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October 2020

National Design Week

October 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020
National Design Week by Cooper Hewitt

ATTENTION: Due to COVID-19, for 2020 National Design Week will expand to a monthlong virtual celebration, gathering the country’s leading designers and communities around the country to celebrate the power of design in our everyday world. Held in conjunction with the National Design Awards, National Design Month will highlight the work of Award winners through a series of free virtual education programs throughout October including talks, tours, workshops, a professional development training, a college and career fair, and more. National…

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International Day of the Girl Child

October 11, 2020
International Day of the Girl Child

On the International Day of the Girl Child (October 11), stand with the global community to support girls’ progress everywhere. Let girls be girls. There are 1.1 billion girls today, a powerful constituency for shaping a sustainable world that’s better for everyone. They are brimming with talent and creativity. But their dreams and potential are often thwarted by discrimination, violence and lack of equal opportunities. There are glaring gaps in data and knowledge about the specific needs and challenges that…

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National Color Day

October 22, 2020
National Color Day

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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National Cat Day

October 29, 2020
National Cat Day - plinthandchintz.com

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 2020

America Recycles Day

November 15, 2020
America Recycles Day

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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December 2020

Giving Tuesday

December 1, 2020
Giving Tuesday

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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International Day of People with Disability

December 3, 2020
International Day of People with Disability

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, 2020
International Volunteer Day

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 2021

MLK National Day of Service

January 18
MLK National Day of Service

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 2021

World Book Day

March 4
World Book Day

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
International Women's Day

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
International Day of Happiness

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
International Day of Colour

The International Colour Association 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 lives…

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April 2021

World Autism Awareness Day

April 2
World Autism Awareness Day - Light It Up Blue

World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), celebrated each year on April 2, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. Autism is one of only three health issues to be recognized with its own day by the United Nations. WAAD activities increase world knowledge of autism and impart information about the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons…

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Earth Day

April 22
Earth Day April 22 - Reduce Reuse Recycle Restore Replenish

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion…

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National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

April 30
National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day is observed each year on April 30. This day was created as a way to raise awareness for thousands of pets that are waiting for (and needing) adoption from the shelters. If you are able to care for a pet, consider adopting. Celebrate National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day by sharing pictures of your adopted pet on social media using #AdoptAShelterPetDay.

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May 2021

Kick-Off: Building Safety Month

May 1
Building Safety Month

Founded by the International Code Council (ICC), Building Safety Month (BSM) is celebrated by jurisdictions worldwide during the month of May. Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign offered each year to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create and sustain safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system. The…

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IFI World Interiors Day

May 29
IFI World Interiors Day 2021

Hosted annually, IFI World Interiors Day is a long-standing program that engages a broad range of people and communities around the world. The program is structured around a topical area of focus selected by IFI’s professional community of Interior Architecture/Design associations and their members around the world. Design professionals, students and enthusiasts, together with institutions, agencies and members of the public, are invited to organize activities and events that explore and dissect the IFI WID theme for that year. Participation…

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June 2021

World Environment Day

June 5
World Environment Day

World Environment Day is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action and takes place every 5 June. This year’s host country Canada has chosen the broader theme ‘Connecting People to Nature’ and will be the focus of celebrations around the planet. UN Environment will use the hashtags #WithNature as well as #WorldEnvironmentDay in its social media messaging around the event, which will kick off with an invitation to tell us about your favourite national park or wildlife sanctuary. World…

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Global Wellness Day

June 12
Global Wellness Day

With the slogan “One day can change your whole life,” we celebrate Global Wellness Day on the second Saturday of June every year as an international day. Global Wellness Day is an entirely not-for-profit day, a social project dedicated to living well. The purpose of Global Wellness Day is to ask the question, even if for just one day, “How can I live a healthier and better life?”, to direct the thoughts of both individuals and society towards “living well”…

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