Holidays for Content InspirationOutside of holidays being loads of fun, holidays and observances are perfect for planning and creating content and promotions surrounding them.

Whether you’re struggling for blog topic ideas, want to work on a fundraiser or have a special sale for your products, it’s great to know what’s on the horizon. And for your international readers, it always helps to be in the know on what they’re celebrating too.

Here’s a handy list (we shared this with some of our exclusive members at DIYplr.com a few months back) to keep by your side as you plan and publish throughout the year…

Major English-Speaking Country Holiday & Observances List

This list includes a good overview of holidays/observances from major English-speaking countries, but certainly is not an exhaustive list. The information provided is accurate as possible based on available information and extensive research, but there may be variations on dates celebrated and where the holidays/observances are celebrated.

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January

1st – New Year’s Day (United States, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand)
2nd – New Year’s Day (in Scotland)
26th – Australia Day (Australia)
3rd Monday (but traditionally, the 15th) – Martin Luther King Jr. Day (United States)

Also:

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
11th – Human Trafficking Awareness Day
3rd Week – National Non-Smoking Week
3rd Wednesday – Weedless Wednesday
27th – Family Literacy Day

February

2nd – Groundhog Day (United States, Canada)
6th – Waitangi Day (New Zealand)
12th – Lincoln’s Birthday (United States)
21st – Family Day (Canada – some provinces)
21st – Presidents Day (United States)

Also:

African History Month
Heart Month
1st week – Eating Disorder Awareness Week
12th – Darwin Day
13th – Black Love Day
14th – Valentine’s Day
28th – National Science Day

March

Good Friday & Easter Sunday and Monday (not based on dates, but follow the Paschal Full Moon each year. Usually in March or April)
17th – St. Patrick’s Day (Canada, United States, Northern Ireland)
30th – National Doctors Day (United States)

Also:

Women History Month
National Epilepsy Month
National Kidney Month
National Nutrition Month
Red Cross Month
6th – World Glaucoma Day
8th – International Women’s Day
14th – Pi Day
22nd – World Water Day

April

1st – April Fool’s Day
3rd Monday of April – Patriots Day (Marathon Day in New England and Wisconsin) (United States)
25th – ANZAC Day (Australia, New Zealand)
Last Friday – Arbor Day (United States)

Also:

Earth Month
Poetry Month
Daffodil Month: Cancer Awareness
Dental Health Month
National Cancer Month
Parkinson’s Awareness Month
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month
National Physiotherapy Month
7th – World Health Day
22nd – Earth Day
Dates Vary – National Volunteer Week

May

1st Monday – Early May Bank Holiday (United Kingdom)
5th – Cinco de Mayo (often observed in United States)
Last Monday before or on the 24th – Victoria Day (Canada – “Journée nationale des Patriotes” in Quebec)
5th – National Day of Prayer (United States)
2nd Sunday – Mother’s Day (United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand)
4th Sunday of Lent – Mothering Sunday (United Kingdom)
3rd Saturday in May – Armed Forces Day (United States)
Last Monday (traditionally May 30) – Memorial Day (United States)
Last Monday – Spring Bank Holiday (United Kingdom)

Also:

Mental Health Awareness Month
Cystic Fibrosis Month
Foot Health Awareness Month
Hepatitis Awareness Month
Medic Alert Month
Multiple Sclerosis Month
Early in May – National Summer Safety Week
Early in May – North American Occupational Health and Safety Week
Mid-May – National Nursing Week
Emergency Preparedness Week
6th – International No Diet Day
8th – World Red Cross Day
15th – International Day of the Family
17th – International Day Against Homophobia Day
25th – National Missing Children’s Day
31st – World No Tobacco Day

June

1st or 2nd Saturday in June – Queen’s Official Birthday (United Kingdom)
1st Monday in June – Queen’s Official Birthday (New Zealand)
2nd Monday of June – Queen’s Official Birthday (Australia)
14th – Flag Day (United States)
3rd Sunday in June – Father’s Day (United States, Canada, United Kingdom)
24th – Fête nationale du Québec (Quebec – Canada)

Also:

ALS Awareness Month
Black Music Month
LGBT Pride Month
National Athletic Therapy Month
National Basketball & Hip-Hop Culture Month
Relay for Life
Seniors Month
Stroke Awareness Month
4th – Clean Air Day
8th – World Ocean Day
14th – World Blood Donor Day

July

1st – Canada Day
4th – Independence Day (United States)
Also:

Hot Dog Month
11th – World Population Day
16th – Word Funny Day

August

1st Monday – Provincial holiday in Canada, excluding Quebec

Also:

1st Week – World Breastfeeding Week
9th – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
12th – International Youth Day

September

1st Sunday – Father’s Day (Australia, New Zealand)
1st Monday – Labor Day (United States, Canada)
11th – Patriot Day (United States)
Sunday after Labor Day – Grandparent’s Day (United States)
17th – Constitution Day (United States)

Also:

National Arthritis Month
Ovarian Cancer Month

October

2nd Monday – Thanksgiving (Canada)
2nd Monday – Columbus Day (United States)
9th – Leif Erikson Day (United States)
31st – Halloween (Canada, United States
4th Monday in October – Labour Day (New Zealand)
Labour Day is in Australia, but the date varies dependent on region

Also:

2nd – Mahatma Ghandi’s Birthday
16th – Boss’s Day

November

1st – All Saint’s Day
11th – Remembrance Day (Canada)
11th – Veteran’s Day (United States)
4th Thursday in November – Thanksgiving (United States)
Friday after U.S. Thanksgiving – Black Friday (United States)
Monday after Thanksgiving – Cyber Monday (United States)

Also:

1st – All Saint’s Day
1st – Day of the Dead

December

Usually early December (based on Jewish Calendar) – Hanukkah
7th – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (United States)
24th – Christmas Eve
25th – Christmas Day
26th – Boxing Day (Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zeland) (Called Proclamation Day in South Australia)
26th – Kwanzaa (United States) – to January 1
31st – New Year’s Eve (United States, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand)

Also:

1st – World AIDS Day

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