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Full list of important national and international days in 2020

The main purpose of observing important days is to create awareness among the people for a particular cause.

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Full list of important national and international days in 2020

List of National and International Days is one of the hottest topics in the World. Out of 365 days in a year, we have some special days like Birthdays, Wedding Anniversaries, Raksha Bandhan..etc. Similarly, for a particular cause, the Government of India, United Nations, World Health Organization..etc observe some Special Days every month. The main purpose of observing such days is to create awareness among the people for a particular cause.

Important days are also helpful when it comes to Competitive Exams. National and International Days play a major role under General Knowledge. We can expect a minimum of two or three questions from this topic. Nowadays most of the exams focus more on the Themes of International Days.


The month of January is named after the Roman god of doors, Janus, because this month is the door into the new year. Janus is also called the two-faced god. He represents all beginnings and possesses the ability to see the past and the future. January is considered the coldest month of the year in most of the Northern Hemisphere and the warmest month of the year in most of the Southern Hemisphere.

Important days, events and festival in January:

Jan 1- English New Year, Army Medical Corps Establishment Day, Global family day, World Peace Day
Ja 4- World Braille Day
Jan 6 – World War Orphans Day
Jan 8- African National Congress Foundation Day
Jan 9- Pravasi Bharatiya Divas NRI Day
Jan 10- World Laughter Day, World Hindi Day
Jan 11 -Death anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri
Jan 12 – National Youth Day (Birth Day of Swami Vivekanand)
Jan 13 – Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti
Jan 14 – Lohri
Jan 15 – Indian Army Day (Field Marshall K.M. Cariappa took over the command of Army on this day in 1949 from the British), PongalMakar Sankranti
Jan 23  – Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary  
Jan 25- International Customs Duty Day, India Tourism DayNational Voters Day
Jan 26- Republic Day
Jan 27 – International Holocaust Day    (The largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz- Birkenau was liberated by Soviet troops on Jan 27, 1945.), International Day of Commemoration
Jan 28- Birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai
Jan 30- Mahatma Gandhi’s Martyrdom Day (Martyr’s day)
Jan (last Sunday) – World Leprosy Eradication Day


February is the second month of the year in our modern-day Gregorian calendar. It is the year’s shortest month with only 28 days in common years and 29 days in leap years. February is named after the Latin word februum, or maybe even the more ancient februa, which was a spring festival of washing and purification

Important days, events and festival in February:

Feb 1 – Surajkund Crafts Mela
Feb 1 – Indian Coast Guard Day
Feb 2 – World Wetlands Day
Feb 3- Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
Feb 4- World Cancer Day
Feb 4 – National Day of Sri Lanka
Feb 7- International Development Week
Feb 12– Darwin Day
Feb 12- Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday
Feb 13– Sarojini Naidu’s Birth Anniversary
Feb 14- Saint Valentine’s Day
Feb 18- Taj Mahotsav
Feb 20- World Day of Social Justice
Feb 21- International Mother Language Day
Feb 22- World Scout Day
Feb 24 – Central Excise Day
Feb 27- World Sustainable Energy Day
Feb 28– National Science Day


March has not always been the third month in a year. In early versions of the ancient Roman calendar, the year began with March or Martius. Because the month coincides with the time of the March equinox and the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, where the calendar originated, March was considered to be a month of new beginnings

Important days, events and festival in March:

March 1– Zero Discrimination Day
March 1- World Civil Defence Day
March 3- World Wildlife Day
March 3- World Hearing Day
March 4- National Safety Day
March 8- International Women’s Day
March 8- Ramakrishna Jayanti
March 10- CISF Raising Day

March 11- No Smoking Day (Second Wednesday of March)

March 12- Mauritius Day
March 14– Pi Day
March 14- International Day of Action for Rivers
March 15- World Consumer Rights Day
March 16- National Vaccination Day
March 18- Ordnance Factories Day (India)
March 20- International Day of Happiness
March 20– World Sparrow Day
March 21- World Forestry Day
March 21- World Down syndrome Day
March 21- World Poetry Day
March 22– World Water Day
March 23- World Meteorological Day
March 24- World Tuberculosis (TB) Day
March 27- World Theatre Day


April was оrіgіnаllу thе ѕесоnd mоnth of the year in thе Roman саlеndаr and соnѕіѕtеd оf 30 dауѕ. It became the fourth mоnth соnѕіѕtіng оf only 29 dауѕ when January wаѕ dеѕіgnаtеd thе fіrѕt month of thе уеаr around 450 BCE. Aрrіl became 30 dауѕ lоng again whеn Julius Cаеѕаr rеfоrmеd thе calendar.

Important days, events and festival in April:

1 April – Odisha Day, Prevention of Blindness week, April Fools Day
2 April- World Autism Awareness Day
4 April- International Day for Mine Awareness
5 April- National Maritime Day
7 April- World Health Day
10 April- World Homeopathy Day
11 April- National Safe Motherhood Day, National Pet Day
13 April- Jallianwala Bagh Massacre Day (1919)
14 April- B.R. Ambedkar Remembrance Day
17 April- World Haemophilia Day
18 April- World Heritage Day
21 April- National Civil Service Day, Secretaries’ Day
22 April- World Earth Day
23 April- World Book and Copyright Day
24 April- National Panchayati Day
25 April- World Malaria Day
26 April- World Intellectual Property Day
28 April- World Day for Safety and Health at Work, World Veterinary Day
30 April- Ayushman Bharat Diwas


Thе name Mау hаѕ bееn generated frоm Mаіа. Shе happens to bе a Greek Goddess, thе Goddess of fertility. Aраrt frоm thе fertility раrt, she also hарреnѕ tо bе thе Goddess of Spring аnd grоwth. May іѕ a blеѕѕеd month tо bеgіn wіth, ассоrdіng tо thе Romans

Important days, events and festival in May:

1 May: International Labour Day or May Day
1 May: Maharashtra Day

3 May: World Laughter Day (first Sunday of May)
3 May: Press Freedom Day
4 May: Coal Miners Day
4 May: International Firefighter’s Day

5 May: World Asthma Day (First Tuesday of May)
7 May: World Athletics Day
7 May: Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti
8 May: World Red Cross Day
8 May: World Thalassaemia Day

9 May: Surdas Jayanti, Ramanujacharya Jayanti,  Shankaracharya Jayanti

10 May: Mother’s Day (Second Sunday of May)

11 May: National Technology Day

12 May: International Nurses Day
15 May: International Day of Families, National Endangered Species Day (Third Friday in May)
17 May: World Telecommunication Day
17 May: World Hypertension Day
18 May: World AIDS Vaccine Day
18 May: International Museum Day
18 May: Armed Forces Day (Third Saturday of the May)
21 May: National Anti-Terrorism Day
22 May: International Day for Biological Diversity
25 May: National Memorial Day (last Monday of May)

28 May: World Menstrual Hygiene Day
31 May: Anti-Tobacco Day


June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendar and is 30 days long. It is the month that has the most amount of daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shortest amount of daylight hours in the Southern hemisphere. Many celebrations take place in June, especially marriages.

Important days, events and festival in June:

1 June: World Milk Day
1 June: Global Day of Parents
2 June: International Sex Workers Day
2 June: Telangana Formation Day
3 June: World Bicycle Day
4 June: International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
5 June: World Environment Day
7 June: World Food Safety Day
8 June: World Brain Tumour Day
8 June: World Oceans Day
12 June: World Day Against Child Labour
14 June: World Blood Donor Day
15 June: World Wind Day
15 June: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
16 June: Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev
17 June: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought(International)
18 June: Autistic Pride Day
18 June: International Picnic Day
19 June: World Sickle Cell Awareness Day
19 June: World Sauntering Day
20 June: World Refugee Day (International)
21 June: World Music Day
21 June: World Hydrography Day
21 June: International Yoga Day

21 June (3rd Sunday of June): World Father’s Day

23 June: International Olympic Day
23 June: United Nations Public Service Day
23 June: International Widow’s Day
26 June: International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
26 June: International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
30 June: World Asteroid Day


The month of July starts on the same day of the week as April during common years and as January during leap years. July does not end on the same day of the week as any year in a common year but ends on the same day of the week as January in a leap year.

Important days, events and festival in July:

1 July – Doctor’s Day
1 July – National Postal Worker Day
1 July – Canada Day
1 July – Chartered Accountant’s Day(India)
1 July – National U.S. Postage Stamp Day
1 July – National Gingersnap Day
2 July – World UFO Day
2 July – National Anisette Day
3 July – National Fried Clam Day
4 July – Independence Day USA
6 July – World Zoonoses Day
11 July – World Population Day
11 July – National 7-Eleven Day
12 July -National Simplicity Day
12 July – Paper Bag Day
14 July-  Bastille Day
17 July – World Day for International Justice
18 July – International Nelson Mandela Day
22 July – Pi Approximation Day
24 July – National Thermal Engineers Day
25 July – National Refreshment Day (Fourth Thursday in July)
26 July – Kargil Vijay Diwas(Kargil Victory Day)
26 July (fourth Sunday of July) – National Parent’s Day
28 July – World Nature Conservation Day
28 July – World Hepatitis Day
29 July – International Tiger Day

31 July (Last Friday in July) – System Administrator Appreciation Day.


In earlier versions of the Roman calendar, August was called Sextilis, the sixth month. It consisted of 31 days. It later became the eighth month with a length of 29 days when January and February were added to the year. Julius Caesar added two days to the month around 45 BCE. It was later renamed to honour Augustus Caesar in 8 BCE.

Important days, events and festival in August:

1 August – Yorkshire Day

2 August (First Sunday of August) -Friendship Day

4 August: U.S. Coast Guard Day
6 August – Hiroshima Day

7 August (First Friday of August) – International Beer Day
9 August – Quit India Movement Day
9 August – Nagasaki Day
9 August – Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
12 August – International Youth Day
13 August – International Lefthanders Day
14  August- Youm-e-Azadi (Pakistan Independence Day)
15 August- National Day of mourning (Bangladesh)
15 August – Independence Day (India)
15 August (UK) – Victory over Japan Day
15 August – Day of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
16 August- Bennington Battle Day
17 August – Indonesian Independence Day
19 August – World Photography Day
19 August – World Humanitarian Day
20 August – World Mosquito Day
20 August- Sadbhavana Divas
20 August – Indian Akshay Urja Day
23 August  – International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
23 August – European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism
26 August – Women’s Equality Day
29 August – National Sports Day
30 August – Small Industry Day
31 August – Hari Merdeka (Malaysia National Day)


The month of September was named during a time when the calendar year began with March, which is why the name does not correspond with the placement in the Julian and Gregorian calendars.

Important days, events and festival in September:

1 to 7 September – National Nutrition Week

2 September(USA) – Victory over Japan Day
2 September – Coconut Day
3 September – Skyscraper Day
5 September -International Day of Charity
5 September – Teachers’ Day (India)
7 September – Brazilian Independence Day
7 September – Forgiveness Day
8 September – International Literacy Day
10 September- World Suicide Prevention Day
11 September – Patriot Day
14 September – Onam(Kerala, India)
14 September – Hindi Diwas
14 September – World First Aid Day
15 September – Engineer’s Day (India)
15 September – International Day of Democracy
16 September – Malaysia Day
16 September – World Ozone Day
16 September – International Day of Preservation
19 September – International Talk Like a Pirate Day
21 September – International Day of Peace and Non-Violence (UN)
21 September – World Alzheimer’s Day
22 September – Rose Day (Welfare of Cancer patients)
23 September – International Day of Sign Languages

26 September – European Day of Languages

26 September – World Contraception Day

26 September – World Maritime Day

27 September – World Tourism Day

27 September (Fourth Sunday of September) – World Rivers Day
28 September – World Rabies Day
29 September – World Heart Day
30 September – International Translation Day
Last week of September – World Day of Deaf


The name October is derived from octo, which means eight in Latin. It dates back more than 2000 years to the ancient Roman calendar, which was replaced by the Julian calendar in 45 BCE.

Important days, events and festival in October:

1 October – International Day of the Elderly (UN)
1 October – International Coffee Day
1 October – World Vegetarian Day
2 October – Gandhi Jayanti
2 October – International Day of Non-Violence
3 October – German Unity Day
4 October – World Animal Welfare Day

5 October (First Monday of October): World Habitat Day
5 October – World Teachers’ Day
6 October – German-American Day

8 October (Second Thursday of October): World Sight Day
8 October – Indian Air Force Day
9 October -World Postal Day or World Post Office Day
10 October – World Mental Health Day
11 October – International Girl Child Day
13 October –  UN International Day for Natural  Disaster Reduction
14 October – World Standards Day
15 October – Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
15 October – Global Handwashing Day
15 October – World White Cane Day (guiding the blind)
15 October – World Students Day
16 October – World Food Day
17 October – International Poverty Eradication Day
20 October – National Solidarity Day (China attacked India on that Day)
23 October – Mole Day
24 October – United Nations Day
24 October – World Development Information Day
30 October – World Thrift Day
31 October – Halloween
31 October – Rashtriya Ekta Diwas


Although November is the last full month of autumn in the northern hemisphere, many parts of the country are beginning to experience colder temperatures and even snow during this month. In the United States and Canada, November is also known as National Beard Month or No Shave Month (also known as “​No-Shave November“) as a way to raise cancer awareness. Australians have a similar month where they grow a mustache instead of a full beard.

Important days, events and festival in November:

1 November – World Vegan Day
1 November – All Saints’ Day
2 November – All Souls’ Day

3 November (1st Tuesday in November): Melbourne Cup Day
5 November – World Tsunami Day
7 November – Infant Protection Day
7 November – National Cancer Awareness Day
9 November – Iqbal Day

9 November – Uttarakhand Foundation Day

9 November- Kartarpur Corridor inauguration
9 November – National Legal Services Day
10 November – Transport Day
11 November – Armistice Day (also Remembrance Day )
11 November – Veterans Day (United States)
12 November – World Pneumonia Day

12 November – Guru Nanak Dev’s Birth Anniversary
13 November – World Kindness Day
14 November – World Diabetes Day
14 November – Children’s Day

14 November- Jawaharlal Nehru Jayanti

15 November – Jharkhand Foundation Day
17 November – National Epilepsy Day
19 November – International Men’s Day
19 November – World Toilet Day
20 November – Universal Children’s Day
20 November – Africa Industrialisation Day
21 November – World Television Day
25 November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
26 November – Constitution Day of India
29 November – International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People
30 November (Scotland) – Saint Andrew’s Day
Fourth Thursday of November – Thanksgiving Day (United States)


Originally, December was the last month of the Roman calendar since the winter period was not assigned months. It originally consisted of 30 days but was shortened to 29 days when January and February were added to the calendar around 700 BCE. During the Julian calendar reform, two days were added to December, making it 31 days long.

Important days, events and festival in December:

1 December – World AIDS Day

2 December – National Pollution Control Day

2 December – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
3 December – World Day of the Handicapped
4 December – Indian Navy Day
5 December – International Volunteer Day
5 December – World Soil Day
7 December – Indian Armed Forces Flag Day
7 December – International Civil Aviation Day
9 December – International Anti-Corruption Day
10 December – Human Rights Day
11 December – UNICEF Day
11 December – International Mountain Day
14 December -National Energy Conservation Day
15 December – International Tea Day
16 December – Victory Day of Bangladesh
18 December – Minorities Rights Day (India)
18 December – International Migrants Day
19 December – Goa’s Liberation Day
20 December – International Human Solidarity Day
22 December – National Mathematics Day
23 December -Kisan Divas (Farmer’s Day in India)
24 December – National Consumer Rights Day
25 December – Christmas Day
25 December – Good Governance Day (India)
31 December – New Year’s Eve


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