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List of Health & Disability Awareness Days, Weeks & Months

  • Published: 2011-04-30 (Rev. 2016-11-02) - Contact: Ian Langtree at Disabled World
  • Synopsis: List of U.S. National and U.N. International commemorative observance and awareness days, weeks, months to commemorate medical research or ethical cause of importance.

Definition: Defining the Meaning of Awareness Dates

An awareness date is defined as a national or international awareness day, week, or month, and is a date, usually set by a major organization or government, to commemorate medical research, or ethical cause of importance, on a national or international level.

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"Some information courtesy of National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC."

Throughout the year organizations support a variety of initiatives to raise awareness and understanding for key health issues around the world. Awareness days, weeks and months engage the public in important health information.

A national or international awareness day, week, or month is a date usually set by a major organization or government to commemorate a medical research or ethical cause of importance on a national or international level. Usually awareness dates are health related, and help raise awareness of health conditions, medical illnesses, cancer types etc. Often based around these dates many charities collect money in the form of donations and fund raising. There are also other organizations and foundations around the world that declare both national and international observances, although these are not always as widely recognized.

We hope this calendar will be of use to teachers, organizations, and persons seeking forward planning resources, launch dates, events, and charity donation campaigns, across a wide range of categories and event types.

Also See: List of Awareness Ribbon Colors

List of U.S. & International Observance Dates
(Health, Medical & Disability Related)
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Jan -- Feb -- Mar -- Apr -- May -- June

July -- Aug -- Sep -- Oct -- Nov -- Dec

Awareness Dates for January
January is Awareness Month For:
  • Alzheimer's Awareness Month - (Canada - Alzheimer Society)
  • Awareness Month Awareness Month
  • Celebration of Life Month
  • Co-dependency Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Constipation awareness month - (U.S.)
  • Glaucoma Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • National Mentoring Month - (U.S.)
  • Ontario March of Dimes Month - (Canada)
  • Poverty in America Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Radon Action Month
  • Self-Help Group Awareness Month
  • Stalking Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month - (U.S.)
  • Volunteer Blood Donor Month - (U.S.)
  • Weight Loss Awareness Month
Awareness Days in January:
  • January 1 - Global Family Day - formerly One Day of Peace and Sharing - (UN)
  • January 2 - Personal Trainer Awareness Day
  • January 1 - World Day of Peace
  • January 4 - World Braille Day - International
  • January 24 - Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day
  • January 27 - Family Literacy Day - ABC Life Literacy Canada
  • January 27 - International Holocaust Remembrance Day - (UN)
  • January 28 - Young Carers Awareness Day (U.K.)
  • January 31 - World Leprosy Day
  • January 31 - Street Children's Day
Awareness Weeks in January:
  • 3rd Wk - National Non-Smoking Week - Canada - Canadian Council on Smoking and Health
  • 3rd Wed - Weedless Wednesday - Canada - Canadian Council on Smoking and Health
Awareness Dates for February
February is Awareness Month For:
  • Black History Month - (U.S. and Canada)
  • Boost-Your-Self-Esteem Month - (U.S.)
  • Children's Dental Health Month - (U.S.)
  • Heart & Stroke Month - (U.S.) - Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • Human Relations Month
  • International Mother Language Day Month
Awareness Days in February:
  • February 2 - Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day
  • February 4 - World Cancer Day
  • February 6 - International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
  • February 11 - World Day of the Sick
  • February 12 - Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day
  • February 12 - International Day of Women's Health
  • February 14 - Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day - Canada
  • February 14 - World Valentine Day
  • February 15 - International Childhood Cancer Day
  • February 20 - World Day of Social Justice (Recognized by the UN)
  • February 21 - International Mother Language Day - (UN)
  • February 27 - Anosmia Awareness Day
  • February 28 (29th in leap year) - Rare Disease Day
Awareness Weeks in February:
  • 1st Wk - Eating Disorder Awareness Week; National; National Eating Disorder Information Center
  • 1st Wk - International Development Week; National; CIDA
  • 1st Wk - National Therapeutic Recreation Week
  • 1st Wk - White Cane Week; National; Canadian Council of the Blind
  • 2nd Wk - World Orphan Week; International; SOS Children's Villages Canada
  • Last Wed - Pink Shirt Day (Anti-bullying) - Canada - Pink Shirt Day
Awareness Dates for March
March is Awareness Month For:
  • American Red Cross Month - (U.S.)
  • Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Color Therapy Month - (U.S.)
  • Caffeine Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
  • DVT - (Deep Vein Thrombosis) Prevention Awareness Month
  • Developmental Disabilities Month
  • Endometriosis Awareness Month
  • Epilepsy Month - (Epilepsy Canada)
  • Easter Seals Month - (Ontario, Canada)
  • Essential Tremor - (U.S.)
  • Foot Health Month
  • Help Fight Liver Disease Month
  • Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month - (Canada)
  • Kidney Month - (Kidney Foundation of Canada)
  • Music in Our Schools Month
  • National Athletic Training Month (U.S.)
  • Nutrition Month - (U.S.)
  • Polio Awareness Month - (Polio Canada)
  • Red Cross Month - (Canadian Red Cross)
  • Reading Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Self-Injury Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Social Workers Month - (U.S.)
  • Trisomy Awareness month
  • Women's History Month
Awareness Days in March:
  • March 1 - International Wheelchair Day
  • March 1 - Self-Injury Awareness Day
  • March 5 - Multiple Personality Day
  • March 6 - National Lymphedema Awareness Day
  • March 8 - United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace - (UN)
  • March 8 - International Women's Day - (UN)
  • March 10 - National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
  • March 12 - World Glaucoma Day
  • March 14 - International Day of Action for Rivers
  • March 15 - National Agriculture Day (US)
  • March 16 - Brain Injury Awareness Day (Global)
  • March 18 - National Trisomy 18 Awareness Day
  • March 20 - International Day of Happiness
  • March 21 - World Down Syndrome Day
  • March 21 - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • March 21 - World Poetry Day - (UN - UNESCO)
  • March 21 - International Day of Nowruz
  • March 24 - International Day for Achievers
  • March 24 - World Tuberculosis Day - (UN)
  • March 25 - U.S. National Cerebral Palsy Awareness day
  • March 26 - Purple Day for Epilepsy
  • March 27 - AFE Awareness Day - An international day uniting those affected by Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE)
Awareness Weeks in March:
  • 1st Wk - Pharmacy Awareness Week - Canadian Pharmacists Association
  • 1st Wk - Lymphedema Awareness Week - BC Lymphedema Association
  • 1st Wk - World Glaucoma Awareness Week - World Glaucoma Week
  • 2nd Wk - Canadian Agricultural Safety Week - Canadian Federation of Agriculture
  • 2nd Wk - National Social Work Week - Canadian Association of Social Workers
  • 3rd Wk - Crisis Line Awareness Week - BC Crisis Line Association
Awareness Dates for April
April is Awareness Month For:
  • 30-hour Famine - (U.S.)
  • Alcohol Awareness Month
  • American Cancer Society Month - (U.S.)
  • Autism awareness Month - (Canada & U.S.)
  • Child Abuse Prevention Month - (U.S.)
  • Community Service Month
  • Earth Month - (Canada & U.S.)
  • Financial Literacy Month
  • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month
  • Jazz Appreciation Month
  • Limb Loss Awareness Month
  • Mathematics Awareness Month
  • Narz Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Oral Health Month - (U.S.)
  • Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month
  • Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Poetry Month - (U.S.)
  • Sarcoidosis Awareness Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month
  • Stress Awareness Month
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Volunteer Appreciation Month
Awareness Days in April:
  • April 1 - Youth Homelessness Matters Day
  • April 2 - World Autism Awareness Day - (UN)
  • April 4 - Auditory Processing Disorder Awareness Day
  • April 6 - Bohring-Opitz Syndrome (International)
  • April 7 - World Health Day - (UN)
  • April 7 - Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide
  • April 8 - National Gifted Education Awareness Day in Ireland
  • April 8 - Cushing Disease/Syndrome Awareness Day
  • April 9 - National Alcohol Screening Day - (NASD)
  • April 10 - National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day
  • April 11 - Parkinson's Disease International Awareness Day.
  • April 12 - International Day for Street Children
  • April 16 - National Stress Awareness Day
  • April 17 - World Hemophilia Day - (UN)
  • April 19 - Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Action Day
  • April 22 - Earth Day
  • April 23 - Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) Awareness Day
  • April 25 - World Meningitis Day
  • April 25 - World Malaria Day - (WHO)
  • April 25 - Parental Alienation Awareness Day - (PAAD)
  • April 28 - International Workers Memorial Day or International Commemoration Day - (ICD)
  • April 29 - International Make-A-Wish Day; International; Make-A-Wish Foundation of Canada
  • April 29 - Day of Remembrance of Victims of Chemical Warfare
  • April 29 - World Primary Immunodeficiency Day (Canada)
  • April 29 - International Noise Awareness Day
Awareness Weeks in April:
  • 2nd Saturday of April - Sarcoidosis Awareness Day
  • Last Saturday in April - Show Your Mettle Day - Awareness day to encourage amputees to show their metal (prosthetic devices, wheel chairs, etc).
  • April 11-18 - National Porphyria Awareness Week (NPAW) to enhance porphyria awareness in communities by spreading the word about porphyria.
  • April 12-18 - Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week.
  • 13 - 19 - National Dental Hygiene Week; National; Canadian Dental Hygienists Association
  • 20- 27 - National Organ Donor Awareness Week
  • 2nd Wk - World Homeopathy Awareness Week
  • 3rd Wk - National Medical Laboratory Week; National
  • 3rd Wk - National Volunteer Week; National; Volunteer Canada
Awareness Dates for May
May is Awareness Month For:
  • ALS Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
  • Asthma Awareness Month
  • Arthritis Month
  • Allergy/Asthma Awareness Month
  • Better Sleep Month
  • Better Speech and Hearing Month
  • Bike Month - (U.S.)
  • Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month
  • Brain Tumor Awareness Month
  • Cystic fibrosis Awareness Month (Australia and U.S.)
  • Celiac Awareness Month
  • Correct Posture Month
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS)
  • Fibromyalgia Awareness
  • Foot Health Month
  • Foster Care Month - (U.S.)
  • Guide Dog Month - (U.S.)
  • Haitian Heritage Month
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month
  • High Blood Pressure Month - (U.S.)
  • Huntington's Disease Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Jewish American Heritage Month
  • Lupus Awareness Month
  • Lyme Disease Awareness Month
  • Mental Health Month
  • Military Appreciation Month
  • Mobility Awareness Month
  • Motorcycle Awareness Month
  • Older Americans Month - (U.S.)
  • Physical Fitness and Sports Month
  • Stroke Awareness Month - (U.S.)
Awareness Days in May:
  • Misophonia awareness day falls on the first Monday in May, and is known as Misophonia Monday
  • May 1 - Global Mesh Awareness Day
  • May 2 - International Scurvy Awareness Day
  • May 3 - Start of Brain Tumor Action Week
  • May 5 - Cri du Chat Syndrome Day (www.fivepminus.org)
  • May 5 - International Midwives Day
  • May 5 - Ependymoma Awareness Day
  • May 5 - National Childhood Stroke Awareness Day
  • May 5 - World Asthma Day
  • May 6 - World Moyamoya Day
  • May 7 - National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
  • May 6 - International Awareness Day for Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bones)
  • May 7 - Bladder Cancer Awareness Day
  • May 8 - World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day
  • May 8 - World Red Cross & Red Crescent Day
  • May 10 - World Lupus Day
  • May 12 - International Nurses Day
  • May 12 - International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND)
  • May 14 - Childhood Speech Apraxia Awareness Day
  • May 15 - International Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) Awareness Day
  • May 15 - International Day of Families - (UN)
  • May 17 - Worldwide Neurofibromatosis (NF) Awareness Day
  • May 17 - International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
  • May 18 - International AIDS Vaccine Day
  • May 18 - International AIDS Candlelight Memorial
  • May 19 - World Hepatitis Day
  • May 19 - Schizencephaly Awareness Day
  • May 20 - International Behcet's Disease Awareness Day
  • May 20 - International Blue Cone Monochromacy awareness day
  • May 20 - World Autoimmune Arthritis Day
  • May 21 - Global Accessibility Awareness Day
  • May 22 - International Day for Biological Diversity - (UN)
  • May 23 - International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
  • May 24 - Schizophrenia awareness day (Canada)
  • May 25 - World Thyroid Day (WTD)
  • May 27 - World Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Day.
  • May 28 - World Hunger Day
  • May 31 - World No Tobacco Day - (UN)
Awareness Weeks in May:
Awareness Dates for June
June is Awareness Month For:
Awareness Days in June:
  • June 1 - International Children's Day
  • June 1 - World Hypoparathyroidism Awareness
  • June 2 - National Gun Violence Awareness Day
  • June 3 - Telehealthcare Awareness Day
  • June 4 - International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
  • June 5 - National HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day
  • June 6 - Hunger Day
  • June 7 - National Cancer Survivors Day
  • June 8 - World Brain Tumor Day
  • June 11 - Neuropathy Action Awareness Day
  • June 13 - Young Carers Awareness Day (U.K.)
  • June 13 - International Albinism Awareness Day
  • June 14 - World Blood Donor Day - (UN)
  • June 15 - World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)
  • June 16 - Achalasia Awareness Day
  • June 17 - CDKL5 Worldwide Awareness Day
  • June 18 - Autistic Pride Day
  • June 19 - World Sickle Cell Day - (UN)
  • June 20 - World Refugee Day - (UN)
  • June 21 - Global day of recognition of ALS/MND
  • June 23 - Dravet Syndrome Awareness Day.
  • June 25 - World Vitiligo Awareness Day
  • June 26 - International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking - (UN)
  • June 27 - U.S. National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Day
  • June 29 - World Scleroderma Awareness Day
  • June 30 - Asteroid Awareness Day
  • June 30 - Arthrogryposis Awareness Day
Awareness Dates for July
July is Awareness Month For:
  • Disability Pride Month (NY)
  • Fragile X (FXS) Awareness Month
  • National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month (NCCAPM)
  • Sarcoma Awareness Month - (U.S.)
Awareness Days in July:
  • July 1 - Doctor's Day - Bidhan Chandra Roy Birthday
  • July 2 - National Corpus Callosum Awareness Day (Australia)
  • July 5 2015 - International Day of Cooperatives (Recognized by the UN first Saturday in July)
  • July 6 - International Kissing Day
  • July 11 - World Population Day
  • July 12 - Disability Awareness Day (DAD) (U.K.)
  • July 12 - Heterochromia Awareness Day
  • July 13 - Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) Awareness Day
  • July 15 - World Youth Skills Day
  • July 16 - Disability (ADA) Awareness Day
  • July 17 - World Day for International Justice
  • July 18 - Nelson Mandela International Day
  • July 21 - National Farm Safety Awareness Day
  • July 22 - Fragile X Awareness Day (FXS)
  • July 23 - World Sjogren's Day
  • July 24 - National Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Day
  • July 28 - World Hepatitis Day
  • July 30 - Gastroschisis Awareness Day
  • July 30 - International Day of Friendship
Awareness Weeks in July:
  • Last Friday of July - System Administrator Appreciation Day
Awareness Dates for August
August is Awareness Month For:
  • Cataract Awareness Month
  • Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
  • Children's Vision and Learning Month
  • Digestive Tract Paralysis (DTP) Month
  • Don't be a Bully Month
  • Immunization Awareness Month
  • Neurosurgery Outreach Month
  • Never Leave a Child Unattended in a Car, Purple Ribbon Month
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)
  • Studious Behavior Awareness Month
Awareness Days in August:
  • August 1 - Clergy Sexual Abuse Awareness Day US & International
  • August 6 - National Fresh Breath Day
  • August 6 - National Wiggle Your Toes Day
  • August 7 - Purple Heart Day
  • August 8 - Happiness Happens Day
  • August 9 - International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
  • August 12 - International Youth Day
  • August 13 - International Left-handers Day
  • August 19 - World Humanitarian Day
  • August 20 - National Honey Bee Day
  • August 21 - National Senior Citizens Day
  • August 30 - International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
  • August 31 - International Overdose Awareness Day
Awareness Dates for September
September is Awareness Month For:
  • Alopecia Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Arnold-Chiari Malformation Awareness Month
  • Achalasia Awareness Month - Achalasia Awareness Organization
  • Baby Safety Month - (U.S.)
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Childhood Obesity Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Chiari Awareness Month
  • Cholesterol Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Emergency Care Month
  • Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Hispanic Heritage Month - (U.S. - Sept. 15 to Oct. 15)
  • Life Insurance Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Lymphoma Awareness Month
  • National Guide Dog Month - (U.S.)
  • National Recovery Month - (U.S.)
  • National Hydrocephalus Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • National Honey Month - (U.S.)
  • National Preparedness Month - (U.S.)
  • Orthostatic Tremor Awareness Month
  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Pain Awareness Month
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome Awareness Month
  • Prostate Awareness Month
  • Recovery Month - (U.S.)
  • Sight Saving Month - (U.S.)
  • Suicide Prevention Month - (U.S.)
  • Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month
  • Tumor Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Wilderness Month - (U.S.)
  • World Alzheimer's Disease Month
  • Women of Achievement Month
Awareness Days in September:
Awareness Weeks in September:
  • National Rehabilitation Awareness Week - (Actual Date Subject to Change Each Year)
  • Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week - First week of September - (5th - 11th Sept, 2016)
Awareness Dates for October
October is Awareness Month For:
  • AIDS Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Black History Month - (U.K.)
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Bullying Prevention Month - (U.S.)
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Colon Cancer Awareness Month
  • Cyber-Security Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Dental Hygiene Month - (U.S.)
  • Depression Education and Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • Diversity Awareness Month
  • Diarrhea Awareness Month
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Down Syndrome Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Dwarfism Awareness Month
  • Dysautonomia Awareness Month (www.dysautonomiainternational.org)
  • Eczema Awareness Month
  • Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month - (www.e-ii.org)
  • Energy Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Fair Trade Month
  • Fire Prevention Month - (U.S.)
  • Health Care Food Service Month - (U.S.)
  • Hispanic Heritage Month - (Sept. to Oct.) - (U.S.)
  • Hunger Awareness Month
  • International Walk to School Month - (Canada)
  • Infant Loss & Miscarriage Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Information Literacy Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Italian American Heritage Month - (U.S.)
  • LGBTQ History Month - (U.S.)
  • Lupus Awareness Month
  • Outdoor Lighting Month - (U.S.)
  • Pastor Appreciation Month
  • Polish American Heritage Month
  • Pharmacy Month - (U.S.)
  • Physical Therapy Month - (U.S.)
  • Pit Bull Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Raynaud's Awareness Month
  • Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Selective Mutism Awareness Month
  • Spina Bifida Awareness Month
  • Spina bifida awareness month
  • Work & Family Month - (U.S.)
  • Vaccine Injury Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • Vegetarian Awareness Month - (U.S.)
Awareness Days in October:
  • October 1 - International Day of Older Persons - (UN)
  • October 2 - World Cerebral Palsy Day
  • October 1 - World Vegetarian Day
  • October 5 - World Day of Bullying Prevention
  • October 7 - International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day
  • October 7 - Team Margot Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Awareness Day
  • October 7 - World Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day
  • October 8 - World Humanitarian Action Day
  • October 9 - PANDAS / PANS Awareness Day
  • October 10 - World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
  • October 10 - World Mental Health Day
  • October 10 - World Day Against Death Penalty, recognized by the WCADP
  • October 11 - International Day of the Girl Child
  • October 13 - Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
  • October 14 - Global Food Protein Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) Day
  • October 15 - World Blind Day / World Sight Day
  • October 15 - International Day of Rural Women - (UN)
  • October 15 - Global Hand-washing Day
  • October 15 - National White Cane Safety Day
  • October 15 - Blind Americans Equality Day
  • October 16 - World Food Day - (UN)
  • October 17 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - (UN)
  • October 18 - World Vasectomy Day
  • October 20 - World Osteoporosis Day
  • October 21 - Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day
  • October 22 - International Stuttering Awareness Day
  • October 24 - World Development Information Day
  • October 24 - United Nations Day
  • October 25 - Spina Bifida Awareness Day
  • October 25 - Hydrocephalus Day
  • October 25 - 31 - International Epidermolysis Bullosa Awareness Week
  • October 26 - Intersex Awareness Day
  • October 27 - World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
  • October 29 - World Stroke Day
Awareness Dates for November
November is Awareness Month For:
  • Adoption Awareness Month - (U.S.)
  • COPD Awareness Month
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
  • Alzheimer's Awareness Month
  • Dercum's Disease (Adiposis Dolorosa) Awareness month
  • Diabetes Awareness Month
  • Epilepsy Month
  • Good Nutrition Month
  • Hospice Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Prematurity Awareness Month
  • Prostate Cancer / Men's Health Awareness month
  • Red Ribbon Month (Anti-drunk-driving)
  • RSD/CRPS Awareness Month
  • Transgender Awareness Month
  • Vegan Awareness Month
Awareness Days in November:
  • November 1 - World Vegan Day
  • November 1 - Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Awareness Day
  • November 4 - National Stress Awareness Day (NSAD) (U.K.)
  • November 6 - International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
  • November 7 - Cancer Awareness Day (India)
  • November 8 - Aicardi Syndrome Awareness Day
  • November 9 - World Freedom Day
  • November 10 - World NET Cancer Awareness Day
  • November 10 - World Immunization Day
  • November 11 - Veterans Day - Remembrance Day - Armistice Day
  • November 12 - World Pneumonia Day
  • November 13 - World Pancreatic Cancer Day
  • November 14 - World Diabetes Day - (UN)
  • November 15 - World Ohtahara Syndrome Awareness Day
  • November 16 - International Day for Tolerance - (UN)
  • November 17 - International Students Day
  • November 17 - World Prematurity Day
  • November 18 - World COPD Day
  • November 19 - International Men's Day (IMD)
  • November 20 - Universal Children's Day - (UN)
  • November 20 - Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • November 21 - World Hello Day
  • November 24 - N24 Awareness Day
  • November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - (UN)
  • November 30 - Self Harm Awareness Day
Awareness Weeks in November:
  • National Radiologic Technology Week - Celebrated annually to recognize the vital work of R.T.s across the nation. The celebration takes place each November to commemorate the anniversary of the x-ray's discovery by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on Nov. 8, 1895. Learn more www.asrt.org/nrtw
  • Third Sunday of November - World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (Recognized by the UN)
Awareness Dates for December
December is Awareness Month For:
  • AIDS Awareness Month
  • Constipation Awareness Month
  • Universal Human Rights Month
Awareness Days in December:
  • December 1 - World Aids Day - (UN)
  • December 2 - International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
  • December 3 - International Day of Persons with Disabilities - (UN)
  • December 5 - International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
  • December 6 - National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (Canada)
  • December 10 - Human Rights Day - (UN)
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January

  • 27 January - International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

February

  • 4 February - World Cancer Day
  • 6 February - International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
  • 13 February - World Radio Day
  • 20 February - World Day of Social Justice
  • 21 February - International Mother Language Day

March

  • 1 March - Zero Discrimination Day - (UNAIDS)
  • 3 March - World Wildlife Day
  • 8 March - International Women's Day
  • 20 March - International Day of Happiness
  • 21 March - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • 21 March - World Poetry Day - (UNESCO)
  • 21 March - International Day of Nowruz
  • 21 March - World Down Syndrome Day
  • 21 March - International Day of Forests
  • 22 March - World Water Day
  • 23 March - World Meteorological Day
  • 24 March - World Tuberculosis Day
  • 24 March - International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations & for the Dignity of Victims
  • 25 March - International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery & the Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • 25 March - International Day of Solidarity with Detained & Missing Staff Members

April

  • 2 April - World Autism Awareness Day
  • 4 April - International Day for Mine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action
  • 6 April - International Day of Sport for Development & Peace
  • 7 April - International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda
  • 7 April - World Health Day - (WHO)
  • 12 April - International Day of Human Space Flight
  • 22 April - International Mother Earth Day
  • 23 April - World Book & Copyright Day
  • 23 April - English Language Day
  • 24 - 30 April - World Immunization Week - (WHO)
  • 25 April - World Malaria Day - (WHO)
  • 26 April - World Intellectual Property Day - (WIPO)
  • 28 April - World Day for Safety & Health at Work
  • 29 April - Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare
  • 30 April - International Jazz Day

May

  • 3 May - World Press Freedom Day
  • 8-9 May - Time of Remembrance & Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During the Second World War
  • 9-10 May - World Migratory Bird Day - (UNEP)
  • 15 May - International Day of Families
  • 17 May - World Telecommunication & Information Society Day - (ITU)
  • 21 May - World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialog & Development
  • 22 May - International Day for Biological Diversity
  • 23 May - International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
  • 29 May - International Day of UN Peacekeepers
  • 31 May - World No-Tobacco Day - (WHO)

June

  • 1 June - Global Day of Parents
  • 1 June - "Vesak", the Day of the Full Moon
  • 4 June - International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
  • 5 June - World Environment Day - (UNEP)
  • 6 June - Russian Language Day at the UN - (in Russian)
  • 8 June - World Oceans Day
  • 12 June - World Day Against Child Labour
  • 13 June - International Albinism Awareness Day
  • 14 June - World Blood Donor Day - (WHO)
  • 15 June - World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
  • 17 June - World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
  • 20 June - World Refugee Day
  • 21 June - International Day of Yoga
  • 23 June - United Nations Public Service Day
  • 23 June - International Widows' Day
  • 25 June - Day of the Seafarer - (IMO)
  • 26 June - International Day against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking
  • 26 June - United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

July

  • 4 July - (first Saturday in July) - International Day of Cooperatives
  • 11 July - World Population Day
  • 15 July - World Youth Skills Day
  • 18 July - Nelson Mandela International Day
  • 28 July - World Hepatitis Day - (WHO)
  • 30 July - International Day of Friendship
  • 30 July - World Day against Trafficking in Persons

August

  • 9 August - International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
  • 12 August - International Youth Day
  • 19 August - World Humanitarian Day
  • 23 August - International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & Its Abolition - (UNESCO)
  • 29 August - International Day against Nuclear Tests
  • 30 August - International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

September

  • 5 September - International Day of Charity
  • 8 September - International Literacy Day - (UNESCO)
  • 12 September - United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation
  • 15 September - International Day of Democracy
  • 16 September - International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
  • 21 September - International Day of Peace
  • 25 September - (last week of September) - World Maritime Day - (IMO)
  • 26 September - International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
  • 27 September - World Tourism Day

October

  • 1 October - International Day of Older Persons
  • 2 October - International Day of Non-Violence
  • 5 October - World Teachers Day - (UNESCO)
  • 5 October - (first Monday in October) - World Habitat Day
  • 9 October - World Post Day
  • 10 October - World Mental Health Day - (WHO)
  • 11 October - International Day of the Girl Child
  • 13 October - International Day for Disaster Reduction
  • 15 October - International Day of Rural Women
  • 16 October - World Food Day - (FAO)
  • 17 October - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
  • 20 October - World Statistics Day
  • 24 October - United Nations Day
  • 24 October - World Development Information Day
  • 27 October - World Day for Audiovisual Heritage - (UNESCO)
  • 31 October - World Cities Day

November

  • 2 November - International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
  • 6 November - International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War & Armed Conflict
  • 10 November - World Science Day for Peace & Development
  • 14 November - World Diabetes Day
  • 15 November - (third Sunday in November) - World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
  • 16 November - International Day for Tolerance - (Resolution 5.61 of the 28th session of the UNESCO General Conference)
  • 19 November - World Toilet Day
  • 19 November - (third Thursday in November) - World Philosophy Day
  • 20 November - Africa Industrialization Day
  • 20 November - Universal Childrens Day
  • 21 November - World Television Day
  • 25 November - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
  • 29 November - International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

December

  • 1 December - World AIDS Day
  • 2 December - International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
  • 3 December - International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • 5 December - International Volunteer Day for Economic & Social Development
  • 5 December - World Soil Day - (FAO)
  • 7 December - International Civil Aviation Day - (ICAO)
  • 9 December - International Day of Commemoration & Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide & of the Prevention of this Crime
  • 9 December - International Anti-Corruption Day
  • 10 December - Human Rights Day
  • 11 December - International Mountain Day
  • 18 December - International Migrants Day
  • 20 December - International Human Solidarity Day
U.N. International Weeks

February

  • 2 - 8 February (first week of February) - World Interfaith Harmony Week

March

  • 21 - 27 March - Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism & Racial Discrimination

April

  • 19 - 23 April - Global Soil Week
  • 24 - 30 April - World Immunization Week (WHO)

May

  • 4 - 10 May - UN Global Road Safety Week (WHO)
  • 25 - 31 May - Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories

August

  • 1 - 7 August - World Breastfeeding Week - (WHO)

October

  • 4 - 10 October - World Space Week
  • 24 - 30 October - Disarmament Week

November

  • 9 - 15 November (the week in which 11 November falls) - International Week of Science & Peace
U.N. International Years

2016

  • International Year of Pulses

2015

  • International Year of Light & Light-based Technologies
  • International Year of Soils (FAO)

2014

  • International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
  • International Year of Small Island Developing States
  • International Year of Crystallography
  • International Year of Family Farming

2013

  • International Year of Water Cooperation
  • International Year of Quinoa

2012

  • International Year of Cooperatives
  • International Year of Sustainable Energy for All

2011

  • International Year for People of African Descent
  • International Year of Chemistry
  • International Year of Forests
  • International Year of Youth

2010

  • International Year of Youth (12 August 2010 - 11 August 2011)
  • International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures
  • International Year of Biodiversity
  • International Year of the Seafarer

2009

  • International Year of Reconciliation
  • International Year of Natural Fibers
  • International Year of Human Rights Learning
  • International Year of Astronomy
  • Year of the Gorilla (UNEP & UNESCO)

2008

  • International Year of Planet Earth
  • International Year of Languages
  • International Year of Sanitation
  • International Year of the Potato

2007-2008

  • International Polar Year (WMO)

2006

  • International Year of Deserts & Desertification

2005

  • International Year of Microcredit
  • International Year for Sport & Physical Education
  • International Year of Physics

2004

  • International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery & its Abolition
  • International Year of Rice

2003

  • Year of Kyrgyz Statehood
  • International Year of Freshwater

2002

  • United Nations Year for Cultural Heritage
  • International Year of Mountains
  • International Year of Eco-tourism

2001

  • United Nations Year of Dialog among Civilizations
  • International Year of Volunteers
  • International Year of Mobilization against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia & Related Intolerance

2000

  • International Year of Thanksgiving - (A/RES/52/16)
  • International Year for the Culture of Peace

1999

  • International Year of Older Persons

1998

  • International Year of the Ocean

1996

  • International Year for the Eradication of Poverty

1995

  • United Nations Year for Tolerance
  • World Year of Peoples Commemoration of the Victims of the Second World War

1994

  • International Year of the Family
  • International Year of Sport & the Olympic Ideal

1993

  • International Year for the World's Indigenous People

1992

  • International Space Year

1990

  • International Literacy Year

1987

  • International Year of Shelter for The Homeless

1986

  • International Year of Peace

1985

  • Year of the United Nations
  • International Youth Year: Participation, Development, Peace

1983

  • World Communications Year; Development of Communication Infrastructures

1982

  • International Year of Mobilization for Sanctions Against South Africa

1981

  • International Year for Disabled Persons

1979

  • International Year of The Child

1978 - 1979

  • International Anti-Apartheid Year

1975

  • International Women's Year

1974

  • World Population Year

1971

  • International Year for Action to Combat Racism & Racial Prejudice

1970

  • International Education Year

1968

  • International Year for Human Rights

1967

  • International Tourist Year

1965

  • International Co-operation Year

1961

  • International Health & Medical Research Year

1959 - 1960

  • World Refugee Year
U.N. International Decades

2015 - 2024

  • International Decade for People of African Descent

2014 - 2024

  • United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All

2011 - 2020

  • Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism
  • United Nations Decade on Biodiversity
  • Decade of Action for Road Safety

2010 - 2020

  • United Nations Decade for Deserts & the Fight against Desertification

2008 - 2017

  • Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty

2006 - 2016

  • Decade of Recovery & Sustainable Development of the Affected Regions (3rd decade after the Chernobyl disaster)

2005 - 2015

  • International Decade for Action, Water for Life

2005 - 2014

  • United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
  • Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous People

2003 - 2012

  • United Nations Literacy Decade: Education for All

2001 - 2010

  • International Decade for a Culture of Peace & Non-violence for the Children of the World
  • Decade to Roll Back Malaria in Developing Countries, Particularly in Africa
  • Second International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism

1997 - 2006

  • Decade for The Eradication for Poverty

1995 - 2004

  • Decade for Human Rights Education

1994 - 2004

  • Decade of the World's Indigenous People

1993 - 2003

  • Third Decade to Combat Racism & Racial Discrimination

1991 - 2000

  • Second Industrial Development Decade for Africa
  • Second Transport & Communications Decade in Africa
  • United Nations Decade Against Drug Abuse
  • Fourth United Nations Development Decade

1990 - 2000

  • International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism

1990 - 1999

  • United Nations Decade of International Law
  • International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction

1990s

  • Third Disarmament Decade

1988 - 1997

  • World Decade for Cultural Development

1983 - 1993

  • Second Decade to Combat Racism & Racial Discrimination

1983 - 1992

  • United Nations Decade for Disabled Persons

1981 - 1990

  • International Drinking Water Supply & Sanitation Decade
  • Third United Nations Development Decade

1980 - 1990

  • Second Disarmament Decade

1980's

  • Industrial Development Decade for Africa

1978 - 1988

  • Transport & Communications Decade for Africa

1976 - 1985

  • United Nations Decade for Women: Equality, Development & Peace

1973 - 1983

  • Decade to Combat Racism & Racial Discrimination

1971 - 1980

  • Second United Nations Development Decade

1970's

  • Disarmament Decade

1960 - 1970

  • United Nations Development Decade
U.S. Presidential Proclamation List of Observance Dates
U.S. Presidential Proclamation Days

January

  • January 16 - Religious Freedom Day
  • 3rd Monday in January - Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday
  • 3rd Sunday in January - U.S. Sanctity of Human Life Day

February

  • February 15 - Susan B. Anthony Day

March

  • March 25 - Greek Independence Day
  • March 31 - Cesar Chavez Day

April

  • 2nd Thursday in April - U.S. D.A.R.E. Day
  • April 9 - U.S. Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day
  • April 14 - Pan American Day and Pan American Week

May

  • May 1 - Loyalty Day
  • May 1 - Law Day, U.S.A.
  • May 15 - Peace Officer Memorial Day
  • 1st Thursday in May - U.S. Day of Prayer
  • 2nd Friday in May - Military Spouses Day
  • 2nd Sunday in May - Mother's Day
  • 3rd Friday in May - U.S. Defense Transportation Day and U.S. Transportation Week
  • 3rd Saturday in May - Armed Forces Day
  • May 22 - U.S. Maritime Day
  • May 25 - U.S. Missing Children's Day
  • Last Monday in May - Memorial Day

June

  • 1st Monday in June - U.S. Child's Day
  • June 14 - Flag Day and U.S. Flag Week
  • 3rd Sunday in June - Father's Day

July

  • July 27 - U.S. Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
  • Last Sunday in July - Parent's Day

August

  • August 16 - U.S. Airborne Day
  • August 26 - Women's Equality Day

September

  • Weekend before September 11 - U.S. Days of Prayer and Remembrance
  • September 11 - Patriot Day
  • September 11 - Emergency Number Day
  • 3rd Friday in September U.S. POW/MIA Recognition Day
  • September 17 - Citizenship Day and Constitution Week
  • September 22 - American Business Women's Day
  • September 28 - U.S. Good Neighbor Day
  • 4th Monday in September - Family Day
  • Last Sunday in September - Gold Star Mother's Day

October

  • 1st Monday in October - Child Health Day
  • October 6 - German-American Day
  • 2nd Monday in October - Columbus Day
  • October 9 - Leif Erikson Day
  • October 11 - General Pulaski Memorial Day
  • October 15 - White Cane Safety Day
  • October 24 - United Nations Day

November

  • November 9 - World Freedom Day
  • November 11 - Veterans Day
  • November 15 - U.S. Philanthropy Day
  • November 15 - America Recycles Day
  • 4th Thursday in November - Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving - Native American Heritage Day

December

  • December 1 - World AIDS Day
  • December 3 - International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • December 7 - U.S. Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
  • December 10 - Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week
  • December 15 - Bill of Rights Day
  • December 17 - Wright Brothers Day
U.S. Presidential Proclamation Weeks

March

  • 1st week of March - Save Your Vision Week
  • 3rd week of March - U.S. Poison Prevention Week

April

  • Last week of April - U.S. Volunteer Week
  • Varies in April - Crime Victims' Rights Week
  • Last week of April - U.S. Park Week

May

  • Third week of May - World Trade Week
  • Third week of May - U.S. Hurricane Preparedness Week
  • Week prior to Memorial Day - U.S. Safe Boating Week

July

  • Third week of July - Captive Nations Week

August

  • August 16th-22nd - U.S. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week

September

  • Varies in September - Minority Enterprise Development Week
  • 3rd week of September - U.S. Farm Safety and Health Week
  • Varies in September - U.S. Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week

October

  • Week of October 9 - Fire Prevention Week
  • Week of 2nd Sunday in October - U.S. School Lunch Week
  • Week of 3rd Sunday in October - U.S. Forest Products Week
  • 3rd week in October - U.S. Character Counts Week
  • Week prior to Thanksgiving - U.S. Farm-City Week
  • Week of Thanksgiving - U.S. Family Week
U.S. Presidential Proclamation Months

January

  • U.S. Mentoring Month
  • Stalking Awareness Month
  • Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

February

  • American Heart Month
  • Black History Month

March

  • American Red Cross Month
  • Women's History Month
  • Irish-American Heritage Month

April

  • Cancer Control Month
  • U.S. Donate Life Month
  • Prevent Child Abuse Month
  • U.S. Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • U.S. Financial Literacy Month

May

  • Older Americans Month
  • Jewish American Heritage Month
  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
  • Mental Health Awareness Month
  • U.S. Physical Fitness and Sports Month
  • U.S. Foster Care Month

June

  • Gay and Lesbian Pride Month
  • Caribbean-American Heritage Month
  • Great Outdoors Month
  • U.S. Oceans Month
  • Black Music Month

July

  • U.S. Ice Cream Month

September

  • Childhood Cancer Awareness
  • U.S. Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
  • SU.S. Ovarian and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
  • U.S. Wilderness Month
  • U.S. Preparedness Month
  • U.S. Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
  • September 15 to October 15 - U.S. Hispanic Heritage Month

October

  • U.S. Information Literacy Awareness Month
  • Italian American Heritage and Culture Month
  • U.S. Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • U.S. Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • U.S. Arts & Humanities Month
  • U.S. Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • U.S. Cyber Security Awareness Month
  • U.S. Energy Awareness Month

November

  • U.S. Entrepreneurship Month
  • Military Family Month
  • U.S. Bone Marrow Donor Awareness Month
  • U.S. Hospice Month
  • U.S. Adoption Month
  • U.S. Family Caregivers Month
  • U.S. Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
  • U.S. Diabetes Month
  • U.S. American Indian Heritage Month

December

  • U.S. Impaired Driving Prevention Month
  • U.S. Critical Infrastructure Protection Month

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Awareness Ribbon Colors

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The meaning behind an awareness ribbon depends on its colors and pattern. Awareness colors themselves can have very specific meanings, symbolism, and significance to those who wear them and is a way show where an individual or group stands on a cause or issue as well as show a sense of solidarity of those you stand for and stand with.

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