List of unofficial observances by date

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This is a list of unofficial observances or holidays attached to specific dates (fixed or movable), organized by date for easy reference.

Date Holiday
26th of each month Furo no hi (day of bathing: Japan)[1]
Christmas in August
January (first Monday of the year) Handsel Monday[2]
January 7 Distaff Day
January 15 Wikipedia Day[3]
January 16 National Religious Freedom Day (USA)
January 21 National Hugging Day (USA)
January 28 Data Privacy Day
January 30 (or closest school day) BBT Day
January 31 Street Children's Day
February (first Saturday) Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
February 12 Darwin Day
February 13, 14 or 15 Singles Awareness Day
February 17 Random Acts of Kindness Day (USA)
February 22 World Thinking Day
February 26 (celebrated on 26th in UK, on first Friday in February in USA) National Wear Red Day
March (first Saturday of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship) National Corndog Day (USA)
March 10 or Friday of first full week Middle Name Pride Day[4]
March 14 Pi Day
March 19 Client's Day
March 25 Tolkien Reading Day
Monday before Shrove Tuesday Nickanan Night, Collop Monday. Hall' Monday[5]
April (North America: Wednesday of last full week) Administrative Professionals' Day
April 1 April Fools' Day; Edible Book Festival
April (Week of new moon) National Dark-Sky Week (USA)
April 14 Black Day (South Korea)
April 16 Foursquare Day
April (19th, 18th and 17th have been used) Record Store Day
April 20 420 (cannabis culture)
April 22 (UK) Administrative Professionals' Day
April 22 Earth Day
April 25 DNA day
April 26 Hug A Friend Day[6]
April 30 Honesty Day (USA)
May (first Sunday) World Laughter Day
May (first full week) National Postcard Week (USA)
May 4 Star Wars Day
May 6 International No Diet Day
May 7 National Masturbation Day
May (Saturday of third full week) International Heritage Breeds Day[7][8] (USA)
May 18 International Museum Day
May 25 Geek Pride Day; Towel Day
May 26 National Paper Airplane Day (USA)
June 5 National Donut Day (USA)
June 12 Anne Frank Day[9]
June 16 Bloomsday
June 18 Autistic Pride Day
June 20–21 (Solstice) International Surfing Day
June 21 Go Skateboarding Day
June 28 (Also October 22) CAPS LOCK DAY
July (First Saturday) International Free Hugs Day
July 5 X-Day (Church of the SubGenius)
July 6 National Fried Chicken Day (USA)
July 17 World Emoji Day (World)
July 22 Pi Approximation Day
July 25 Christmas in July
July (last Friday) System Administrator Appreciation Day
August (first Sunday) International Friendship Day
August (first Friday) International Beer Day
August (first Wednesday) Professional Engineers Day
September (third Saturday) Software Freedom Day
September 1 Random Acts of Kindness Day (New Zealand) Japanese Dolphin Day (Worldwide)
Saturday before Labor Day International Bacon Day
September 10 World Suicide Prevention Day
September 13 International Chocolate Day, on the birthday of Milton S. Hershey.[10][11][12]
September 19 International Talk Like a Pirate Day
September 22 Hobbit Day
September 28 Ask a Stupid Question Day
October 1-31 National Pizza Month
October (first friday) World Smile Day
October 9 World Post Day
October 15 World Egg Day
October 21 (2015 only) Back to the Future Day
October 21 International Day of the Nacho
October 22 (also June 28) CAPS LOCK DAY
October 23 Mole Day
October 30 Mischief Night
November - December (Second Friday after Thanksgiving) International Sweater Vestival
November (first Friday in November) Love Your Lawyer Day[13]
November (Day after Thanksgiving) National Day of Listening (USA)
November 17 International Students' Day
November 25–26 Buy Nothing Day
December (Thursday before Christmas) National Regifting Day (USA)
December 14 Monkey Day
December 23 Festivus


  1. ^ 風呂の日(furo no hi): Day of Bath
  2. ^ The Book of Days, edited by Robert Chambers, page 52, Lippencott, Philadelphia, 1863
  3. ^ "Today's Top 10: Observances for January". Delco Times. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Perez, Sandra (March 10, 2011). "Happy Middle Name Pride Day". The Examiner. 
  5. ^ Notes & Queries Vol 12, July - December 1855, G. Bell, entry for Oct. 20, 1855
  6. ^ ABC4 News - Hug a Friend Day - And the health benefits of hugging
  7. ^ "National Heritage Breeds Week". The Livestock Conservancy. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "About International Heritage Breeds Week & Day". Livestock Conservancy. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  9. ^ Rosenfeld, Alvin H. (2011). The end of the Holocaust. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. p. 97. ISBN 9780253000927. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  10. ^ ""September 2008 dates to celebrate"". Creative Forecasting. 20 (7-12): 6. Retrieved 7 July 2014. International Chocolate Day - This day celebrates the birth anniversary of Milton Hershey (1857 - 1945) 
  11. ^ Marks, Ginger (2010). Weird and Wacky Holiday Marketing Guide. p. 58. ISBN 9780982600573. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  12. ^ Pandey, Anita (2012). Language building blocks : essential linguistics for early childhood educators. New York: Teachers College Press. p. 88. ISBN 9780807753552. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "A Day for Spreading Love to Lawyers Everywhere". Retrieved 2015-11-04. 

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