Cultural Dates of Significance

January

1

Ganjitsu (Japan)

Liberation Day – Cuba

National Day – Sudan

New Year's Day

Ganta-sai-Shinto

Independence Day - Haiti, Sudan

4

Independence Day - Myanmar

World Braille Day

5

Guru Gobind Singh’s birthday festival (Sikh)

Twelfth Night (Christian)

6

Theophany - Orthodox

Epiphany - Christian

Christmas Day (Armenian Orthodox Christian)

Three Kings Day (Christian)

7

Christmas Day (Orthodox Christian)

13

Seijin no hi (Coming of Age Day) - Shinto

14

Maghi - Sikh

15

Makar Sankranti - Hindu

22

Independence Day - Ukraine

25

Robert Burns Day - Scotland

25

Chinese New Year (Observance)

26

Australia Day

27

Australia Day Public holiday in lieu of 26 Jan (Sun)

International Holocaust Remembrance Day(UN)

31

National Day - Nauru

February

2

Groundhog Day - USA

World Wetlands Day

4

Independence Day - Sri Lanka

World Cancer Day (UN)

6

Waitangi Day - New Zealand

7

Independence Day - Grenada

9

St Maroun’s Feast Day (Maronite Christian)

11

National Day - Iran

13

World Radio Day (UN)

14

St Valentine’s Day

15

National Day – Serbia

Nirvana Day (Buddhist- Mahayana tradition)

16

Independence Day - Lithuania

17

Discovery Day - Lord Howe Island (1788)

Independence Day - Kosovo

18

Independence Day – Republic of the Gambia

20

World Day of Social Justice (UN)

21

International Mother Language Day (UN)

22

National Day - Saint Lucia

23

National Day - Brunei Darussalam

National Day - Guyana

24

Independence Day - Estonia

25

National Day - Kuwait

27

Independence Day - Dominican Republic

March

1

First day of autumn

St David’s Day - Wales

3

Liberation Day - Bulgaria

World Wildlife Day (UN)

6

Foundation Day Norfolk Island

Independence Day – Ghana

8

International Women’s Day (UN)

United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace (UN)

12

National Day - Mauritius

Purim (Jewish)

14

New Year’s Day (Sikh)

Pi Day (Mathematics)

15

Ides of March

16

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA)

17

St Patrick’s Day - Ireland

19

St Joseph’s Feast Day (Maronite)

20

French Language Day (UN)

Independence Day - Tunisia

International Day of Happiness (UN)

21

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN)

22

World Water Day (UN)

23

Pakistan Day - Pakistan

23

World Meteorological Day (UN)

24

World Tuberculosis Day (UN)

25

Independence Day – Greece

26

Independence Day - Bangladesh

April

1

April Fools’ Day

4

Independence Day – Senegal

6

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (UN)

7

World Health Day (UN)

8

Hana Matsuri (Buddhist – Japan)

10

Good Friday

12

Easter Sunday

International Day of Human Space Flight (UN)

13

Easter Monday

International Turban Day (Sikh)

14

Baisakhi /Vaisakhi* (Sikh)

16

Queen’s birthday - Denmark

17

Independence Day - Syria

18

Independence Day - Zimbabwe

World Heritage Day (UN)

20

Chinese Language Day (UN)

22

International Mother Earth Day (UN)

23

English Language Day (UN)

National Sovereignty and Children’s Day – Turkey

Spanish Language Day (UN)

St George’s Day – England

25

ANZAC Day (public holiday)

26

Union Day – Tanzania

27

Freedom Day - South Africa

Independence Day - Sierra Leone

King’s birthday - Netherlands

National Day – Togo

29

International Jazz Day (UNESCO)

May

1

International Labour Day

May Day (Northern Hemisphere)

National Day - Marshall Islands

3

Constitution Day – Poland

World Press Freedom Day (UN)

4

International Firefighters’ Day

5

Kodomo no Hi/ Children’s Day (Japan and Korea)

8

World Red Crescent Day

World Red Cross Day

9

Europe Day - European Union

10

World Lupus Day

12

International Nurses Day

14

National Day – Paraguay

15

International Day of Families (UN)

17

Constitution Day – Norway

International Day Against Homophobia

18

International Museum Day

21

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (UN)

22

International Day for Biological Diversity(UN)

22

Unification Day – Yemen

24

Declaration of the Báb (Baha’i)

Independence Day – Eritrea

25

Africa Day - African Union

Independence Day – Jordan

National Day – Argentina

26

National Day – Georgia

National Reconciliation Week

National Sorry Day

27

National Reconciliation Week

28

National Reconciliation Week

National Day - Azerbaijan, Ethiopia

29

National Reconciliation Week

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers (UN)

30

National Reconciliation Week

31

National Reconciliation Week

31

World No Tobacco Day (WHO)

June

1

National Reconciliation Week

First day of winter

Global Day of Parents (UN)

Independence Day – Samoa

2

National Reconciliation Week

2

Republic Day – Italy

4

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression (UN)

5

Constitution Day – Denmark

World Environment Day (UN)

6

National Day – Sweden

Russian Language Day (UN)

8

Queen’s birthday - Australia

Bounty Day - Norfolk Island

World Oceans Day (UN)

10

Portugal Day – Portugal

12

Independence Day - Philippines

National Day - Russian Federation

World Day Against Child Labour (UN)

14

World Blood Donor Day (WHO)

16

Guru Arjan’s Martyrdom (Sikh)

International Day of the African Child

17

National Day – Iceland

National Refugee Week: With courage let us all combine

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (UN)

18

National Refugee Week: With courage let us all combine

National Day – Seychelles

19

National Refugee Week: With courage let us all combine

20

National Refugee Week: With courage let us all combine

World Refugee Day (UN)

21

National Refugee Week: With courage let us all combine

22

National Refugee Week: With courage let us all combine

23

National Refugee Week: With courage let us all combine

23

International Olympic Day

National Day – Luxembourg

25

Day of the Seafarer (UN)

25

Independence Day - Mozambique

National Day - Croatia

National Day - Slovenia (Statehood Day)

26

National Day – Madagascar

27

Independence Day – Djibouti

30

Independence Day - Democratic Republic of Congo

July

1

Canada Day – Canada

International Tartan Day

National Day – Burundi

Republic Day – Somalia

3

National Day – Belarus

4

Independence Day - USA

5

National Day - Cape Verdi

6

Dalai Lama’s birthday

National Day - Comoros (Independence Day)

National Day – Malawi

7

National Day - Solomon Islands

9

Independence Day - South Sudan

10

Independence Day – Bahamas

11

Independence Day - Mongolia

World Population Day (UN)

12

Malala Day (UN)

National Day – Kiribati

13

National Day – Montenegro (Sovereignty or Statehood Day)

14

Bastille Day – France

Republic Day – Iraq

15

World Youth Skills Day (UN)

18

Nelson Mandela International Day (UN)

20

National Day – Colombia

21

National Day- Belgium

23

National Day – Egypt

26

National Day – Liberia

National Day – Maldives

28

Independence Day – Peru

30

Independence Day – Vanuatu

International Day of Friendship (UN)

Throne Day – Morocco

August

1

Horses’ birthday

Wattle Day – NSW

4

Constitution Day - Cook Islands

National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day

6

Hiroshima Day (Japan)

7

National Day - Bolivia, Jamaica

9

National Day - Cote d’Ivôire

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (UN)

10

National Day - Singapore

11

National Day – Ecuador

12

National Day – Chad

13

International Youth Day (UN)

15

International Left-Handers Day

Independence Day – India

National Day - Republic of Congo

National Day – Liechtenstein

Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)

17

Independence Day – Indonesia

National Day – Gabon

18

Vietnam Veterans’ Day - Battle of Long Tan

19

Independence Day – Afghanistan

World Humanitarian Day (UN)

20

Foundation Day – Hungary

National Day – Nepal

23

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition (UNESCO)

24

National Day – Ukraine

25

Independence Day – Uruguay

27

National Day - Republic of Moldova

29

International Day against Nuclear Tests (UN)

31

National Day- Kyrgyzstan (Independence Day of the Kyrgyz Republic)

National Day- Malaysia (Hari Merdeka)

National Day- Trinidad and Tobago (Independence Day)

September

1

Constitution Day - Slovak Republic

First day of spring

National Day – Uzbekistan (Independence Day)

National Wattle Day

2

National Day – Vietnam

3

Australian National Flag Day

National Foundation Day - San Marino (The Feast of St Marinus and Republic Day)

5

International Day of Charity (UN)

6

Father's Day

National Day – Swaziland (Independence Day, Smhlolo Day)

7

Independence Day – Brazil

Threatened Species Day

8

Independence Day - Republic of Macedonia

International Literacy Day (UN)

World First Aid Day

9

National Day - Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)

National Day – Tajikistan (Independence Day)

15

Independence Day - Honduras

Independence Day – Nicaragua

Independence Day - Costa Rica

Independence Day - El Salvador

Independence Day – Guatemala

International Day of Democracy (UN)

16

Independence Day - Papua New Guinea

Independence Day – Mexico

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (UN)

17

Australian Citizenship Day

18

National Day – Chile (Independence Day)

Graduation ceremonies finish

19

Independence Day - Saint Kitts and Nevis

21

Independence Day – Malta

International Day of Peace (UN)

National Day – Armenia (Republic Day, Independence Day)

National Day – Belize (Independence Day)

22

Independence Day – Mali

23

National Day - Saudi Arabia

24

Independence Day - Guinea-Bissau

27

World Tourism Day (UN)

28

Confucius’ birthday

30

National Day – Botswana (Botswana Day)

October

1

Independence Day – Tuvalu, Guinea

National Day – China, Nigeria, Palau, Cyprus

2

Independence Day – Guinea

International Day of Non-Violence (UN)

Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday

3

National Foundation Day - Republic of Korea (South Korea)

5

Labour Day, public holiday

4

Independence Day – Lesotho

World Animal Day

5

Labour Day New South Wales

World Teachers’ Day (UNESCO)

9

Independence Day – Uganda

Navaratri* Hindu

World Post Day (UN)

10

Navaratri* Hindu

National Day - Republic of China (Taiwan)

National Day – Fiji (Fiji Day)

World Mental Health Day (WHO)

11

Navaratri* Hindu

12

Independence Day - Equatorial Guinea

National Day – Spain (Fiesta Nacional de España) Hispanic Day (Día dela Hispanidad)

Navaratri* Hindu

13

Navaratri* Hindu

14

Navaratri* Hindu

15

Navaratri* Hindu

International White Cane Day

16

World Food Day (FAO)

Navaratri* Hindu

17

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Navaratri* Hindu

19

National Day – Niue

20

Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth (Sikh)

24

Independence Day – Zambia

United Nations Day

26

National Day – Austria

27

National Day - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

National Day – Turkmenistan

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

28

National Day - Czech Republic

29

National Day – Turkey

31

Hallowe’en

World Cities Day (UN)

November

1

All Saints’ Day (Christian)

Anniversary Day – Algeria (Revolution Day)

National Day - Antigua and Barbuda (Independence Day)

2

All Souls’ Day (Christian)

3

Independence Day – Dominica

National Day - Federated States of Micronesia, Panama

National Day - Panama

4

National Day – Tonga

5

Guy Fawkes’ Day (UK)

6

Kindness Day (Australia)

9

Independence Day – Cambodia

World Freedom Day

10

World Science Day for Peace and Development (UNESCO)

11

National Day – Angola

13

World Kindness Day

16

World Diabetes Day (UN)

Independence Day - Kazakhstan

International Day of Tolerance (UN)

17

International Students Day

18

Independence Day – Latvia

National Day – Oman

19

International Men’s Day

National Day – Monaco

20

Universal Children’s Day (UN)

21

World Television Day

22

Independence Day – Lebanon

24

Guru Teg Bahadur’s martyrdom (Sikh)

25

Independence Day – Suriname

Statehood Day - Bosnia and Herzegovina

28

National Day - Albania

National Day – Mauritania

29

Thanksgiving Day - Norfolk Island

30

National Day - Barbados

St Andrew’s Day – Scotland

December

1

First day of summer

National Day - Central African Republic, Romania

World AIDS Day

2

National Day - Lao PDR, United Arab Emirates

Inernational Day for the Abolition of Slavery

3

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (UN)

International Volunteer Day (UN)

The King’s birthday anniversary – Thailand

4

World Soil Day (UN)

5

Independence Day – Finland

World Soil Day (UN)

6

St Nicholas’ Day

Independence Day - Finland

8

Bodhi Day* (Buddhist)

10

Human Rights Day (UN)

11

International Mountain Day (UN)

13

National Day - Burkina Faso (Proclamation of Independence / the Republic)

16

Jamhuri Day – Kenya

Independence Day – Kazakhstan

National Day – Bahrain

17

National Day – Bhutan

18

Arabic Language Day (UN)

International Migrants Day (UN)

National Day - Qatar

19

National Day – Niger, Qatar

International Human Solidarity Day (UN)

20

Emperor’s birthday - Japan

24

Christmas Eve

National Day – Libya

25

Christmas Day

Imbolc - Pagan

26

Boxing Day

28

New Year's Eve

29Independence Day - Mongolia