The following is not a complete listing of every world, or Australian, special day or event, only those felt likely to be of value to schools. Some major religion-specific dates are found here, but a more complete listing can be found through the Multifaith Calendar page.
Calendar events are given as one listing for each month rather than separate listings as before.
Where the date is not known at this time, we have used the code “TBC” [To Be Confirmed]. The date will be added as soon as it is known.
The date/events given for the months already completed this year, provide 2017 dates, where these are known.
“Year of … ” Information
The following is a list of “Years” allotted to 2017. They include international nominations as well as others such as the “Chinese Year of …”. Every effort has been made to include all major nominations.
The first group are Officially Nominated Years [International, e.g. United Nations, Chinese Calendar, … ], the second “Decades of”. The final group are those declared by a range of other bodies.
“Year of … ”
“Decade of … ”
- Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020
- Decade of Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2024
- International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024
- Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty 2008-2017
- Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism 2011-20
- United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025
- United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-20
- United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification 2010-2020
“Other Years of … ”
- 2017, Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology
- 2017 - The Year of Risk [American Geosciences Institute]
- Luther 2017 - 500 years since the Reformation
- 100 Years of Anzac
- UK-India Year of Culture 2017
- Year of Ecology in Russia 2017
- Year of the Maritime Continent 2017-2018
“Future Years of … ”
Listed in the same groupings and order as above. Others will be added as we become aware of them.
- 2018, Year of the Dog
- 100 Years of Anzac
2014-2018. Final year.
- 2018 The Year of Clean and Healthy Planet
- Updated ! 2018, Year of Young People, Scotland
- European Cultural Heritage Year 2018
- Year of Mathematical Biology 2018 [Europe]
- Year Of Youth in Australia 2018