What is the world celebrating today? People on social media observe numerous holidays and awareness days every day. We have carefully compiled all holidays in our social media holiday calendar.
In addition to these fun social media holidays a.k.a. hashtag holidays, there are also other types of days that fall under this broad category, such as awareness days, weeks and months and religious holidays.
All of the aforementioned are days that often start trending and that anyone on social media, especially small businesses with limited budgets, should be aware of. Why? Because they offer you a golden opportunity to get an interesting and timely message out right on time. When you know what will be celebrated on a certain day in advance, you can plan something special: a fun post, event or even a discount or a product launch.
I have compiled one of the most complete lists of social media holidays and awareness days, if not the most complete one, so that you wouldn’t miss a single one. Despite being very thorough and inclusive, I have left out ones that are so obscure that few people would have heard of it. This way you can instead focus on the holidays that matter.
Apart from social media holidays I have also included other important observances, including religious ones. The lists are regularly updated and detailed information about the most important ones added, so be sure to check back every once in a while.
Social Media Holidays 2021
There are over a thousand holidays to celebrate in 2021. Each month has over 100 holidays to observe, so to make it easier for you we have separate articles for each month. You can find our comprehensive lists for each month of 2021 below:
January is packed with interesting and fun holidays. Favorites include International Lego Day, National Compliment Day and National Spouses Day. Other notable days to observe in January are Australia Day (in Australia) and World Religion Day. In January, cafés, restaurants, hotels and bakeries might want to pay special attention to National Corn Chip Day, National Hot Chocolate Day, National Chocolate Cake Day and National Irish Coffee Day. And if you love beer, make sure you don’t miss Beer Can Appreciation Day!
Despite being the shortest month, there are a surprising number of important observances and holidays. St. Valentines Day, Pancake Day and Super Bowl take place in February,
It is also when we observe the following food holidays: World Nutella Day, National Pizza Day, National Kahlua Day and National Drink Wine Day. On a more somber note, February is also when World Cancer Day, Rare Disease Day and International Epilepsy Day is observed.
Spring is in the air in March, so it is probably no coincidence that it’s the month for National Plant a Flower Day and International Day of Happiness! Food and drink holidays in March include National Ravioli Day, National Potato Chip Day and National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, to name a few. If you sell perfume, you need to make sure you don’t forget about National Fragrance Day! And if you are getting a puppy this spring, why not do it on National Puppy Day? There are also several important awareness days in March, including Self-injury Awareness Day.
Many special days take place in April. Apart from Easter, there is World Health Day, National Siblings Day, National Tax Day and National Banana Day…and a lot more! April is also a month for innovation (World Creativity and Innovation Day), pets (National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day & National Lost Dogs Awareness Day) and animals (World Penguin Day & National Dolphin Day). Even husbands get some love, since April is when Husband Appreciation Day is observed.
May is full-packed of interesting holidays and awareness days. In terms of awareness days we have, for instance, National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and Cornelia De Lange Syndrome Awareness Day. Then we have holidays that are more general, like World Laughter Day and World Password Day. Teachers are also remembered in May when National Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Appreciation Day is observed. On May 4th (read: “may the force”) sci-fi fans around the world gather to celebrate National Star Wars Day. Food holidays in May include National Orange Juice Day, International No Diet Day and National Shrimp Day.
There is much to celebrate in June. June starts off with National Say Something Nice Day and finishes with Social Media Day. Altogether there are a whooping 232 holidays in June alone! Quite many of these are awareness days: World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day, National PTSD Awareness Day and National Insurance Awareness Day are only a few of the days observed in June. Since it’s summer, it is only natural that June also hosts National Sunglasses Day, National Gardening Exercise Day and National Go Barefoot Day.
When it comes to special days, July is an embarrassment of riches. Averaging at six holidays a day, you can be sure there is something for everyone to celebrate. There are particularly many international days, such as International Plastic Bag Free Day, International Cherry Pit Spitting Day and International Kissing Day. Food holidays in July include National Fried Chicken Day, National Junk Food Day and National Mac & Cheese Day July is also the month in which we celebrate the invention of the bikini, on National Bikini Day. For reptile-lovers there’s World Snake Day and friends of tattoos can share pictures of their favorite tattoos on National Tattoo Day. More obscure holidays include World Emoji Day and National Father-in-Law Day.
A wide variety of holidays and awareness days are observed in August. August starts off with a couple of health holidays: World Lung Cancer Day and National Minority Donor Awareness Day. Later, on August 31st we observe International Overdose Awareness Day. In terms of drink holidays, August delivers: National Red Wine Day, National Whiskey Sour Day and International Beer Day are only some of the many drink-related holidays this month. Other holiday highlights include National Girlfriend Day, World Cat Day and World Photography Day.
September has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for history holidays (e.g. National Grandma Moses Day), education holidays (e.g. International Literacy Day), LGBTQ holidays (Bi Visibility Day) or fashion holidays (World Beard Day), September has it all. As always, September is also a popular month for food and drink holidays. If you love coffee ice cream, you are in luck: National Coffee Ice Cream Day is one of the tens of food holidays this month! More serious holidays taking place in September are, for instance, World Suicide Prevention Day and World Lymphoma Awareness Day. Motivational holidays include Positive Thinking Day and World Gratitude Day.
There is more to October than Halloween: over 200 fun and interesting holidays take place in October. For coffee lovers there’s International Coffee Day in October, whereas teetotalers can observe World No Alcohol Day. Fans of Lindsay Lohan and Means Girls again should not miss Mean Girls Day October 3. Other fun days not to miss are World Animal Day, Do Something Nice Day and National Color Day. Awareness days in October include National LGBT Center Awareness Day and Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day. Food businesses and restaurants might be interested in National Liqueur Day, National Chocolate Cupcake Day and National Pasta Day, to name a few.
November might be the month mostly associated with Thanksgiving and Black Friday, but there’s a lot more to November than that. Did you know that as an alternative to Black Friday you can observe Buy Nothing Day? Small businesse should not miss out on Small Business Saturday, celebrated on the fourth Saturday in November. In terms of health holidays, November is the month when National Meth Awareness Day and Children’s Grief Awareness Day take place. November is also the month of Movember. November is also when the awareness months National Diabetes Month and Prematurity Awareness Month take place.
In December, quite many holidays revolve around Christmas. There is Christmas Card Day, National Make a Gift Day, Ugly Sweater Day, Gingerbread House Day…the list goes on. However, there are also lots of holidays unrelated to Christmas taking place in December, such as National Bacon Day, International Universal Health Coverage Day and International Animal Rights Day. Animals are actually well-represented, because in December there is also International Cheetah Day and World Wildlife Conservation Day. Despite being a bit quieter than most months when it comes to holidays, December has a lot to offer.