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 2021 dates, where these are known.
“Year of … ” Information
The following is a list of “Years” allotted to 2020. 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 … ”
- New ! 2021 declared International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour
- New ! International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021
- New ! International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, 2021
- New ! International Year of Peace and Trust, 2021
- 2021 Year of the Ox
“Decade of … ”
- Decade of Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2024
- International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024
- New ! IDDA3 - Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa 2016-2025
- United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025
- Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty 2018-2027
- International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028
- Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace 2019-2028
- United Nations Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028
- New ! United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030
- New ! UN Decade on Restoration
“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.
- New ! International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture [United Nations]
- New ! International Year of Basic Sciences for Development [IYBSD] 2022
- New ! Year of the Tiger 2022
- New ! 2022 The Year of Scotland’s Stories.
- New ! 2022 Winter Olympic Games [Beijing]