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 2023 dates, where these are known.

“Year of …  ” Information

The following is a list of “Years” allotted to 2022. 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 …” has 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 2023
Date Event
1 First Day of Autumn
1 Pancake Day
TBC Premier’s Reading Challenge starts - VIC
1 Shrove Tuesday
TBC Catholic Schools Week NSW
1-31 Australian Women’s History Month
1-31 Bandaged Bear Appeal
1-31 National Epilepsy Awareness Month
2 Ash Wednesday
3 Girls’ Day - Japan [Hina-matsuri]
TBC Hearing Awareness Week
3 School’s Clean Up Day
3 World Day of Prayer
3 World Wildlife Day
TBC National Seaweek
5 Clean Up Australia Day
5-11 World Glaucoma Week
6 Labour Day : WA
6 Purim [Judaism] [Sunset, 6 March – nightfall, 7 March]
TBC Kidney Health Week
8 International Women’s Day
9 Updated !Australian Reading Hour
9 World Kidney Day
11-21 Cultural Diversity Week [Vic]
13 Adelaide Cup Holiday
13 Canberra Day
13 Commonwealth Day
13 Eight Hour Day : Tas
13 Labour Day : Vic
13-19 Brain Awareness Week
13-20 Coeliac Awareness Week
14 International Pi Day
TBC Catholic Education Week [Vic]
15 Ides of March
TBC Harmony Week
15-27 NAPLAN Online Test Window 2023
16 National Close the Gap Day
17 National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
17 St Patrick’s Day
19 Updated !Sustainable House Day
20 World Storytelling Day
21 Autumn Equinox
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
TBC National Playgroup Week
22 World Water Day
23 Beginning of Ramadan
23 World Maths Day
23 World Meteorological Day
24 World TB Day
TBC Earth Hour Schools Day
24 National Ride2School Day
25 Earth Hour
26 Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness
27 World Theatre Day
TBC WAKAKIRRI Dance Challenge [Registrations close]
TBC WAKAKIRRI Primary Challenge [Registrations close]
TBC WAKAKIRRI Secondary School Challenge [Registrations close]
31 Term 1 Ends : Qld

Beginning of March

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