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 in date [then alphabetical] order listings for each month.

Where the date is not known at this time, we have used the code “TBC” [To Be Confirmed]. The actual date will be added as soon as it is known.

The date/events given for the months already completed this year, provide 2020 dates, where these are known.

“Year of …  ” Information

The following is a list of “Years” allotted to 2019. 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 “United Nations Decades of” ; while the third are those declared by a range of other bodies. A group of “Future Years of …” have also been added.

“Year of …  ”

“Decade of …  ”

“Other Years of …  ”

“Future Years of …  ”

Listed in the same groupings and order as above. Others will be added as we become aware of them.

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March 2021
Date Event
1 First Day of Autumn
1 Labour Day : WA
TBC Catholic Schools Week NSW
TBC Hearing Awareness Week
1-31 Australian Women’s History Month
1-31 Updated ! Bandaged Bear Appeal[TBC]
1-31 National Epilepsy Awareness Month
TBC Premier’s Reading Challenge starts - NSW
TBC Updated ! Queensland HPE Week
3 Girls’ Day - Japan [Hina-matsuri]
3 World Wildlife Day
5 School’s Clean Up Day
5 World Day of Prayer
7 Clean Up Australia Day
7-13 World Glaucoma Week
8 Adelaide Cup Holiday
8 Canberra Day
8 Commonwealth Day
8 International Women’s Day
8 Eight Hour Day : Tas
8 Labour Day : Vic
11 Selective High School Placement Test [NSW]
11 World Kidney Day
13-20 Coeliac Awareness Week
14 International Pi Day
15 Ides of March
15-21 Brain Awareness Week
17 St Patrick’s Day
17-28 Seniors Festival NSW
18 National Close the Gap Day
20 National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
20 Autumn Equinox
20 World Storytelling Day
20-28 Cultural Diversity Week [Vic] [TBC]
21 Eliminating Racial Discrimination Day
21 Harmony Day
21 International Day of Forests
21 International Day of Nowruz
21 World Down Syndrome Day
21 World Home Economics Day
21 World Poetry Day
22 National Ride2School Day [TBC]
22 World Water Day
22-28 Kidney Health Week [TBC]
23 World Meteorological Day
TBC Seniors Week ACT [2020 Seniors Week now to be held 14-20 September 2020]
24 World TB Day
TBC National Playgroup Week
26 Earth Hour Schools Day
26 Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness
27 Earth Hour
27 World Theatre Day
27/3-4/4 Pesach [Passover]

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