Cultural Dates of Significance

Dates listed as per the NSW Premier's List of Days of Cultural Significance may be used for Personal Leave as per the relevant Staff Agreement. Other dates are in negotiation with your direct line manager.

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

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)

11Lithuanian Restoration of Independence Day

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