Holidays are a great way to break the monotony of our daily lives, bring some excitement into our routine AND give us a great excuse to get crafting. While we all know about the big holidays like Christmas, Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving, there are plenty of fun holidays throughout the year that you might not know about which are perfect if you are seeking inspiration for a new crafting project. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the most exciting holidays by month, including Mother’s Day in different countries, Father’s Day, and Teacher Appreciation Day, as well as some other holidays that are celebrated around the world.
New Year’s Day: The first day of the year is a holiday celebrated in many countries around the world. It’s a time for new beginnings, fresh starts, and making resolutions.
National Science Fiction Day: Celebrated on January 2nd, this day is for all the sci-fi fans out there.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Celebrated on the third Monday of January in the United States, this holiday honors the life and legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Valentine’s Day: Celebrated on February 14th, this holiday is all about love and romance. Check out our FREE Valentine’s Day printables HERE!
Mardi Gras: This carnival celebration is held in many countries around the world, but it’s most famous in New Orleans, Louisiana. Take a look at our free printable mask templates to color and make your own masks this year!
International Women’s Day: Celebrated on March 8th, this day is dedicated to recognizing the achievements of women and advocating for gender equality.
St. Patrick’s Day: Celebrated on March 17th, this holiday is all about celebrating Irish culture and heritage.
Easter: Is normally celebrated in March or April.
April Fools’ Day: This holiday, celebrated on April 1st, is all about playing pranks and having fun.
Earth Day: Celebrated on April 22nd, this holiday is dedicated to raising awareness about environmental issues and promoting sustainability. We have a free Earth Day coloring page to help you celebrate the day HERE!
Mother’s Day: Celebrated on the second Sunday in May in the United States, this holiday honors mothers and motherhood. However, the date and traditions vary in different countries (see below). We have LOTS of free mother’s day printables HERE.
Cinco de Mayo: Celebrated on May 5th, this holiday commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla.
Teacher Appreciation Day: This day is celebrated on different days depending on the country, but it’s usually held in May. Teacher Appreciation Day is a time to show appreciation and gratitude for the hard work and dedication of educators.
Father’s Day: Celebrated on the third Sunday in June in the United States, this holiday honors fathers and fatherhood. Check out our free Father’s Day printables HERE.
Juneteenth: Celebrated on June 19th, this holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
Independence Day: Celebrated on July 4th, this holiday marks the United States’ declaration of independence from Great Britain. We have a selection of free patriotic printables for you to choose from HERE!
National Dog Day: Celebrated on August 26th, this day is all about showing love and appreciation for our furry friends.
Labor Day: Celebrated on the first Monday in September in the United States, this holiday honors the contributions of American workers.
International Day of Peace: Celebrated on September 21st, this day is dedicated to promoting peace and nonviolence around the world.
Halloween: Celebrated on October 31st, this holiday is all about dressing up in costumes, trick-or-treating, and having spooky fun. And of course, we have oodles of spooky Halloween printables for you HERE!
Thanksgiving: Celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, this holiday is all about giving thanks and spending time with family. Take a look at our free Thanksgiving printables HERE!
Christmas: Celebrated on December 25th, this holiday is all about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and spending time with loved ones. Check out our Christmas freebies HERE!
Hanukkah: This eight-day Jewish holiday is usually celebrated in December and is all about lighting candles, exchanging gifts, and spending time with family.
Kwanzaa: Celebrated from December 26th to January 1st, this holiday is all about celebrating African culture and heritage.
There are also plenty of other holidays celebrated around the world that may not be as well-known. Here are a few examples:
- World Book Day: Celebrated on April 23rd, this day is all about promoting reading, publishing, and copyright around the world.
- National High Five Day: Celebrated on the third Thursday in April, this day is all about giving high fives and spreading positivity.
- Star Wars Day: Celebrated on May 4th, this day is all about celebrating the Star Wars franchise and its fans. Take a look at our Free Star Wars themed alphabet.
- National Ice Cream Day: Celebrated on the third Sunday in July, this day is all about enjoying delicious ice cream treats.
- International Day of the Girl: Celebrated on October 11th, this day is all about promoting gender equality and empowering girls around the world.
- National Hugging Day: Celebrated on January 21st, this day is all about giving and receiving hugs and spreading love and positivity.
- World Mental Health Day: Celebrated on October 10th, this day is all about raising awareness about mental health and promoting mental well-being around the world.
- International Coffee Day: Celebrated on September 29th, this day is all about celebrating coffee and the people who grow, harvest, and serve it.
- International Day of Yoga: Celebrated on June 21st, this day is dedicated to promoting the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga.
- International Talk Like a Pirate Day: Celebrated on September 19th, this holiday is all about talking like a pirate and having fun.
- World Kindness Day: Celebrated on November 13th, this day is all about promoting kindness and compassion towards others.
- National Day of Giving: Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States, this day is all about giving back to the community and supporting charitable causes.
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Around the World
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are celebrated on different dates around the world. In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, while Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. However, in other countries, the dates may vary. For example, in the United Kingdom, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent, which usually falls in March. In Australia and New Zealand, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, the same as in the United States. Father’s Day in the United Kingdom is celebrated on the third Sunday in June, the same as in the United States. In Australia and New Zealand, Father’s Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in September. It’s important to check the specific dates in each country to ensure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to celebrate and honor the special people in your life!
Whether you’re celebrating a big holiday like Christmas or a lesser-known holiday like National Dog Day, holidays are a great way to bring some fun and excitement into our lives. So next time you’re looking for something to celebrate, take a look at the fun holidays throughout the year and find something that resonates with you. And don’t forget to show some love and appreciation for the important people in your life on holidays like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Teacher Appreciation Day!