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Ultimate Calendar: Awareness Months & National Days

Simple monthly awareness calendar, illustrated in a handdrawn style

There are hundreds of national and global holidays dedicated to raising awareness and support for meaningful causes.

At Good Good Good, we aim to help people feel more hopeful and do more good. For years we’ve privately curated a comprehensive list of important cause-themed holidays that we've used for creating content on our popular good news Instagram, our Goodnewsletter, and our Goodnewspaper.

We’re making this list public for the first time, in the hopes it’ll help you or your organization bring attention to important issues.

Where applicable, we’ve included resources (usually good news around particular topics — or action steps on how to make a difference) — and encourage you to share them if you find them helpful.

We’ve also created more awareness calendars with even more:

Bookmark this page and revisit it as often as you need. We’ll continue to update it over time.

National Days, Diversity & Inclusion Weeks, and Awareness Months —

January

Holidays

New Year’s Day - January 1st

Read our guide on New Year’s resolutions (and resolutions to help the planet) or explore ideas for your “word of the year”

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday - January 15th

Read the best MLK quotes that go beyond the clichés

Religious Freedom Day - January 16th

Dolly Parton’s Birthday - January 19th

Celebrate the day by reading Dolly Parton’s most inspiring quotes about making the world a better place

International Holocaust Remembrance Day - January 27th

Use and share this guide on how to combat antisemitism in your community and around the world

NASA Day of Remembrance - January 27th

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Third Monday in January

Get to know how best to celebrate Martin Luther King Day and read quotes from his wife, Coretta Scott King, and his daughter, Bernice King.

Weeks & Months

National Blood Donor Month

National Hobby Month

Explore the ultimate list of hobbies — and our guide to hobbies for women

Cervical Health Awareness Month

February

Holidays

National Freedom Day - February 1st

World Hijab Day - February 1st

World Wetlands Day - February 2nd

National Women Physicians Day - February 3rd

World Cancer Day - February 4th

Learn about the good news about the fight against cancer and meet one doctor changing the way we treat cancer 

Rosa Parks Birthday - February 4th

Read and share the best quotes from Rosa Parks

Transit Equity Day - February 4th

National Mail Carrier Day - February 4th

National Day of Women and Girls in Science - February 11th

Get inspired by Afghan girls who are bypassing the Taliban through underground coding classes

Abraham Lincoln's Birthday - February 12th

Shine a Light on Slavery Day - February 13th

Read about one nonprofit that found a creative way to combat human trafficking with a fashion challenge

Valentine’s Day - February 14th

We put together a guide on fun ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day sustainably and a guide to eco-friendly sustainable Valentine’s Day gifts to buy

Anniversary of the Parkland Shooting - February 14th

Read about the Parkland students who became activists and are working to bring an end to gun violence — and also about how to stop school shootings

Random Act of Kindness Day - February 17th

Try one of these ideas for random acts of kindness and read about how to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day

World Whale Day - February 19th

Want some good news about whales? Humpback whales are THRIVING!

World Day of Social Justice - February 20th

Check out our curated collection of the best quotes about social justice

Rare Disease Day - February 28th

There’s good news to be celebrated about science’s progress against rare diseases

Weeks & Months

Black History Month

Read these ideas to celebrate Black History Month

March

Holidays

World Compliment Day - March 1st

Learn about the power of compliments and explore the ultimate list of the best compliment ideas

Self Harm Awareness Day - March 1st

India Giving Day - March 2nd

World Teen Mental Health Day - March 2nd

World Wildlife Day - March 3rd

Read and share ideas for how to celebrate World Wildlife Day

Global Day of Unplugging - March 3rd

International Women’s Day - March 8th

Explore and share ideas for how to celebrate International Women’s Day

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Birthday - March 15th

Read and share Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s best quotes

Global Recycling Day - March 18th

Fred Rogers’ Birthday - March 20th

Explore the ultimate list of the best quotes from Mister Rogers

World Down Syndrome Day - March 21st

International Day of Forests - March 21st

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - March 21st

World Water Day - March 22nd

Check out this collection of the best positive news stories about water

World Tuberculosis Day - March 24th

TWLOHA Day - March 29th

World Bipolar Day - March 30th

International Transgender Day of Visibility - March 31st

Read and share the ultimate guide on how to celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility

Weeks & Months

Women’s History Month

Explore our guide to activities and ideas for Women’s History Month — and read and share empowering quotes for Women’s History Month

Social Work Month

National Reading Month

Explore our top Good Good Good-approved book recommendations and make sure to shop with independent (non-Amazon) bookstores

Disability Awareness Month

Explore our calendar of disability awareness days and weeks

April

Holidays

April Fool’s Day - April 1

Check out Good Good Good’s article which may or may not be an April Fool’s joke

World Autism Acceptance Day - April 2nd

Jane Goodall’s Birthday - April 3rd

Celebrate Jane Goodall's birthday by reading her most iconic quotes about animals, climate change, and living a meaningful life

Maya Angelou’s Birthday - April 4th

Read and share the best quotes by Maya Angelou

National Library Day - April 6th

Read about the many reasons libraries are important

World Health Day - April 7th

Get inspired by quotes from global health advocate Paul Farmer and read the best positive articles about world health

National Pet Day - April 11th

Read and share the ultimate guide on how to celebrate National Pet Day

International Cli-Fi Day - April 20th

Explore our list of the best “climate fiction” books

Cannabis Justice Day (4/20) - April 20th

Learn about the organizations working to support cannabis clemency

Earth Day - April 22nd

Explore out guide full of activities and ideas to celebrate Earth Day. Plus: Read the best good news stories about climate change and all of Good Good Good’s positive coverage on the environment. And check out our list of the best Earth Day quotes.

World Malaria Day - April 25th

Good news: The new malaria vaccine is poised to save millions of children’s lives

World Penguin Day - April 25th

International Lesbian Day of Visibility - April 26th

Coretta Scott King’s Birthday - April 27th

Get inspired by the best quotes from Coretta Scott King and learn more about her legacy

Global Pay It Forward Day - April 28th

Arbor Day - Last Friday in April

Learn about how many trees are on planet earth, read our review of Ecosia (the free tool that plants trees while you surf the internet), explore tree quotes, and read all of our positive tree news.

Independent Bookstore Day - Last Saturday in April

Read and share the complete guide to Independent Bookstore Day celebration ideas. Plus: Learn about the best online bookstores that aren’t Amazon — many of which support local independent bookstores

Weeks & Months

National Volunteer Week - Third Week of April

National Park Week - Week-long Event in April

Read and share our guide on ways to celebrate National Park Week. Plus: Learn about fee-free days at national parks and explore the best products and gifts that give back to national parks

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Arab American Heritage Month

Read about the best ways to celebrate Arab American Heritage Month

Earth Month

Learn about the history of Earth Month and ideas for how to celebrate Earth Month

May

Holidays

World Press Freedom Day - May 3rd

National Teacher’s Day - 1st Tuesday of May

National Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day - May 5th

Fair Trade Day - May 8th

Mother’s Day - 2nd Sunday of May

Learn about the viral Mother's Day campaign encouraging ‘phone calls not flowers’

National Do Something Good For Your Neighbor Day - May 16th

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia - May 17th

Mental Health Action Day - May 18th

Learn about the people working to support mental health around the world

Global Accessibility Awareness Day - 3rd Thursday of May

National Rescue Dog Day - May 20th

Read and share these reasons to adopt a rescue dog

World Bee Day - May 20th

“Bee Girl Sarah” is saving the bees and providing education on how others can join in

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day - May 21st

Find out which fruits and veggies are in season right now

Harvey Milk Day - May 22nd

Learn from the life of Harvey Milk by reading his quotes

Mister Rogers’ 143 Day - May 23rd

In honor of Mister Rogers’ love for the number 143 — learn how to celebrate 143 Day and check out the 143 best quotes from America’s neighbor

Menstrual Hygiene Day - May 28th

Learn About Composting Day - May 29th

Start by learning about food waste

Weeks & Months

National Nurses’ Week - May 6th-12th

Teacher Appreciation Week - 1st Full Week of May

Read and share ideas for how to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Read and share ideas for how to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

Read and share ideas for how to celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

Read and share ideas for how to celebrate MHA Month

No Mow May

June

Holidays

Global Day of Parents - June 1st

National Gun Violence Awareness Day - June 3rd

Read and share quotes about gun violence

Tiananmen Square Anniversary - June 4th

World Environment Day - June 5th

Intersectional Environmentalist’s Birthday - June 8th

Learn more about intersectional environmentalism and dive into the whole topic in The Intersectional Environmentalist Edition of the Goodnewspaper, guest-edited by Leah Thomas

World Oceans Day - June 8th

Read and share ideas about how to celebrate World Oceans Day

World Day Against Child Labor - June 12th

Pulse Day of Remembrance - June 12th

World Blood Donor Day - June 14th

Global Wind Day - June 15th

Juneteenth - June 19th

Read and share ideas about how to thoughtfully celebrate Juneteenth and read these Juneteenth quotes

World Refugee Day - June 20th

Read and share ideas about how to celebrate World Refugee Day, read quotes by and about refugees, and get inspired by the good being done by and for refugees around the world

#ShowYourStripes Day - June 21st

First Use of LGBTQ+ Pride Flag - June 25th

Learn about the meaning of every LGBTQ+ Pride flag

Weeks & Months

Immigrant Heritage Month

Animal Cruelty Prevention Month

Read and share the best quotes about stopping animal cruelty

Gun Violence Awareness Month

Take action to prevent gun violence in the United States

Pride Month

Get ideas for how to thoughtfully celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month

July

Holidays

Canada Day - July 1st

Dive into the best good news from Canada

Independence Day - July 4th

Tom Hanks’ Birthday - July 9th

Chronic Disease Day - July 10th

Cheer Up the Lonely Day - July 11th

Read these ideas on how to cheer yourself up

Malala Day - July 12th

Read all of Malala Yousafzais most inspiring quotes

World Chimpanzee Day - July 14th

Read all of the best quotes from Jane Goodall and learn about famous conservationists

Be Love Day (King Center) - July 16th

World Day for International Justice - July 17th

Read and share from our curated collection of the best quotes about justice

Mandela Day - July 18th

Read all of Nelson Mandela's best quotes

Anniversary of the First Women’s Rights Convention - July 19th

International Self-Care Day - July 24th

Learn how to celebrate International Self-Care Day. Plus: Explore inspiring self-care quotes and try out a few self-care ideas

Emmett Till’s Birthday - July 25th

Learn more about how to honor the life of Emmett Till by supporting his memorials

Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act - July 26th

World Rabies Day - July 28th

World Heart Day - July 29th

International Day of Friendship - July 30th

Weeks & Months

Disability Pride Month

Get ideas for how to thoughtfully celebrate Disability Pride Month this year

Plastic Free July

BIPOC Mental Health Month

Explore these Black mental health resources

August 

Holidays

Emancipation Day - August 1st

Esther Day - August 3rd

Read and share this guide about how to celebrate Esther Day

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People - August 9th

Get to know Indigenous activists making the world a better place

National Nonprofit Day - August 17th

19th Amendment Ratified - August 18th

World Humanitarian Day - August 19th

Read our guide on ideas for celebrating World Humanitarian Day this year

Remember Slavery Day - August 23rd

Women’s Equality Day - August 26th

Mother Teresa’s Birthday - August 27th

Read and share the best quotes from Mother Teresa

Anniversary of the March on Washington - August 28th

Grief Awareness Day - August 30th

Weeks & Months

National Black Business Month

Explore our guide to finding and supporting Black-owned businesses, restaurants, and more in your community

September

Holidays

Anniversary of the End of World War II - September 2nd

Every Woman Day - September 3rd

International Day of Charity - September 5th

National Food Bank Day - First Friday of September

charity: water’s Birthday - September 7th

Learn about the creative ways that kids are raising money and awareness for charity: water

International Literacy Day - September 8th

Ruby Bridges’ Birthday - September 8th

Civil Rights Act of 1957 - September 9th

R U OK Day - September 9th

World Suicide Prevention Day - September 10th

Read about how to support someone who’s struggling with suicide

9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance - September 11th

Positive Thinking Day - September 13th

Read this curated collection of positive quotes — and make sure to subscribe to the Goodnewspaper for the best positive news

International Day of Democracy - September 15th

Constitution Day - September 17th

WHO World Patient Safety Day - September 17th

National Cleanup Day - 3rd Saturday of September

World Lymphoma Awareness Day - September 20th

International Day of Peace - September 21st

World Alzheimer’s Day - September 21st

Zero Emissions Day - September 21st

World Car-Free Day - September 22nd

Explore this list of ways to live and commute without a car

Celebrate Bisexuality Day - September 23rd

National Public Lands Day - September 24th

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate National Public Lands Day. Plus: Visit a national park for free today!

World Day of Migrants & Refugees - September 27th

World Rabies Day - September 28th

World News Day - September 28th

Practice better news-consumption habits by learning how to read the news (and don't forget the good news!)

World Heart Day - September 29th

Weeks & Months

Banned Books Week

Read and share our guide to how to fight book bans during Banned Books Week and beyond

Suicide Prevention Week

Explore our guide to Suicide Prevention Week actions and ideas

National Disability Voting Rights Week

National Suicide Prevention Month

Check out the Suicide Prevention Month action guide — and also read and share this collection of the best suicide prevention quotes

Mullets For Mental Health Month

Read this good news story about the Australians sporting mullets to raise money for mental health research

Library Card Sign-up Month

Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15th to October 15th

Get ideas for how to thoughtfully celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

October

Holidays

National Vegetarian Day - October 1st

Jimmy Carter’s Birthday - October 1st

Read and share the best Jimmy Carter quotes about hope and making a difference

International Day of Non-Violence - October 2nd

Disabled Authors Day - October 2nd

Read and share the best books about disabilities — written by disabled authors

World Animal Day - October 4th

There’s so much animal good news to celebrate! Dive into some of the best stories worth sharing.

World Habitat Day - October 4th

World Teachers Day - October 5th

Read about these famous teachers and educators changing the world and watch these teacher TikToks

Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s Birthday - October 7th

Read and share Desmond Tutu’s most inspiring quotes

World Sight Day - 2nd Thursday of October

World Homeless Day - October 10th

Explore our guide on how to create a homeless care package and share these quotes about homelessness

World Mental Health Day - October 10th

Explore our guide to World Mental Health Day activities & shop mental health shirts that give back to charity

World Inclusion Day - October 10th

International Day of the Girl - October 11th

National Coming Out Day - October 11th

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Birthday - October 11th

Read and share First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s most inspiring quotes

International Newspaper Carrier Day - October 12th

A fantastic day to show off your Goodnewspaper

Treat Yo’ Self Day - October 13th

The perfect day to practice some self-care! Check out our self-care ideas, the best self-care apps, and even some self-care quotes.

Spirit Day (LGBTQ+ Youth) - October 15th

World Food Day / World Hunger Day - October 16th

Learn about hunger: How many people die of hunger? Is hunger a winnable war? How can we make a difference? And what quotes can inspire us to stop world hunger?

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - October 17th

Learn from the leaders at the forefront of fighting poverty and the systemic injustices that cause it by reading quotes about poverty

Pronouns Day - October 21st

International Stuttering Awareness Day - October 22nd

Get to know this organization helping to end the stigma around stuttering

Rosa Parks Death Anniversary - October 24th

United Nations Day - October 24th

World Polio Day - October 24th

Paul Farmer’s Birthday - October 26th

Read about Paul Farmer's inspirational life dedicated to social justice, health equity, and eradicating poverty — and read his best quotes

Hillary Clinton’s Birthday - October 26th

Bob Ross’ Birthday - October 29th

World Psoriasis Day - October 29th

Weeks & Months

Pizzamas - Two-week Event in Fall

Read all about Pizzamas: a unique holiday raising money for charity

Dyslexia Awareness Week - One-week Event in October

Read and share our list of famous celebrities with dyslexia and other learning disabilities

OCD Week - 2nd Week of October

Learn more about obsessive compulsive disorder from our guide: What actually is OCD — and how to make a difference for the people you care about

Hispanic Heritage Month (continued) - September 15th to October 15th

Share these Hispanic Heritage month quotes

National Book Month

Explore our guide to activities and ideas to celebrate National Book Month

Socktober

Explore our guide to history, activities, and ideas to celebrate Socktober

National Co-op Month

AIDS Awareness Month

We’ve made a lot of progress in the fight against AIDS — and that’s worth celebrating!

November

Holidays

World Vegan Day - November 1st

World Adoption Day - November 9th

Yvon Chouinard’s Birthday - November 9th

Learn more about the founder of Patagonia by reading Yvon Chouinard's best quotes about the environment, sustainable business, and adventure

Veterans Day - November 11th

Explore these activities and ideas for how to celebrate Veterans Day

World Pneumonia Day - November 12th

World Kindness Day - November 13th

Explore the ultimate guide for how to celebrate World Kindness Day

World Diabetes Day - November 14th

Bryan Stevenson’s Birthday - November 14th

Read the best quotes from Bryan Stevenson — and learn about his admirable work

International Day for Tolerance - November 16th

Social Enterprise Day - November 17th

Corita Kent’s Birthday - November 20th

Trans Day of Remembrance - November 20th

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - November 25th

Small Business Saturday - 1st Saturday after Thanksgiving

Explore these creative ideas for how to celebrate Small Business Saturday

Giving Tuesday - 1st Tuesday after Thanksgiving

Read and share our article on how and where to donate for Giving Tuesday (and more ideas)

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People - November 29th

Weeks & Months

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week - Week prior to Thanksgiving

Native American Heritage Month

Explore the ultimate guide for how to (meaningfully) celebrate Native American Heritage Month

December

Holidays

World AIDS Day - December 1st

Celebrate World AIDS Day by reading good news about the fight against HIV/AIDS

International Day of Persons with Disabilities - December 3rd

International Volunteer Day - December 5th

Human Rights Day - December 10th

Nobel Prize Day - December 10th

Bill of Rights Day - December 15th

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers - December 17th

International Migrants Day - December 18th

Weeks & Months

Dressember

Learn more about how Dressember is using dresses to make a difference

Explore More Events:

Main Awareness Calendars: All Months In Order | All Awareness Holidays | Heritage Months | Awareness Months | International Days | Social Media Holidays

More Awareness Calendars: Animals | Pets | Environment & Sustainability | Books | Libraries | Religion | LGBTQ+ | Black & African American | Hispanic | Women | Mental Health | Health | Healthcare | Disability | Cancer | HIV/AIDS

Awareness Days & Months: January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

Is this list missing a holiday or awareness week/month? Let us know. We want to ensure this list is comprehensive and inclusive.

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