Special Days and Occasions to Celebrate Each Year

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Every month is full of days and weeks to observe and celebrate. Many of those days, like Halloween and Mother's Day, are quite well known while others are not. Have you ever heard of Backwards Day? Or Look for Circles Day? These special days can help pique your kids' interests and stimulate their minds.

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    January Special Days

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    There are plenty of other special days to celebrate during the month besides New Year's, including:

    • Trivia Day
    • Appreciate a Dragon Day
    • National Kazoo Day

    January is also National Book Month and International Creativity Month.

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    February Special Days

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    February is full of fun holidays and celebrations. Celebrate more than just Valentine's Day with these silly days:

    • Read in the Bathtub Day
    • World Thinking Day
    • Tell a Fairy Tale Day

    February is also Black History Month and includes International Snow Sculpting Week.

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    March Special Days

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    March is the month when ​everyone is welcome to be Irish for St. Patrick's Day. Other fun days for kids are:

    • National Pi Day
    • World Meteorology Day
    • Tolkien Reading Day

    March is also Women's History Month and includes International Brain Awareness Week.

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    April Special Days

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    Every month has at least one well-known holiday. In April, it's April Fool's Day. Besides that tricky day, children will also appreciate:

    • National Library Day
    • Scrabble Day
    • Richter Scale Day

    One whole week is just for budding poets, so get writing (or reading) during Young People's Poetry Week. Some celebrations last all month; April is the Month of the Military Child and Math Awareness Month.

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    May Special Days

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    Mother's Day and Memorial Day are two of the holidays celebrated in May, but there are plenty of others that are perfect for children and families:

    • Mother Goose Day
    • Nerd or Geek Pride Day
    • Buy a Musical Instrument Day

    Kids will no doubt enjoy Astronomy Week this month, too.

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    June Special Days

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    You can celebrate Father's Day and Family History Day in June. Summer months are usually relaxing, so it makes sense to celebrate:

    • Drawing or Pencil Day
    • Camera Day

    More focus on the family this month is during National Family Week. June is also National Audio Book Month, which is perfect for a summer road trip.

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    July Special Days

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    By mid-summer, some kids may start to get bored, so it's no surprise that July is National Anti-Boredom month. In addition to the family favorite, Independence Day, other days kids will love include:

    • International Joke Day
    • Video Games Day
    • Spoonerism Day 
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    August Special Days

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    In August, the weather can still be pretty warm, but the vacation season is winding down as kids prepare for school to begin again. It makes sense, then, that August would be designated as Family Fun Month. It's a time for the whole family to enjoy time together before school starts. Little artists will appreciate that August is also Artist Appreciation Month.​

    Other days kids will appreciate include:

    • Book Lover's Day
    • Poet's Day
    • Aviation Day
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    September Special Days

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    By now most children are back in school, so it might be good to take note of Positive Thinking Day in September. Other fun days during September, in addition to Labor Day, include:

    • Punctuation Day
    • Talk Like a Pirate Day

    September is also Classical Music Month and includes Fall Astronomy Week.

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    October Special Days

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    October is the month of everyone's favorite holiday: Halloween. A lesser-known favorite is English Language Day. Holidays others will enjoy are:

    • Curious Events Day
    • Moment of Frustration Day

    October is also Sarcastic Month and includes Chemistry Week.

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    November Special Days

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    November kicks off the holiday season, with Thanksgiving leading the way. Other fun holidays in November include:

    • National Children's Non-Fiction Day
    • I Love to Write Day
    • Look for Circles Day

    Since families often gather for Thanksgiving, children can take advantage of Family Stories Month. Kids and their families can also enjoy Game and Puzzle Week.

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    December Special Days

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    With Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's Eve in December, it's not surprising to find Cookie Cutter Week as well.​ Lesser known holidays this month include:

    • Look on the Brightside Day
    • Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day
    • Card Playing Day

    December is also Write a Friend Month, the perfect time for sending holiday wishes.