Important Days in December 2023: National and International Special Days

December is the twelfth and last month of the Gregorian and Julian calendar that got its name from the Latin word decem, meaning ten. Originally December was the tenth month of the year in the Romulus calendar. In this month, a number of significant days are observed, some of national importance while others of global importance. In this article, a list of Important Days in December 2023 has been provided along with a little insight on the major ones celebrated.

There are more than 100 specials days in December 2023 and it also includes- World AIDS day, Indian Navy Day, World soil day, Armed forces flag day, Human rights day among others.

December 2023 Important Dates List

Some special days falling in the month of December includes World AIDS Day, Navy Day (India), Christmas, International Anti-Corruption Day, etc. Check out the complete list of Important Day & Dates in December 2023 provided below.

1 December 2023- World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is observed every year on 1st December with the aim to raise awareness of AIDS caused by the HIV infection. World AIDS Day is one of the eleven health related campaigns run by the World Health Organization.

2 December 2023- International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Every year, 2nd December is observed as International Day for the Abolition of Slavery by the nations worldwide to raise awareness against human trafficking and the exploitation of human in any similar form. The first event was organized by the UN General Assembly in 1986.

3 December 2023- United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities

To honor people over the world who overcome their disabilities everyday and lead a successful life, United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed annually on December 3. The day also aims to bring people’s attention towards the issues faced by disabled persons and what we can do to help them.

4 December 2023- Navy Day (India)

Navy Day is observed every year on December 4 and remembers the role and importance that the navy plays in the security of the country. The day also commemorates the navy personnel who were killed in the Indo-Pakistan war in the year 1971.

5 December 2023- World Soil Day

5 December is observed every year as World Soil Day to bring people’s attention towards the importance of soil and what can be done to stop its quality from degrading. The day is observed worldwide with different countries having themes of their own to celebrate this day.

7 December 2023- Armed Forces Flag Day (India)

Armed Forces Flag Day or Flag Day of India is observed annually on December 7 since 1949 and is dedicated to the collection of funds from all over the country for the welfare of the Indian Armed Forces.

9 December 2023- International Anti-Corruption Day

To raise public awareness for anti-corruption, the International Anti-Corruption Day is observed annually on December 9. The United Nations Convention Against Corruption was passed in the year 2003 on October 31st and from then onward, every year the world observes the International Anti-Corruption Day on December 9.

10 December 2023- Human Rights Day

To promote the rights of human and make people people aware of them, every year 10th December is celebrated as Human Rights Day. Many governmental and non-governmental organizations all over the world organize events in the celebration of this day.

11 December 2023- International Mountain Day

To encourage development of mountains in a sustainable manner, the United Nations General Assembly adopted 11th December as Mountain Day or International Mountain Day. This day also aims to raise awareness about people who live in mountain environments and how mountains should be developed to preserve the heritage of these people.

14 December 2023- National Energy Conservation Day

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency has decided to observe December 14 as National Energy Conservation Day to create awareness about the conservation of energy. National Energy Conservation Awards are also awarded to the industries for energy conservation as a part of this observance.

18 December 2023- Minorities Rights Day in India

To protect the rights of the minorities and to keep them aware of their rights, Minorities Rights Day is observed in India every year on 18 December.

20 December 2023- International Human Solidarity Day

To recognize the universal values of poor and work for the eradication of poverty, it was decided by the United Nations that International Human Solidarity Day will be observed every year on December 20. This day is also celebrated by helping socially or mentally challenged people.

22 December 2023- National Mathematics Day (India)

The birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan, one of the greatest Mathematician of India, is celebrated as National Mathematics Day. It is observed every year on December 22nd and is celebrated since 2012.

23 December 2023- Kisan Diwas

Farmer’s Day or National Farmer’s Day or Kisan Diwas is celebrated every year on 23 December and marks the birth anniversary of farmer leader and 5th Prime Minister of India Choudhary Charan Singh. His efforts to improve the condition of farmers in India are also honored on this very day.

24 December 2023- Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is widely observed as a full or partial holiday in Christian community and marks the evening before the Christmas. Every year, it falls on December 24 and Christmas celebrations in the denominations of Western Christianity begun from this day.

25 December 2023: Christmas Day

Christmas is a major festival of Christians that commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ and is observed every year on December 25. This day is observed as a national holiday in many countries with billions of people all around the globe celebrating this festival.

31 December 2023- New Year’s Eve

The evening of 31st December is observed every year as New Year’s Eve and marks the last day of the ongoing year. People begin the celebration of coming New Year from the day of New Year’s Eve itself with parties, food and fireworks.

List of Special Days in December 2023

The days and dates described above are the major ones but apart from them there are other significant days observed in December as well. A list of other important days and dates in December 2023 is provided below. Most of these dates are related to specific countries.

  • December 1, 2023: Day Without Art, First President Day (Kazakhstan), Battle of the Sinop Day (Russia), Self-governance Day (Iceland), Teachers’ Day (Panama), Feast for Death of Aleister Crowley (Thelema), Bifocals at the Monitor Day, Damrong Rajanubhab Day (Thailand), Republic Day (Central African Republic), Eat A Red Apple Day (United States), Freedom and Democracy Day (Chad), Rosa Parks Day (Ohio and Oregon, United States), Great Union Day (Romania), Military Abolition Day (Costa Rica), Day of Restoration of Independence (Portugal), National Day (Myanmar), Restoration of Independence Day (Portugal)
  • December 2, 2023: National Day (Laos), National Fritters Day (United States), Armed Forces Day (Cuba), National Day (United Arab Emirates)
  • December 3, 2023: Doctors’ Day (Cuba)
  • December 4, 2023: National Cookie Day, Eid il-Burbara (Russia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Turkey), Thai Environment Day (Thailand), National Cookie Day (United States), Tupou I Day (Tonga), Barborka (Poland)
  • December 5, 2023: Klozum (Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands), Repeal Day (United States), Day of Military Honour – Battle of Moscow (Russia), Saint Nicholas Eve (Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Hungary, Romania, Germany, Poland and the UK), Bathtub Party Day, International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development, Krampusnacht (Austria), Children’s Day (Suriname), Day of the Ninja, Discovery Day (Haiti and Dominican Republic), King’s Birthday (Thailand)
  • December 6, 2023: Constitution Day (Spain), Anniversary of the Founding of Quito (Ecuador), National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (Canada), Independence Day of Finland, St Nicholas Day (Western Christianity), Armed Forces Day (Ukraine), Day of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of Azerbaijan
  • December 7, 2023: Flag Land Base Day (Scientology), National Heroes Day (East Timor), International Civil Aviation Day, Quema del Diablo, begins after sunset (Guatemala), Spitak Remembrance Day (Armenia), Eve of the Immaculate Conception (Western Christianity), Day of the Little Candles, begins after sunset (Colombia), National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (United States)
  • December 8, 2023: Day of Finnish Music (Finland), Constitution Day (Uzbekistan), Battle Day (Falkland Islands), Festa da Conceicao da Praia (Salvador, Bahia), Saint Clement of Ohrid Day (North Macedonia), National Youth Day (Albania), Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Anglican Communion), Bodhi Day (Japan), CARICOM–Cuba Day (Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba), Constitution Day (Romania), Pansexual/ Panromantic Pride Day, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Christmas on Campus (University of Dayton), Mother’s Day (Panama), Festival of Lights (Lyon), National Brownie Day (United States)
  • December 9, 2023: International Anti-Corruption Day, Remembrance for Egill Skallagrímsson (The Troth), Independence Day (Tanzania), Anna’s Day (Sweden and Finland), National Heroes Day (Antigua and Barbuda), Feast of the Conception of the Most Holy Theotokos by St. Anne (Eastern Orthodox), Yuri’s Day in the Autumn (Russian Orthodox Church), National Pastry Day (United States), Navy Day (Sri Lanka)
  • December 10, 2023: Alfred Nobel Day (Sweden), Constitution Day (Thailand)
  • December 11, 2023: National Education Day, UNICEF Day, Pampanga Day (Pampanga province, Philippines), National Have a Bagel Day (United States), Human Rights and Peace Day (Kiribati), National Tango Day (Argentina), Indiana Day (Indiana, United States), Republic Day (Burkina Faso), National Noodle Ring Day (United States)
  • December 12, 2023: Constitution Day (Russia), Day of Neutrality (Turkmenistan), Jamhuri Day (Kenya), Kanji Day (Japan), Croatian Air Force Day (Croatia), Feast of the Apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico)
  • December 13, 2023: Saint Lucy’s Day (Italy), Republic Day (Malta), Acadian Remembrance Day (Acadians), National Day (Saint Lucia), Sailor’s Day (Brazil)
  • December 14, 2023: Martyred Intellectuals Day (Bangladesh), Alabama Day (Alabama), Forty-seven Ronin Remembrance Day (Tokyo), Monkey Day
  • December 15, 2023: Bill of Rights Day (United States), Zamenhof Day (International Esperanto Community), National Cupcake Day (United States), Remembrance Day of Journalists Killed in the Line of Duty (Russia), 2nd Amendment Day (South Carolina), Cat Herders Day, Homecoming Day (Alderney)
  • December 16, 2023: Victory Day of Bangladesh, National Day (Kingdom of Bahrain), Barbie and Barney Backlash Day, Day of Reconciliation in South Africa
  • December 17, 2023: Pan American Aviation Day (United States), National Day (Bhutan), Accession Day (Bahrain), International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, Wright Brothers Day (United States), National Maple Syrup Day (United States)
  • December 18, 2023: National Muffin Day (Brazil)
  • December 19, 2023: Goa Liberation Day (Goa, India), National Heroes and Heroines Day (Anguilla)
  • December 20, 2023: Macau Special Administrative Region Establishment Day (Macau), Abolition of Slavery Day (Réunion, French Guiana), National Sangria Day (United States), Bo Aung Kyaw Day (Myanmar)
  • December 21, 2023: The first day of Pancha Ganapati (Saiva Siddhanta Church), Humbug Day, Armed Forces Day (Philippines), Sao Tome Day (Sao Tome and Principe), National Hamburger Day (United States), Forefathers’ Day (Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States)
  • December 22, 2023: Unity Day (Zimbabwe), Mother’s Day (Indonesia), National Date Nut Bread Day (United States), Teachers’ Day (Cuba), Armed Forces Day (Vietnam)
  • December 23, 2023: The Emperor’s Birthday (Japan), Festivus, HumanLight (Humanism)
  • December 24, 2023: National Consumer Rights Day (India), Independence Day (Libya), Day of Military Honour – Siege of Ismail (Russia), National Eggnog Day (United States), Nittel Nacht (certain Orthodox Jewish denominations), Feast of the Seven Fishes (Italy), Juleaften (Denmark)/ Julaften (Norway)/ Julafton (Sweden), The Declaration of Christmas Peace (Old Great Square of Turku, Finland’s official Christmas City), Nochebuena (Spain and Spanish-speaking countries), Quviasukvik (Eskimo of Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut, NunatuKavut, Alaska, Greenland and Chukotka)
  • December 25, 2023: Christmas, Malkh-Festival (Nakh peoples of Chechnya and Ingushetia), Newtonmas (Atheist community), Children’s Day (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Republic of Congo), National Pumpkin Pie Day (United States), Constitution Day (Taiwan), Good Governance Day (India), Takanakuy (Chumbivilcas Province, Peru), Quaid-e-Azam’s Day (Pakistan)
  • December 26, 2023: Wren Day (Ireland and the Isle of Man), Independence Day in Slovenia- Independence and Unity Day, Saint Stephen’s Day, Kwanzaa (African-American community, United States)
  • December 27, 2023: St. Stephen’s Day (Alsace, Austria, Catalonia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland), Father’s Day (Bulgaria), Independence and Unity Day (Slovenia), The first day of Junkanoo street parade (The Bahamas), Mauro Hamza Day (Houston, Texas), Zartosht No-Diso (Zoroastrianism), Mummer’s Day (Padstow, Cornwall), National Fruitcake Day (United States)
  • December 28, 2023: Proclamation Day in South Australia
  • December 29, 2023: Tick Tock Day
  • December 30, 2023: Freedom Day (Church of Scientology), Day of the Declaration of Slovakia as an Independent Ecclesiastic Province (Slovakia), Rizal Day (Philippines), Falling Needles Family Fest, National Bicarbonate of Soda Day (United States)
  • December 31, 2023: New Year’s Eve, International Solidarity Day (Azerbaijan), Start of Hogmanay (Scotland), Novy God Eve, Bisperas ng Bagong Taon (Philippines), Omisoka (Japan), National Champagne Day (United States)
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