Special Days and Occasions to Celebrate All Year

observances through the year

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Every month is full of days and weeks to observe and celebrate. Many of those days, have much ado surrounding them like Halloween parties and Mother's Day brunch and are quite well known. But, 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

    January holidays

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    There are plenty of reasons to celebrate these special days during the month besides New Year's. They include:

    • 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

    February holidays

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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

    March holidays

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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

    April holidays

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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, other special days in April that children will appreciate are:

    • 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

    May observances

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    Mother's Day and Memorial Day are two of the holidays celebrated in May, but there are plenty of other days 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

    June holidays

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    You can celebrate Father's Day and Family History Day in June. During the summer months, you can get creative with these special days:

    • 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

    July holidays

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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, there are many other interesting days kids will love include:

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

    August holidays

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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. It makes sense, then, that August would be designated as Family Fun Month. It's time for the whole family to enjoy time together before school starts. Little artists will appreciate that among the special celebrations in August is 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

    September holidays

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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

    October holidays

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    October features a highly favored ultimate dress-up day for children: Halloween. A lesser-known favorite is English Language Day. Holidays others might 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

    November holidays

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    November kicks off the holiday season, punctuated by a countdown to Thanksgiving. Some zany 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

    December holidays

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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.

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