – India

JANUARY 1 – NEW YEAR’S DAY – China, Germany, Guatemala, India,Iraq,  Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Suriname, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, USA, India

JANUARY 2 – BANK HOLIDAY – Japan

JANUARY 2 – NEW YEAR’S DAY OBSERVED – Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand

JANUARY 2 – NEW YEAR’S WEEKEND – China

JANUARY 3 – DAY AFTER NEW YEAR’S DAY – New Zealand

JANUARY 4 – WORLD BRAILLE DAY – International

JANUARY 5 – ARMENIAN CHRISTMAS EVE – Armenia

JANUARY 5 – GURU GOVIND SINGH JAYANTI – India.  Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s birthday, the 10th guru of the Sikhs who initiated the Sikhs as the Khalsa (the pure ones), and is known as the father of the Khalsa.

JANUARY 5 – NATIONAL BIRD DAY – Take time to appreciate the native wild birds flying free outside our windows.

JANUARY 5 – STRAWBERRY DAY – Japan

JANUARY 5 – SAUSAGE DAY – United Kingdom

JANUARY 6 – ARMENIAN CHRISTMAS DAY – Armenia.  Christmas for the Armenian Orthodox Christians who celebrate the birth of Jesus on Epiphany, (Armenians living in Israel celebrate Christmas on January 19).

JANUARY 6 – ARMY DAY – Iraq

JANUARY 6 – DAY OF THE HOLY KINGS – Mexico

JANUARY 6 – EPIPHANY – Germany.  Epiphany recognizes the visit of the three wise men to the baby Jesus 12 days after his birth.  The holiday is observed by both Eastern and Western churches.

JANUARY 7 – COPTIC CHRISTMAS DAY – Egypt

JANUARY 7 – CHRISTMAS FOR EASTERN ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS – who celebrate Christmas 13 days later than other Christian churches, because they follow the Julian rather, than the Gregorian version of the Western calendar.

JANUARY 8 – ASARAH B’TEVET – Israel

JANUARY 9 – COMING OF AGE DAY – Japan

JANUARY 11 –

JANUARY – INTERNATIONAL THANK YOU DAY – International

JANUARY 11 – GERMAN APPLES DAY – Germany

JANUARY 12 – DURUTHU FULL MOON POYA DAY – Sri Lanka

JANUARY 13 – CONSTITUTION DAY – Mongolia

JANUARY 14 – MAKAR SANKRANTI – India.  This is a major harvest festival celebrated in various parts of India.

JANUARY 14 – NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY – Thailand

JANUARY 14 – PONGAL – India

JANUARY 14 – REVOLUTION AND YOUTH DAY – Tunisia

JANUARY 14 – TAMIL THAI PONGAL DAY – Sri Lanka

JANUARY 14 – NATIONAL UNDHIYU DAY – India

JANUARY 15 – WORLD RELIGON DAY – Observed by those of the baha’i faith to promote interfaith harmony and understanding.  World Religion Day starts sundown of January 17.

JANUARY 16 – MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY – USA.  Commemorates the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., the recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize and an activist for non-violent social change until his assassination in 1968.

JANUARY 16 – TEACHERS’ DAY – Thailand

JANUARY 18-25 – THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY.  During the week, Christians pray for unity between all churches of the Christian faith.

JANUARY 19 – NATIONAL POPCORN DAY – United States

JANUARY 21 – NATIONAL HUG DAY

JANUARY 22 – FRANCO-GERMAN DAY – Germany

JANUARY 22 – SPECIAL WORKING DAY – China

JANUARY 22 – NATIONAL HOT SAUCE DAY – United States

JANUARY 23 – HANDWRITING DAY – A day to get your hands on a pen or pencil and paper and practice and revive the elegant art of handwriting.

JANUARY 23 – NATIONAL PIE DAY – United States

JANUARY 23 – EDWARD V. ROBERTS DAY – California

JANUARY 24-27 – MAHAYANA NEW YEAR – celebrated on the first full moon day in January by members of the Mahayana Buddhist branch.

JANUARY 24 – NATIONAL WAFFLE DAY (VAFFELDAGEN) – Sweden

JANUARY 24 – NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER DAY – United States

JANUARY 25 – REVOLUTION DAY – Egypt

JANUARY 26 – REPUBLIC DAY – India.  Recognizes the date the constitution of India came into law in 1950, replacing the Government of India Act of 1935.  This day also coincides with India’s 1930 declaration of independence.

JANUARY 27 – INTERNATIONAL DAY OF COMMEMORATION /UN HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY – To remember the victims of the Holocaust.  The anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in 1945.

JANUARY 27 – SPRING FESTIVAL EVE – China

JANUARY 27 – REMEMBRANCE DAY FOR THE VICTIMS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM – Germany

JANUARY 27 – SEOLLAL HOLIDAY – South Korea

JANUARY 27 – NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY – United States

JANUARY 28 – ARMY DAY – Armenia

JANUARY 28 – EUROPEAN PRIVACY DAY – Germany

JANUARY 28 – SEOLLAL HOLIDAY – South Korea

JANUARY 29, 30, 31 – SPRING FESTIVAL GOLDEN WEEK HOLIDAY – China

JANUARY 29 – SECOND DAY OF CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR – Thailand

JANUARY 29 – NATIONAL SEEING EYE DOG DAY – Buddy, the 1st seeing eye dog.  “Buddy delivered to me the divine gift of freedom,” said Morris Frank (1908-1980), the first american to benefit from a seeing eye dog.

JANUARY 30 – WORLD LEPROSY DAY – International

JANUARY 30 – THIRD DAY OF CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR – Thailand

JANUARY 31 – THE BIRTHDAY OF GURU HAR RAI, the seventh Sikh guru

FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY – AFRICAN HERITAGE & HEALTH WEEK (1ST week in February)

FEBRUARY – AMERICAN HEART MONTH

FEBRUARY – AMD/LOW VISION AWARENESS MONTH

FEBRUARY – BLACK HISTORY MONTH – USA, Canada. Since 1976, the month has been designated to remember the contributions of people of the African Diaspora.

FEBRUARY – CONDOM WEEK (week of Valentine’s Day)

FEBRUARY – EATING DISORDERS AWARENESS AND SCREENING WEEK (last week of February)

FEBRUARY – INTERNATIONAL PRENATAL INFECTION PREVENTION MONTH

FEBRUARY – NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH

FEBRUARY – TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

FEBRUARY 1, 2 – SPRING FESTIVAL GOLDEN WEEK HOLIDAY – China

FEBRUARY 1 – NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY – USA.  Which celebrates the signing of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in 1865.

FEBRUARY 1 – VASANT PANCHAMI – India

FEBRUARY 2 – NATIONAL TATER TOT DAY – United States

FEBRUARY 4 – NATIONAL DAY – Sri Lanka

FEBRUARY 4 – SPECIAL WORKING DAY – China

FEBRUARY 4 – THANK YOUR MAILMAN DAY – The unofficial holiday honors people who deliver mail or post directly to people’s homes and places of business.

FEBRUARY 4 – WORLD CANCER DAY

FEBRUARY 5 – CONSTITUTION DAY – Mexico

FEBRUARY 5 – NON-WORKING DAY – Afghanistan

FEBRUARY 5 – WORLD NUTELLA DAY – 2007.

FEBRUARY 5 – NATIONAL “WEAR RED” DAY FOR WOMEN’S HEART HEALTH – United States

FEBRUARY 5 – GIVE KIDS A SMILE DAY – United States

FEBRUARY 6 – DAY OFF FOR CONSTITUTION DAY – Mexico

FEBRUARY 6 – TRANSLATORS’ DAY – Armenia

FEBRUARY 6 – WAITANGI DAY – New Zealand.  Named after Waitangi where the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed, commemorates a significant day in the history of New Zealand.

FEBRUARY 7 – NATIONAL PATTY MELT DAY – United States

FEBRUARY 7-14 – CONGENITAL HEART DEFECT AWARENESS WEEK – USA

FEBRUARY 10 – NAVAM FULL MOON POYA DAY – Sri Lanka

FEBRUARY 9 – NATIONAL PIZZA DAY – celebrated worldwide.

FEBRUARY 9 – NATIONAL BAGEL DAY – United States

FEBRUARY 10 – NAVAM FULL MOON POYA DAY – Sri Lanka

FEBRUARY 10 – GURU RAVIDAS JAYANTI – India

FEBRUARY 10 – NAVAM FULL MOON POYA DAY – Sri Lanka

FEBRUARY 11 – LANTERN FESTIVAL – China.  First significant feast after Chinese New Year, so called because the most important activity during the night of the event is watching various wonderful Chinese lanterns.

FEBRUARY 11 – MAKKHA BUCHA – Thailand

FEBRUARY 11 – NATIONAL FOUNDATION DAY – Japan

FEBRUARY 11 – REVOLUTION DAY – Iran

FEBRUARY 11 – TU BISHVAT – Israel.  A Jewish holiday recognizing “The New Year of the Trees.”  It is celebrated on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat.  In Israel, the flowering of the almond tree usually coincides with this holiday, which is observed by planting trees and eating dried fruits and nuts.

FEBRUARY 11 – YOUTH DAY – Cameroon

FEBRUARY 12 – DARWIN DAY – International

FEBRUARY 14 – NATIONAL DONOR DAY – United States

FEBRUARY 14 – SOVIET WITHDRAWAL FROM AFGHANISTAN – Afghanistan

FEBRUARY 14 – VALENTINE’S DAY – Armenia, Japan, Germany, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United States of America

FEBRUARY 15 – NIRVANA DAY – Buddhist.  The commemoration of Buddha’s death at the age of 80, when he reached the zenith of Nirvana.  FEB 8 is an alternative day of observance.

FEBRUARY 15 – NEW YEAR’S EVE – Vietnam

FEBRUARY 15 – NATIONAL I WANT BUTTERSCOTCH DAY – United States

FEBRUARY 16 – NATIONAL ALMOND DAY – United States

FEBRUARY 16 – CHINESE NEW YEAR (2018)– China, India.  Lunar New Year honors ancestors and is geared towards family celebrations.  It takes place on the first day of the first month according to the Chinese calendar whose months coordinate with the phases of the moon.  It is widely celebrated in South East Asian countries.

FEBRUARY 17 – RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS DAY – A day to practice kindness and pay it forward.

FEBRUARY 17, 18, 19, 20 – VIETNAMESE NEW YEAR (TET) – Vietnam

FEBRUARY 17 – WORLD CAT DAY

FEBRUARY 20 – PRESIDENT’S DAY – USA.  A federally recognized celebration of George Washington’s birthday as well as every president proceeding after Washington.

FEBRUARY 21 – INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY – International

FEBRUARY 22 – WORLD THINKING DAY – International

FEBRUARY 23 – FEAST OF SAINT VARTAN – Armenia

FEBRUARY 23 – INTERNATIONAL DOG BISCUIT APPRECIATION DAY – Show your appreciation for your furry canine friends by spoiling them with their favorite dog biscuit.

FEBRUARY 23 – NATIONAL BANANA BREAD DAY – United States

FEBRUARY 24 – FLAG DAY – Mexico

FEBRUARY 24 – MAHASIVARATHRI DAY – Sri Lanka

FEBRUARY 25 – PEOPLE POWER ANNIVERSARY – Philippines

FEBRUARY 25 – REVOLUTION DAY – Suriname

FEBRUARY 25 – MAHA SHIVARATRI – Hindu.  A Hindu holiday that honors Shiva, one of the Hindu deities.

FEBRUARY 26-29 – INTERCALARY DAYS – Baha’i Faith.  At this time, days are added to the Baha’i calendar to maintain their solar calendar.  Intercalary days are observed with gift giving, special acts of charity, and preparation for the fasting that precedes the New Year.

FEBRUARY 27 – SHROVE MONDAY – Germany

FEBRUARY 27 – LOSAR/TIBETAN BUDDHIST NEW YEAR – Tibet.  A time of renewal through sacred and secular practices.

FEBRUARY 27 – ZHONGHE FESTIVAL – China

FEBRUARY 28 – CARNIVAL/SHROVE TUESDAY – Germany

FEBRUARY 28 – MARDI GRAS – The last day for Catholics to indulge – and often overindulge – before Ash Wednesday starts the sober weeks of fasting that come with Lent.

MARCH

MARCH – NATIONAL ATHLETIC TRAINING MONTH

MARCH – NATIONAL BLEEDING DISORDERS AWARENESS MONTH

MARCH – NATIONAL CHEERLEADER SAFETY MONTH

MARCH – NATIONAL COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

MARCH – NATIONAL DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH – Established to increase awareness and understanding of issues affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

MARCH – NATIONAL ENDOMETRIOSIS AWARENESS MONTH

MARCH – NATIONAL KIDNEY MONTH

MARCH – MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS EDUCATION MONTH

MARCH – NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS EDUCATION AND AWARENESS MONTH – Established to raise public awareness of the autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord and assist those with multiple sclerosis in making informed decisions about their health care.

MARCH – NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH

MARCH – PROBLEM GAMBLING AWARENESS MONTH

MARCH – SAVE YOUR VISION MONTH

MARCH – SLEEP AWARENESS MONTH

MARCH – TRISOMY AWARENESS MONTH

MARCH – WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH – Started in 1987, Women’s History Month recognizes all women for their valuable contributions to history and society.

MARCH – WORKPLACE EYE WELLNESS MONTH

MARCH 1 – ASH WEDNESDAY – Mexico.  The beginning of Lent in the Christian faith.  As a display of atonement, ashes are marked on worshippers.  Lent, which is observed during the 7 weeks prior to Easter, is a time of reflection and preparation for the Holy Week and is observed by fasting, charitable giving, and workshipping.

MARCH 1 – CARNIVAL/ASH WEDNESDAY – Germany

MARCH 1 – INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT DAY – South Korea

MARCH 1 – INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE SEAL – International

MARCH 1 – PATRIOT’S DAY – Mongolia

MARCH 1 – BEER DAY – Iceland

MARCH 1-19 – NINETEEN DAY FAST – Baha’i Faith.  Meant to reinvigorate the soul and bring the person closer to God.

MARCH 2 – MARTYRDOM OF FATIMA – Iran

MARCH 3 – DOLLS’ FESTIVAL/GIRLS’ FESTIVAL – Japan

MARCH 4 – INTERNATIONAL HPV AWARENESS DAY – International

MARCH 6-13 – NATIONAL SLEEP AWARENESS WEEK – United States

MARCH 7-11 – NATIONAL SCHOOL BREAKFAST WEEK – United States

MARCH 8 – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – Armenia, China, Germany, Mongolia.  First observed in 1911 in Germany, it has now become a major global celebration honoring women’s economic, political, and social achievements.

MARCH 8 – REVOLUTION DAY – Syria

MARCH 9 – TA’ANIT ESTHER/FAST OF ESTHER – Israel

MARCH 10 – MARIO DAY – A day to celebrate the main character of the popular nintendo video game franchise, Super Mario.  March 10 was chosen by fans of the game as the date for this holiday because March 10 when abbreviated and written without a space between the month and date – Mar10 – looks like the word Mario.

MARCH 10 – NATIONAL WOMEN AND GIRLS HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY – United States

MARCH 10 – WORLD KIDNEY DAY

MARCH 11 –

MARCH 12 – ARBOR DAY – China

MARCH 12 – HOLI PHAGWA – Suriname

MARCH 12 – MADIN FULL MOON POYA DAY – Sri Lanka

MARCH 12 – PURIM – Israel.  A Jewish celebration that marks the time when the Jewish community living in Persia was saved from genocide.  According to the Book of Esther, King Ahasuerus’s political advisor planned to have all the Jews killed; however, his plot was foiled when Esther, one of the king’s wives, revealed her Jewish identity.  On Purim, Jewish people offer charity and share food with friends.

MARCH 12 – MAGHA PUJA DAY – Buddhist holiday.  Marks an event early in the Buddha’s teaching life when a group of 1250 enlightened saints, ordained by the Buddha, gathered to pay their respect to him.

MARCH 13 – HOLI – India, Nepal, Sri Lanka.  Hindu and Sikh spring religious festival observed in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, along with other countries that have large Hindu and Sikh populations.  People celebrate Holi by throwing colored powder and water at each other.  Bonfires are lit the day before in the memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad accomplished when Demoness Holika carried him to the fire.

MARCH 13 – SHUSHAN PURIM – Israel

MARCH 13-19 – PATIENT SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK – United States

MARCH 13 – APRIL 15 – DEAF HISTORY MONTH.  This observance celebrates key events in deaf history, including the founding of Gallaudet University and the American School for the Deaf

MARCH 14 –

MARCH 15-21 – NATIONAL POISON PREVENTION WEEK – United States

MARCH 17 – ST. PATRICK’S DAY – A holiday started in Ireland to recognize St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, who brought Christianity to the country in the early days of the faith.

MARCH 18 – OIL EXPROPRIATION DAY – Mexico

MARCH 18 – SOLDIER’S DAY – Mongolia

MARCH 19 – EARTH HOUR – International

MARCH 19 – OIL NATIONALIZATION  DAY – Iran

MARCH 19 – LET’S LAUGH DAY – An unofficial holiday that encourages people to laugh and enjoy the benefits of laughter.  Laughing can even burn calories.  Research has shown that 10-15 minutes of laughing can burn up to 50 calories.

MARCH 20 – NAW-RUZ – Baha’i Faith.  Baha’i New Year.  A holiday celebrated on the vernal equinox.  It is one of nine baha’i holy days on which work is suspended.

MARCH 20 – DAY OFF FOR BENITO JUAREZ’S BIRTHDAY MEMORIAL – Mexico

MARCH 20 – INDEPENDENCE DAY – Tunisia

MARCH 20 – WORLD FROG DAY – International

MARCH 20 – OSTARA/EOSTRE – Pagan/Wiccan.  A celebration of the spring equinox on March 21.  Commemorated by Pagans and Wiccans, it is observed as a time to mark the coming of spring and the fertility of the land.

MARCH 20 – MARCH EQUINOX – Afghanistan, Armenia, Cameroon, China, Egypt, Germany, Guatemala, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia

MARCH 20 – SPRING EQUINOX – Japan

MARCH 20 – NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY – United States

MARCH 21 – BENITO JUAREZ’S BIRTHDAY MEMORIAL – Mexico

MARCH 21 – MOTHER’S DAY – Syria

MARCH 21, 22, 23, 24 – NOROOZ/PERSIAN NEW YEAR – Iran

MARCH 21 – NOWRUZ – Iraq

MARCH 21 – WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY – International

MARCH 21 – HUMAN RIGHTS DAY – Africa

MARCH 23 – WORLD METEOROLOGICAL DAY – International

MARCH 23 – THE LORD’S SUPPERMARCH – A holiday celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Once a year after sundown on Nisan 14, Jehovah’s Witnesses observe the Lord’s Evening Meal.

MARCH 24 – AMERICAN DIABETES ALERT DAY – United States

MARCH 24 – WORLD TUBERCULOSIS DAY – United States

MARCH 25 –

MARCH 26 – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME STARTS – Germany

MARCH 26 – PURPLE DAY FOR EPILEPSY AWARENESS – United States

MARCH 27 – APRIL 2 – TSUNAMI PREPAREDNESS WEEK – United States

MARCH 30 – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME STARTS – Syria

APRIL

APRIL –  AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK (Last week of April)

APRIL – ALCOHOL AWARENESS MONTH

APRIL – CELEBRATE DIVERSITY MONTH – Started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during the month, organizers hope that people will get a deeper understanding of each other.

APRIL – EVERY KID HEALTHY WEEK (last full week of April)

APRIL – IRRITABLE BOWL SYNDROME (IBS) AWARENESS MONTH

APRIL – MINORITY CANCER AWARENESS WEEK (2nd full week of April)

APRIL – NATIONAL AUTISM AWARNESS MONTH – Established to raise awareness about the developmental disorder that affects children’s normal development of social and communication skills.

APRIL – NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

APRIL – DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS WEEK

APRIL – NATIONAL DONATE LIFE MONTH

APRIL – NATIONAL FACIAL PROTECTION MONTH

APRIL – NATIONAL INFERTILITY AWARENESS WEEK (last full week of April)

APRIL – NATIONAL INTERPROFESSIONAL HEALTH CARE MONTH

APRIL – NATIONAL MINORITY HEALTH MONTH

APRIL – NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK (1st full week of April)

APRIL – NATIONAL SARCOIDOSIS AWARENESS MONTH

APRIL – OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY MONTH

APRIL – ORAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

APRIL – SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS AND PREVENTION MONTH

APRIL – SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH OF ACTION

APRIL – SPORTS EYE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH

APRIL – STI AWARENESS MONTH

APRIL – WORLD IMMUNIZATION WEEK (Last week of April)

APRIL 1 – APRIL FOOLS – New Zealand, United States

APRIL 1 – ISLAMIC REPUBLIC DAY – Iran

APRIL 1 – SPECIAL WORKING DAY – China

APRIL 2 – INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY – International

APRIL 2 – NATURE DAY – Iran

APRIL 2, 3, 4 – QING MING JIE HOLIDAY – China

APRIL 2 – WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY – Created to raise awareness of the developmental disorder around the globe.

APRIL 3-9 – NATIONAL YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION WEEK – United States

APRIL 5 – ARBOR DAY – South Korea

APRIL 5 – RAMI NA5VANI – Hindu.  When Hindus worship and celebrate the 7th avator of Vishnu (Lord Rama).  Devotees typically wear red and place extravagant flowers on the shrine of the god.

APRIL 6 – CHAKRI DAY – Thailand

APRIL 6 – YOM HAALIYAH – Israel

APRIL 7 – HEALTH DAY – Mongolia

APRIL 7 – WORLD HEALTH DAY – International

APRIL 7 – MOTHERHOOD AND BEAUTY DAY – Armenia

APRIL 7 – NATIONAL ALCOHOL SCREENING DAY – United States

APRIL 9- MARTYRS’ DAY – Tunisia

APRIL 9 – PALM SUNDAY – Germany, Mexico.  A holiday recognized by Christians to commemorate the entry of Jesus in Jerusalem.  It is the last Sunday of Lent and the beginning of the Holy Week.

APRIL 9 – THE DAY OF VALOR – Philippines

APRIL 10 – BAK FULL MOON POYA DAY – Sri Lanka

APRIL 10 – INTERNATIONAL SPECIAL LIBRARIAN’S DAY – International

APRIL 10 – NATIONAL YOUTH HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY – United States

APRIL 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 – PESACH/PASSOVER – Israel.  Passover is an 8-day festival in commemoration of the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.

APRIL 11 – BIRTHDAY OF IMAM ALI – Iran

APRIL 12 – SINHALA & TAMIL NEW YEAR’S EVE – Sri Lanka

APRIL 12 – YURI’S NIGHT – International

APRIL 12 – NATIONAL GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH DAY – United States

APRIL 12-23 – NATIONAL INFANT IMMUNIZATION WEEK – United States

APRIL 13 – HOLY THURSDAY / MAUNDY THURSDAY – Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, Philippines.  Christian holiday commemorating the Last Supper, at which Jesus and the Apostles were together for the last time before the Crucifixion.  It is celebrated on the Thursday before Easter.

APRIL 13 – SINHALA & TAMIL NEW YEAR’S DAY – Sri Lanka

APRIL 13, 14, 15 – SONGKRAN – Thailand

APRIL 14 – COPTIC GOOD FRIDAY – Egypt

APRIL 14 – GOOD FRIDAY/HOLY FRIDAY – Armenia, Cameroon, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Sri Lanka.  Celebrated by Christians to commemorate the execution of Jesus by crucifixion, & is recognized on the Friday before Easter.

APRIL 14 – VAISAKHI/BAISAKHI – Sikh.  Celebrates the founding of the Sikh community as the Khalsa (community of the initiated) and the birth of the Khalsa.

APRIL 15 – COPTIC HOLY SATURDAY – Egypt

APRIL 15 – EASTER SATURDAY – Guatemala, New Zealand, Sri Lanka

APRIL 15 – HOLY SATURDAY – Armenia, Mexico

APRIL 15 – SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS DAY OF ACTION – United States

APRIL 16 – COPTIC EASTER SUNDAY – Egypt

APRIL 16 – EASTER SUNDAY – Armenia, Cameroon, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, Philippines, Syria

APRIL 16 – ORTHODOX EASTER DAY – Syria

APRIL 17 – INDEPENDENCE DAY – Syria

APRIL 17 – SONGKRAN OBSERVED – Thailand

APRIL 17 – SPRING FESTIVAL – Egypt

APRIL 17 – EASTER MONDAY – Armenia, Germany, Guatemala, New Zealand

APRIL 17 – NATIONAL ESPRESSO DAY – Italy

APRIL 21 – INTERNATIONAL CREATIVITY & INNOVATION DAY – International

APRIL 21 – DAY OF SILENCE – On which students take a daylong vow of silence to protest the actual silencing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and their straight allies due to bias and harassment.

APRIL 21 – MAY 2 – FESTIVAL OF RIDVAN – Baha’i.  The days during with members of the Baha’i Faith celebrate.  Commemorates the 12 days when Baha’u’llah, the prophet-founder, resided in a garden called Ridv.n (Paradie) and publically proclaimed His mission as God’s messenger for this age.

APRIL 21 – NATIONAL TEA DAY – United Kingdom

APRIL 22 – EARTH DAY – International.  Promotes peace and sustainability of planet Earth.  Worldwide events are held to show support of environmental protection of the earth.

APRIL 22-23 – LAILAT-AL-MIRAJ – Muslim.  Commemorates the Prophet Muhammad’s night time journey from Mecca to the ‘Farthest Mosque’ in Jerusalem where he ascended to heaven, was purified, and given the instruction for Muslims to pray five times a day.  Note that in the Muslim calendar, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Muslims will celebrate Lailat at Miraj on the subset of Saturday, the 22nd of April

APRIL 22 – JELLY BEAN DAY – Unofficial holiday that honors the candy.  Food historians believe that Turkish delights or lokum, a chewy candy from Turkey, inspired the creation of the jelly beans, though it is unclear who invented them.

APRIL 23 – GERMAN BEER DAY (DEUTSCHEN BIERES) – Germany

23 – HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY (Evening) – In the words of former President Obama, a time to “mourn the loss of lives, celebrate those who saved them, honor those who survived and contemplate the obligations of the living” in regard to genocide.

APRIL 23 – WORLD BOOK DAY – International

APRIL 23 – HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY (Evening) – n the words of former President Obama, a time to “mourn the loss of lives, celebrate those who saved them, honor those who survived and contemplate the obligations of the living” in regard to genocide.

APRIL 24 – ARMENIAN MARTYR’S DAY – Armenia.  Recognizes the genocide of some 15 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923 in Turkey.

APRIL 24 – LAILATUL ISRA – Philippines

APRIL 24 – WAL MI RAJ – Philippines

APRIL 24 – YOM HASHOAH/HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY – Israel

APRIL 24 – WORLD MENINGITIS DAY

APRIL 25 – ANZAC DAY – Australia, New Zealand

APRIL 25 – PROPHET’S ASCENSION – Iran

APRIL 25 – SINAI LIBERATION DAY – Egypt

APRIL 25 – WORLD PENGUIN DAY – International

APRIL 26 – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DAY – Mongolia

APRIL 27 – GIRLS’ DAY – CAREER INFORMATION DAY – Germany

APRIL 27 – FREEDOM DAY – Africa

APRIL 28 – AFGHAN VICTORY DAY – Afghanistan

APRIL 29 – AFGHAN VICTORY DAY OBSERVED – Afghanistan

APRIL 29 – SHOWA DAY – Japan

APRIL 29, 30 – LABOUR DAY HOLIDAY – China

APRIL 30 – CHILDREN’S DAY – Mexico

APRIL 30 – WALPURGIS NIGHT – Germany

MAY

MAY – AMERICAN STROKE AWARENESS MONTH – United States

MAY – ARTHRITIS AWARENESS MONTH

MAY – ASIAN-AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH

MAY – BETTER HEARING AND SPEECH MONTH

MAY – CLEAN AIR MONTH

MAY – CYSTIC FIBROSIS AWARENESS MONTH

MAY – CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK (1st full week of May)

MAY – FOOD ALLERGY ACTION MONTH

MAY – FOOD ALLERGY AWARNESS WEEK (2nd full week of May)

MAY – GLOBAL EMPLOYEE HEALTH AND FITNESS MONTH

MAY – GLOBAL YOUTH TRAFFIC SAFETY MONTH

MAY – HEALTHY VISION MONTH

MAY – HEPATITIS AWARENESS MONTH

MAY – JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH – Which recognizes the diverse contributions of the Jewish People to American Culture.

MAY – LUPUS AWARENESS MONTH

MAY – MELANOMA /SKIN CANCER DETECTION & PREVENTION MONTH

MAY – MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

MAY – NATIONAL ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG RELATED BIRTH DEFECTS AWARENESS WEEK (begins on Mother’s Day)

MAY – NATIONAL ASTHMA AND ALLERGY AWARENESS MONTH

MAY – NATIONAL CELIAC DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH

MAY – NATIONAL HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE EDUCATION MONTH

MAY – NATIONAL MEDITERRANEAN DIET MONTH

MAY – NATIONAL NEUROPATHY AWARNESS WEEK (2nd full week of May)

MAY – NATIONAL OSTEOPOROSIS AWARENESS AND PREVENTION MONTH

MAY – NATIONAL PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORT WEEK (1st full week of May)

MAY – NATIONAL PHYSICAL FITNESS AND SPORTS MONTH

MAY – NATIONAL SENIOR HEALTH FITNESS DAY (Last Wednesday of May)

MAY – NATIONAL TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION MONTH – United States of America

MAY – NATIONAL WOMEN’S HEALTH WEEK (begins on Mother’s Day)

MAY – NORTH AMERICAN OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH WEEK (1st full week in May)

MAY – OLDER AMERICANS MONTH – USA. Established in 1963 to honor the legacies and contributions of older Americans and to support them as they enter their next stage of life.

MAY – PREECLAMPSIA AWARENESS MONTH

MAY – ULTRAVIOLET AWARENESS MONTH

MAY 1 – LABOR DAY – China, Egypt, Iraq, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand

MAY 1 – LABOR DAY/MAY DAY – Armenia, Guatemala, Mexico, Suriname

MAY 1 – LABOUR DAY – Sri Lanka, Tunisia

MAY 1 – MAY DAY – Germany, Syria

MAY 1 – WORKER’S DAY – South Africa

MAY 1 – YOM HAZIKARON/MEMORIAL DAY – Israel

MAY 2 – YOM HAATZMAUT/INDEPENDENCE DAY – Israel

MAY 3 – BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY – South Korea

MAY 3 – BUDDHA DAY – India.  Festival that marks Gautama Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death.  It falls on the day of the full moon in May and it is a gazetted holiday in India.

MAY 3 – CONSTITUTION MEMORIAL DAY – Japan

MAY 3 – WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY – International

MAY 4 – GREENERY DAY – Japan

MAY 4 – YOUTH DAY – China

MAY 4 – NATIONAL BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY – United States

MAY 5 – CINCO DE MAYO – Commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Frank-Mexican War (1861-1867).  This day celebrates Mexican culture and heritage, including parades and mariachi music performances.

MAY 5 – BATTLE OF PUEBLA – Mexico

MAY 5 – CHILDREN’S DAY – Japan, South Korea

MAY 5 – EUROPE DAY – Germany

MAY 5 – INTERNATIONAL MIDWIVES DAY – International

MAY 5 – HAND HYGIENE DAY – United States

MAY 6 – MARTYR’S DAY – Syria

MAY 7 – Commemoration to celebrate the immigration of the 1st Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843.

MAY 8 – CONGRESS DAY – Armenia

MAY 8 – PARENTS’ DAY – South Korea

MAY – WORLD RED CROSS DAY – International

MAY 9 – PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION – South Korea

MAY 9 – VICTORY AND PEACE DAY (Armenia)

MAY 9-15 – NATIONAL STUTTERING AWARENESS WEEK – United States of America

MAY 10 – BARAT / LAILAT AL BARA’A / NIGHT OF FORGIVENESS (Sunset).  A time for sweets, time for charity, and most importantly, a time of focused prayer and worship.

MAY 10 – MOTHER’S DAY – Mexico

MAY 10 – VESAK FULL MOON POYA DAY (Sri Lanka)

MAY 10 – VISAKHA BUCHA – Thailand

MAY 10 – WORLD LUPUS DAY – International

MAY 10 – ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMPLETION OF THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD ON MAY 10, 1969.  The majority of workers who laid the tracks on the project were Chinese immigrants.

MAY 11 – BARAT / LAILAT AL BARA’A / NIGHT OF FORGIVENESS (Sunset).  A time for sweets, time for charity, and most importantly, a time of focused prayer and worship.

MAY 11 – DAY AFTER VESAK FULL MOON POYA DAY – Sri Lanka

MAY 11 – ROYAL PLOUGHING CEREMONY DAY – Thailand

MAY 12 – IMAM MAHDI’S BIRTHDAY – Iran

MAY 12 – INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY – International

MAY 12-16 – NATIONAL NEUROPATHY AWARENESS WEEK – United States

MAY 13 – IEEE GLOBAL ENGINEERING DAY

MAY 13 – INTERNATIONAL HUMMUS DAY – Begun in 2012 in Egypt

MAY 14 – MOTHER’S DAY (Germany, India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, USA)

MAY 14 – LA B’OMER (Israel)

MAY 15 – BUDDAH DAY (Vesak or Visakha Puja) – which marks the occasion of the birth, spiritual awakening and death of the historical Buddha.

MAY 15 – FAMILY DAY – Mongolia

MAY 15 – INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES – International

MAY 15 – TEACHER’S DAY – Mexico, South Korea

MAY 17 – INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA – Transphobia and Biphobia, a global celebration of sexual and gender diversities.

MAY 18 – HIV VACCINE AWARENESS DAY – United States of America

MAY 19 – NATIONAL ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISANDER HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY – United States of America

MAY 20 – NATIONAL DAY – Cameroon

MAY 20 – WORLD AUTOIMMUNE ARTHRITIS DAY

MAY 21 – WORLD DAY FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY FOR DIALOGUE AND DEVELOPMENT – International.  A day set aside by the United Nations as an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.

MAY 22 – INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY – International

MAY 22-28 – NATIONAL HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK – United States of America

MAY 23 – CONSTITUTION DAY – Germany

MAY 23 – WORLD TURTLE DAY – International

MAY 23-29 – HEALTHY AND SAFE SWIMMING WEEK – United States

MAY 24 – WORLD SCHIZOPHRENIA DAY – International

MAY 24 – YOM YERUSHALAYIM/JERSUALEM DAY – Israel

MAY 24 – SCAVENGER HUNT DAY – Annual celebration of the popular party game called scavenger hunt.  A game where individuals or teams compete to find items or perform tasks provided to them as a list by the organizers of the game.  Combines aspects of racing, competitive hunting, and hide and seek.

MAY 25 – ASCENSION DAY – Cameroon, Germany, Mexico

MAY 25 – TOWEL DAY – International

MAY 27 – RAMANDAN STARTS – Islam.  Beginning of Ramadan marks when fasting begins.  This is a time of great praise and worship through prayer and devotion it Islam.

MAY 27 – SPECIAL WORKING DAY – China

MAY 27 – HEAT SAFETY AWARENESS DAY – United States of America

MAY 27 – DON’T FRY DAY – United States of America

28, 29, 30 – DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL – China

28 – REPUBLIC DAY – Armenia

28 – NATIONAL BURGER DAY – Australia

29 – MEMORIAL DAY – United States.  A federal holiday established to honor military veterans who died in wars fought by american forces.

MAY 31 – SHAVUOUT/PENTACOST – Israel

MAY 31 – WORLD NO-TOBACCO DAY – International

JUNE

JUNE – ALZHEIMER’S AND BRAIN AWARENESS MONTH

JUNE – CATARACT AWARENESS MONTH

JUNE – FIREWORKS SAFETY MONTH (June 1 to July 4)

JUNE – HELEN KELLER DEAF-BLIND AWARENESS WEEK (last week of June)

JUNE – HERNIA AWARENESS MONTH

JUNE – LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH – Established to recognize the impact that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on the world. LGBT groups celebrate this special time with pride parades, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS, and other group gatherings.  The last Sunday in June is Gay Pride Day.

JUNE – MEN’S HEALTH MONTH

JUNE – MEN’S HEALTH WEEK (2nd week of June)

JUNE – MYASTHENIA GRAVIS AWARENESS MONTH

JUNE – NATIONAL APHASIA AWARENESS MONTH

JUNE – NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVORS DAY (1st Sunday of June)

JUNE – NATIONAL CONGENITAL CYTOMEGALOVIRUS AWARENESS MONTH

JUNE – NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH

JUNE – NATIONAL SCLERODERMA AWARENESS MONTH

JUNE – PTSD AWARENESS MONTH

JUNE – SCOLIOSIS AWARENESS MONTH

JUNE 1 – CHILDREN’S DAY – Armenia, China

JUNE 1 – WORLD MILK DAY – Designated in 2001 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

JUNE 1 to JULY 4 – FIREWORKS SAFETY MONTH – United States of America

JUNE 3 – EUROPEAN BICYCLE DAY – Germany

JUNE 3 – NATIONAL FISH AND CHIPS DAY – United Kingdom

JUNE 4 – ANNIVERSARY OF KHOMEINI’S DEATH – Iran

JUNE 4 – PENTECOST – Celebration of the giving of the 10 commandments by God at Mount Sinai

JUNE 4 – WHIT SUNDAY – Germany, Mexico

JUNE 5 – QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY – New Zealand

JUNE 5 – REVOLT OF KHORDAD 15 – Iran

JUNE 5 – VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE DAY – Germany

JUNE 5-11 – NATIONAL RIP CURRENT AWARENESS WEEK – United States

JUNE 6 – MEMORIAL DAY – South Korea

JUNE 8 – POSON FULL MOON POYA DAY – Sri Lanka

JUNE 8 – WORLD OCEAN DAY – International

JUNE 12 – INDEPENDENCE DAY – Philippines

JUNE 14 – FLAG DAY – USA.  This day is observed to celebrate the history and symbolism of the American Flag.

JUNE 14 – WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY – International

JUNE 15 – CORPUS CHRISTI – Germany, Mexico

JUNE 15 – NATIVE AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP DAY – USA.  This observance commemorates the day in 1924 when the United States Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans.

JUNE 15 – NATIONAL BEER DAY – United Kingdom

JUNE 16 – YOUTH DAY – South Africa

JUNE 16 – MARTYRDOM OF GURU ARJAN DEV – Sikh.  Sikhs observe the Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev – the 5th Sikh guru and the 1st Sikh martyr.

JUNE 16 – INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD – International

JUNE 16 – MARTYRDOM OF IMAM ALI – Iran

JUNE 17 – DAY OF MUSIC – Germany

JUNE 17 – WORLD DAY TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION & DROUGHT – International

JUNE 18 – CAR-FREE SUNDAY – Germany

JUNE 18 – FATHER’S DAY – Armenia, Mexico, Sri Lanka, United States of America

JUNE 18 – INTERNATIONAL SUSHI DAY

JUNE 19 – JUNETEENTH/FREEDOM DAY/EMANCIPATION DAY – USA.  Observed as a public holiday in (14) US states.  This celebration honors the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas and Louisiana finally heard they were free, 2 months after the end of the Civil War.  June 19th, therefore, became the day of emancipation for thousands of Blacks.

JUNE 19 – WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY – United States

JUNE 19-25 – NATIONAL LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK – United States

JUNE 20 – WORLD REFUGEE DAY – International

JUNE 21 – INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY – International

JUNE 21 – JUNE SOLSTICE – Afghanistan, Armenia, Cameroon, China, Egypt, Germany, Guatemala, , Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Philippines, New Zealand, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia

JUNE 21 – LAILAT-AL-QADIR – Muslim.  The holiest night of the year for Muslims, and is traditionally celebrated on the 27th day of Ramadan.  It is known as the “Night of Power,” and commemorates the night that the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

JUNE 24 – ARCHITECTURE DAY– Germany

JUNE 26 – INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND TRAFFICKING

JUNE 26, 27 – EID-E-FETR/END OF RAMADAM – Iran.  First day of the Islamic month of Shawwal.  It marks the end of Ramadam, which is a month of fasting and prayer.  Many Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a khutba (sermon) and give zakat al-fitr (charity in the form of food) during Eid al-Fitr.

JUNE 26 – EID AL-FITRE/END OF RAMADAN – Afghanistan, Cameroon, Egypt, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Syria, Tunisia

JUNE 26 – LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER (LGBT) PRIDE DAY – USA.  Celebrates the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969.

JUNE 27 – EID-AL-FITR HOLIDAY – Iraq

JUNE 27 – END OF RAMADAN DAY 2 (Egypt)

JUNE 27 – EIDUL-FITAR – Philippines

JUNE 27 – NATIONAL CHIP DAY – Canada

JUNE 27 – EID-AL-FITR HOLIDAY – Iraq

JUNE 28 – END OF RAMADAN DAY 3 – Egypt

JUNE 28 – FAMILY DAY – Vietnam

JUNE 29 – NATIONAL CAMERA DAY

JUNE 30 – ARMY DAY – Guatemala

JUNE 30 – JUNE 30 REVOLUTION DAY – Egypt

JULY

JULY – CORD BLOOD AWARENESS MONTH

JULY – INTERNATIONAL GROUP B STREP THROAT AWARENESS MONTH

JULY – JUVENILE ARTHRITIS AWARENESS MONTH

JULY – NATIONAL CLEF & CRANIOFACIAL AWARENESS & PREVENTION MONTH

JULY 1 – NATIONAL DOCTORS’ DAY – India.  Celebrated across India to honour the legendary physician and 2nd Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy.

JULY 1 – BANK HOLIDAY – Egypt

JULY 1 – CPC FOUNDING DAY – China

JULY 2 –

JULY 3 –

JULY 4 – INDEPENDENCE DAY – United States of America

JULY 5 – CONSTITUTION DAY – Armenia

JULY 6 –

JULY 7 – STAR FESTIVAL – Japan

JULY 7 – WORLD CHOCOLATE DAY –

JULY 8 – ADHI ESALA FULL MOON POYA DAY – Sri Lanka

JULY 9 – BUDDHIST LENT DAY – Thailand

JULY 9 – THE MARTYRDOM OF THE BAB – Baha’i.  Observance of the anniversary of the Bab’s execution in Tabriz, Iran in 1850.

JULY 10 – ASALHA NUCHA – Thailand

JULY 10 – POLITICAL FLAG DAY – Mongolia

JULY 11 – WORLD POPULATION DAY – International.  An observance established in 1989 by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme.  Annual event is designed to raise awareness of global population issues.

JULY 11 – MARITIME DAY – China

JULY 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 – NAADAM HOLIDAY – Mongolia

JULY 11 – FAST OF SHIVA ASAR B’TAMMUZ – Israel

JULY 12 –

JULY 13 –

JULY 14 – BASTILLE DAY – France

JULY 14 – REPUBLIC DAY – Iraq

JULY 15 – ASALHA PUJA DAY/DHARMA DAY – A celebration of the Buddha’s first teachings.

JULY 16 – WORLD SNAKE DAY – International

JULY 17 – CONSTITUTION DAY – South Korea

JULY 17 – SEA DAY – Japan

JULY 18 – NELSON MANDELA INTERNATIONAL DAY – International.  Launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on July 18, 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly.  It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said “It is in your hands now”.  It is more a celebration of “madiba’s” life and legacy.  It is a global movement to honor his life’s work and act to change the world for the better.

JULY 20 – MARTYRDOM OF IMAM SADEQ – Iran

JULY 20 – NATIONAL FORTUNE COOKIE DAY – United States

JULY 20 – NATIONAL LOLLIPOP DAY – United States

JULY 21 – NATIONAL JUNK FOOD DAY – United States

JULY 23 – THE BIRTHDAY OF HAILE SELASSIE I – A celebration of the Haile Selassie I: The emperor of Ethiopia, who the Rastafarians considered to be God and their Savior.

JULY 23 – VARDAVAR – Armenia

JULY 23 – REVOLUTION DAY – Egypt

JULY 24 – PIONEER DAY – Mormon.  Observed by the Mormons to commemorate the arrival in 1847 of the first Latter Day Saints pioneer in Salt Lake Valley.

JULY 25 – REPUBLIC DAY – Tunisia

JULY 25 – NATIONAL HOT FUDGE SUNDAE DAY – United States

JULY 26 – DISABILITY INDEPENDENCE DAY – Marks the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

JULY 28 – KING VAJIRALONGKORN’S BIRTHDAY – Thailand

JULY 28 – WORLD HEPATITIS DAY

JULY 30 – INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FRIENDSHIP – International.  Proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures & individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

JULY 31 – TISHA B’AV (Evening) – Jewish.  A fast in commemoration of the destruction of two very holy and sacred temples of Judaism destroyed by the Babylonians (in 586 BCE) and Romans (in 70 EC).  At the Tisha B’av, after very select passages from the Torah are read and understood, netilat yadayim, or the washing of the hands is performed.

AUGUST

AUGUST – CHILDREN’S EYE HEALTH & SAFETY MONTH

AUGUST – GASTROPARESIS AWARENESS MONTH

AUGUST – NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING MONTH

AUGUST – NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS MONTH

AUGUST – PSORIASIS AWARENESS MONTH

AUGUST – WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK (1ST week in August)

AUGUST 1 – TISHA B’AV (Israel)

AUGUST 1 – ARMY DAY – China

AUGUST 6 – TRANSFIGURATION – Orthodox Christians.  A holiday recognized by Orthodox Christians to celebrate when Jesus became radiant, and communed with Moses and Elijah on Mount Tabor.  To celebrate, adherents have a feast.

AUGUST 7 – INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY

AUGUST 7 – NIKINI FULL MOON POYA DAY – Sri Lanka

AUGUST 7 – RAKSHA BANDHAN (RAKHI) – India, Sri Lanka Hindu Holiday.  A hindu holiday commemorating the loving kindship between a brother and a sister.  Raksha means protection in Hindi, and symbolizes the longing a sister has to be protected by her brother.  During the celebration a sister ties a string around her brother’s (or brother-figure’s) wrist and asks him to protect her.  The brother usually gives the sister a gift and agrees to protect her for life.

AUGUST 8 – PEACE FESTIVAL – Germany

AUGUST 8 – UNIVERSAL AND INTERNATIONAL INFINITY DAY

AUGUST 8 – INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY – A special holiday to celebrate the cat.  The International Fund for  Animal Welfare created this holday in 2002 to raise awareness for cats in need.

AUGUST 9 – INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

AUGUST 9 – NATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – South Africa

AUGUST 10 – INTERNATIONAL BIODIESEL DAY – International

AUGUST 11 – MOUNTAIN DAY – Japan

AUGUST 12 – INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY – International

AUGUST 12 – MOTHER’S DAY – Thailand

AUGUST 12 – THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY – Thailand

AUGUST 13 – INTERNATIONAL LEFTHANDERS DAY – International

AUGUST 13 – WOMEN’S AND FAMILY DAY – Tunisia

AUGUST 14 – JANMASHTAMI – Sri Lanka

AUGUST 14 – MOTHER’S DAY OBSERVED – Thailand

AUGUST 14 – THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY OBSERVED – Thailand

AUGUST 14 – WORLD LIZARD DAY – International

AUGUST 15 – ASSUMPTION DAY – Guatemala

AUGUST 15 – ASSUMPTION OF MARY – Cameroon, Germany, Mexico

AUGUST 15 – FLOODING OF THE NILE – Egypt

AUGUST 15 – KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI – Hindi.  Celebration of Lord Vishnu’s most powerful human incarnations.  The Hindu celebrations include praying and fasting.

AUGUST 15 – LIBERATION DAY – South Korea

AUGUST 17 – MARCUS GARVEY DAY – Jamaica.  Celebrates the birthday of the Jamaican politician and activist who is revered by Rastafarians.  Garvey is credited with starting the Back to Africa movement, which encouraged those of African descent to return to the land of their ancestors during and after slavery in North America

AUGUST 19 – INDEPENDENCE DAY/NATIONAL DAY – Afghanistan

AUGUST 21 – NINOY AQUINO DAY – Philippines

AUGUST 22-26 – CONTACT LENS HEALTH WEEK – United States

AUGUST 23 – INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE REMEMBRANCE OF THE SLAVE TRADE AND ITS ABOLITION

AUGUST 23 – ANNIVERSARY OF THE UPRISING IN SANTO DOMINGO – Dominican Republic, Haiti.    Initiated the abolition of slavery in that nation.

AUGUST 25 – GANESH CHATURTHI – Sri Lanka Hindu holiday

AUGUST 25 – KRISHNA JAYANTI – Hindu.  The day Hindus celebrate Krishna’s birthday.  Vishnu’s 8th incarnation on earth.

AUGUST 25 – YOUTH’S DAY – Mongolia

AUGUST 26 – PARYUSHANA PARVA (Sunrise) – Jain Festival.  A Jain festival lasting about 8-10 days, and is observed through meditation and fasting.  It’s main focus is spiritual upliftment, pursuit of salvation and gaining a deeper understanding of the religion.

AUGUST 26 – WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY – USA.  Commemorates the August 26, 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution that gave women the right to vote.  Congresswoman Bella Abzug first introduced a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day in 1971.  Since that time, every president has published a proclamation recognizing August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.

AUGUST 27 – CELEBRATION OF GANESH – Hindu.  A huge community event lasting around 10 days, where the elephant-headed Hindu God is praised and given offerings.

AUGUST 28 – CHINESE VALENTINE’S DAY – China

AUGUST 28 – NATIONAL HEROES DAY HOLIDAY – Philippines

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER BLOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

SEPTEMBER – CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

SEPTEMBER – FRUIT AND VEGGIES – MORE MATTERS MONTH

SEPTEMBER – HEALTHY AGING MONTH

SEPTEMBER – HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH – Corresponds with Mexican Independence Day which is celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended Spanish dictatorship.

SEPTEMBER – NATIONAL ATRIAL FIBRILLATION AWARENESS MONTH

SEPTEMBER – NATIONAL CHILDHOOD OBESITY AWARENESS MONTH

SEPTEMBER – NATIONAL CHOLESTEROL EDUCATION MONTH

SEPTEMBER – NATIONAL FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION MONTH

SEPTEMBER – NATIONAL ITP AWARENESS MONTH

SEPTEMBER – NATIONAL PEDICULOSIS PREVENTION MONTH/HEAD LICE PREVENTION MONTH

SEPTEMBER – NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH

SEPTEMBER – NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH

SEPTEMBER – NATIONAL SICKLE CELL MONTH

SEPTEMBER – NATIONAL TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS MONTH

SEPTEMBER – NATIONAL YOGA AWARENESS MONTH

SEPTEMBER – NEWBORN SCREENING AWARENESS MONTH

SEPTEMBER – OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

SEPTEMBER – PAIN AWARENESS MONTH

SEPTEMBER – POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME (PCOS) MONTH

SEPTEMBER – PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

SEPTEMBER – SEPSIS AWARENESS MONTH

SEPTEMBER – SEXUAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

SEPTEMBER – SPORTS EYE SAFETY MONTH

SEPTEMBER – USHER SYNDROME AWARENESS DAY (3rd Saturday)

SEPTEMBER – WHOLE GRAINS MONTH

SEPTEMBER – WORLD ALZHEIMER’S MONTH

SEPTEMBER 1 – EID-E-GHORBAN/FEAST OF SACRIFICE – Iran

SEPTEMBER 1 – KNOWLEDGE & LITERATURE DAY – Armenia

SEPTEMBER 1 – WORLD PEACE DAY – Germany

SEPTEMBER 2 – EID AL-ADHA/FEAST OF SACRIFICE – Cameroon, Sri Lanka,Syria,Tunisia.  An islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son Ishmael.  Muslims around the world observe this event.

SEPTEMBER 2 – EID AL-QURBAN – Afghanistan

SEPTEMBER 2, 3 – ID-UL-ADHA/FEAST OF THE SACRIFICE – Philippines

SEPTEMBER 2, 3 – INDEPENDENCE DAY – Vietnam

SEPTEMBER 2, 3, 4, 5 – FEAST OF THE SACRIFICE – Egypt, Iraq

SEPTEMBER 3 – FATHER’S DAY – New Zealand

SEPTEMBER 4 – INDEPENDENCE DAY OBSERVED – Vietnam

SEPTEMBER 4 – EID-AL-ADHA – Bangladesh, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, Libya, Saudi Arabia,

SEPTEMBER 4 – EID-UL-AZHA – Pakistan

SEPTEMBER 4 – LABOR DAY – American Samoa, Canada, Guam, Palau, USA.  A day which honors the contribution that laborers have made to the country and is observed on the 1st Monday of September

SEPTEMBER 4 – ONAM – India

SEPTEMBER 4 – SACRIFICE FEAST DAY – Turkey

SEPTEMBER 5 – BINARA FULL MOON POYA DAY – Sri Lanka

SEPTEMBER 5 – BUDDHIST GHOST FESTIVAL (HUNGRY GHOST FESTIVAL) – Buddhist.  Ancestral worship by those practicing Taoism, where street, market and temple ceremonies take place.

SEPTEMBER 5 – GHOST FESTIVAL – Taiwan

SEPTEMBER 5 – SPIRIT DAY – China

SEPTEMBER 5 – NATIONAL SAMOSA DAY – India

5-11 – NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK – United States

SEPTEMBER 6 – DEFENCE DAY – Pakistan

SEPTEMBER 6 – UNIFICATION DAY – Bulgaria

SEPTEMBER 6 – SMHLOLO DAY (INDEPENDENCE DAY) – Swaziland

SEPTEMBER 7 – CONSTITUTION DAY – Fiji

SEPTEMBER 7 – INDEPENDENCE DAY – Brazil

SEPTEMBER 7 – JEUNE GENEVOIS – Switzerland

SEPTEMBER 7 – VICTORY DAY – Mozambique

SEPTEMBER 8 – INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY – International

SEPTEMBER 9 – EID-E-GHADIR – Iran

SEPTEMBER 9 – GERMAN LANGUAGE DAY – Germany

SEPTEMBER 9 – KNABENSCHIESSEN – Switzerland

SEPTEMBER 9 – CHILDREN’S DAY – Costa Rica

SEPTEMBER 9 – NATIONAL DAY – North Korea

SEPTEMBER 10 – DAY OF THE HOMELAND – Germany

SEPTEMBER 10 – REPRESSION VICTIMS’ DAY – Mongolia

SEPTEMBER 10 – TEACHERS’ DAY – China

SEPTEMBER 10 – EUROPEAN HERITAGE DAYS/DAY OF THE OPEN MONUMENT – Germany

SEPTEMBER 10 – WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY – International

SEPTEMBER 11 – COPTIC NEW YEAR – Egypt

SEPTEMBER 12 – ETHIOPIAN NEW YEAR – Rastafarians celebrate the new year on this date and believe that Ethipia is their spiritual home.

SEPTEMBER 13 – INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY – International

SEPTEMBER 13 – NATIONAL CELIAC DISEASE AWARENESS DAY – United States

SEPTEMBER 13 – NATIONAL SEPSIS DAY – United States

SEPTEMBER 14 – BATTLE OF SAN JACINTO – Nicaragua

SEPT 15 to OCT 15 – HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH.  This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day which is celebrated on September 16 and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended Spanish dictatorship.

SEPTEMBER 15 – INDEPENDENCE DAY – Guatemala

SEPTEMBER 15 – SHOUT OF DOLORES – Mexico

SEPTEMBER 15 – SOFTWARE FREEDOM DAY – International

SEPTEMBER 15 – RAPE, ABUSE & INCEST NATIONAL NETWORK (RAINN) DAY – United States

SEPTEMBER 16 – INDEPENDENCE DAY – Mexico

SEPTEMBER 16 – INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE OZONE LAYER – International

SEPTEMBER 16 – MALAYSIA DAY – Malaysia

SEPTEMBER 18 – RESPECT FOR THE AGED DAY – Japan

SEPTEMBER 18 – NATIONAL HIV/AIDS AND AGING AWARENESS DAY – United States

SEPTEMBER 18-24 – NATIONAL FARM SAFETY & HEALTH WEEK – United States

SEPTEMBER 19 – TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY – International

SEPTEMBER 20 – GERMAN WORLD CHILDREN’S DAY – Germany

SEPTEMBER 20-22 – ROSH-HASHANAH (Evening) – Jewish New Year celebration, marking the creation of the world.

SEPTEMBER 20 – GET READY DAY – United States

SEPTEMBER 21 – INDEPENDENCE DAY – Armenia

SEPTEMBER 21 – NAVARATRI – Sri Lanka Hindu Holiday

SEPTEMBER 21,22 – ROSH HASHANA/NEW YEAR – Jewish

SEPTEMBER 21 – WORLD GRATITUDE DAY – International

SEPTEMBER 21 – NATIONAL SCHOOL BACKPACK AWARENESS DAY – United States

SEPTEMBER 22 – AMUN JADID – Philippines

SEPTEMBER 22 – GERMAN SANDWICH DAY – Germany

SEPTEMBER 22 – ISLAMIC NEW YEAR – Iraq

SEPTEMBER 22 – MUHARRAM – Egypt, Syria, Tunisia

SEPTEMBER 22 – SEPTEMBER EQUINOX – Afghanistan, Armenia, Cameroon, China, Egypt, Germany, Guatemala, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia

SEPTEMBER 22 – WORLD CAR-FREE DAY – International

SEPTEMBER 22 – FASEPTEMBER LLS PREVENTION DAY – United States

SEPTEMBER 23 – AUTUMN EQUINOX – Japan

SEPTEMBER 24 – HERITAGE DAY – South Africa

SEPTEMBER 24 – TWOM GEDALIAH – Israel

SEPTEMBER 24 – FAMILY HEALTH & FITNESS DAY – United States

SEPTEMBER 25 – WORLD PHARMACIST DAY – As designated by the FIP Council several years ago at the FIP Congress in Istanbul, 25 September marks the annual World Pharmacists Day. FIP encourages the world’s pharmacists to use this day to organise activities that promote and advocate for the role of the pharmacist in improving health in every corner of the world. http://www.fip.org/worldpharmacistsday

SEPTEMBER 25 – GERMAN BUTTERBROT DAY – Germany

SEPTEMBER 26-30 – MALNUTRITION AWARENESS WEEK – United States

SEPTEMBER 28 – TEACHER’S DAY – Taiwan.  Taiwan uses this day to honor teachers’ contributions to their students and to society in general.  People often express their gratitude to their teachers by paying them a visit or sending them a card.  This date was chosen to commemorate the birth of Confucius, the model master educator in ancient China.

SEPTEMBER 28 – WORLD RABIES DAY – International

SEPTEMBER 28 – NATIONAL WOMEN’S HEALTH AND FITNESS DAY – United States

SEPTEMBER 29 – INVENTOR’S DAY – International

SEPTEMBER 29 – INTERNATIONAL COFFEE DAY

SEPTEMBER 29 – WORLD HEART DAY – United States

SEPTEMBER 30 – YOM KIPPUR – Israel.  Yom Kippur is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar and is a day of atonement marked by fasting and ceremonial repentance.

SEPTEMBER 30 – DUSSEHRA – Sri Lanka Hindu Holiday

SEPTEMBER 30 – SPECIAL WORKING DAY – China

SEPTEMBER 30 – TASSOUA – Iran

SEPTEMBER 30 – SPORT PURPLE FOR PLATELETS DAY – United States

OCTOBER

OCTOBER – AMERICAN PHARMACISTS MONTH -#APhM2017

OCTOBER – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

OCTOBER – EYE INJURY PREVENTION MONTH

OCTOBER – HEALTH LITERACY MONTH

OCTOBER – HEALTHY LUNG MONTH

OCTOBER – HOME EYE SAFETY MONTH

OCTOBER – LGBT HISTORY MONTH – United States of America. An observance started in 1994 to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and the history of the gay rights movement.

OCTOBER – MENTAL ILLNESS AWARENESS WEEK (1st full week in October)

OCTOBER – NATIONAL ADHD AWARENESS MONTH – United States of America

OCTOBER – NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH – United States of America

OCTOBER – NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH – United States of America

OCTOBER – NATIONAL DENTAL HYGIENE MONTH – United States of America

OCTOBER – NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH – United States of America. This observance was launched in 1945 when the US Congress declared the first week in October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.”  In 1998, the week was extended to a month and renamed.  The annual event draws attention to employment barriers that still need to be addressed.

OCTOBER – NATIONAL DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH

OCTOBER – NATIONAL HEALTH EDUCATION WEEK (3rd full week of October)

OCTOBER – NATIONAL MEDICAL LIBRARIANS MONTH

OCTOBER – NATIONAL PHYSICAL THERAPY MONTH

OCTOBER – PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS AWARENESS MONTH

OCTOBER – RESPIRATORY CARE WEEK (Last full week of October)

OCTOBER – SPINA BIFIDA AWARENESS MONTH

OCTOBER – SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME (SIDS) AWARENESS MONTH

OCTOBER 1 – ARMED FORCES DAY – South Korea

OCTOBER 1 – ASHURA – Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq.  An islamic holiday commemorating the day Noah left the ark and the day Allah saved Moses from the Egyptians.

OCTOBER 1 – ELDERS’ DAY – Mongolia

OCTOBER 1 – GERMAN FOOD BANK DAY – Germany

OCTOBER 1 – INDEPENDENCE OF SOUTHERN BRITISH CAMEROONS FROM UK – Cameroon

OCTOBER 1 – INTERNATIONAL MUSIC DAY – International

OCTOBER 1 – WORLD VEGETARIAN DAY – Created in 1977 by the North American Vegetarian Society.

OCTOBER 1 – NATIONAL DAY – China

OCTOBER 1 – BALLOONS AROUND THE WORLD DAY – This unofficial holiday was created by Jeff Brown in 2000; encourages people to use balloons and the art of balloon twisting and decorating to bring smiles to the faces of those around them.

OCTOBER 2 – WORLD FARM ANIMALS DAY – International

OCTOBER 2 – PHILEAS FOGG WAGER DAY – celebrates key events in Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in 80 Days

OCTOBER 2,3,4 – NATIONAL DAY GOLDEN WEEK HOLIDAY – China

OCTOBER 3, 4, 5, 6 – CHUSEOK HOLIDAY – South Korea

OCTOBER 3 – DAY OF GERMAN UNITY – Germany

OCTOBER 3 – IRAQI INDEPENDENCE DAY – Iraq

OCTOBER 3 – NATIONAL FOUNDATION DAY – South Korea

OCTOBER 3 – WORLD TEMPERANCE DAY – International

OCTOBER 4 – AMERICAN PHARMACISTS MONTH SELFIE DAY – All pharmacists and student pharmacists to share their selfie photos expressing their love of the profession.  Be sure to use #APhMSelfieDay.

OCTOBER 4 – MID-AUTUOCTOBER MN FESTIVAL – China

OCTOBER 4 – NATIONAL TACO DAY – United States

OCTOBER 4 – WORLD FARM ANIMALS DAY – International

OCTOBER 4 – NATIONAL CINNAMON BUN DAY (KLADDKAKANS DAG) – Sweden

OCTOBER 5,6,7,8 – NATIONAL DAY GOLDEN WEEK HOLIDIAY – China

OCTOBER 5 – WORLD TEACHER’S DAY – International

OCTOBER 5,6,7,8,9,10,11 – SUKKOT – Israel.  Jewish Holiday of Sukkot is a 7 day festival giving thanks for the fall festival.  (Feast of Booths or Tabernacles) is one of the 3 biblically based pilgrimage holidays known as SHALOSH REGALIM.  It is an agricultural festival that originally was considered a thanksgiving for the fruit harvest.

OCTOBER 5 – VAP FULL MOON POYA DAY – Sri Lanka

OCTOBER 5 – INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY – International

OCTOBER 6 – ARMED FORCES DAY – Egypt

OCTOBER 6 – OCTOBER LIBERATION DAY – Syria

OCTOBER 6 – WORLD CEREBRAL PALSY DAY – International

OCTOBER 6 – NATIONAL DEPRESSION SCREENING DAY – United States of America

OCTOBER 6 – WORLD SMILE DAY – The First Friday of October every year is celebrated around the globe as World Smile Day.  The unofficial holiday encourages people to do acts of kindness to spread good will and cheer.  Started in 1999 by the creator of the smiley, Harvey Ball.

OCTOBER 6 – MAD HATTER DAY – Celebrates the batter, a key character in Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland.  The unofficial holiday was created in 1986 in Boulder, Colorado by a group of computer technicians who were inspired by the Hatter and his antics in the epic fantasy novel.  In the book, the Hatter is an eccentric milliner for whom time is forever stuck at a tea party with his friend the March Hare.

OCTOBER 7 – SPACE EXPLORATION DAY – Germany

OCTOBER 7 – CARD MAKING DAY –Celebrated annually on the 1st Saturday in october, the day first began in 2006 and was created by Paper Craft magazine as a way to encourage crafters to get a head start on the holiday season.

OCTOBER 7 – FRAPPE DAY – made by blending instant coffee, milk and crushed ice, Frappes originated in Greece.

OCTOBER 8 – PIEROGI DAY – Usually stuffed with meat, potatoes, vegetables & fruit, pierogi have become popular in the United States and Canada due to large polish immigrant population.

OCTOBER 9 – THANKSGIVING – Canada.  Canadian Thanksgiving.  A chance for people to give thanks for a good harvest and other fortunes in the past year.

OCTOBER 9 – COLUMBUS DAY – United States of America

OCTOBER 9 – HANGEUL PROCLAMATION DAY – South Korea

OCTOBER 9 – NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY – USA.  Alternative celebration to Columbus Day promoting political correctness in giving recognition to the indigenous populations affected by colonization.

OCTOBER 9 – SPORTS DAY – Japan

OCTOBER 9 – CURIOUS EVENTS DAY – While the origins of this curious holiday are unknown, we suspect that the creators of this day wanted people to stop worrying about the small things in life and focus their attention on all the inexplicable, baffling and peculiar mysteries of the world.

OCTOBER 10 – WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY – International

OCTOBER 10 – DAY OF THE MAROONS  – Suriname

OCTOBER 10 – MOCHI DAY – Japan

OCTOBER 11 – HOSHANAH RABAH – Israel

OCTOBER 11 – INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD – Global

OCTOBER 11 – NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY – USA.  For those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, this day celebrates coming out and the recognition of the 1987 march on Washington, DC for gay and lesbian equality.

OCTOBER 11-12 – SHMINI ATZERET – Jewish.  The day after Sukkot festival where gratitude for the fall harvest is deeply internalized.

OCTOBER 11 – NATIONAL CHEESE DAY – Australia

OCTOBER 12 – COLUMBUS DAY – Mexico

OCTOBER 12 – WOMEN PHARMACIST DAY – United States

OCTOBER 12 – DIA DE LA RAZA – Guatemala

OCTOBER 12 – OLD FARMERS DAY – A day devoted to old farmers and their farming techniques

OCTOBER 12-13 – SIMCHAT TORAH (Evening) – Jewish.  Simchat Torah marks the end of the weekly readings of the Torah.  The holy book is read from chapter one of Genesis, to Deuteronomy 34 then back to chapter  one again, in acknowledgement of the words of the Torah being a circle: a never ending cycle.

OCTOBER 12-22 – BONE AND JOINT HEALTH NATIONAL ACTION WEEK – United States of America

OCTOBER 13 – ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF KING BHUMIBOL – Thailand

OCTOBER 13 – METASTATIC BREAST CANCER AWARENESS DAY – United States of America

OCTOBER 15 – EVACUATION DAY – Tunisia

OCTOBER 15 – NATIONAL LATINO AIDS AWARENESS DAY – United States of America

OCTOBER 15 – INTERNATIONAL PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS AWARENESS DAY

OCTOBER 16 – WORLD FOOD DAY – International

OCTOBER 16-22 – INTERNATIONAL INFECTION PREVENTION WEEK

OCTOBER 17 – INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY

OCTOBER 17 – PHARMACY TECHNICIAN DAY – Take a moment to acknowledge the work of the technicians at your practice site and thank them for all they do for you and your patients.

OCTOBER 17-21 – NATIONAL HEALTH EDUCATION WEEK – United States of America

OCTOBER 17-22 – NATIONAL HEALTHCARE QUALITY WEEK – United States of America

OCTOBER 18 – DEEPAVALI – Sri Lanka

OCTOBER 18 – CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE DAY – A cupcake is a single serve cake which gets its name from the cup-like shaped mold it is baked in.

OCTOBER 19 – DIWALI – Suriname.  Hindu, Jain and Sikh five-day festival of lights celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, lightness over darkness.

OCTOBER 19 – DIWALI/DEEPAVALI – New Zealand

OCTOBER 19 – WORLD PEDIATRIC BONE AND JOINT DAY

OCTOBER 20 – BIRTH OF BAB – Baha’i.  A holiday celebrated recognizing the birth of the founder of the Baha’i faith.  This celebration starts on October 19 and ends October 20.

OCTOBER 20 – REVOLUTION OF 1944 – Guatemala

OCTOBER 20 – SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB – Sikh.  The day Sikhs celebrate Sri Guru Granth Sahib who is their spiritual guide.

OCTOBER 22 – DUSSEHRA (DASERA) – Hindu.  Marks the beginning of a ten-day festival celebrated by Hindus to recognize Rama’s victory over evil.

OCTOBER 22 – INTERNATIONAL STUTTERING AWARENESS DAY

OCTOBER 23 – ASHURA – Muslim.  A holiday recognized by Muslims to mark the martyrdom of Hussain.  It also commemorates the day Noah left the ark and Moses was saved from the Egyptians by God.

OCTOBER 23 – CHULALONGKOM DAY – Thailand

OCTOBER 23 – LABOUR DAY (New Zealand)

OCTOBER 23-31 – RED RIBBON WEEK

OCTOBER 24 – DAY OF THE LIBRARIES – Germany

OCTOBER 24 – SHEMINI ATZERET – Jewish.  The Eighth (Day) of Assembly” which is observed on the day following Sukkot.

OCTOBER 24 – UNITED NATIONS DAY

OCTOBER 25 – WORLD PASTA DAY – United States of America

OCTOBER 26 – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS – Syria

OCTOBER 26 – CREMATION OF KING BHUMIBOL – Thailand

OCTOBER 27 – YOM HAALIYAH SCHOOL OBSERVANCE – Israel

OCTOBER 28 – DOUBLE NINTH FESTIVAL – China

OCTOBER 29 – CAPITAL CITY DAY – Mongolia

OCTOBER 29 – DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS – Germany

OCTOBER 29 – INTERNATIONAL INTERNET DAY – International

OCTOBER 29 – NATIONAL CAT DAY

OCTOBER 29 – WORLD PSORIASIS DAY

OCTOBER 31 – DIA DE LOS MUERTOS/DAY OF THE DEAD – Mexico

OCTOBER 31 – HALLOWEEN – Armenia, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, United States of America

OCTOBER 31 – REFORMATION DAY – Germany

OCTOBER 31 – SAMHAIN/CELTIC HOLIDAY  – England

OCTOBER 31 – SPECIAL NON-WORKING DAY – Philippines

OCTOBER 31 – AFRICA DAY FOR FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY – Africa

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER – AMERICAN DIABETES MONTH

NOVEMBER – BLADDER HEALTH MONTH

NOVEMBER – CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD) AWARENESS MONTH

NOVEMBER – DIABETIC EYE DISEASE MONTH

NOVEMBER – LUNG CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

NOVEMBER – NATIONAL ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH

NOVEMBER – NATIONAL EPILEPSY AWARENESS MONTH

NOVEMBER – NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH

NOVEMBER – NATIONAL HEALTHY SKIN MONTH

NOVEMBER – NATIONAL HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE MONTH

NOVEMBER – NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH – USA. Which celebrates the history and contributions of Native Americans.

NOVEMBER – NATIONAL STOMACH CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

NOVEMBER – PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

NOVEMBER – PREMATURITY AWARENESS MONTH

NOVEMBER – PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

NOVEMBER 1 – ALL SAINTS’ DAY – Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, Philippines.  Commemorates all known and unknown Christian saints.  In eastern christianity, the day is observed on the 1st Sunday after Pentecost.

1 – WORLD VEGAN DAY – Designated in 1994 by The Vegan Society

NOVEMBER 2 – END OF DIA DE LOS MUERTOS/DAY OF THE DEAD – Mexico.  In the mexican tradition, the holiday is celebrated as dia de los muertos (Oct 31 and Nov 2). which is a time of remembrance for dead ancestors and a celebration of the continuity of life.

NOVEMBER 2 – ALL SOULS’ DAY – Mexico, Philippines.  Commemorates all faithful Christians who are now dead.

NOVEMBER 3 – CULTURE DAY (Japan)

NOVEMBER 3 – IL FULL MOON POYA DAY – Sri Lanka

NOVEMBER 3 – LOY KRATHONG – Thailand

NOVEMBER 3 – SANDWICH DAY – Unofficial holiday commemorates the birth of John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich

NOVEMBER 5 – GUY FAWKES NIGHT  – Australia, New Zealand

NOVEMBER 7 – NATIONAL MUD CAKE DAY (KLADDKAKANS DAG) – Sweden

NOVEMBER 8 – JOURNALISTS’ DAY – China

NOVEMBER 8 – WORLD TOWN PLANNING DAY – International

NOVEMBER 9 – ARBA’EEN – Afganistan

NOVEMBER 9 – FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL – Germany

NOVEMBER 9 – NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS REMEMBRANCE DAY – Germany

NOVEMBER 9 – NATIONAL CHEESE DAY – United Kingdom

NOVEMBER 10 – ARBAEEN – Iran

NOVEMBER 11 – ARMISTICE DAY – France

NOVEMBER 11 – ST. MARTIN’S DAY – Germany

NOVEMBER 11 – VETERAN’S DAY – USA.  An annual federal us holiday honoring miltary veterans.  the day is also celebrated as armistice day r remembrance day in other parts of the world and commemorates the ending of the 1st World War in 1918.

NOVEMBER 11 – POCKY DAY – Japan

NOVEMBER 11 – PEPERO DAY – South Korea

NOVEMBER 12 – THE BIRTH OF BAHA’U’LLAH  Baha’i.  A day on which members of the Baha’i faith celebrate the birthday of the founder of the Baha’i religion.

NOVEMBER 13 – WORLD KINDNESS DAY – Created in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a conglomeration of kindness organizations around the world, this unofficial holiday encourages people to be kind to each other & spread happiness, joy and peace through kindness.

NOVEMBER 14-20 – GLOBAL ANTIBIOTIC AWARENESS WEEK

NOVEMBER 15 – 7-5-3 DAY – Japan

NOVEMBER 16 – INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR TOLERANCE – International

NOVEMBER 17 – DEMISE OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD AND MARTYRDOM OF IMAM HASSAN – Iran

NOVEMBER 17 – WORLD PREMATURITY DAY

NOVEMBER 19 – MARTYRDOM OF IMAM REZA – Iran

NOVEMBER 19 – NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING – Germany

NOVEMBER 19 – NATIONAL SOUP DAY – Germany

NOVEMBER 19 – INTERNATIONAL SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE DAY

NOVEMBER 20 – REVOLUTION DAY MEMORIAL – Mexico

NOVEMBER 20 – TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE – USA – Established in 1998 to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, and to raise awareness of the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

NOVEMBER 21 – WORLD TELEVISION DAY – International

NOVEMBER 22 – REPENTANCE DAY – Germany

NOVEMBER 23 – LABOR THANKSGIVING DAY – Japan

NOVEMBER 23 – THANKSGIVING/4th THURSDAY OF THE MONTH – USA.  The day was set in stone by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 and approved by Congress in 1941.  Thanksgiving Day can be traced back to the 1621 celebration at the Plymouth Plantation, where the religious refugees from England known popularly as the Pilgrims invited the local Native Americans to a harvest feast after a particularly successful growing season.

THANKSGIVING WEEK – GERD AWARENESS WEEK

NOVEMBER 23 – FIBONACCI DAY – An annual holiday that honors one of the most influential mathematicians of the Middle Ages – Leonardo Bonacci.  The  digits in the date form a fibonacci sequence: 1,1,2,3.

NOVEMBER 24 – CELEBRATE YOUR UNIQUE TALENT DAY

NOVEMBER 24 – NATIONAL FAMILY HEALTH HISTORY DAY – United States

NOVEMBER 25 – INDEPENDENCE DAY – Suriname

NOVEMBER 25 – INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN – International

NOVEMBER 26 – CHRIST THE KING DAY – Mexico

NOVEMBER 26 –REPUBLIC’S DAY – Mongolia

NOVEMBER 26 – SUNDAY OF THE DEAD – Germany

NOVEMBER 26 – NATIONAL CAKE DAY – United States

NOVEMBER 26 – NATIONAL MILK DAY – India

NOVEMBER 28 – RED PLANET (MARS) DAY – Unofficial holiday commemorates the day in 1964 when Mariner 4, a robotic interplanetary probe was launched by NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

NOVEMBER 29-30 – EID MILAD UN NABI – Muslim.  Celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday.  Parades, communal feasts in mosques, night-long prayers, and many other celebrations take place and is mainly celebrated by Muslims in India.

NOVEMBER 30 – BONIFACIO DAY – Philippines

NOVEMBER 30 – INTERNATIONAL COMPUTER SECURITY DAY – International.  Holiday encourages people to secure their computers and their personal information.

DECEMBER

DECEMBER – NATIONAL INFLUENZA VACCINATION WEEK (1st full week of December)

DECEMBER – SAFE TOYS & GIFT MONTH

DECEMBER 1 – THE PROPHET’S BIRTHDAY – Afghanistan, Cameroon, Iraq, Syria,Tunisia

DECEMBER 1 – MAULID UN-NABI – Philippines

DECEMBER 1 – MILAD-UN-NABI (HOLY PROPHET’S BIRTHDAY) – Sri Lanka

DECEMBER 1 – WORLD AIDS DAY – International.  Created to commemorate those who have died of AIDS, and the acknowledge the need for a continued commitment to all those affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

DECEMBER 1 – PROPHET MOHAMED’S BIRTHDAY – Egypt

DECEMBER 1 – WORLD AIDS DAY – Global

DECEMBER 1 – EAT A RED APPLE DAY – United States

DECEMBER 1-7 – CROHN’S & COLITIS AWARENESS WEEK – United States

DECEMBER 2 – INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY

DECEMBER 3 – 24 – ADVENT – Germany.  Joyous preparation for the annual festive remembrance of the incarnation of Christ’s birth.  Wreaths and Advent calendars are hung.  Jesse trees are pitched, and it is a time of prayer.

DECEMBER 3 – INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DISABLED PERSONS – International.  A day to raise awareness in regards to persons with disabilities in order to improve their lives and provide them with equal opportunity.

DECEMBER 3 – UNDUVAP FULL MOON POYA DAY – Sri Lanka

DECEMBER 4-10  – NATIONAL HANDWASHING AWARENESS WEEK – United States

DECEMBER 5 – FATHER’S DAY – Thailand

DECEMBER 5 – INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS DAY – International

DECEMBER 6 – BIRTHDAY OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD AND IMAM SADEQ – Iran

DECEMBER 6 – SAINT NICHOLAS DAY – Germany

DECEMBER 7 – INTERNATIONAL CIVIL  AVIATION DAY

DECEMBER 7 – SPITAK REMEMBRANCE DAY – Armenia

DECEMBER 7 – LETTER WRITING DAY – Revive the art & tradition of letter writing & for people to show off their penmanship.

DECEMBER 8 – BODHI DAY – Buddhist.  A holiday to commemorate Gautama’s enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya, India.

DECEMBER 8 – FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION – Mexico

DECEMBER 8 – FEST DER UNBEFLECKTEN EMPFANGNIS – Philippines

DECEMBER 10 – CONSTITUTION DAY – Thailand

DECEMBER 10 – INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY – International.  Established by the United Nations in 1948 to commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

DECEMBER 10 – SECOND SUNDAY ADVENT – Germany

DECEMBER 11 – CONSTITUTION DAY OBSERVED – Thailand

DECEMBER 12 – EID MILAD UN NABI – Muslim.  An islamic holiday commemorating the birthday of the prophet Muhammad.  During this celebration, homes and mosques are decorated, large parades take place, and those observing the holiday participate in charity events.

DECEMBER 12 – DAY OF THE VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE – Mexico  This day commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary near Mexico City in 1531.

DECEMBER 12 – 20 – HANUKKAH/HOLIDAY OF LIGHTS – Jewish.  Celebrated around the world for 8 days and nights.  Celebrates the victory of the Maccabees or Israelites over the Greek-Syrian ruler Antiochus about 2200 years ago.  A Menorah is a special 9-branched candelabrum.

DECEMBER 13 – ST. LUCIA’S DAY –Sweden.  In Sweden, St. Lucia was a young Christian girl who was martyred, killed for her faith.  In 304 AD.  She secretly brought food to persecuted Christians in Rome.  She wore candles on her head so she had both her hands free to carry things.  These stories were told by the Monks who brought Christmas to Sweden.

DECEMBER 15 – NATIONAL CUPCAKE DAY – United States

DECEMBER 16 – DAY OF RECONCILIATION – South Africa

DECEMBER 16-24 – LAS POSADAS – Mexico.  A nine-day celebration in Mexico commemorating the trials Mary and Joseph endured during their journey to Bethlehem.

DECEMBER 17 – THIRD SUNDAY ADVENT – Germany

DECEMBER 18 – HANUKKAH VI/ROSH CHODESH TEVET – Israel

DECEMBER 18 – NATIONAL MUFFIN DAY – Brazil

DECEMBER 19 – REMEMBRANCE DAY FOR ROMA AND SINTI KILLED BY GENOCIDE – Germany

DECEMBER 19 – UGLY SWEATER DAY  – On this day, get in the holiday spirit and flaunt those ugly holiday sweaters.

DECEMBER 21 – DECEMBER SOLSTICE – Afghanistan, Armenia, Cameroon, China, Egypt, Germany, Guatemala, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia

DECEMBER 21 – THE WINTER SOLSTICE/YULE FOR PAGANS AND WICCANS – The Shortest day of the year represents a celebration focusing on rebirth, renewal, and new beginnings as the sun makes way back to the earth.  The solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice each year when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky.

DECEMBER 21 – INTERNATIONAL DALEK REMEMBRANCE DAY – A day to remember the extraterrestrial cyborgs called Daleks in BBC’S Doctor Who universe.

DECEMBER 23 – EMPEROR’S BIRTHDAY – Japan

DECEMBER 24 – CHRISTMAS EVE – Armenia, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand

DECEMBER 24 – FOURTH SUNDAY ADVENT – Germany

DECEMBER 24 – NATIONAL EGGNOG DAY – United States

DECEMBER 25 – CHRISTMAS – Cameroon, China, Germany, Guatemala, Iraq, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Suriname,  Syria, Thailand, USA.  Christmas is the day that Christians associate with Jesus’s birth.

DECEMBER 26 – BOXING DAY – Australia, Germany, Guatemala, New Zealand, Suriname

DEC 26 – JAN 1 – KWANZAA – USA – An African-American holiday started by Maulana Karenga in 1996 to celebrate universal African-American heritage.

DECEMBER 26 – DAY OF GOODWILL – South Africa

DECEMBER 26 – ST. STEPHEN DAY – France

DECEMBER 26 – THANK YOU NOTE DAY – Thank you notes are very simply notes and letters of appreciation and gratitude.

DECEMBER 28 –  ASARAH B’TEVET – Israel

DECEMBER 28 – DAY OF THE INNOCENTS – Mexico

DECEMBER 29 – INDEPENDENCE DAY – Mongolia

DECEMBER 30 – RIZAL DAY – Philippines

DECEMBER 31 – NEW YEAR’S EVE – Germany, Iraq, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand

DECEMBER 31 – BANK HOLIDAY – Japan