List of Important Days and Dates in 2023: National and International Upcoming Special Days List

Find below the list of important and special days and dates in 2023. We have covered the both national and international special days to be observed this year. This will boost your General knowledge and help you to understand the particular day in detail. Moreover, it will also help in scoring outstanding in your upcoming competitive examinations. 

To mark the importance of some significant events, we celebrate the days on which these events took place. Other than this, certain days are celebrated to create awareness among people about important things in the world like awareness against any disease, poverty, etc. Such events along with their dates are especially important for those who are preparing for competitive exams.

Keeping a list of upcoming important days and dates in 2023 can be helpful for the candidates in preparation of their exams. This article presents a handy list of all special days in 2023 in India and the World.

List of Special Days (Both National and International)

Check below the month-wise list of all special days. You can check below the full list of special days in January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December.

Important Days in January 2023

January, the very first month of the year, marks some pretty significant days worth remembering. On January 15, Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa’s took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from the last British Commander-in-Chief of India and thus began being celebrated as the Indian Army Day.

27 January is seen as International Day of Commemoration, commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. Although the holocaust affected the German-occupied Europe, the world remembers it to honor those who lost their lives and families.

Here is the list of important days in January:

1 January – English New Year, Army Medical Corps Establishment Day, Global Family Day

4 January – World Braille Day

6 January – World War Orphans Day, National Technology Day

8 January – African National Congress Foundation Day

9 January – Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (NRI Day)

10 January – World Laughter Day, World Hindi Day

11 January – Death anniversary of Lal Bahadur Shastri, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

12 January – National Youth Day (Birth of Swami Vivekanand), National Vision Board Day

14 January – Lohri

15 January – Indian Army Day, Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Wikipedia Day, Makar Sankranti

19 January- World Quark Day

23 January – Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary

25 January – International Customs Duty Day, India Tourism Day, National Voters Day

26 January – Republic Day (India), Australia Day, International Environmental Education Day

27 January – Family Literacy Day, International Holocaust Remembrance Day (International Day of Commemoration)

28 January – Birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai

30 January – Mahatma Gandhi’s Martyrdom Day (Martyr’s day)

Last Sunday of January – World Leprosy Eradication Day

February Special Days 2023

The month of February marks some important days that require the attention of the whole world. World Cancer Day, World Sustainable Energy Day, World Day of Social Justice, International Day of Women’s Health etc are some of the important days in February 2023 in India and the World.

Check below all days in February:

1 February – Indian Coast Guard Day

2 February – World Wetlands Day

4 February – World Cancer Day, Independence Day of Sri Lanka

6 February – International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

8 February – International Safer Internet Day

11 February – World Day of the Sick

12 February – Darwin Day

13 February – Sarojini Naidu’s Birth Anniversary

14 February – Saint Valentine’s Day

15 February – International Childhood Cancer Day

Taj Mahotsav– 18th to 27th February 2023 

20 February – World Day of Social Justice

21 February –Ramakrishna Jayanti, International Mother Language Day

22 February – World Scout Day

24 February – Central Excise Day

27 February – World Sustainable Energy Day

28 February – National Science Day

Important Days in March 2023 in India and World

March is a month that focuses on our health and has many days that seem to generate consciousness among people regarding their health. National Vaccination Day, World Oral Health Day, World Down Syndrome Day, Self-Injury Awareness Day, No Smoking Day etc are some important days marked in March. This post also provides important international dates and days in 2023.

This section provides you important days in March:

1 March – Zero Discrimination Day, World Civil Defence Day, Self-Injury Awareness Day

3 March – World Wildlife Day, World Hearing Day, Employee Appreciation Day

4 March – National Safety Day

8 March – International Women’s Day

10 March – CISF Raising Day

12 March – Mauritius Day

14 March – Pi Day, International Day of Action for Rivers, Equal Pay Day

15 March – World Consumer Rights Day, World Sleep Day

16 March – National Vaccination Day

18 March – Ordnance Factories Day (India)

20 March – International Day of Happiness, World Oral Health Day

21 March – World Forestry Day, World Down Syndrome Day, World Poetry Day, Human Rights Day (South Africa), International Day of Forests

22 March – World Water Day

23 March –World Meteorological Day

24 March – World Tuberculosis (TB) Day

25 March – International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, International Day of the Unborn Child

26 March – Epilepsy Awareness day

27 March – World Theatre Day

Second Wednesday of March – No Smoking Day

Important Days in April 2023

With April, spring season starts in the Southern Hemisphere and the month is associated with birth flower Daisy or Sweet Pea. The infamous Jallianwallah Bagh Massacre took place on 13th of this month in Punjab India in the year 1919. This month observes other important dates like World Autism Awareness Day, World Earth Day, B.R. Ambedkar Remembrance Day, etc.

Check below special days in April:

1 April – Orissa Day, Prevention of Blindness week

2 April – World Autism Awareness Day, International Children’s Book Day

4 April – International Day for Mine Awareness

5 April – National Maritime Day

6 April – International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

7 April – World Health Day (On this very day in the year 1948, WHO was formed, however, the first World Health Day was observed in the year 1950)

10 April – World Homeopathy Day

11 April – National Safe Motherhood Day, National Pet Day

13 April – Jallianwallah Bagh Massacre Day (1919)

14 April – B.R. Ambedkar Jayanti

17 April – World Hemophilia Day

18 April – World Heritage Day

21 April – National Civil Service Day, Secretaries’ Day

22 April – World Earth Day

23 April – World Book and Copyright Day

24 April – National Panchayati Day

25 April – World Malaria Day

26 April – World Intellectual Property Day

28 April – World Day for Safety and Health at Work, World Veterinary Day

30 April – Ayushman Bharat Diwas

Important Days in May 2023 with their Dates

The month of May acknowledges the different working groups and mark days such as International Labour Day, Coal Miners Day, International Firefighter’s Day, International Nurses Day, etc. In the Gregorian calendar, May is the fifth month of the year. The month also addresses some major issues by recognizing World Asthma Day, National Anti-Terrorism Day, and National Endangered Species Day.

Here is the list of all important days in May:

1 May: International Labour Day or May Day, Maharashtra Day

3 May: Press Freedom Day

4 May: Coal Miners Day, International Firefighters Day

7 May: World Athletics Day

8 May: World Red Cross Day, World Thalassaemia Day

9 May: Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti

11 May: National Technology Day

12 May: International Nurses Day

15 May: International Day of Families

17 May: World Telecommunication Day, World Hypertension Day

18 May: World AIDS Vaccine Day, International Museum Day

21 May: National Anti-Terrorism Day, International Tea Day

22 May: International Day for Biological Diversity

28 May: International Day of Action for Women’s Health

31 May: Anti-Tobacco Day

First Sunday of May: World Laughter Day

First Tuesday of May: World Asthma Day

Second Sunday of May: Mother’s Day

Third Friday in May: National Endangered Species Day

Third Saturday of the May: Armed Forces Day

Last Monday of May: National Memorial Day

June 2023: Important Days & Events

Another month that draws awareness regarding important matters in the different field of life is June. Events like World Environment Day, World Food Safety Day, International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture are marked in the June month.

June 2023 important days are listed below:

1 June: World Milk Day, Global Day of Parents

2 June: International Sex Workers Day, Telangana Formation Day

3 June: World Bicycle Day

4 June: International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

5 June: World Environment Day

7 June: World Food Safety Day

8 June: World Brain Tumour Day, World Oceans Day

12 June: World Day Against Child Labour

14 June: World Blood Donor Day

15 June: World Wind Day, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

16 June: Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev

17 June: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (International)

18 June: Autistic Pride Day, International Picnic Day

19 June: World Sickle Cell Awareness Day, World Sauntering Day/ Father’s Day

20 June: World Refugee Day (International)

21 June: World Music Day, World Hydrography Day, International Yoga Day

23 June: International Olympic Day, United Nations Public Service Day, International Widow’s Day

26 June: International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

30 June: Asteroid Day

Third Sunday of June: World Father’s Day

Important dates in the month of July 2023

With July approaching, half of the year is gone and the month marks seventh month in the Gregorian calendar. Some important events in this month include USA Independence Day, Kargil Vijay Diwas (India), International Nelson Mandela Day, World Nature Conservation Day, etc.

Find below the list of important days in July:

1 July – Doctor’s Day, National Postal Worker Day, Canada Day, Chartered Accountant’s Day (India), National U.S. Postage Stamp Day, National Gingersnap Day

2 July – World UFO Day, National Anisette Day

3 July – National Fried Clam Day

4 July – Independence Day USA

6 July – World Zoonoses Day

11 July – World Population Day, National 7-Eleven Day

12 July – National Simplicity Day, Paper Bag Day, Malala Day

14 July- Bastille Day

17 July – World Day for International Justice

18 July – International Nelson Mandela Day

22 July – Pi Approximation Day

24 July – National Thermal Engineer Day

26 July – Kargil Vijay Diwas (Kargil Victory Day)

28 July – World Nature Conservation Day, World Hepatitis Day

29 July – International Tiger Day

Fourth Sunday of July – National Parent’s Day (US)

Fourth Thursday in July – National Refreshment Day

Last Friday in July – System Administrator Appreciation Day

Important Days & Dates in August 2023

The month of August marks Independence Day of countries like Pakistan, India and Indonesia. Other important dates of the month include Women’s Equality Day, Friendship Day, International Youth Day, Day of the World’s Indigenous People, etc.

Here is list of all important dates in August:

1 August – Yorkshire Day

5 August- International Beer Day

6 August – Hiroshima Day

7 August- Friendship Day

9 August – Quit India Movement Day, Nagasaki Day, Day of the World’s Indigenous People

10 August- World Biofuel Day

12 August – International Youth Day

13 August – International Lefthanders Day

14 August – Youm-e-Azadi (Pakistan Independence Day)

15 August – National Day of Mourning (Bangladesh), Independence Day (India), Victory over Japan Day (UK), Day of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

16 August- Bennington Battle Day

17 August – Indonesian Independence Day

19 August – World Photography Day, World Humanitarian Day

20 August – World Mosquito Day

20 August- Sadbhavna Divas, Indian Akshay Urja Day

23 August – International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism

26 August – Women’s Equality Day

29 August – National Sports Day, International Days Against Nuclear Tests

30 August – Small Industry Day

31 August – Hari Merdeka (Malaysia National Day)

First Friday of August – International Beer Day

First Sunday of August – Friendship Day

Major Dates & Events in September 2023

The month of September observes important days like World Suicide Prevention Day, International Literacy Day, International Day of Peace and Non-Violence (UN), World Heart Day, World Ozone Day etc. In the Gregorian calendar, September is the ninth month of the year.

Mark theses days and dates important in September 2023:

2 September – Victory over Japan Day (USA), World Coconut Day

3 September – Skyscraper Day

5 September – International Day of Charity, Teachers’ Day (India)

7 September – Brazilian Independence Day, Forgiveness Day

8 September – International Literacy Day

10 September- World Suicide Prevention Day

11 September – Patriot Day

14 September – Hindi Diwas, World First Aid Day

15 September – Engineer’s Day (India), International Day of Democracy

16 September – Malaysia Day, World Ozone Day, International Day of Preservation

19 September – International Talk Like a Pirate Day

21 September – International Day of Peace and Non-Violence, World Alzheimer’s Day

22 September – Rose Day (Welfare of Cancer patients)

23 September – International Day of Sign Languages

26 September – European Day of Languages, World Contraception Day, World Maritime Day

27 September – World Tourism Day

28 September – World Rabies Day

29 September – World Heart Day

30 September – International Translation Day

Fourth Sunday of September – World Rivers Day

Last week of September – World Day of Deaf

Special Days and Dates in October 2023

With the year approaching its end, October comes as the tenth month of the year. Mahatma Gandhi, an Indian nationalist who employed successful campaign for India’s independence with complete non-violence was born on 2nd of this month. The Indian Air Force Day is also celebrated in this month (8th October).

We have shared below the list of important dates in October 2023:

1 October – International Day of the Elderly (UN), International Coffee Day, World Vegetarian Day

2 October – Gandhi Jayanti, International Day of Non-Violence

3 October – German Unity Day, World Architecture Day

4 October – World Animal Welfare Day

5 October – World Teachers’ Day

6 October – German-American Day

8 October – Indian Air Force Day

9 October – World Postal Day or World Post Office Day

10 October – World Mental Health Day

11 October – International Girl Child Day

13 October – World Calamity Control Day (UN) or UN International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction

14 October – World Standards Day

15 October – Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, Global Hand washing Day, World White Cane Day (guiding the blind), World Students Day

16 October – World Food Day

17 October – International Poverty Eradication Day

20 October – National Solidarity Day (China attacked India on that Day)

23 October – Mole Day

24 October – United Nations Day, World Development Information Day

31 October – Halloween, Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, World Thrift Day

First Monday of October – World Habitat Day

Second Thursday of October – World Sight Day

Important Days in November 2023

All the major events along with the dates for the month of November have been listed below. The festival of Thanksgiving in USA is celebrated on Fourth Thursday of every November. In India Children’s Day is celebrated on 14th of November as a tribute to India’s First Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.

All important days and dates in November are provided below:

1 November – World Vegan Day, All Saints’ Day

2 November – All Souls’ Day

5 November – World Tsunami Day

7 November – Infant Protection Day, National Cancer Awareness Day

9 November – Iqbal Day, National Legal Services Day

10 November – Transport Day

11 November – Armistice Day (also Remembrance Day), Veterans Day (US), National Education Day

12 November – World Pneumonia Day, Guru Nanak Dev’s Birth Anniversary

13 November – World Kindness Day

14 November – World Diabetes Day, Children’s Day

17 November – National Epilepsy Day

18 November- World Vasectomy Day

19 November – International Men’s Day, World Toilet Day

20 November – Universal Children’s Day, Africa Industrialization Day

21 November – World Television Day

25 November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

26 November – Law Day (India)

29 November – International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People

30 November – Saint Andrew’s Day (Scotland)

First Tuesday in November – Melbourne Cup Day

Fourth Thursday of November – Thanksgiving Day (US)

Important Days and Dates  in December 2023

December is the last month of every year and comes with joy and festivals like Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Other important days of this month are World AIDS Day, Human Rights Day, International Human Solidarity Day, Minorities Rights Day (India), etc.

Following days are considered important days in December:

1 December – World AIDS Day

2 December – National Pollution Control

3 December – World Day of the Handicapped

4 December – Indian Navy Day, National Cookie Day

5 December – International Volunteer Day, World Soil Day

7 December – Indian Armed Forces Flag Day, International Civil Aviation Day

9 December – International Anti-Corruption Day

10 December – Human Rights Day

11 December – UNICEF Day, International Mountain Day

14 December – World Energy Conservation Day

16 December – Victory Day of Bangladesh

18 December – Minorities Rights Day (India), International Migrants Day

19 December – Goa’s Liberation Day

20 December – International Human Solidarity Day

22 December – National Mathematics Day

23 December – Kisan Divas (Farmer’s Day in India)

24 December – National Consumer Rights Day

25 December – Christmas Day, Good Governance Day (India)

26 December: Veer Bal Diwas

31 December – New Year’s Eve

Must Read: World GK Questions and Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

There are many recruitment exams where questions are asked from important days and dates of the year. Let me highlight few questions:

Which date is marked as National Science Day?

On 28th of February

How many orphans are recorded in the world?

As per the recent data, there are probably 153 million orphans in the world.

Who started the AIDS day?

You must know that World AIDS day is among 11 official global public health campaigns as notified by World Health Organization (WHO). Other campaigns are- World Chagas Disease Day, World Patient Safety Day, World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, World Hepatitis Day, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Blood Donor Day, World Health Day. James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter conceived World AIDS Day in August 1987. World AIDS day is celebrated on 1 December.

When is Human rights day celebrated?

Human rights day is celebrated on 10th December.

Which countries still record leprosy?

India, Brazil, and Indonesia records highest number of new leprosy diagnoses every year.

When was World Cancer Day started?

World Cancer Day was started in the year 2000.

International Mother Language Day was started by whom?

General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed the International Mother Language Day in November 1999.

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