Special days and dates for families and communities – 2018

(Photo: Eddie O’Reilly)

There are many international and national days/weeks that focus on issues facing families and communities. The following are some of the more significant ones in 2018. Please let me know if I have missed any important ones. (While most of them are international, days marked with * are mainly for Australia.)

I have also created a list of days and dates for the environment.

Please note that some of the websites are not updated for 2018 yet.

January

International Holocaust Remembrance Day –  Saturday, 27 January 2018

February 

World Day of Social Justice –  Tuesday, 20 February 2018

International Mother Language Day –  Wednesday, 21 February 2018

March 

Zero Discrimination Day –  Thursday, 1 March 2018

International Women’s Day –  Thursday, 8 March 2018

Close the Gap Day –  Thursday, 15 March 2018 *

International Day of Happiness –  Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Harmony Day –  Wednesday, 21 March 2018 *

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination –  Wednesday, 21 March 2018

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition –  Sunday, 25 March 2018

April 

World Health Day –  Saturday, 7 April 2018

World Day for Safety and Health at Work –  Saturday, 28 April 2018

May 

Mothers Day –  Sunday, 13 May 2018

International Day of Families –  Tuesday, 15 May 2018

International Day Against Homo and Transphobia –  Thursday, 17 May 2018

Walk Safely to School Day –  Friday, 18 May 2018 *

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development  –  Monday, 21 May 2018

National Volunteer Week –  21-27 May 2018 *

National Sorry Day –  Saturday, 26 May 2018 *

June 

Pride Month –  Friday, 1 June 2018

Global Day of Parents –  Friday, 1 June 2018

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression –  Monday, 4 June 2018

World Day Against Child Labour –  Tuesday, 12 June 2018

World Blood Donor Day –  Thursday, 14 June 2018

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day –  Friday, 15 June 2018

Refugee Week –  17-23 June 2018 *

Fathers Day –  Sunday, 17 June 2018 (in USA, see link for other dates)

World Refugee Day –  Wednesday, 20 June 2018

July 

NAIDOC Week –  8-15 July 2018 *

International Day of Friendship –  Monday, 30 July 2018

World Day against Trafficking in Persons –  Monday, 30 July 2018

August 

International Day for World Indigenous Peoples –  Thursday, 9 August 2018

International Youth Day –  Sunday, 12 August 2018

World Humanitarian Day –  Sunday, 19 August 2018

September 

Fathers Day –  Sunday 2 September 2018 (in Australia, see link for other dates)

International Day of Charity –  Wednesday, 5 September 2018

International Literacy Day –  Saturday, 8 September 2018

World Suicide Prevention Day – Monday, 10 September 2018

International Day of Peace  –  Friday, 21 September 2018

October 

International Day of Older Persons  –  Monday, 1 October 2018

International Day of Nonviolence  –  Tuesday, 2 October 2018

World Habitat Day –  Tuesday, 2 October 2018

World Teacher’s Day –  Friday, 5 October 2018

World Mental Health Day –  Wednesday, 10 October 2018

International Day of the Girl Child –  Thursday, 11 October 2018

International Day of Rural Women –  Monday, 15 October 2018

World Food Day –  Tuesday, 16 October 2018

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty  –  Wednesday, 17 October 2018

United Nations Day –  Wednesday, 24 October 2018

November 

International Day of Tolerance –  Friday, 16 November 2018

Universal Children’s Day –  Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Transgender Day of Remembrance –  Tuesday, 20 November 2018

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women –  Sunday, 25 November 2018

White Ribbon Day –  Sunday, 25 November 2018

December 

World AIDS Day –  Saturday, 1 December 2018

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery –  Sunday, 2 December 2018

International Day of People with Disability –  Monday, 3 December 2018

International Volunteer Day –  Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Human Rights Day –  Monday, 10 December 2018

International Migrants Day –  Tuesday, 18 December 2018

* Mainly in Australia

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About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace & sustainability.
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2 Responses to Special days and dates for families and communities – 2018

  1. Jay Kelly says:

    Great list.
    Hepatitis awareness day is July 28
    Suicide Remembrance Day possibly 0ctober 20
    Transgender day of remembrance November 20. I believe
    International happyjacks day October 28.
    Lol

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    • Thanks for those suggestions. I couldn’t find a widely accepted Suicide Remembrance Day but did find World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September). I’m afraid that International Happyjacks day didn’t make it past my rigourous vetting process :-) but I added the other two.

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