Calendar Page

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We thought it might be a helpful thing to our readers to have a “Calendar Page” here.  We will include any dates throughout the year which a) raise awareness of child advocacy-related issues in RED b) are days on which fun or traditional events can be planned with children in BLUE.   

Please let us know if you think we have left out any important ones from your country or culture, then we can add them and build up a comprehensive, international list.

Hopefully this will also help people be aware of these days as they arise, so they can be searched for on “The Forever Years” and other sites, to help with planning events.


January (whole month) Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Jan. 1st   New Year’s Day (Georgian Calendar)

Jan 27th International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Jan. 31st  Street Children’s Day/ Jugend Eine Welt (Austria)


Street Children’s Day, Austria

Feb- March   Chinese/ Lunar New Year (“Tet” in Vietnam)

Feb 6th   International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

Feb 6th   Waitangi/ New Zealand Day (NZ)

Feb 8th  International Safer Internet Day 

Feb. 12th Red Hand Day (to draw attention to the plight of child soldiers)


“Red Hand Day” logo

Feb 14th  Valentine’s Day

15th Feb.  International Childhood Cancer Day

22nd Feb. International Scouts Day (Founders Day)

29th Feb. Leap Day every 4 years…2016, 2020, 2024, 2028, 2032….

March 3rd Girls’ Day/ 雛祭り Hina-matsuri (Japan)

March 8th  lnternational Women’s Day

Second Friday in March  “Orange Friday” (NZ) Against Domestic Violence

March 17th St. Patrick’s Day (Ireland and round the world)


March 21st  Single Parents’ Day 

March 21st World Down Syndrome Day

A Poster for World Down Syndrome Day

A Poster for World Down Syndrome Day

March 22nd World Water Day

March- April Easter (Christian Faith)

April 2nd World Autism Awareness Day

April 13th  Undiagnosed Children’s Awareness Day

April 13th Youth Homelessness Matters Day (Australia)

April 22nd Earth Day

April 25th  ANZAC Day (Australia and NZ)

A 9 year old girl, from Titirangi in Auckland, with ANZAC Day poppies

A 9 year old girl, from Titirangi in Auckland, with ANZAC Day poppies

Last week of April  World Immunization Week 

May (First Sunday)  Mothers’ Day

May 5th   Boys’ Day/ Tango no Sekku (端午の節句) (Japan)

Boys with kites on "Boys' Day" in Japan (Source: Getty images)

Boys with kites on “Boys’ Day” in Japan (Source: Getty images)

May 25th  International Missing Children’s Day

Late May- Early June  Matariki (NZ)

Early June (varies according to Lunar Calendar)  Ramadan/ رمضان‎  (Muslim Faith)

June 1st International Day for Protection of Children,  observed in many countries as Children’s Day 


Children’s day (Día del Niño) in Ecuador

June 12th World Day Against Child Labour

Week including June 17th Gifted Awareness Week (NZ)

First week of July Māori Language Week (NZ)

Aug. 12th   International Youth Day

Sept. (First Sunday)  Fathers’ Day

Sept. 10th  World Suicide Prevention Day

Sept- Oct. “Tet Trung Thu”/ Mid Autumn Festival, a child-centred festival (Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, Korea)

Vietnamese children enjoying "Tet Trung Thu", their Md-Autumn Festival

Vietnamese children enjoying “Tet Trung Thu”, their Mid-Autumn Festival

Whole Month of October  Spina Bifida Awareness Month

Second Monday in October  Thanksgiving (Canada)

Oct. 11th International Day of the Girl Child

Oct. 31st Halloween

Children in costumes for Halloween

Children in costumes for Halloween

First Week in Nov. Multiple Birth awareness Week (NZ)

Triplets! Multiply Birth Awareness Day.

Triplets! Multiple Birth Awareness Week

Nov. 11th  Armistice Day (UK, Australia, Canada, NZ)

Fourth Thursday in Nov.  Thanksgiving (USA)

Whole Month of Nov.  Adoption Awareness Month

Nov. 17th  World Prematurity Day


Nov. 19th  “Buddy Day” (NZ) and International Child Abuse Prevention Day

Nov. 19th   lnternational Men’s Day

Nov. 20th   Universal Children’s Day

Late Nov.  Early Dec.  Hanukkah (Jewish Faith, Festival of Lights)


A Jewish Family light the menorah (8 candles) for Hanukkah

1st Dec.  World AIDS Day

10th Dec.  Human Rights Day

Dec. 21st  Children’s Day (Buddhist Faith)

Dec. 25th Christmas Day (Christian Faith, Birth Day of Jesus Christ)

Children performing a Christmas Nativity Play

Children performing a Christmas Nativity Play