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 2020
Date Event
7 Clean Up Australia Day
1 First Day of Autumn
1-7 Catholic Schools Week NSW
1-7 Hearing Awareness Week
1-31 Australian Women’s History Month
1-31 Bandaged Bear Appeal
1-31 National Epilepsy Awareness Month
2 Labour Day : WA
2 Premier’s Reading Challenge starts - NSW
2-6 Queensland HPE Week
3 Girls’ Day - Japan [Hina-matsuri]
3 World Wildlife Day
5 School’s Clean Up Day [2021]
6 World Day of Prayer
TBC Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge : ACT. School Registration, last day
7 World Book Day
8 International Women’s Day
9 Adelaide Cup Holiday
9 Canberra Day
9 Commonwealth Day
9 Eight Hour Day : Tas
9 Labour Day : Vic
10 Purim [Judaism] [From nightfall 9 March]
10-16 World Glaucoma Week
12 Selective High School Placement Test [NSW]
12 World Kidney Day
13 National Ride2School Day
13-20 Coeliac Awareness Week
14 International Pi Day
15 Ides of March
15-22 Catholic Education Week [Vic]
16-20 International Brain Awareness Week
16-20 Brain Awareness Week [Aust]
17 St Patrick’s Day
19 National Close the Gap Day
20 National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

Postponed. A new date for the National Day of Action will be announced in due course.

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
21-29 Cultural Diversity Week [Vic]
22 World Water Day
23 World Meteorological Day
23-29 Seniors Week ACT
24 World TB Day
24-30 National Playgroup Week [TBC]
26 Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness
27 Earth Hour Schools Day
27 Term 1 Ends : Vic
27 World Theatre Day
28 Earth Hour

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