Special Days & Public Holidays

Some public holidays are celebrated in all states & territories, though not necessarily on the same day. Some apply in individual states or territories. Some only apply to particular areas within a state or territory. All can be found through links in the Australian Public Holidays section below.

There are also special days celebrated in Australia from Australia Day through to the ‘the race that stops a nation’, the Melbourne Cup.

Find information about selected international days. Also included are links to pages on this site for those such as Easter and Christmas.

Use the Calendar link [listed above] for other days celebrated in Australia and the Multifaith Calendar link [listed above] for religious celebrations.

Australian Public Holidays

State Public Holiday Listings


  • Australian Holidays
    Click on ‘Holidays by Country’, select the year, and country [Australia] then click on ‘Show Holidays’.
  • Australian Public Holidays
    ‘Choose your state in the list [below], or scroll down for a national list of all public holidays’.
  • Holidays and Observances in Australia in 2019
    Provides listing with date, Weekday, Holiday name, Holiday type and where it is observed.
  • Our Community Calendar
    ‘the Our Community calendar is used only for nationally significant events’.
  • Special Dates and Events
    Again a presentation from Various calendars from cultural and religious events, environmental events, flags to fly on specific days and more.
  • Public Holidays
    From a set of links to Public Holiday listings from all states & territories, including some dependencies.

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Australian Special Days

Anzac Day

  • The history of Anzac Day, celebrations, programs, Turkish viewpoint and other information are found at the Anzac Day page on this site.

Australia Day

Other Special Days

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World Special Days

April Fool’s Day

Bastille Day

Chinese New Year


  • For all information about Christmas, visit the separate Christmas page on this site.


  • For all information about Easter, visit the separate Easter page on this site.

“Family” Days

  • Father’s Day
    Send dad an e-card, look at gifts, find history and more. US, so date does not match Australia.
  • Mother’s Day
    The most important person in any family.

General Information

  • 365 Special Days of the Year
    The Fact Site. ‘No matter what the day is, there’s always a reason to celebrate, and now you don’t have any excuse to not enjoy every single day !’ American, but with a very interesting touch.
  • Calendar with Holidays Around World
    Public holidays for countries from Albania to Zimbabwe.
  • Earth Calendar
    ‘A daybook of holidays and celebrations around the world. For this web site a “holiday” is any day that recognises a cultural event’. Find by date, country, religion or search engine.
  • Festival and Celebrations
    ‘Covers festivals and special occasions throughout the year including Advent St. Nicholas, Christmas, Easter, Seasons and [other] special days’. Both information and activities.
  • Holidays Round The Year
    Extensive listing of holidays and special days done by months and also grouped under specific headings.
  • KidProj Multicultural Calendar
    How people celebrate special days and festivals in world countries. There is additional information. View in a number of languages.
  • List of Holidays by Country
    ‘Most holidays are mentioned, although some are not public holidays’.
  • List of minor secular observances
    ‘This is a list of articles about notable observed periods [days, weeks, months, and years] declared by various governments, groups and organisations to raise awareness of an issue, commemorate a group or event, or celebrate something. This list does not include official public holidays or religious holidays and feasts’. Wikipedia.
  • New Year Traditions around the World
    Discover traditions from different countries of the world, different cultures and even different faiths.
  • World Holiday Calendars
    Select a country, then ‘Customs & Cultures’ then ‘Holidays & Events’.
    You need to be a member to log in to access this site. Fee is very small for individuals and small for schools.
  • Worldwide Public Holidays News
    ‘The internet’s unique source of news and updates affecting international public holidays, bank holidays, national holidays, and non-working days’.


Other Special Days

Religious Days

Saint Patrick’s Day

  • St Patrick’s Day
    The history, St Patrick, then use extra links to reach Irish associations, clubs and groups.
  • St. Patrick’ s Day [2]
    ‘St Patrick’ s Day is a global celebration of Irish culture on or around March 17. It particularly remembers St Patrick, one of Ireland’ s patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century’.
  • The History of St Patrick’s Day

Valentine’s Day

“World” Days

  • International Days [United Nations]
    ‘These are the international days currently observed by the United Nations. The United Nations designates specific days, weeks, years and decades as occasions to mark particular events or topics in order to promote, through awareness and action, the objectives of the Organisation’. A second page from UNESCO is found here.
  • International Women’s Day
    Backed by the United Nations, a special day for at least half the world’s population.
  • World AIDS Day
    Learn about the virus, support the cause and find events across Australia.
  • World Environment Day
    Established by the UN and celebrated on June 5.
  • World Health Day
    A day to celebrate health and help improve health around the world.
  • World NO Tobacco Day
    Find out about the day, but if you smoke, find out how to Quit.
  • World Refugee Day
    ‘On World Refugee Day, let’s not forget that some day in the future any one of us could be knocking at a stranger’s door hoping to find a safe and friendly shelter’. Celebrated on June 20 each year.

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