International Colour Day

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International Colour Day
Logo of the International Colour Day.jpg
Official nameInternational Colour Day
Also calledICD
Observed byover 30 countries
DateMarch 21
Next time21 March 2024 (2024-03-21)
Started byInternational Colour Association
Related toColour

International Colour Day is an annual event held on March 21 to celebrate colour.

The day was established by the International Colour Association (abbreviated as AIC for its French name, Association Internationale de la Couleur), which is composed of national colour organizations and members representing over 30 countries.[1][2]


The adoption of a worldwide day of colour was first proposed in 2008 by the Portuguese Color Association, whose president, Maria Joao Durao,[3] presented the idea to the International Colour Association (abbreviated as AIC for its French name, Association Internationale de la Couleur). The proposal was agreed upon in 2009 among the members of the AIC, which is composed of national colour organizations and members representing over 30 countries.[1][2]

International Colour Day was thereby established, with the 21st of March adopted as the official date. This date was chosen because it is around the equinox, when "the sun shines directly on the equator," and thus, the duration of day and night are approximately equal in length around the world.[4]


An international competition for the design of the International Colour Day logo was held at the 2012 interim meeting of the International Colour Association, held in Taipei, Taiwan.[5] As expressed by winning designer Hosanna Yau of Hong Kong, "two circles form an eye, with an equal half of rainbow color and black representing light and darkness, day and night, everyone feast one's eye on the international color day."[citation needed]


Some of the activities and events that are unfolded on the International Colour Day:[citation needed]

  • Arts exhibitions, architectural projects, design, decoration, fashion[6]
  • Meetings, debates, scientific events
  • Workshops on the use of colour and light for both adults and children.
  • Contests on colour and light design.
  • Wearing national or regional identity colours.

AIC member countries:[7][8]

  • Australia — Colour Society of Australia[9]
  • Belgium — Interdisciplinary Colour Association Belgium[10]
  • Brazil — Associação ProCor do Brasil[11]
  • Canada — Colour Research Society of Canada[12]
  • Chile — Asociación del Color Chile[13]
  • Croatia — Croatian Color Society in co-organization with the University of Zagreb[8]
  • Finland — Finnish Colour Association (Suomen Väriyhdistys)[14]
  • France — Centre Français de la Couleur[14]
  • Hungary — Hungarian National Colour Committee [7]
  • Italy — Gruppo del Colore – Associazione Italiana Colore[15]
  • Japan — Color Science Association of Japan[14]
  • Korea — Korean Society of Color Studies[16]
  • The Netherlands — Kleurenvisie[17]
  • Norway — FORUM FARGE[18]
  • Portugal — Portuguese Colour Association (Associação Portuguesa da Cor)[7]
  • Russia — Color Society of Russia[7]
  • Slovenia — Slovenian Society for Colours[8]
  • Spain — Faculty of Sciences of the University of Alicante[19]
  • Sweden — Swedish Colour Centre Foundation[20]
  • Taiwan — Color Association of Taiwan[14]
  • United Kingdom — The Colour Group[21]
  • United States — Inter-Society Color Council[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "International Colour Day". Colour Research Society of Canada (CRSC) Société canadienne de recherche sur la couleur. Retrieved 2022-01-09.
  2. ^ a b "International Colour Day Celebrates Positive Impact Hue Has On You". Retrieved 2022-01-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Faculdade de Arquitectura da UTL". Archived from the original on 2016-04-25.
  4. ^ "International Colour Day - The Colour Society of Australia". Retrieved 2022-01-09.
  5. ^ "Call for Logo Competition for the International Colour Day." AIC Interim Meeting 2012. International Colour Association. 2012.
  6. ^ "International Colour Day 2021: 21 March #RainbowFest". 14 March 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d "AIC - International Colour Association - ICD 2021". Retrieved 2022-01-09.
  8. ^ a b c "AIC - International Colour Association - ICD 2020". Retrieved 2022-01-09.
  9. ^ Australia 2021
  10. ^ Belgium 2021
  11. ^ Brazil 2015
  12. ^ Canada 2021
  13. ^ Chile 2011
  14. ^ a b c d "AIC - International Colour Association - ICD 2019". Retrieved 2022-01-09.
  15. ^ Italy 2021
  16. ^ "AIC - International Colour Association - ICD 2017". Retrieved 2022-01-09.
  17. ^ The Netherlands 2019
  18. ^ Norway 2021
  19. ^ Spain 2021
  20. ^ Sweden 2021
  21. ^ United Kingdom 2021
  22. ^ United States 2014

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