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The following is not a complete listing of every world, or Australian, special day or event, only those felt likely to be of value to schools. Some major religion-specific dates are found here, but a more complete listing can be found through the Multifaith Calendar page.

Calendar events are given as one listing for each month rather than separate listings as before.

Where the date is not known at this time, we have used the code “TBC” [To Be Confirmed]. The date will be added as soon as it is known.

The date/events given for the months already completed this year, provide 2017 dates, where these are known.

“Year of …  ” Information

The following is a list of “Years” allotted to 2017. They include international nominations as well as others such as the “Chinese Year of …”. Every effort has been made to include all major nominations.

The first group are Officially Nominated Years [International, e.g. United Nations, Chinese Calendar, … ], the second “Decades of”. The final group are those declared by a range of other bodies.

“Year of …  ”

“Decade of …  ”

“Other Years of …  ”

“Future Years of …  ”

Listed in the same groupings and order as above. Others will be added as we become aware of them.

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March 2017
Date Event
1 First Day of Autumn
1 Ash Wednesday
1-31 Australian Women’s History Month
1-31 Bandaged Bear Appeal
1-31 National Epilepsy Awareness Month
3 Girls’ Day - Japan
3 World Wildlife Day
3 National Ride2School Day
3 School’s Clean Up Day
3 World Day of Prayer
5 Clean Up Australia Day
5-11 Catholic Schools Week NSW/ACT
6 Labour Day : WA
6 Premier’s Reading Challenge starts - NSW
8 International Women’s Day
9 Selective High School Placement Test [NSW]
9 World Kidney Day
11-12 Purim [Judaism]
11-18 Cultural Diversity Week [Vic]
12-18 World Glaucoma Week
13 Adelaide Cup Holiday
13 Canberra Day
13 Commonwealth Day
13 Eight Hour Day : Tas
13 Labour Day : Vic
13-14 Holi Mahotsav [Hinduism]
13-17 Catholic Education Week [Vic]
13-19 International Brain Awareness Week
13-20 Coeliac Awareness Week
14 International Pi Day
15 Ides of March
17 National Close the Gap Day
17 St Patrick’s Day
17-24 National Playgroup Week
18 National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
18 Earth Hour
18-26 Seniors Week ACT
20 World Storytelling Day
20 Autumn Equinox
21 Eliminating Racial Discrimination Day
21 Harmony Day
21 International Day of Nowruz
21 World Down Syndrome Day
21 World Forestry Day
21 World Home Economics Day
21 World Poetry Day
21 Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT] [formerly Australian Informatics Competition]
22 World Water Day
23 World Meteorological Day
23-29 Arthritis Awareness Week
24 World TB Day
25 Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge : ACT. School Registration, last day
26 Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness
27 World Theatre Day
31 Term 1 Ends : Qld
31 Term 1 Ends : Vic
31 WAKAKIRRI Primary Challenge [Registrations close Qld and Vic]
31 WAKAKIRRI Secondary School Challenge [Registrations close Qld and Vic]

Beginning of March

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