Day of the Programmer 2023: Date, Significance, History & Celebration

Day of the Programmer is observed every year on September 13, except for leap years in which it falls on 12 September. The day is observed to celebrate the positive changes that programmers make to improve our everyday lives.

September 13 is chosen because it is the 256th day of the year (September 12 is the 256th day in leap year) and the number 256 is the number of distinct value that can be represented with a byte, a value very important in the world of programming.

Days of the Programmer is also known as International Programmers’ Day or Programmers’ Day.

Day of the Programmer 2023 Date

Below mentioned are the upcoming dates for Day of the Programmer for the next 5 years.

Event Date Day
Day of the Programmer 2023 September 13, 2023 Wednesday
Day of the Programmer 2024 September 12, 2024 Wednesday
Day of the Programmer 2025 September 13, 2025 Saturday
Day of the Programmer 2026 September 13, 2026 Sunday
Day of the Programmer 2027 September 13, 2027 Monday

Day of the Programmer 2023 Overview

Event Day of the Programmer, International Programmers’ Day, Programmer’s Day
Date September 13, 2023
Day Tuesday
Declared by Ministry of Mass Media and Communications of Russia
Purpose To celebrate the positive changes that programmers make to improve our everyday lives.

Day of the Programmer Significance

The history of programming is quite long, more than around 200 years old and to celebrate this rich history of programming and the progress it has made over years, September 13 will be celebrated as Day of the Programmer 2023.

The day also honors the hard work of programmers all over the world who strive to make our lives better and easier.

Virtually every industry and almost every sector of the world today relies on programmers and programming for the smooth functioning of every service. Day of the Programmers honors the vital role that programmers and programming play in the day-to-day life and is usually celebrated by motivating individuals to learn the basics of programming.

History of Day of the Programmer observation

The Day of the Programmer is a day of international significance which is observed on the 256th day of each year. It falls on September 13 during common years and on September 12 in leap years. The proposal for observing this day was put forward by two employees of a software company Parallel Technologies, Valentin Balt and Michael Cherviakov in 2002.

They started gathering signatures on their petition to be put forward before the government of Russia to recognize the 256th day of the year as the official Day of the Programmer. Finally on July 24, 2009, the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of Russia issued a draft proposing celebration of a new professional holiday, Day of the Programmer. On September 11, 2009, the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev signed the decree.

How to celebrate Day of the Programmer 2023?

There are very general celebrations held on the Day of the Programmer and programmers all around the world are greeted with “Happy Programmer’s Day”. Programmers also observe this day on social media and online forums with the hashtag mention of this day and mentioning their peers in various posts. As an individual, you can take this day as an opportunity to learn a new programming language.

Even if you are not a programmer, you can try learning basic programming from an online tutorial and or any programmer friend of yours. If you are already a programmer, sign up for an advanced course and learn more about programming and languages to boost your career.

Other similar celebration

In China, the programmer’s day is observed on October 24 as it can also be written as 1024. The number 1024 is equal to 210 that correspond to the Ki binary prefix.


Is there any holiday observed on the occasion of Programmer’s Day?


When do we celebrate Day of the Programmer?

September 13

What will be theme for celebrating Day of the Programmer 2023?

There is no theme for celebrating Day of the Programmer in any year.

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