Global Brands’ Ultimate List of 2024 International Holidays Around the World

January 10, 2024
Global Brands’ Ultimate List of 2024 International Holidays Around the World

Nothing says “I care for my customers” more than recognizing the days of their important cultural milestones and celebrations. But with the number of countries and communities around the world with their own particular festivities, it can be hard for global brands to keep track of every important festivity that’s going to happen in a year. 

Global Holidays Celebrated Around the World by Month

So here’s a list of holidays around the world this 2024, with the hope that global brands, marketers, and business strategists will be able to gather insights for their own marketing strategies.

January

January 1, 2024

  • Global (New Year): It is an international holiday celebrating the start of the new year.

January 6, 2024

  • Sweden (Trettondedag Jul): Also known as Twelfth Night, this holiday marks the end of the Christmas season.

  • Italy (Epifania): Celebrates the visit of the Three Wise Men to baby Jesus. Traditionally, children receive gifts on this day.

  • Spain (Día de Reyes): Also known as Three Kings Day, this holiday is celebrated with parades and the giving of gifts, particularly to children.

  • Spain (King's Day or Día del Rey): Celebrated on the current King's birthday, a national holiday honoring the monarch of Spain.

  • Columbia (Día de los Reyes Magos): Commemorates the visit of the Three Wise Men to baby Jesus. It's traditionally a day when children receive gifts.

  • Poland (Święto Trzech Króli): Also known as Three Kings' Day, it commemorates the visit of the Magi to baby Jesus.

January 7, 2024

  • Russia (Рождество): Celebrated by the Russian Orthodox Church according to the Julian calendar.

  • Ukraine (Orthodox Christmas): Celebrated by the Orthodox Church using the Julian calendar, marking the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • Egypt (Coptic Christmas): Celebrated by Egypt's Coptic Christian minority, marking the birth of Jesus Christ according to the Coptic Orthodox Church calendar.

January 12, 2024

  • Algeria (Yennayer or Amazigh New Year): Marks the first day of the agrarian calendar year used by the Berber people.

January 15, 2024

  • United States (Martin Luther King Jr. Day): Celebrating the civil rights leader's birthday.

January 21, 2024

  • Poland (Grandmother's Day or Dzień Babci): Days to honor grandmothers, though not public holidays are widely celebrated.

January 22, 2024

  • Poland (Grandfather's Day or Dzień Dziadka): Days to honor grandfathers, though not public holidays are widely celebrated.

January 25, 2024

  • Russia (Tatiana Day or День Татьяны): Celebrated by students and the educational community.

January 26, 2024

  • Australia (Australia Day): Celebrating the foundation of the first European settlement at Port Jackson in 1788.

  • India (Republic Day): Celebrates the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect in 1950.

Other January Holidays that don’t have specific dates:

  • Japan (Coming of Age Day, 成人の日, or Seijin no Hi): Celebrates young people who have reached the age of 20 on the second Monday of January, the official age of adulthood in Japan.

  • Vietnam (Tet Nguyen Dan or Vietnamese Lunar New Year): The most important and widely celebrated public holiday in Vietnam, marking the first day of the lunar new year. It involves family reunions, special foods, and various traditional activities celebrated in either January or February.

  • Italy (Carnival of Venice or Carnevale di Venezia): Famous for its elaborate masks and costumes, it's celebrated in the days leading up to Lent. Will be from Saturday 27 January to Tuesday 13 February.

February

February 2, 2024

  • Mexico (Candlemas or Día de la Candelaria): Marks the presentation of Jesus at the Temple.

February 5, 2024

  • Pakistan (Kashmir Day): Observed to show Pakistan's support for the people of the Indian-administered part of Jammu and Kashmir in their struggle for self-determination.

  • Mexico (Constitution Day or Día de la Constitución): Commemorates the promulgation of the 1917 Constitution.

February 8, 2024

  • Indonesia (Ascension Day or Isra Mi’raj): Commemorates the ascension of Prophet Muhammad to heaven after his one-night journey.

  • Iran (The Prophet's Ascension or Isra and Mi'raj): An Islamic holiday celebrating the night journey and ascension of Prophet Muhammad.

February 10, 2024

  • China (Spring Festival): The Chinese New Year, marks the beginning of the lunar new year.

  • Indonesia (Chinese New Year or Imlek): Celebrated by the Chinese-Indonesian community, marking the start of the lunar new year.

  • Hong Kong (Lunar New Year): Days to celebrate the Chinese lunar year.

  • South Korea (Seollal or Lunar New Year): One of the most important traditional holidays, celebrating the first day of the Korean lunar calendar. It's a time for family reunions, traditional food, and honoring ancestors.

February 11, 2024

  • Japan (National Foundation Day, 建国記念の日, or Kenkoku Kinen no Hi): Commemorates the foundation of Japan and the accession of its first Emperor, Jimmu.

  • Iran (Revolution Day): Marks the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

February 12, 2024

  • Singapore (Chinese New Year): Marking the beginning of the Chinese lunar year.

  • Singapore (Public holiday)

February 14, 2024

  • Pop Culture and Unofficial Holidays (Valentine's Day): A celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world.

February 17, 2024

  • China (Spring Festival): The Chinese New Year, marks the beginning of the lunar new year.

February 18, 2024

  • Algeria (Revolution Day (Journée de la Révolution): Commemorates the day when the Algerian War of Independence began in 1954.

February 19, 2024

  • United States (Presidents' Day): Honoring all U.S. presidents every third Monday in February.

February 21, 2024

  • Bangladesh (International Mother Language Day or Ekushey): Commemorates the Bengali Language Movement and the struggle to recognize Bangla as a state language in 1952.

February 23, 2024

  • Japan (National Foundation Day, 建国記念の日, or Tennō Tanjōbi): Celebrates the birthday of the reigning Emperor.

  • Russia (Defender of the Fatherland Day or День защитника Отечества): Honors the Russian military and veterans, traditionally celebrated as Men's Day.

February 24, 2024

  • Mexico ( Flag Day or Día de la Bandera): Honors the Mexican flag.

February 25

  • Bangladesh (Shab-e-Barat): An Islamic festival involving a night of prayer and forgiveness.

Other February Holidays that don’t have specific dates:

  • Thailand (Makha Bucha Day): A Buddhist holiday, which commemorates the Buddha's teaching of Ovada Patimokkha. The date varies, typically in February or March.

  • Argentina (Carnival or Carnaval): A festive period just before Lent, characterized by parades, dancing, and colorful costumes. (Date Varies in February)

  • Poland (Fat Thursday or Tłusty Czwartek): A traditional Christian feast marking the last Thursday before Lent and is associated with the celebration of Carnival.

  • Brazil (Carnival): Famous Brazilian festival with parades, music, dancing, and vibrant costumes. February 9-17 (Date changes every year)

March

March 1, 2024

  • South Korea (Independence Movement Day): Commemorates the March 1st Movement in 1919 against the Japanese colonial rule.

March 4, 2024

  • Australia (Labour Day): Commemorating the achievement of an eight-hour working day.

March 8, 2024

  • Russia (International Women's Day or Международный женский день): Celebrates women's achievements and contributions to society.

  • Turkey (International Women's Day or 8 Mart Dünya Kadınlar Günü): While not an official public holiday, it's widely observed and celebrated throughout the country.

  • Ukraine (International Women's Day): A day to honor women and their achievements.

  • UN (International Women's Day): Celebrates women's achievements and advocates for gender equality.

March 11, 2024

  • Indonesia (Nyepi or Balinese Day of Silence): A Hindu celebration involving a day of silence, fasting, and meditation.

March 11 to 17, 2024

  • Russia (Maslenitsa or Масленица): A traditional Slavic holiday celebrating the end of winter, marked by pancake feasting and festive activities.

  • Ukraine (Maslenitsa): A Slavic holiday celebrated during the last week before Great Lent; it's similar to Mardi Gras and involves pancakes to signify the sun.

March 11 to April 9, 2024

  • Saudi Arabia (Ramadan): The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community.

March 13, 2024

  • Pop Culture and Unofficial Holidays (White Day): A day where people give gifts in return to those who gave them gifts on Valentine's Day.

March 14, 2024

  • Pop Culture and Unofficial Holidays (Pi Day): Celebrated on 3/14, reflecting the first three digits of the mathematical constant π (pi). It's often marked by eating pie and discussing mathematics.

March 19, 2024

  • Colombia (St. Joseph's Day or Día de San José): Honoring Saint Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus Christ.

March 20, 2024

  • Iran (Nowruz): The Persian New Year, marking the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Iranian calendar. Celebrated with various traditions, it is Iran's most important holiday.

  • Iran (Oil Nationalization Day): Commemorates the nationalization of the oil industry in 1951.

March 21, 2024

  • South Africa (Human Rights Day): Commemorates the Sharpeville Massacre and celebrates South Africa's unique human rights.

  • Iran (Nowruz Holidays): A series of public holidays following Nowruz, celebrating the new year.

  • Mexico (Benito Juárez's Birthday or Natalicio de Benito Juárez): Celebrates the birthday of Benito Juárez, a former president and national hero.

March 22, 2024

  • UN (World Water Day): Focuses on the importance of freshwater and advocates for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

March 23, 2024

  • Pakistan (Pakistan Day): Commemorates the Lahore Resolution of 1940, which called for the creation of a separate nation for the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent, and the adoption of the first constitution of Pakistan.

March 24, 2024

  • Argentina (Memorial Day for Truth and Justice or Día de la Memoria por la Verdad y la Justicia): Commemorates the victims of the Dirty War during the military dictatorship.

March 24 to 31, 2024

  • Spain (Holy Week or Semana Santa): An important religious event leading up to Easter, marked by processions and various ceremonies throughout Spain, particularly famous in Seville and Malaga.

March 25, 2024

  • India (Holi): A Hindu spring festival celebrated with colors and water, signifying the triumph of good over evil.

March 28, 2024

  • Mexico (Holy Thursday or Jueves Santo): Part of the Holy Week (Semana Santa), commemorating the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.

  • Colombia (Maundy Thursday or Jueves Santo): Part of Holy Week, commemorating the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.

March 29, 2024

  • Singapore (Good Friday): Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

  • South Africa (Good Friday): A Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

  • Hong Kong (Good Friday): Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

  • France (Good Friday): Observed in Alsace and Moselle regions, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

  • Brazil (Good Friday): Commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

  • Australia (Good Friday): A Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

  • Canada (Good Friday): A Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Observed everywhere in Canada, except in Quebec where Easter Monday is a statutory holiday.

  • Indonesia (Good Friday or Jumat Agung): A Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

  • Sweden (Good Friday or Långfredagen): A Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

  • Nigeria (Good Friday): A Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

  • Mexico (Good Friday or Viernes Santo): Observe the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

  • Germany (Good Friday or Karfreitag): A Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

  • United Kingdom (Good Friday): A Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

  • Kenya (Good Friday): A Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

  • Spain (Good Friday or Viernes Santo): A Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

  • Colombia (Good Friday or Viernes Santo): A Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

  • Argentina (Good Friday Viernes Santo): A Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

March 31, 2024

  • Brazil (Easter Sunday): Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  • Sweden (Easter Sunday or Påskdagen): Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

  • Mexico (Easter Sunday or Domingo de Resurrección): Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  • Italy (Easter Sunday or Pasqua): A significant Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  • Poland (Easter Sunday or Wielkanoc): A significant Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Other March Holidays that don’t have specific dates:

  • Japan (Vernal Equinox Day, 春分の日, or Shunbun no Hi): Marks the arrival of spring and is associated with the worship of nature and ancestors. Celebrated on March 20 or 21.

April

April 1, 2024

  • France (Easter Monday): The day after Easter Sunday, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus.

  • Australia (Easter Monday): The day after Easter Sunday.

  • Hong Kong (Easter Monday): Continuing festivities after Easter Sunday, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

  • Sweden (Easter Monday or Annandag Påsk): An extension of the Easter holiday.

  • Nigeria (Easter Monday): The day after Easter Sunday, celebrated by Christians.

  • Germany (Easter Monday or Ostermontag): The day after Easter Sunday, celebrated as a public holiday in many parts of Germany.

  • United Kingdom (Easter Monday): The day after Easter Sunday, celebrated as a public holiday.

  • Italy (Easter Monday or Pasquetta): Also known as "Little Easter," it's a day for family outings and picnics.

  • Kenya (Easter Monday): The day after Easter Sunday, celebrated by Christians.

  • Poland (Easter Monday or Poniedziałek Wielkanocny): Known as "Wet Monday," with traditional water-throwing festivities.

  • Russia (Islamic Republic Day): Celebrates the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979.

  • Pop Culture and Unofficial Holidays (April Fools’ Day): Known as a day for jokes and hoaxes.

  • Iran (Sizdah Bedar): Known as Nature Day, it's celebrated by spending time outdoors. It marks the end of the Nowruz holiday period. Held 13th day after Nowruz

  • South Africa (Family Day): Extends the Easter holiday, focusing on spending time with family.

April 2, 2024

  • Argentina (Malvinas Day or Día de las Malvinas): Honors the Argentine soldiers who fought in the Falklands War in 1982.

April 4, 2024

  • China (Qingming Festival): Tomb Sweeping Day, honoring ancestors.

  • Hong Kong (Ching Ming Festival): Tomb Sweeping Day for honoring ancestors.

April 6, 2024

  • Thailand (Chakri Memorial Day): Commemorates the founding of the Chakri Dynasty in 1782.

April 7, 2024

  • UN (World Health Day): Marks the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) and highlights specific health themes.

April 9, 2024

  • Philippines (Araw ng Kagitingan): A national holiday also known as Bataan Day or Day of Valor, commemorating the fall of Bataan during World War II.

  • Algeria (Eid al-Fitr): Celebrated at the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

  • Saudi Arabia (Eid al-Fitr): Celebrated at the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. This festival lasts for several days, with prayers, feasting, and giving of gifts.

April 10, 2024

  • Singapore (Hari Raya Puasa): Celebrating the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

  • Indonesia (Eid al-Fitr or Idul Fitri): An Islamic festival marking the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.

  • Nigeria (Eid al-Fitr): Marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

  • Bangladesh (Eid al-Fitr): Marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

  • Pakistan (Eid al-Fitr): Celebrated at the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. It's marked by special prayers, feasts, and giving of gifts.

  • Kenya (Eid al-Fitr): A Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

  • Turkey (Ramadan Feast or Ramazan Bayramı): Also known as Eid al-Fitr, this Islamic holiday celebrates the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.

April 10 to 12, 2024

  • Iran (Eid al-Fitr): Celebrated at the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

  • Egypt (Eid al-Fitr): An important Islamic festival that marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.

  • Egypt (Sphinx Festival): A cultural festival celebrating Egyptian art, music, and dance, not a public holiday but a significant cultural event.

April 11, 2024

  • India (Eid al-Fitr): Marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

April 13 to 15, 2024

  • Thailand (Songkran Festival): The traditional Thai New Year, marked by water festivals, parades, and merit-making activities.

April 14, 2024

  • Bangladesh (Bengali New Year - Pohela Boishakh): Celebrates the start of the Bengali calendar year, marked by cultural festivals and traditional food.

April 17, 2024

  • India (Ram Navami): A festival that celebrates the birth of Rama, one of the most popularly revered deities in Hinduism.

  • Saudi Arabia (Lailat al-Qadr): Known as the 'Night of Power,' it commemorates the night the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Date varies during the last ten days of Ramadan

April 20, 2024

  • Russia (Orthodox Easter or Пасха): A significant religious holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, observed by the Russian Orthodox Church.

  • Pop Culture and Unofficial Holidays (420 Day): Especially in the United States, this day has become associated with cannabis culture.

  • Algeria (Tafaska or Berber Spring Festival): A Berber festival celebrating the arrival of spring, similar to other spring festivals around the world.

April 21, 2024

  • Brazil (Tiradentes Day): Honors Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, a national hero of Brazil.

  • India (Mahavir Jayanti): An important religious day in Jainism, celebrating the birth of Mahavira, the twenty-fourth and last Tirthankara of present Avasarpiṇī.

April 22, 2024

  • UN (International Mother Earth Day): Promotes environmental awareness and calls for the protection of our planet.

April 23, 2024

  • Turkey (National Sovereignty and Children's Day or Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı): Marks the foundation of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in 1920. This day is also dedicated to the children of Turkey to emphasize their role as the nation's future.

April 25, 2024

  • Australia (Anzac Day): Honoring the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who served in World War I and all subsequent conflicts.

  • Italy (Liberation Day or Festa della Liberazione): Commemorates the end of the Nazi occupation during World War II and the fall of Mussolini's Italian Social Republic in 1945.

  • Egypt (Sinai Liberation Day): Commemorates the final withdrawal of Israeli military forces from the Sinai Peninsula in 1982.

April 27, 2024

  • South Africa (Freedom Day): Celebrates the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994.

April 29, 2024

  • Japan (Japan Showa Day, 昭和の日, or Shōwa no Hi): Part of Golden Week, honoring the birthday of Emperor Showa (Hirohito) and reflecting on Japan’s history.

April 30, 2024

  • Vietnam (Reunification Day): Commemorates the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, leading to the reunification of Vietnam.

  • Germany (Walpurgis Night or Walpurgisnacht): An old pagan festival celebrating the end of winter and the coming of spring, often with bonfires and festivities.

Other April Holidays that don’t have specific dates:

  • Vietnam (Hung Kings Temple Festival): A traditional festival that commemorates the Hung Kings, considered the founding fathers of Vietnam. It’s held every 10th day of the 3rd lunar month.

May

May 1, 2024

  • China (Labor Day): Celebrating laborers and the working classes. (May 1 to 5)

  • Singapore (Labour Day): Honoring workers and the labor movement.

  • Hong Kong (Labour Day): International day celebrating labor and workers.

  • France (Labour Day): International day honoring workers.

  • Brazil (Labour Day): International holiday celebrating workers and their rights.

  • Sweden (Labour Day or Första Maj): Similar to International Workers' Day, a celebration of laborers and the working classes.

  • India (Labour Day): Also known as International Workers' Day, it's a celebration of laborers and the working classes.

  • Indonesia (Labor Day or Hari Buruh): Similar to International Workers' Day, recognizing the contributions of workers.

  • Nigeria (Workers' Day): Similar to International Workers' Day, it honors workers and their contributions to society.

  • Bangladesh (May Day): Similar to International Workers' Day, it celebrates laborers and the working class.

  • Russia (Spring and Labor Day or Праздник Весны и Труда): Similar to International Workers' Day, a celebration of labor and spring.

  • Pakistan (Labour Day): Also known as International Workers' Day, it's a celebration of laborers and the working classes.

  • Mexico (Labor Day or Día del Trabajo): Similar to International Workers' Day, it's a celebration of laborers and the working classes.

  • Thailand (Labour Day, วันแรงงานแห่งชาติ or Wan Raeng-ngan Haeng Chat): Similar to many countries, this day celebrates the economic and social achievements of workers.

  • Germany (Labour Day or Tag der Arbeit): Also known as International Workers' Day, a day to honor workers and the labor movement.

  • Turkey (Labor and Solidarity Day or Emek ve Dayanışma Günü): Similar to International Workers' Day, it's a day to honor labor and workers.

May 3, 2024

  • Japan (Constitution Memorial Day, 憲法記念日, or Kenpō Kinenbi): Part of Golden Week, commemorating the promulgation of the postwar constitution.

  • UN (World Press Freedom Day): Celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom and evaluates press freedom around the world.

  • Poland (Constitution Day or Święto Konstytucji): Celebrates the enactment of the Constitution of 3rd May 1791.

May 4, 2024

  • Thailand (Coronation Day): Celebrates the coronation of the current King of Thailand.

  • Pop Culture and Unofficial Holidays (Star Wars Day): A day celebrated by fans of the Star Wars franchise as a play on the famous quote “May the Force Be With You.”

  • Japan (Greenery Day, みどりの日, or Midori no Hi): Also part of Golden Week, dedicated to nature and the environment.

May 5, 2024

  • Japan (Children's Day - こどもの日): Celebrates children's personalities and happiness. Homes are decorated with carp-shaped kites (koinobori).

  • South Korea (Children's Day): A day dedicated to children, celebrated with various events and family outings.

  • Mexico (Cinco de Mayo): Commemorates the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

  • Egypt (Coptic Easter): Observed by the Coptic Christian community, the date varies each year following the Eastern Christian calendar.

  • Ukraine (Orthodox Easter): A significant religious holiday in Ukraine, celebrated with traditional customs and rituals.

May 6, 2024

  • Turkey (Hıdırellez): A seasonal festival marking the arrival of spring, celebrated with various traditional rituals.

  • Egypt (Sham El Nessim): An ancient spring festival celebrated the day after Coptic Easter, regardless of religion. It involves outdoor family outings and picnics.

May 8, 2024

  • France (Victory in Europe Day): Marks the end of WWII in Europe.

May 9, 2024

  • France (Ascension Day): Celebrating Jesus Christ's ascension to heaven after his resurrection.

  • Indonesia (Ascension Day of Jesus Christ or Kenaikan Yesus Kristus): A Christian holiday commemorating the ascension of Jesus into heaven. 

  • Germany (Ascension Day or Christi Himmelfahrt): A Christian holiday commemorating the ascension of Jesus into heaven.

  • Colombia (Ascension Day or Ascensión del señor): Celebrates Jesus Christ's ascension into heaven.

May 15, 2024

  • Hong Kong (Buddha's Birthday): Celebrating the birth of Gautama Buddha.

  • South Korea (Buddha's Birthday): A celebration of the birth of Gautama Buddha, marked by lantern parades and temple visits. Celebrated on the 8th day of the 4th lunar month.

May 19, 2024

  • France (Whit Sunday): For the day of Pentecost, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Virgin Mary and the Apostles of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem.

  • Turkey (Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day or Atatürk'ü Anma, Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı): This day commemorates Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's landing at Samsun in 1919, which marked the beginning of the Turkish War of Independence. It is also dedicated to the youth.

May 20, 2024

  • France (Whit Monday): The day after Pentecost, observed by many Christians.

  • Germany (Whit Monday or Pfingstmontag): The day after Pentecost, celebrated as a public holiday.

May 22, 2024

  • Singapore (Vesak Day): Buddhist festival marking the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha.

May 23, 2024

  • India (Buddha Purnima): Commemorating the birth of the prince Siddhartha Gautama, who became the Gautama Buddha and founded Buddhism

  • India (Eid al-Adha or Bakrid): Known as the Feast of Sacrifice, it commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God.

  • Bangladesh (Buddha Purnima): Celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha.

May 25, 2024

  • Argentina (May Revolution Day or Día de la Revolución de Mayo): Marks the start of the revolution that led to Argentina's independence from Spain.

  • Pop Culture and Unofficial Holidays (Towel Day): A tribute to author Douglas Adams, where fans carry towels about his book, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

May 27, 2024

  • United States (Memorial Day): Remembering the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military held every last Monday of May.

May 30, 2024

  • Brazil (Corpus Christi): A Catholic festival celebrating the Eucharist as the body of Christ.

  • Colombia (Corpus Christi): A Catholic feast celebrating the Eucharist.

  • Poland (Corpus Christi or Boże Ciało): A Catholic feast celebrating the Eucharist, observed on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday.

Other May Holidays that don’t have specific dates:

  • United Kingdom (Spring Bank Holiday or Last Monday in May): Originally the Monday after Pentecost, now a secular holiday, marking the start of the summer season.

June

June 1, 2024

  • Indonesia (Pancasila Day - Hari Lahir Pancasila): Celebrates the date of the first articulation of the Pancasila, the philosophical foundation of the Indonesian state, in 1945.

  • Kenya (Madaraka Day): Commemorates the day Kenya attained internal self-rule in 1963.

  • Poland (Children's Day or Dzień Dziecka): A day dedicated to children, celebrated with gifts and special events.

June 2, 2024

  • Italy (Republic Day or Festa della Repubblica): Marks the day in 1946 when Italians voted in favor of a republic and against the monarchy.

June 5, 2024

  • UN (World Environment Day): Encourages worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment.

June 6, 2024

  • South Korea (Memorial Day): Honors soldiers and civilians who sacrificed their lives for the country, particularly during the Korean War.

  • Sweden (National Day of Sweden or Sveriges Nationaldag): Celebrates the day Gustav Vasa was elected king in 1523, which laid the foundation of Sweden as an independent state.

June 8 to 10, 2024

  • China (Dragon Boat Festival): Commemorating the life and death of the ancient poet Qu Yuan.

June 10, 2024

  • Colombia (Sacred Heart or Sagrado Corazón): A feast in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

June 12, 2024

  • Nigeria (Democracy Day): Commemorates the restoration of democracy in Nigeria in 1999.

  • Philippines (Independence Day): Celebrates the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain in 1898.

  • Russia (Russia Day or День России): Celebrates Russia's independence following the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

June 15, 2024

  • Nigeria (Eid al-Adha): Known as the Feast of Sacrifice, it commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God.

  • Algeria (Eid al-Adha): Known as the Feast of Sacrifice, it commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah's command to sacrifice his son.

  • Saudi Arabia (Day of Arafah): This day falls on the 9th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar, and is the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage.

June 16, 2024

  • South Africa (Youth Day): Commemorates the Soweto Uprising of 1976 and focuses on the youth's role in the liberation struggle.

  • Indonesia (Eid al-Adha or Idul Adha): Known as the Feast of Sacrifice, commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.

  • Bangladesh (Eid al-Adha): Known as the Feast of Sacrifice, commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God.

  • Pakistan (Eid al-Adha): Also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, it commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.

  • Iran (Eid al-Adha): An Islamic festival commemorating the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah's command to sacrifice his son.

June 16 to 19, 2024

  • Turkey (Sacrifice Feast or Kurban Bayramı): Known globally as Eid al-Adha, this Islamic holiday commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.

  • Saudi Arabia (Eid al-Adha): Also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, it commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. It is marked by special prayers, the slaughtering of livestock, and the distribution of meat to the needy.

June 17, 2024

  • Singapore (Hari Raya Haji): Islamic festival commemorating the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah's command to sacrifice his son.

  • Argentina (General Martín Miguel de Güemes Day): Honors the Argentine military leader who played a key role in the Argentine War of Independence.

  • Kenya (Eid al-Adha): An Islamic festival commemorating the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah's command to sacrifice his son.

June 20, 2024

  • UN (World Refugee Day): Honors the courage, strength, and determination of people who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict, and violence.

  • Argentina (General Manuel Belgrano Day or Día del Paso a la Inmortalidad del General Manuel Belgrano): Commemorates the death of one of the main liberators of Argentina.

June 21, 2024

  • Sweden (Midsummer's Eve or Midsommarafton): One of the most celebrated holidays, marked by maypole dancing, singing, and traditional festivities.

June 22, 2024

  • Sweden (Midsummer Day or Midsommardagen): A continuation of the Midsummer celebrations.

June 24, 2024

  • United Kingdom (Midsummer Day): Traditional celebrations marking the summer solstice.

June 25, 2024

  • Iran (Ghadir Khumm): Celebrates the event where Muhammad announced Ali ibn Abi Talib as his successor. 18th day of Dhu al-Hijjah in the Islamic calendar

June 28, 2024

  • Ukraine (Constitution Day): Celebrates the adoption of the Constitution of Ukraine in 1996.

June 28 to July 1, 2024

  • Egypt (Eid al-Adha): Known as the Feast of Sacrifice, it commemorates Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.

June 29, 2024

  • Colombia (Saint Peter and Saint Paul or San Pedro y San Pablo): Honors the martyrdom of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

Other June Holidays without Specific Dates

  • United Kingdom (Armed Forces Day): A day to honor the contributions of the British Armed Forces.

  • Australia (Monarch’s Birthday): Celebrating the birthday of the reigning Australian monarch.

  • Vietnam (Tet Doan Ngo or Dragon Boat Festival): This holiday is often associated with changing the weather and is a time to get rid of bad spirits and illness. It’s held on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month.

  • Egypt (Islamic New Year): Marks the beginning of the new year in the Islamic lunar calendar. Will be celebrated on June 26, 2024, or July 18th–19th, 2024.

July

July 1, 2024

  • Hong Kong (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day): Marks the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the UK to China.

  • Canada (Canada Day): Marks the commemoration of Canada’s Confederation in 1867.

July 2, 2024

  • Italy (Palio di Siena): A historic horse race held twice each year(July 2 and August 16), with each horse representing a different district of Siena.

July 4, 2024

  • United States (Independence Day): Celebrating the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

July 5, 2024

  • Algeria (Independence Day or Fête de l'Indépendance): Celebrates Algeria's independence from France in 1962.

July 7, 2024

  • Indonesia (Islamic New Year or Hijri): Marks the beginning of the new lunar year.

  • Saudi Arabia (Islamic New Year or Hijri New Year): Marks the beginning of the new year in the Islamic lunar calendar.

  • Ukraine (Ivana Kupala Day): A traditional Ukrainian celebration of summer solstice, marked by folk music, dancing, and jumping over bonfires.

  • Algeria (Islamic New Year or Ras as-Sanah al-Hijriyah): Marks the beginning of the new year in the Islamic lunar calendar.

July 7 and 8, 2024

  • Indonesia (Islamic New Year or Tahun Baru Islam): Marks the beginning of the new year in the Islamic lunar calendar.

July 9, 2024

  • Argentina (Independence Day or Día de la Independencia): Celebrates Argentina's independence from Spain, declared in 1816.

July 14, 2024

  • France (Bastille Day): French National Day, commemorates the Storming of the Bastille in 1789.

July 15, 2024

  • Turkey (Democracy and National Unity Day or Demokrasi ve Milli Birlik Günü): Commemorates the defeat of the 2016 coup attempt and honors those who lost their lives.

July 16, 2024

  • Iran (Tasua): A day of mourning in commemoration of Husayn ibn Ali's martyrdom. A day before Ashura.

July 17, 2024

  • India (Muharram): The first month of the Islamic calendar, observed by some Muslim communities with fasting and processions.

  • Bangladesh (Ashura): Commemorates the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, in the battle of Karbala.

  • Pakistan (Ashura): Observed on the 9th and 10th days of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, commemorating the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, at Karbala.

  • Iran (Ashura): A major religious commemoration of the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala.

  • Turkey (Ashura Day or Aşure Günü): An Islamic day of fasting marking the day Noah's Ark came to rest and the day Moses was saved from the Egyptians by God.

  • Algeria (Ashura): An Islamic day of fasting commemorating the day Noah left the Ark and the day Moses was saved from the Egyptians by God.

July 18, 2024

  • South Africa (Mandela Day): Not a public holiday, but a day to honor Nelson Mandela’s legacy and to encourage community service.

July 20, 2024

  • Colombia (Independence Day or Día de la Independencia): Celebrates Colombia's declaration of independence from Spain in 1810.

July 23, 2024

  • Egypt (Revolution Day): Celebrates the anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 which led to the declaration of the modern republic of Egypt.

July 24, 2024

  • Thailand (Buddhist Lent Day or Khao Phansa): Marks the beginning of the three-month Buddhist Lent period, during which monks retreat to their temples for study and meditation. Held the day after Asalha Bucha Day

Other July Holidays without Specific Dates

  • Japan (Marine Day, 海の日, or Umi no Hi): Honors the importance of the ocean and Japan's maritime history. Third Monday of July.

  • Thailand (Asalha Bucha Day): A Buddhist festival that commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon. The date varies, typically in July.

August

August 5, 2024

  • Scotland (Summer Bank Holiday): A day off for most people to enjoy the summer weather.

August 7, 2024

  • Battle of Boyacá Day (Batalla de Boyacá): Commemorates a decisive battle for independence from Spain.

August 9, 2024

  • Singapore (National Day): Celebrating Singapore's independence from Malaysia in 1965.

  • South Africa (National Women's Day): Marks the 1956 march of women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest apartheid pass laws.

August 12, 2024

  • Japan (Mountain Day (山の日 or Yama no Hi): Celebrates the significance of mountains in Japanese culture and encourages people to enjoy mountain activities.

  • Thailand (The Queen's Birthday, Mother's Day): Celebrates the birthday of Queen Mother Sirikit and is also recognized as Mother's Day in Thailand.

August 14, 2024

  • Pakistan (Independence Day): Celebrates Pakistan's independence from British rule in 1947.

August 15, 2024

  • Colombia (Assumption of Mary or Asunción de la Virgen): A Catholic holiday celebrating the assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven.

  • France, Italy (Assumption of Mary): Celebrating the belief in the ascension of the Virgin Mary into heaven.

  • India (Independence Day): Commemorates India's independence from British rule in 1947.

  • Italy (Assumption of Mary or Ferragosto): Originally a feast to celebrate the harvest, it coincides with the religious feast of the Assumption of Mary.

  • Poland (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary or Wniebowzięcie Najświętszej Maryi Panny): A religious holiday celebrating the assumption of Mary into heaven.

  • South Korea (Liberation Day): Celebrates Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945.

  • Spain (Assumption of Mary or Asunción de María): A religious holiday commemorating the assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven.

August 16, 2024

  • Italy (Palio di Siena): A historic horse race held twice each year, with each horse representing a different district of Siena.

August 17, 2024

  • Argentina (General José de San Martín Day or Día del Paso a la Inmortalidad del General José de San Martín): Commemorates the death of the Argentine general who was a leader in the struggle for independence in Argentina, Chile, and Peru.

  • Indonesia, (Independence Day or Hari Kemerdekaan): Celebrates Indonesia’s independence from Dutch colonial rule in 1945.

August 26, 2024

  • India (Krishna Janmashtami): Marks the birth of Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu.

August 24, 2024

  • Ukraine (Independence Day): Marks Ukraine's declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

August 25, 2024

  • Iran (Arba'een): Marks the end of the 40-day mourning period after the anniversary of the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali. 40 days after Ashura.

August 26, 2024

  • England (Summer Bank Holiday): A day off for most people to enjoy the summer weather.

  • Northern Ireland (Summer Bank Holiday): A day off for most people to enjoy the summer weather.

  • Wales (Summer Bank Holiday): A day off for most people to enjoy the summer weather.

August 28, 2024

  • Philippines (National Heroes Day): A national holiday in the Philippines, honoring the country's heroes.

August 30, 2024

  • Turkey (Victory Day, Zafer Bayramı): Celebrates the victory in the Battle of Dumlupınar in 1922, which was a decisive battle in the Turkish War of Independence.

Other August Holidays without Specific Dates

  • Japan (Obon Festival, お盆): A Buddhist event for commemorating ancestors, not an official holiday but widely observed.

  • Vietnam (Vu Lan Festival): A Buddhist celebration, also known as Ghost Festival, focusing on filial piety, the practice of respecting and taking care of one’s parents and ancestors. Held on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month.

September

September 2, 2024

  • United States (Labor Day): Honoring the American labor movement.

  • Canada (Labour Day): A statutory holiday across all provinces, celebrating workers and the labor movement.

  • Vietnam (National Day): Marks the declaration of independence from France in 1945 by Ho Chi Minh.

  • Iran (Death of Prophet Muhammad and Martyrdom of Imam Hassan): A day of mourning observed by Shia Muslims.

September 4, 2024

  • Iran (Martyrdom of Imam Reza): Commemorates the death of the 8th Shia Imam, Ali al-Ridha.

September 6, 2024

  • Pakistan (Defence Day): Commemorates the sacrifices made by the military in defending the country during the 1965 war with India.

September 7, 2024

  • Brazil (Independence Day): Celebrates Brazil’s independence from Portugal in 1822.

  • Pakistan (Air Force Day): Celebrates the achievements of the Pakistan Air Force.

September 8, 2024

  • Pakistan (Navy Day): Honors the role of the Pakistan Navy in the national defense.

September 12, 2024

  • Pop Culture and Unofficial Holidays (National Video Games Day): Celebrates video games and gaming culture.

September 15-16, 2024

  • Indonesia (Mawlid al-Nabi or Maulid Nabi Muhammad): Celebrates the birth of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

  • Pakistan (Eid Milad-un-Nabi): Celebrates the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

  • Kenya (Maulid): Celebrates the birth of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

  • Saudi Arabia (Mawlid al-Nabi): Celebrates the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. It's marked by reciting Quranic verses, singing religious songs, and holding special sermons.

September 15 to 17, 2024

  • China (Mid-Autumn Festival): A harvest festival celebrated with mooncakes and lanterns.

September 16, 2024

  • India (Milad-un-Nabi or Id-e-Milad): Birthday of Prophet Mohammed.

  • Mexico (Independence Day or Día de la Independencia): Celebrates Mexico's declaration of independence from Spain in 1810.

  • Turkey (Mevlid Kandili): Celebrates the birth of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The date varies in the Gregorian calendar as it is based on the Islamic lunar calendar.

  • Egypt (Prophet Muhammad's Birthday or Mawlid al-Nabi): Celebrates the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.

  • Algeria (Mawlid al-Nabi): Celebrates the birth of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

September 16 to 18, 2024

  • South Korea (Chuseok or Korean Thanksgiving Day): A major harvest festival and a three-day holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. Similar to Thanksgiving, it involves family gatherings, traditional food, and paying respects to ancestors.

September 18, 2024

  • Hong Kong (Day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival): Day after the Mid-Autumn Festival, celebrated with mooncakes and lanterns.

September 19, 2024

  • Italy (Feast of San Gennaro or Naples): A festival in honor of Saint Januarius, the patron saint of Naples, famous for the supposed miracle of the liquefaction of his blood.

  • Pop Culture and Unofficial Holidays (International Talk Like a Pirate Day): A whimsical holiday where people are encouraged to speak like pirates, popularized by a humorous campaign.

September 21, 2024

  • UN (International Day of Peace): Dedicated to world peace, and particularly the absence of war and violence.

September 23, 2024

  • Saudi Arabia (Saudi National Day - Al-Yaom-ul-Watany): Commemorates the renaming of the Kingdom of Nejd and Hejaz to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932.

September 24, 2024

  • South Africa (Heritage Day): Celebrates South Africa's cultural heritage and diversity.

Other September Holidays without Specific Dates

  • Japan (Respect for the Aged Day - 敬老の日, Keirō no Hi): Honors elderly citizens. Third Monday of September

  • Japan (Autumnal Equinox Day - 秋分の日, Shūbun no Hi): A day for honoring past generations and the deceased, similar to the vernal equinox. Around September 22 or 23

  • Germany (Oktoberfest): The world's largest Volksfest (beer festival and traveling funfair) is held annually in Munich. Late September to the First Sunday in October

  • Vietnam (Mid-Autumn Festival or Tet Trung Thu ): Also known as the Moon Festival, it's celebrated by enjoying mooncakes and is especially significant for children. It is held on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month

October

October 1, 2024

  • Hong Kong (National Day): Celebrating the founding of the People's Republic of China.

  • Nigeria (Independence Day): Celebrates Nigeria's independence from British rule in 1960.

October 1 to 7, 2024

  • China (National Day): Marking the founding of the People's Republic of China.

October 2, 2024

  • India (Gandhi Jayanti): Honors the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, a key figure in India's struggle for independence.

October 3, 2024

  • Germany (German Unity Day): Marks the anniversary of German reunification in 1990.

  • South Korea (National Foundation Day): Marks the traditional founding of Korea by the legendary god-king Dangun in 2333 BC.

October 5, 2024

  • UN (World Teachers' Day): Highlights the importance of educators and the role they play in society.

October 6, 2024

  • Egypt (Armed Forces Day): Commemorates the start of the October War in 1973.

October 9, 2024

  • South Korea (Hangul Day): Celebrates the creation of the Korean alphabet by King Sejong the Great in the 15th century.

October 10, 2024

  • Kenya (Huduma Day): Formerly Moi Day, it's a day dedicated to community service and volunteering.

October 11, 2024

  • Hong Kong (Chung Yeung Festival): A day to visit the graves of ancestors, similar to the Ching Ming Festival.

October 12, 2024

  • Brazil (Our Lady of Aparecida or Children's Day): Honors the patron saint of Brazil and also celebrates children.

  • India (Dussehra or Vijayadashami): Celebrates the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil.

  • Spain (National Day of Spain or Fiesta Nacional de España): Celebrates the day Christopher Columbus first arrived in the Americas in 1492.

  • Colombia (Columbus Day or Día de la Raza): Also known as "Day of the Race," it commemorates Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas.

  • Argentina (Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity): Originally known as Columbus Day, it now emphasizes respect for cultural diversity.

October 14, 2024

  • United States (Columbus Day): Observing the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas, celebrated on the second Monday of October.

  • Ukraine (Defender of Ukraine Day): Honors the courage and heroism of the defenders of Ukraine's independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. It commemorates the history and culture of the Cossacks.

October 15 to 17, 2024

  • China (Mid-Autumn Festival): A harvest festival celebrated with mooncakes and lanterns.

October 20, 2024

  • Kenya (Mashujaa Day): Formerly Kenyatta Day, it honors all those who contributed to the struggle for Kenya's independence.

October 21, 2024

  • Pop Culture and Unofficial Holidays (Back to the Future Day): Marks the date to which Marty McFly traveled in 'Back to the Future Part II'. Fans often celebrate the film and its predictions of the future.

October 23, 2024

  • Thailand (Chulalongkorn Day): Commemorates the death of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V).

October 24, 2024

  • Bangladesh (Durga Puja): A major Hindu festival celebrating the goddess Durga.

October 29, 2024

  • Turkey (Republic Day or Cumhuriyet Bayramı): Marks the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923.

October 31, 2024

  • Singapore (Deepavali): Hindu festival of lights symbolizing the victory of light over darkness.

  • Germany (Reformation Day or Reformationstag): Commemorating Martin Luther’s Reformation, particularly celebrated in Protestant regions.

November

November 1, 2024

  • France (All Saints' Day): Honoring all saints of the Christian church.

  • Italy (All Saints' Day or Ognissanti): A day to honor all the saints of the Christian church.

  • Spain (All Saints' Day or Día de Todos los Santos): A day to honor and remember deceased relatives and friends.

  • Colombia (All Saints’ Day or Día de Todos los Santos): A day to honor all the saints.

  • Algeria (Anniversary of the Revolution or Anniversaire de la Révolution): Marks the start of the Algerian War of Independence against French rule in 1954.

  • Poland (All Saints' Day - Wszystkich Świętych): A day to honor all saints and visit the graves of deceased relatives.

  • India (Diwali or Deepavali): Known as the Festival of Lights, it's one of the most popular Hindu festivals, symbolizing the spiritual victory of light over darkness.

  • Kenya (Diwali): Known as the Festival of Lights, celebrated by the Hindu community.

November 1 and 2, 2024

  • Mexico (Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos): A traditional holiday honoring deceased loved ones.

November 2, 2024

  • Brazil (All Souls' Day): A day to remember and pray for the deceased.

  • Sweden (All Saints' Day or Alla Helgons Dag): A day to remember deceased loved ones, often by visiting cemeteries and lighting candles.

November 3, 2024

  • Japan (Culture Day, 文化の日, or Bunka no Hi): Promotes culture, the arts, and academic endeavors.

November 4, 2024

  • Russia (Unity Day or День народного единства): Commemorates the popular uprising that led to the expulsion of Polish-Lithuanian occupation forces in 1612.

November 9, 2024

  • Pakistan (Allama Iqbal Day): Celebrates the birthday of Allama Iqbal, a philosopher, poet, and politician in British India, who is widely regarded as having inspired the Pakistan Movement.

November 11, 2024

  • United States (Veterans Day): Honoring military veterans.

  • France (Armistice Day): Commemorating the end of World War I.

  • Germany (St. Martin's Day or Martinstag): A popular children's holiday with lantern processions to honor St. Martin of Tours.

  • Germany (Carnival, Karneval, or Fasching): Especially strong in the Rhineland region, it's a festive season with parades and costume balls leading up to Lent.

  • Colombia (Independence of Cartagena or Independencia de Cartagena): Celebrates the independence of Cartagena, a key event in the country's overall fight for independence.

  • Poland (Independence Day orŚwięto Niepodległości): Marks Poland's regaining of independence in 1918 after 123 years of partitions.

  • Pop Culture and Unofficial Holidays (Singles' Day): Originating in China, this day is celebrated by single people, and has become one of the world's largest online shopping days.

November 15, 2024

  • Brazil (Republic Proclamation Day): Commemorates the proclamation of the Brazilian Republic in 1889.

  • India (Guru Nanak Jayanti or Gurpurab): Celebrates the birth of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru.

  • Thailand (Yi Peng): Particularly celebrated in Northern Thailand, this festival involves releasing lanterns into the sky. Same day as Loy Krathong

November 20, 2024

  • Mexico (Revolution Day or Día de la Revolución): Marks the start of the Mexican Revolution in 1910.

  • Argentina (National Sovereignty Day or Día de la Soberanía Nacional): Commemorates the Battle of Vuelta de Obligado in 1845.

November 23, 2024

  • Japan (Labor Thanksgiving Day, 勤労感謝の日, or Kinrō Kansha no Hi): A day to honor labor and production and to give thanks to one another.

November 24, 2024

  • Turkey (Teachers' Day or Öğretmenler Günü): A day to appreciate and honor teachers.

November 28, 2024

  • United States (Thanksgiving): Celebrating the harvest and other blessings.

November 30, 2024

  • Philippines (Bonifacio Day): Commemorates the birthday of Andrés Bonifacio, founder and leader of the Katipunan.

  • Poland (Saint Andrew's Day - Andrzejki): A day for fortune-telling and fun, marking the last day of the liturgical year.

Other November Holidays without Specific Dates

  • Ukraine (Holodomor Remembrance Day): A day to remember the victims of the Holodomor, the devastating famine of 1932-1933. Fourth Saturday of November

December

December 5, 2024

  • Thailand (King Bhumibol's Birthday and Father's Day): Celebrates the birthday of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and is also observed as Father's Day.

  • Iran (Martyrdom of Fatimah): A day of mourning to commemorate the death of Fatimah, daughter of the Prophet Muhammad.

December 6, 2024

  • Spain (Constitution Day - Día de la Constitución): Marks the anniversary of the approval of the Spanish constitution in 1978.

December 8, 2024

  • Italy (Immaculate Conception - Immacolata Concezione): Celebrates the belief in the conception of the Virgin Mary without original sin.

  • Spain (Immaculate Conception - Inmaculada Concepción): A religious holiday celebrating the conception of the Virgin Mary without original sin.

  • Colombia (Immaculate Conception - Inmaculada Concepción): Honors the conception of the Virgin Mary.

  • Argentina (Immaculate Conception - Inmaculada Concepción): A religious holiday celebrating the conception of the Virgin Mary.

December 10, 2024

  • Thailand (Constitution Day): Commemorates the promulgation of the first permanent constitution in 1932.

  • UN (Human Rights Day): Commemorates the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

December 11, 2024

  • Argentina (Tango Day - Día Nacional del Tango): Celebrates the tango, a key part of Argentine cultural identity.

December 12, 2024

  • Kenya (Jamhuri Day): Marks Kenya's establishment as a republic in 1964 and its independence from the United Kingdom in 1963.

  • Mexico (Our Lady of Guadalupe or Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe): A religious day honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico.

December 16, 2024

  • Bangladesh (Victory Day - Bijoy Dibosh): Celebrates the victory of the allied forces over Pakistan in the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.

  • South Africa (Day of Reconciliation): Promotes national unity and reconciliation – a significant day in both the apartheid era and the struggle against it.

December 18, 2024

  • UN (International Migrants Day): Recognizes the contributions and efforts of migrants worldwide.

December 21, 2024

  • Hong Kong (Chinese Winter Solstice Festival or Dongzhi): Known as “Chinese Thanksgiving,” it’s a traditional festival celebrated during the Dongzhi solar term when farmers and fishermen gather food for the coming winter season.

December 24, 2024

  • Brazil (Christmas Eve): Celebrated from the afternoon, leading into Christmas Day.

  • Sweden (Christmas Eve or Julafton): The main day of Christmas celebration in Sweden, with family gatherings and exchange of gifts.

  • Philippines (Christmas Eve): A significant part of Christmas celebrations, often spent with family.

December 25, 2024

  • Pakistan (Quaid-e-Azam Day or Muhammad Ali Jinnah's Birthday): Commemorates the birthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.

  • India (Christmas Day): Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • Indonesia (Christmas Day or Hari Natal): Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • Nigeria (Christmas Day): Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • Bangladesh (Christmas Day or Borodin): Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • Mexico (Christmas Day or Navidad): Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • Philippines (Christmas Day): Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • Germany (Christmas Day or Weihnachtstag): Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • Iran (Christmas Day): Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • United Kingdom (Christmas Day): Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • Spain (Christmas Day or Navidad): Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • Colombia (Christmas Day or Navidad): Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • Argentina (Christmas Day or Navidad): Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • Ukraine (Catholic Christmas): While traditionally Ukraine celebrates Christmas on January 7th, December 25th was also declared a public holiday to recognize the Catholic Christmas.

  • Poland (Christmas Day or Boże Narodzenie): Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • South Africa (Christmas Day): Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

December 26, 2024

  • Nigeria (Boxing Day): A day following Christmas Day, often spent with family and friends.

  • Bangladesh (Boxing Day): A day following Christmas Day, often spent with family and friends.

  • Germany (Boxing Day and St. Stephen's Day or Zweiter Weihnachtsfeiertag): The second day of Christmas, also a public holiday.

  • United Kingdom (Boxing Day): A day following Christmas, traditionally for giving gifts to service workers and the less fortunate.

  • Kenya (Boxing Day): A day to spend with family and friends, often involving community activities.

  • South Africa (Day of Goodwill): Known globally as Boxing Day, it extends the Christmas celebration and emphasizes charity and goodwill.

  • Poland (Second Day of Christmas or Drugi Dzień Bożego Narodzenia): Also known as St. Stephen's Day.

December 30, 2024

  • Philippines (Rizal Day): Commemorates the execution of national hero José Rizal.

December 31, 2024

  • Brazil (New Year's Eve): Celebrated from the afternoon, leading into New Year's Day.

Other December Holidays that don’t have specific dates:

  • Iran (Yalda Night): The longest night of the year, celebrated on the eve of the winter solstice with traditional foods and poetry readings. December 20 or 21

  • Germany (Advent Season or Adventszeit): Leading up to Christmas, this period is marked by Advent calendars, wreaths, and markets. Held after four Sundays before Christmas

Planning for Global Engagement

It’s not just enough to know the days when these celebrations are going to happen. For global brands, it's about engaging with each holiday in a manner that understands and respects the significance and cultural value of these holidays. Here are some strategies brands can employ:

  • Understand the Significance: Research and understand the cultural, historical, and social significance of the holiday. This is crucial to ensure that your brand's message aligns with the spirit and values of the occasion.

  • Cultural Consultation: If the holiday is outside your brand’s cultural expertise, consult with cultural experts or members of the community who observe the holiday. This can provide valuable insights and help avoid unintended disrespect or stereotyping.

  • Authenticity in Communication: Ensure that any messaging is authentic and respectful. Avoid commercializing or trivializing significant cultural or religious aspects. Additionally, ensure all marketing materials are respectful and appropriate. Be mindful of the symbols, colors, and phrases you use. It's better to focus on educational content, stories of significance related to the holiday, or themes that align with your brand's values. Support Community Initiatives: Consider supporting community events or charities that are relevant to the holiday. This can demonstrate genuine commitment and respect for the community and the holiday's significance.

  • Engage in Storytelling: Share stories that resonate with the theme of the holiday, such as success stories, historical anecdotes, or personal experiences. This can create a more meaningful connection with your audience.

  • Offer Relevant Products or Services: If offering special products or services, make sure they are relevant and respectful to the holiday. Avoid gimmicky or insensitive offers

  • Feedback and Responsiveness: Be open to feedback from the community and be willing to adjust your approach if it is deemed insensitive or inappropriate.

  • Long-Term Commitment: Ensure that once you start acknowledging a holiday’s importance to its market, show a long-term commitment to celebrating it, beyond just engaging with a holiday. This can build trust and respect with your audience.

Conclusion

Holidays are a time to look back on how the past can change a community, on how certain beliefs need to be revered and appreciated as a part of a culture, and how these celebrations affect everyone not just within a group of individuals, but the world at large. Acknowledging these holidays is not just about celebrating diversity; it's about understanding and respecting the rich tapestry of global traditions and histories that shape our world.

Proactive planning is key in this endeavor. In an increasingly globalized market, the ability to engage respectfully with cultural and international holidays can set a brand apart, fostering a positive image and building lasting relationships with consumers worldwide. Brands that successfully navigate this path will find themselves well-equipped in the future, to meet the challenges and opportunities of a diverse global marketplace.

By Raphaella Funelas

Raphaella Funelas is a creative writer who graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Studies, specializing in Language. She likes learning about anything new in any field, and has pursued that interest through a writing career. She always has an ear on the ground for any exciting topics, and an enthusiasm to share any newfound knowledge through her words.

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