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 …  ”

“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
1 Premier’s Reading Challenge starts - NSW
TBC Catholic Schools Week NSW
1-7 Hearing Awareness Week
1-31 Australian Women’s History Month
1-31 Bandaged Bear Appeal[TBC]
1-31 National Epilepsy Awareness Month
TBC Queensland HPE Week
3 Girls’ Day - Japan [Hina-matsuri]
3 World Wildlife Day
5 School’s Clean Up Day
5 World Day of Prayer
6-14 Updated !National Seaweek
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
14-21 Catholic Education Week [Vic]
15 Ides of March
15-21 Brain Awareness Week
15-21 New !Harmony Week
15-21 Updated !Kidney Health Week
17 St Patrick’s Day
17-28 Seniors Festival NSW
18 Updated !National Close the Gap Day
19 New !National Ride2School Day
20 Updated ! National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
20 Autumn Equinox
20 World Storytelling Day
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
21-27 Updated !Cultural Diversity Week [Vic] [TBC]
22 World Water Day
23 World Meteorological Day
23-25 Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT] [formerly Australian Informatics Competition]
TBC Seniors Week ACT
24 World TB Day
24-30 National Playgroup Week [TBC]
26 Earth Hour Schools Day
26 Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness
27 Earth Hour
27 World Theatre Day
27/3-4/4 Pesach [Passover]
31 Updated !WAKAKIRRI Dance Challenge [Registrations close]
31 Updated !WAKAKIRRI Primary Challenge [Registrations close]
31 Updated !WAKAKIRRI Secondary School Challenge [Registrations close]

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