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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 2018. 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 2018
Date Event
1 First Day of Autumn
1 Purim [Judaism]
1-31 Australian Women’s History Month
1-31 Bandaged Bear Appeal
1-31 National Epilepsy Awareness Month
2 School’s Clean Up Day
2 World Day of Prayer
3 Girls’ Day - Japan [Hina-matsuri]
3 World Wildlife Day
4 Clean Up Australia Day
4-10 Catholic Schools Week NSW/ACT
5 Labour Day : WA
5 Premier’s Reading Challenge starts - NSW
5 Pancake Day [2019]
5 Shrove Tuesday [2019]
5-11 Kidney Health Week
6 Ash Wednesday [2019]
7 Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge : ACT. School Registration, last day
8 International Women’s Day
8 World Kidney Day
11-17 World Glaucoma Week
11-18 Catholic Education Week [Vic]
12 Adelaide Cup Holiday
12 Canberra Day
12 Commonwealth Day
12 Eight Hour Day : Tas
12 Labour Day : Vic
12-18 International Brain Awareness Week
12-18 Seniors Week ACT
13-19 Brain Awareness Week
13-20 Coeliac Awareness Week
14 International Pi Day
15 Ides of March
15 Selective High School Placement Test [NSW]
16 National Close the Gap Day
16 National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
17 St Patrick’s Day
17-25 Cultural Diversity Week [Vic]
18-25 National Playgroup Week
20 World Storytelling Day
21 Updated ! 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
22 World Water Day
23 National Ride2School Day
23 World Meteorological Day
23-29 Arthritis Awareness Week [TBC]
24 World TB Day
26 Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness
27 Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT] [formerly Australian Informatics Competition]
27 World Theatre Day
29 Term 1 Ends : Qld
29 Term 1 Ends : Vic
29/3-3/4 National Folk Festival
30 Good Friday
30 WAKAKIRRI Primary Challenge [Registrations close Qld]
30 WAKAKIRRI Secondary School Challenge [Registrations close Qld]
31 Earth Hour
31/3-7/4 Pesach [Passover]

Beginning of March

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