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October 2017

National Design Week

October 14 - 22

National Design Week celebrates the important role that design plays in all aspects of daily life. Launched in 2006, National Design Week is held each year in conjunction with the National Design Awards, Cooper Hewitt’s largest and most visible education initiative. During National Design Week, Cooper Hewitt’s award-winning Education Department hosts a series of free public programs based on the vision and work of the National Design Award honorees. National Design Week culminates with the National Design Awards Gala benefit…

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National Color Day

October 22

National Color Day, an unofficial U.S. holiday of unknown origin, is observed annually on October 22. This day was created as a day to learn how colors influence our mood, productivity and behavior in our everyday lives. It is hard to imagine a world without color, one that is all black, white and shades of gray, and how people are affected by different color stimuli varies from person to person. Color can carry specific meaning, and different colors are perceived…

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Make A Difference Day

October 28

On the fourth Saturday in October, millions of Americans unite to do good for others on Make A Difference Day. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, the day is a nationwide effort and recognize the everyday people whose contributions improve communities and better lives. For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine, in collaboration with Points of Light, has facilitated Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service.

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National Cat Day

October 29

National Cat Day is the official branded holiday for cats to celebrate all the wonderful love they give and to encourage adoption globally. National Cat Day was founded by Celebrity Pet and Family Lifestyle Expert and author, Colleen Paige and is a celebration that takes place on October 29th every year in the United States.

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November 2017

America Recycles Day

November 15

America Recycles Day: One day to educate. One day to motivate. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year. Get Involved! America Recycles Day (ARD) is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. ARD is celebrated annually on November 15.  Thousands of events are held across the U.S. to raise awareness about the importance of recycling and to encourage American to sign personal pledges to recycle and buy…

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Giving Tuesday

November 28

Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday) refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving. Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season and was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday).

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December 2017

International Day of People with Disability

December 3

International Day of People with Disability (December 3) is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. Each year the day focuses on a…

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International Volunteer Day

December 5

International Volunteer Day is a chance for volunteer-involving organizations and individual volunteers to promote their contributions to development at local, national and international levels. By merging UN support with a grassroots mandate, IVD is a unique opportunity for volunteer-involving organizations to work with government agencies, non-profit organizations, community groups and the private sector. International Volunteer Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 40/212 on 17 December 1985. Since then, governments, the UN system and civil society…

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January 2018

MLK National Day of Service

January 15, 2018

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Americans across the country come together for a national day of service, picking up the baton handed to us by past generations and carrying forward their efforts. As one people, we show that when ordinary citizens come together to participate in the democracy we love, justice will not be denied. So make the commitment to serve your community throughout the year – and make MLK Day a day on, not a day off.

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March 2018

World Book Day

March 1, 2018

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

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International Women’s Day

March 8, 2018

International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women’s Day is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.…

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International Day of Happiness

March 20, 2018

The International Day of Happiness is celebrated throughout the world on 20 March. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly on 28 June 2012.

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International Day of Colour

March 21, 2018

The International Colour Association [AIC] has declared March 21st International Day of Colour. March 21st every year is the “equinox” – aequus (equal) and nox (night). Around the equinox, the night and day are approximately equally long, symbolically relating to the complementary nature of light and darkness, light and shadow expressed in all human cultures. An International Day of Colour has been considered as appropriate since colour is, thanks to visual perception, one of the most influential phenomena in people’s…

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