2016: days, weeks, themes

2017  Countdown to New Year


2016 Chinese Year of the Monkey

2016 International Year of Pulses  

2016 International Year of Global Understanding IYGU

2016 Event Scotland Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

School Terms Dates in Australia 



Veganuary (1st – 31st)

Milad al-Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad) (3rd)

Wikipedia Day (15th)

RSS Awareness Day (19th)

Vasant Panchami (Hinduism Jan) (24th)

World Religion Day (18th)

Yabun: Celebrating ATSI cultures (26th)

Australia Day (26th)

International Holocaust Remembrance Day (27th)

NSW School Term 1 starts (28th)


Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (1st – 29th)

World Wetlands Day (2nd) Theme: Wetlands for Our Future

HeartKids National Awareness Month (1st – 28th)

World Cancer Day (4th)

UNICEF Day for Change (6th)

Chinese New Year (8th)

International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11th)

Random Acts of Kindness Week (14th -20th)

Safer Internet Day (9th)

Vasant Panchami (Saraswati Puja) (Hinduism) (12th)

World Radio Day (13th)

Library Lovers Day (14th)

National Heart Research Day (14th 

National Condom Day (14th)

1 Billion Rising Day (14th) (To end violence against Women)

Nirvana Day (Buddhism) (15th)

Galileo’s birthday (15th)

Australia’s Healthy Weight Week (15th – 21ST)

Pancake Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday) Christian beginning of Lent (17th)

International Asperger’s Day (18th)

Lent (18th February – 5th April)

World Thinking Day (22nd)

World Day of Social Justice (20th)

International Mother Language Day (21st)

Business Clean Up Day (24th)

Wear Red Day (Fight Heart Disease) (26th)

Schools Clean Up Day (27th)



Clean Up Australia Day (6th)

Parks Week (5th – 13th)

World Book Day (3rd)

World Day of Prayer (6th)

Premier’s Reading challenge Starts  (7th) (ends 19th August)

International Women’s Day (8th) Theme: Pledge for parity

Multiple Birth Week (13th – 20th) Theme: Leave no family behind

State Library Day Not sure this is still happening

World’s Greatest Shave (10th – 13th)

World Kidney Day (10th)

Coeliac Awareness Week (13th – 20th)

International Pi Day (14th)

Commonwealth Day (14th)

National Close the Gap Day (17th)

Ride for the Animals Day (20th)

World Poetry Day (21st)

Harmony Day (21st) Theme: Our diversity is our strength

International Day of Forests (21st)

Int’l Day for the elimination of racial discrimination (21st)

World Water Day (22nd)

National Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day (22nd)

World Meteorological Day (23rd)

National Playgroup Week (23rd – 29th)

Wound Awareness week (23rd – 27th) No info on site yet

Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness (26th)

Earth Hour (19th) (8:30-9:30pm local time)

Neighbour Day (27th)



Seniors Week  NSW (1st – 10th)

International Children Book Day (2nd)

NSW School Term 1 ends (8th)

World Autism Day (2nd)

Daylight Saving ends (3rd)

Stray Animals Day (4th)

National Youth Week (8th – 17th)

World Health Day (7th) Diabetes

Pause4Parkinson’s / World Parkinson’s Day (11th)

International Osteopathic Healthcare Week – Worldwide (11th)

International Day of Space Flight (12th)

Youth Homelessness Matters Day (15th)

World Creativity and Innovation week (15th – 21st)

Global Youth Service Day (15th – 17th)

National Trust Heritage Festival (16th April – 29th May)

Australian Heritage Week (16th – 24th)

World Heritage Day (18th)

Book of the Year Notable (Long Lists) announcement (18th)

NSW School Term 2 starts (27st)

Earth Day (22nd)

World Book and Copyright Day (23rd)

World Book Night (23rd)

ANZAC Day (25th)

Pay it forward Day (28th)

International Guide Dog Day (29th)

International Dance Day (29th)



Information Awareness Month 2016 Theme: Investing in Information    Governance

Thyroid Awareness Month – Worldwide

Month of May – 65 Roses for Cystic Fibrosis – Nationwide

Mother Goose Day (1st)

Labour Day (1st)

RSS Awareness Day (1st)

World Asthma Day (3rd)

Heart Week (3rd – 9th) Not sure no good links yet for 2016

World Press Freedom Day (3rd)

Privacy Awareness week PAW (3rd – 9th)

International Midwives Day (5th)no info on 2016 yet AUS

Virtual International Midwives day2016

International No Diet Day (6th) Facebook link  Butterfly foundation

Starlight Day (6th) link works from word press just not from this doc (keeps going to IE)

World Red Cross Day (8th May)

National Volunteer Week (9th– 15th)

Mother’s Day (10th)

Mother’s Day Classic (10th)

Schizophrenia Awareness Week (10th– 16th)

World Lupus Day (10th)

International Nurses Day (12th) ICN

International Day of Families (15th) (2016 theme TBA)

Food Allergy Week (15th – 21st)

Million Paws Walk (15th)

Law Week (16 – 20th)

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (17th)

World Information Society Day (17th) Theme: ICT entrepreneurship for social impact

Sydney Writers Festival (16th-22th)

World IBD Day (19thThe Gut Foundation Crohn’s & Colitis Australia

Short List announcement – Children’s Book of the Year  (20th)

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (21st)

Macular Degeneration Awareness Week (National) (22nd-28th)

Kidney Heath Awareness Week (22nd-28th)National

National Palliative Care Week (22nd-28th)

Exercise Right Week (23rd-29th)

Library and Information week (23rd-29th)

National Simultaneous Storytime (25th) – 2016 ‘I got this hat’ by Jol and Kate Temple

National Sorry Day (26th)

Australia’s Biggest Morning tea (26th)

National Reconciliation week (27th May – 3rd June)

National Day of Thanksgiving (28th)



Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Red Apple Day – Nationwide (2nd)  

Mabo Day (3rd)

World Environment Day (5th)

Beginning of Ramadan (7th)

World Oceans Day (8th)

Queen’s Birthday Holiday (8th)

World Day Against Child Labour (12th)

National Blood Donor Week (12th-18th)

Men’s Health Week (13th-19st)

World Blood Donor Day (14th)

Refugee Week (19th– 25th)

World Refugee Day (20th) UNHCR

World Continence Week- International (20th -26th) Continence Foundation 

World Music Day (21st)

Red Nose Day (26th)

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (26th) UN Link

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (26th)



NSW School Term 2 ends (1st)

International Joke Day (1st)

Naidoc week (3rd – 10th) Theme: Songlines: the living narrative of our nation

World Population Day (11th Theme TBA)

Bastille Day (14th)

NSW School Term 3 starts (19th)

National Stress Down Day (24th)

Clean Energy Week (27th – 28th)

System Administrator Appreciation Day (29th) Always last Friday of July

Schools Tree Day (29th)

National Tree Day (31st)

Donate Life Week – Organ Donor Awareness (31st July–7th Aug)



Family History Month

Bank Holiday (1st) NSW, ACT

World Breastfeeding Week (1st – 7th) Theme: Breastfeeding:A key to Sustainable Development

National Facebook page  ABA

International Friendship Day (7th) (Always the 1st Sunday of month)

National Homeless Prevention Week (1ST -7th) (always the first full week in Aug)

National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day (4th)

Hiroshima Day(6th)

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (9th)

40 Hour Famine (10th– 12th)

International Youth Day (12th) details TBA

International Left-Handers Day (13th)

National Science Week (13th – 21st)

RSPCA Cupcake Day (17th)TBA

Vietnam Veterans Day (18th)

Premier’s Reading challenge ends (19th)

Children’s Book of the Year Winners Announcement (19th)

Children Book Week (20th -26th) 2016 Theme: Australia: Story Country

Hearing Awareness Week (20th-27th)

Keep Australia Beautiful Week (22nd– 28th)

Daffodil Day (26th)

National Literacy and Numeracy Week (29th– 4th Sept)



National Biodiversity Month

Dementia Awareness month

Wattle Day (1st)

Adult Learners Week (1st – 8th)

Indigenous Literacy Day (7th)

Fred Hollows Foundation Day (3rd)

Australian National Flag Day (3rd)

History week (3rd– 11th)

Father’s Day (6th)

National Child Protection Week (6th -12th) TBC

National Threatened Species Day (7th)

International Literacy Day (8th)

R U OK Day (National) (8th)

National Stroke Week (12th – 18th)

National Bilby Day (13th)

Roald Dahl Day (13th)

HPE-Health and Physical Education Day (14th)

International Day of Democracy (15th)

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (16th)

Jeans for Genes Day (23rd)

NSW School Term 3 ends (23rd)

Clean Up the World Weekend (18th-20th)

Talk Like a Pirate Day (19th) More Info

International Day of Peace 2016 theme TBA (21st)

World Carfree Day (22nd)

World Tourism Day (27th)

World Heart Day (29th)

Multicultural Health Week (5th– 11th)

Software Freedom Day  (17th)   More INFO

Australian Citizenship Day (17th)

World Water Monitoring Day (18th) More INFO

ALIA National Conference (29th – 2nd Sept)



Mental Health Month  (theme TBA)

International Day of Non-Violence (2nd)

Daylight saving starts (2nd))

World Animal Day (4th)

World Space Week (4th-10th)

Labour Day (3rd)

World Teachers’ Day (5th) INFO

Mental Health Week (9th– 15th)

NSW School Term 4 starts (10th)

World Mental Health Day (10th) 2016 theme TBA

World Sight Day (13th) (held 2nd Thurs in Oct)

Anti-Poverty Week (11th – 17th)

World Food Day (16th)

National Nutrition Week (16th – 22nd)

Loud Shirt Day (21st)

International Day for Eradication of Poverty (17th)

Sock It to Suicide Week (third week in Oct)

World Statistics Day (20th)(2016 info not up yet)

Children’s Week (22nd– 30th)

United Nations Day (24th)

Pink Ribbon Day (24th)

Stay Smart Online Week (2016 TBA) Facebook



Movember (1st – 30th)

Melbourne Cup Day (1st)

Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels Day (3rd)(Date not confirmed)

Food Safety Week (6th– 12th)

National Recycling week (7th – 13th)

National Psychology week (8th – 14th)

World Usability Day (10th) (2nd Thursday in Nov)

Remembrance Day (11th)

World Kindness Day (13th)

World Diabetes Day (14th)

International Day for Tolerance (16th)

World Toilet Day (19th)

Universal Childrens Day (20th)

Social Inclusion Week (21st – 29th)

World Hello Day (21st)

Int’l Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25th) White Ribbon Day

Buy nothing Day (25th)



World AIDS Day (1st)

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (2nd)

International Day of People with Disability (3rd)

International Volunteer Day (5th)

International Anti-Corruption Day (9th)

International Human Rights Day (10th)

Mawlid al-Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad) (12th Dec)

NSW School Term 4 ends (16th)

International Migrants Day (18th)

International Human Solidarity Day (20th)

Christmas Day (25th)

Boxing Day (26th)

New Year’s Eve (31st)

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