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Worldwide Holidays

Worldwide and International Holiday Calendar

Worldwide and International Holiday Calendar for 2019-2020 year
There are not many things in life people agree about. So, if a holiday is called a worldwide or international one, and people agree to celebrate, or commemorate something at the global level, it means that this holiday (or commemoration) is based on things that are REALLY important. We’re sure that you don’t want to miss anything important, so we give you a complete list of Holidays and Special days observed all over the world.

List of Holidays celebrated around the world for 2019-2020 year

October 2019

Thursday 17 October - International ShakeOut Day (Drop, Cover and Hold On! If nothing else, remember to take those three steps if and when an earthquake strikes); World Trauma Day; International Credit Union Day; International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Friday 18 October - World Menopause Day (doctors call for women to take action at menopause, to prevent health problems in later life)
Monday 21 October - International Day of the Nacho (nachos first appeared in 1943 in Piedras Negras, a small Mexican city which is very near to the U.S. military base Fort Duncan, in Texas); Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day or World Iodine Deficiency Day

November 2019

Thursday 7 November - International Day of African Writers (celebrated since 1992 at the initiative of the Pan-African Writers Association)
Sunday 10 November - International Accounting Day (That's the date in 1494 when Venetian mathematician Luca Bartolomeo de Pacioli published an epic tome that included an in-depth look at bookkeeping practices); World Science Day for Peace and Development
Sunday 24 November - Evolution Day (International observance); International Day of the Bible (is an initiative from the United States and especially the Association of the Bible who wanted to promote this day from November 24, 2014)

December 2019

Friday 6 December - International Sweater Vestival (Festival of Sweater Vests - fun unofficial Christmas fashion-related holiday featured)
Sunday 8 December - World Climate Day (initiated by several environmental associations of France and Belgium)
Monday 9 December - World Techno Day (Juan Atkins was born on Dec 9, 1962, and was part of the Belleville Three, so named because of their time together in Belleville, Michigan); World Patient Safety Day; International Anti-Corruption Day; International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime
Sunday 22 December - World Orgasm Day (date for 2019. Celebrate the day of the winter solstice)

January 2020

Saturday 4 January - World Braille Day (UN 1 November 2018 A/C.3/73/L.5/Rev.1); World Braille Day
Monday 6 January - World War Orphans Day (was initiated by the French organisation, SOS Enfants en Detresses)
Friday 24 January - International Women's Sports Day (initiated by the French CSA Audiovisual High Council in 2014)
Tuesday 28 January - European Data Protection Day (initiated by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe)

February 2020

Saturday 1 February - Beginning of the World Interfaith Harmony Week (The World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan)
Monday 10 February - International Epilepsy Day (every year on the second Monday of February people join together to celebrate IED); World Pulses Day (UN: A/RES/73/251)
Wednesday 19 February - International Tug-of-War Day (Dropped from the Olympic Games in 1920, Tug of War still remains a Worldwide sport and many nations have their own governing bodies)
Saturday 22 February - Birthday of Scouting and Guiding founder Robert Baden-Powell and Olave Baden-Powell, and its related observance: - Founder's Day or "B.-P. day" (World Organization of the Scout Movement). World Thinking Day (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts)
Sunday 23 February - International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day (The first dog biscuits were developed in the mid-19th century by American manufacturer James Spratt)
Monday 24 February - World Information Architecture Day (World IA Day is a one-day annual celebration hosted by the Information Architecture Institute and held in dozens of locations across the globe); World Bartender Day
Tuesday 25 February - World Spay Day (Last Tuesday in February)
Friday 28 February - World Tailors Day (international); World Day without Facebook (organized by Facebook users to inform the administration of the social network about cyber addiction and intrusions in privacy)

March 2020

Sunday 1 March - World Compliment Day (appeared after many successful editions of “National Compliment Day” in the Netherlands); International Children’s Day of Broadcasting
Tuesday 3 March - World Butt Day (Kara Kitty Blair, Rae Woodbuns, Melissa Benzinger in 2012); World Hearing Day (is held each year to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world); World Wildlife Day
Wednesday 11 March - World Plumber’s Day (initiated by the World Plumbing Council); World Glaucoma Week (March 11 to 17)
Thursday 12 March - World Day Against Cyber Censorship (requested by Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International in 2009); World Kidney Day (is a global health awareness campaign focusing on the importance of the kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide); Global Brain Awareness Week (March 12 to 18)
Saturday 14 March - International Ask a Question Day (Today, on the 14th March, was Albert Einstein’s birthday in 1879)
Sunday 15 March - World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film; International Day Against Police Brutality; World Speech Day (The idea came from Simon's work in establishing a free database for contemporary and historic speeches. Speeches change the world: socially, politically, in the arts, business and religion. World Speech Day was launched by Simon Gibson at the Athens Democracy Forum in 2015)
Friday 20 March - World Sparrow Day; UN French Language Day (United Nations) and International Francophonie Day (Organisation internationale de la Francophonie); World Storytelling Day; World Head Injury Awareness Day; International Day of Happiness; World Oral Health Day
Saturday 21 March - International Colour Day (The adoption of an international day of colour was proposed in 2008 by the Portuguese Color Association, whose president, Maria Joao Durao, presented the idea to the International Colour Association. The proposal was agreed in 2009 among the members of this society, which is composed of national associations and members representing more than 30 countries); World Planting Day; International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; International Day of Forests; International Day of Nowruz; World Down Syndrome Day; World Home Economics Day; World Poetry Day

April 2020

Tuesday 7 April - International Beaver Day (The largest beaver-built dam is in Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta, Canada and is 850m long); International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda; World Health Day
Tuesday 14 April - International Moment of Laughter Day (is focuses on laughter as a way to de-stress)
Friday 17 April - Malbec World Day (Malbec is a purple grape variety used in making red wine. MWD is celebrated to commemorate the day when president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento of Argentina officially made it his mission to transform Argentina's wine industry. On that day, back in 1853, he tasked Michel Aimé Pouget, a French soil expert, to bring over new vines); World Hemophilia Day
Saturday 18 April - World Amateur Radio Day (Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on that day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris); International Pizza Cake Day; The International Day for Monuments and Sites
Sunday 19 April - World Bicycle Day (The events of the first LSD trip in April 19, 1943, now known as “Bicycle Day”, after the bicycle ride home, proved to Hofmann that he had indeed made a significant discovery: a psychoactive substance with extraordinary potency, capable of causing significant shifts of consciousness in incredibly low doses)
Thursday 23 April - International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day (The Day is declared by author Jo Walton, held on April 23 and first celebrated in 2007, in response to remarks made by Howard V. Hendrix stating that he was opposed "to the increasing presence in our organization the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America of webscabs, who post their creations on the net for free". The purpose of the day, according to Walton was to encourage writers to post "professional quality" works for free on the internet. The name of the day originates from the assertion by Hendrix that the "webscabs" are "converting the noble calling of Writer into the life of Pixel-stained Technopeasant Wretch."); UN English Language Day (United Nations); UN Spanish Language Day (United Nations); International Nose Picking Day; World Book and Copyright Day

May 2020

Saturday 2 May - World Naked Gardening Day (celebrated on the first Saturday of May); World Tuna Day
Sunday 3 May - International Grab a Boob Day; World Laughter Day (was created in 1998 by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of th worldwide Laughter Yoga movemen); World Press Freedom Day
Monday 4 May - World Give Day (is one day a year when people all over the world come together to support the causes they care about most. Whether you donate to your favorite non-profit, a person in your community, or give some of your time, World Give Day is a day to focus on giving back); International Firefighters’ Day
Thursday 7 May - World Password Day (first Thursday of May)
Monday 11 May - World Melanoma Day (is recognized on the second Monday of May around the world to highlight the growing prevalence of malignant melanoma)
Saturday 16 May - World Whisky Day (Third Saturday of May); World Dog Day (started by The Vanderpump Dog Foundation in 2016. Celebrated on the third Saturday of May)
Wednesday 20 May - World Bee Day (On this day Anton Janša, the pioneer of beekeeping, was born in 1734); World Metrology Day
Friday 22 May - World Goth Day (The Official World Goth Day site defines it as "a day where the goth scene gets to celebrate its own being, and an opportunity to make its presence known to the rest of the world."); International Day for Biological Diversity
Saturday 23 May - World Turtle Day (sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive); International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
Friday 29 May - World Digestive Health Day (On the 29th of May 1958, the last day of the First World Congress of Gastroenterology which took place in Washington, an assembly of distinguished gastroenterologists announced the foundation of the World Gastroenterology Organisation was born.); International Day of UN Peacekeepers

June 2020

Monday 1 June - World Milk Day (is a day established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognise the importance of milk as a global food. It has been observed on June 1 each year since 2001); International Neighbours' Day; International Doubt Day; Global Day of Parents
Tuesday 2 June - International Sex Workers Day (In 1975, on 2nd June, about 100 sex workers occupied Saint-Nizier Church in Lyon, France, to express their anger about their criminalised and exploitative living conditions. On 10th June at 5 o'clock the Church was brutally raided and cleared by police forces. This action sparked a national movement, and the day is now celebrated in Europe and around the world); World Heart Rhythm Week
Wednesday 3 June - World Clubfoot Day (an initiative of the Ponseti International Association to commemorate the birthday of Ignacio Ponseti (1914-2009), the pioneer of the Ponseti technique for clubfoot); European Bicycle Day; World Cyclists Day
Monday 8 June - World Brain Tumor Day (day is observed on 8th of June every year since 2000. This day first observed by German Brain Tumour Association (Deutsche Hirntumorhilfe e.V.). This is a non-profit organisation which raises public awareness and educates people about brain tumour); International Housewife's Day; World Oceans Day
Tuesday 9 June - Coral Triangle Day (The CTD was first held on June 10, 2012, as a regional interpretation of World Oceans Day. During the 8th Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (a multilateral partnership to safeguard the Coral Triangle's marine and coastal biological resources) Senior Official Meeting, member countries declared to designate the Coral Triangle Day to be held annually. The region covers the exclusive economic zones of six countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste); International Accreditation Day; World Pet Memorial Day
Wednesday 10 June - World Art Nouveau Day (The first World Art Nouveau Day 2013 was organized by the Hungarian Museum of Decorative Arts, Budapest - IMM, in cooperation with the Szecessziós Magazine)
Friday 12 June - Global Economics Day (Date in 2018. Celebrated at the International Business Festival (June 12 - 28, 2018), which takes place in Liverpool, UK every two years. The 2018 Festival celebrated and supported business, through unmissable conferences, seminars and bespoke business brokerage meetings at Exhibition Centre Liverpool for three weeks, bringing a world of business to anticipated crowds of thousands of delegates.The Festival hosted more than 100 individual events organized to promote economic stability and opportunities in a changing world and demonstrate the potential of the international market.); International Falafel Day; World Day Against Child Labour
Tuesday 16 June - International Day of the African Child (Organisation of African Unity); World Sea Turtle Day (WWF is the world’s leading independent conservation organisation); International Day of Family Remittances
Thursday 18 June - International Picnic Day; International Panic Day (Don't worry. Don't fret. and, above all, don't panic)
Friday 19 June - World Sickle Cell Day (International); World Sauntering Day (The holiday was created in 1979 by W.T. Rabe in response to the growing popularity of jogging. It is believed to have begun at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan, USA. The Grand Hotel has the world's longest porch at 660 feet. The idea behind the day was to encourage people to slow down and appreciate the world around them); World Children's Football Day (UN); International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
Saturday 20 June - World Zoo Elephant Day; International Surfing Day (was established in 2005 by Surfing Magazine and The Surfrider Foundation); World Refugee Day
Sunday 21 June - World Humanist Day (from the late 1980s to the early 1990s, the American Humanist Association and International Humanist and Ethical Union passed resolutions declaring World Humanist Day to be on the northern summer solstice); World Hydrography Day (The International Hydrographic Bureau was established in 1921 for the purpose of providing a mechanism for consultation between governments on such matters as technical standards, safe navigation and the protection of the marine environment. In 1970 the name was changed to the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). The IHO is actively engaged in developing standards and interoperability, particularly in relation to the challenges brought about by digital technologies. In 2005 the IHO adopted the concept of a World Hydrography Day, which was "welcomed" by the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution A/RES/60/30 Oceans and the law of the sea. The date chosen for World Hydrography Day is the anniversary of the founding of the International Hydrographic Organization); International Slowness Day (Clémence Boucher, a Montreal community worker, got together with some friends in 2001 and picked June 21 — the longest day of the year — to kick off her movement.); World Giraffe Day (is an exciting annual event initiated by GCF to celebrate the longest-necked animal on the longest day or night); World Handshake Day; Make Music Day (Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries); International Day of Yoga
Tuesday 23 June - International Women in Engineering Day (National Women in Engineering Day was launched for the first time in the UK on 23 June 2014 by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary. Since that launch in 2014 the day has grown enormously over the subsequent years to the point where it received UNESCO patronage in 2016. In 2017, National Women in Engineering Day became international for the first time due to the interest and enthusiasm developed by the international audience and participants in the previous years); International Widows’ Day
Tuesday 30 June - International Scoliosis Awareness Day (SAUK launched #ISAD in 2013 to unite people across the world to create positive public awareness of scoliosis, promote education, and bring together those affected by the condition); International Asteroid Day

July 2020

Wednesday 1 July - International Tartan Day (Tartan Day is a celebration of Scottish heritage on 6 April, the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. It originated in Canada in the mid-1980s. It spread to other communities of the Scottish diaspora in the 1990s. In Australia the similar International Tartan Day is held on 1 July, the anniversary of the repeal of the 1747 Act of Proscription that banned the wearing of tartan. Tartan Days typically have parades of pipe bands, Highland dancing and other Scottish-themed events); International Joke Day (Take the opportunity to get the jokes started today); International Chicken Wings Day
Friday 17 July - World Day for International Justice (International, also referred to as Day of International Criminal Justice or International Justice Day); World Emoji Day (International is an unofficial holiday. Celebrated annually since 2014, NBC reported that the day was Twitter's top trending item on July 17 in 2015); International Firgun Day (In 2014, Made in JLM, an Israeli non-profit community group, set out to create "International Firgun Day", a holiday celebrated yearly on July 17, where people share compliments or express genuine pride in the accomplishment of others on social media)
Thursday 23 July - World Whale and Dolphin Day (International Whaling Commission — IWC)
Sunday 26 July - One Voice Day (is a global initiative to unite all countries of the world in the reading of the Universal Peace Covenant at exactly 6 p.m)
Friday 31 July - World Ranger Day (International Ranger Federation)

August 2020

Friday 7 August - International Beer Day (is a celebration on the first Friday of every August founded in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California by Jesse Avshalomov)
Monday 10 August - International Biodiesel Day (The day also honours the research experiments by Sir Rudolf Diesel who ran an engine with peanut oil in the year of 1893); World Lion Day
Wednesday 12 August - World Elephant Day (Conceived in 2011 by Canadian filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Clark of Canazwest Pictures, and Sivaporn Dardarananda, Secretary-General of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in Thailand, it was officially founded, supported and launched by Patricia Sims and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation on August 12, 2012); International Youth Day
Saturday 22 August - World Brain Day (was launched by the World Federation of Neurology on 22 July 2014 and is dedicated to a different neurological disease or topic every year)

September 2020

Friday 18 September - World Water Monitoring Day; International Read an eBook Day (The first major celebration of International read an eBook day was in 2014, and was put together by a major eBook distributor OverDrive)
Saturday 19 September - World Marrow Donor Day (is celebrated globally on the third Saturday of September); World Cleanup Day (the third Saturday of September); International Eat An Apple Day (Third Saturday of Septembe); International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Tuesday 22 September - World Protection Elephant Day; World CML Day (Since 2008, patient organizations around the world have initiated events and projects on "CML Awareness Day" on September 22 to raise awareness of the needs of patients living with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia); World Rhino Day; World Car Free Day
Monday 28 September - International Safe Abortion Day (The day was first celebrated as a day of action for decriminalization of abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean in 1990 by the Campaña 28 Septiembre); International Right to Know Day; World Rabies Day

October 2020

Thursday 1 October - World Vegetarian Day (1977); International Coffee Day (At a meeting on 3–7 March 2014, a decision was taken by the International Coffee Organization to launch the first official International Coffee Day in Milan as part of Expo 2015); International Day of Older Persons; International Music Day; International School Library Month; World Vegetarian Day and International Vegetarian Week
Monday 5 October - World Walking Day; International Day of No Prostitution (IDNP is an awareness day that was first observed in 2002. Locations at which IDNP was observed in its inaugural year included the San Francisco Bay Area of California, United States and Melbourne, Victoria, Australia); International Frugal Fun Day (first Saturday in October); Global James Bond Day; World Card Making Day (the first Saturday in October); World Architecture Day; World Habitat Day; World Teachers’ Day
Sunday 11 October - World Obesity Day (The first World Obesity Day took place in 2015); International Day of the Girl Child

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