March: Awareness Months & Holidays for Causes (2024)

Simple calendar illustration for March's awareness months

Every month, there are hundreds of national and international celebrations dedicated to raising awareness and support for meaningful causes.

For those working to bring attention to important topics, it can be challenging to keep track of the next relevant awareness event. We’re here to help.

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 good news Instagram, our Goodnewsletter, our Goodnewspaper, and on this very website.

We’ve organized this list of observances and events by month — and are making them public for the first time. Our hope is that this will help you or your organization bring attention to important issues.

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

The main days and months you should know about for March are:

Women’s History Month March 1
International Women's Day March 8
National Reading Month March 1
World Wildlife Day March 3
Global Recycling Day March 18
International Day of Forests March 21
World Water Day March 22

March is the third month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It has 31 days and marks the transition from winter to spring in the Northern Hemisphere and summer to autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. It is named after Mars, the Roman god of war.

Explore our comprehensive list of national and international months, weeks, days, and birthdays for the month of March:

March Celebrations:

Awareness Months

There are several awareness months celebrated in March — though the five that often get the most attention include Women’s History Month, National Reading Month, Disability Awareness Month, Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, and Kidney Month.

Women’s History Month

Explore the ultimate guide to how to celebrate Women’s History Month — and read and share Women’s History Month quotes

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

Irish-American Heritage Month

Greek American Heritage Month

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

Color Therapy Month

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Prevention Awareness Month

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Endometriosis Awareness Month

Essential Tremor Month

Kidney Month

Kidney Cancer Awareness Month

Myeloma Action Month

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

Red Cross Month

Self-Injury Awareness Month

Brain Injury Awareness Month

National Trisomy Awareness Month

Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month

Bisexual Health Awareness Month

Awareness Weeks

Professional Pet Sitters Week 

1st week of March 

World Glaucoma Week

2nd full week of March

National Animal Poison Prevention Week

3rd week of March

National LGBTQ+ Health Awareness Week

Last week of March

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Last week of February or 1st week of March

Creative Arts Therapies Week

Week-long event in March

Read this good news story about the art therapist using TikTok to help people

Neurodiversity Celebration Week

Week-long event in March

Awareness Days

World Compliment Day - March 1

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

Self-Harm Awareness Day - March 1

World Seagrass Day - March 1

Learn how the “Great Blue Wall” will help protect seagrass and the oceans

Disability Community Day of Mourning - March 1

Zero Discrimination Day - March 1

National Pig Day - March 1st

Meet Hamlet the Pig and a dozen other celebrity pet influencers

National Horse Protection Day - March 1

Meet the man who has built prosthetics for birds, horses, sheep, camels, gazelles, and even elephants.

International Rescue Cat Day - March 2 

India Giving Day - March 2

World Teen Mental Health Day - March 2

World Hearing Day - March 3

World Wildlife Day - March 3

Read and share the ultimate guide on how to celebrate World Wildlife Day. Plus, read some animal-related good news!

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day - March 3

Global Day of Unplugging - March 3

University Mental Health Day - 1st Thursday of March

International HPV Awareness Day - March 4

Read this good news story about women fighting for access to the HPV vaccine

Dissociative Disorder Awareness Day - March 5

Emetophobia Awareness Day - March 5

Insomnia Awareness Day - 1st Monday following the change to daylight saving time

International Women’s Day - March 8

Explore the ultimate guide on how to celebrate International Women’s Day

Breast Implant Illness Awareness Day - March 8

World Kidney Day - 2nd Thursday of March

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - March 10

Solar Appreciation Day - 2nd Friday of March

K9 Veterans Day - March 13

International Day of Action for Rivers - March 14

Meet the advocates working to give water legal rights

Save a Spider Day - March 14

World Consumer Rights Day - March 15

World Sleep Day - March 15

National Panda Day - March 16

Global Recycling Day - March 18

National Trisomy 18 Awareness Day - March 18

​​Taxonomist Appreciation Day - March 19

Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day - March 20

Celebrate Fred Rogers’ birthday by reading and sharing his best quotes

International Day of Happiness - March 20

World Sparrow Day - March 20

World Frog Day - March 20

World Rewilding Day - March 20

Read the good news about rewilding projects multiplying across the UK with the goal of boosting biodiversity

World Down Syndrome Day - March 21

International Day of Forests - March 21

Read the good news about a California redwood forest being returned to Indigenous guardianship

World Planting Day - March 21

Learn how to plant trees for free by reading our review of Ecosia — an alternative to Google’s search engine. Plus: Read about the tree-planting initiative in Chicago supporting intersectional environmentalism

World Wood Day - March 21

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - March 21

Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ+ Awareness & Celebration Day - March 21

Anal Cancer Awareness Day - March 21

World Water Day - March 22

Check out this collection of the best positive news stories about water. Plus: Read about the kids raising money for charity: water & listen to our interview with the organization’s founder, Scott Harrison

International Seal Day - March 22

World Meteorology Day - March 23

Listen to a podcast episode featuring Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist working to fight climate change

World Puppy Day - March 23rd

World Tuberculosis Day - March 24

U.S. National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day - March 25

Purple Day for Epilepsy - March 26

Learn about lots of different awareness colors for causes

Earth Hour - Last Saturday of March

Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE) Awareness Day - March 27

TWLOHA Day - March 29

World Bipolar Day - March 30

National Doctors Day - March 30

International Transgender Day of Visibility - March 31

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

Notable Birthdays

Birthdays of leading activists, nonprofit leaders, and other world-changers born in March:

Lupita Nyong’o’s Birthday - March 1

Jon Bon Jovi’s Birthday - March 2

Read Jon Bon Jovi’s quotes about homelessness (and more quotes)

Janet Mock’s Birthday - March 10

​​Ralph Abernathy’s Birthday - March 11 

Albert Einstein’s Birthday - March 14 

Read and share Albert Einstein’s most famous quotes

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Birthday - March 15

Read and share Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s best quotes

Bayard Rustin’s Birthday - March 17

John Boyega’s Birthday - March 17

Fred Rogers’ Birthday - March 20

Read and share the ultimate list of the best quotes from Mister Rogers

Aretha Franklin’s Birthday - March 25

Gloria Steinem’s Birthday - March 25 

Read and share the ultimate list of Gloria Steinem quotes

Elton John’s Birthday - March 25

Sandra Day O’Connor’s Birthday - March 26

Lady Gaga’s Birthday - March 28

Bernice King’s Birthday - March 28

Read the best quotes by Bernice King, MLK’s daughter

Al Gore’s Birthday - March 31

Explore the best climate good news according to Al Gore

Cesar Chavez’s Birthday - March 31 

You might also like: The Best March Quotes

Explore More Events:

Main Awareness Calendars: All Awareness Holidays | Heritage Months | International Days

More Awareness Calendars:  Animals | Pets | Environment & Sustainability | LGBTQ+ | Black & African American | Mental Health | 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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