Special Days & Public Holidays
Some public holidays are celebrated in all states & territories, though not necessarily on the same day e.g. Labour Day]. Some apply in individual states or territories [e.g. Canberra Day]. Some only apply to particular areas within a state or territory [e.g Alice Springs Show Day]. All are found through links in the 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 nominated international days. Also included are links to pages on this site for both Easter and Christmas.
Use the Calendar link [above] for other days celebrated in Australia and the Multifaith Calendar link [also above] for religious celebrations.
Australian Public Holidays
State Public Holiday Listings
- Daylight Saving and Public Holidays in the
Provides dates, a PDF download of these and a link to ACT Government School Term Dates. The site has several previous years data, plus dates for 2 years ahead.
- Public Holidays, NSW
main data covers 3 years including the current one. Multiple links to : previous dates [currently back to 2013]; Local Public Holidays in NSW; Local Event Days in NSW and Information for other states.
- Public Holidays, NT
NT Public Holidays; Statutory Public Holidays and Regional Holidays. Provides a link to School term and holiday dates in NT. Dates for multiple years [currently 4 years].
- Public Holidays, Queensland
Links to Public Holidays; School Holidays; Special holiday dates; Show holiday dates and Public holiday dates for the previous 7 years.
- Public Holidays, SA
Public Holiday dates for the previous, current and the next 2 years. Multiple downloads covering specific groups of years. Information re Sundays; Part-day public holidays; Bank holidays; Impact on shop trading hours; more.
- Public Holidays in
Listings cover 3 year period. Also : Statewide public holidays [all of Tasmania]; Substitute holidays; Regional holidays [parts of Tasmania]; Shop trading; School term dates; Daylight saving; Anzac Day trading.
- Public Holiday Dates, Victoria
‘A listing of public holidays in Victoria - 2018-2025 provided; Victorian non-metropolitan public holidays; Public holidays in languages other than English; Daylight saving; Victorian school and kindergarten term dates [External link - opens in same window]; Victorian events calendar [External link - opens in same window].
- Public Holidays,
Public Holiday dates for multiple years. Regional Dates for the Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday are provided for the current and several previous years. Link to School term and school holiday dates for WA.
- 2021 Public Holidays in Australia
Calendar-Australia. ‘The overview below contains all common holidays and observances for Australia in 2021. Besides the official national and local public holidays, other holidays and observances [like Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, etc.] are included as well’. Use the buttons at.the top of the calendar to go backwards or forwards by year.
- Australian Holidays
Select the year, and country [Australia] then click on ‘Show Holidays’. Several holidays have links to further information.
- Australian Public Holidays
‘Choose your state in the list [below], or scroll down for a national list of all public holidays’. Provides 5 years of dates for each special day. Use links provided for Popular Holidays and Observances.
- Holidays and Observances in Australia in
Provides listing with date, Weekday, Holiday name, Holiday type and Details [where it is observed]. Select from a number of holiday listings, Years [2000-2030], even specific months. Links to Other calendars plus several related links.
- Our Community Calendar
‘The Our Community calendar is used only for nationally significant events’. Provides : event; information about it; phone; email; website; indication if date is still to be confirmed [TBC].
- Public holidays and observances in Australia
‘Date; Weekday; Public holiday name; Public holiday type’.Scroll down the page for several future years.
- Special Dates and Events
A presentation from australia.gov.au. ‘Find information about special events including calendars of events and event finders. Links to : Events and festivals in Australian cities; Calendar of cultural and religious dates; Calendar of environmental events; Events and training for business; and Parliament of Australia - Event Calendar’.
From australia.gov.au a set of links to Public Holiday listings from all states & territories, including some dependencies. Provides data, plus links to their sources.
Australian Special Days
- The history of Anzac Day, celebrations, programs, Turkish viewpoint and other information are found at the Anzac Day page on this site.
- Australia Day [National
Library of Australia]
A unit of work for students at Year 3 level. Links to related resources and activities about Australia.
- Australia Day - A History
An annotated timeline from pre-1770 to the Present on how the day has been changed and developed.
- ‘Invasion’ Day
A perspective from a different viewpoint.
- National Australia Day Information
National details can be found here, while the states and territories provide information through the following :
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
- Australian of the Year Awards
Covers what the awards are, nominations and recipients.
Other Special Days
- Birdsville Races
Go into the desert, celebrate and see horse racing. A social occasion.
- Canberra Day
Provides facts and quotes, brief history, top events and things to do.
- Clean Up Australia
Not a holiday, but ‘cleaning up’ Australia so it is a better place to be. Now exported to other countries. Schools have a special Clean Up Day as well.
- Labour Day
Check calendars for actual dates.
- Melbourne Cup
History and other information about the ‘Cup’. The ‘race that stops a nation’.
- National Tree Day
‘National Tree Day started in 1996 and has grown into Australia’s largest community tree-planting and nature care event. It’s a call to action for all Australians to get their hands dirty and give back to the community’.
- Proclamation Day
Wikipedia. A small section of a page about Proclamation Days in South Australia and Western Australia.
- Proclamation Day 2018 [South Australia]
A second site, The first reading of the proclamation provides additional information.
- Queen’s Birthday
Check calendars for actual dates. Held on the second Monday in June in all states bar Western Australia and Queensland.
- Remembrance Day
Remembering the end of The Great War [World War 1].
- Western Australia [Foundation] Day
Now Western Australia Day. Wide range of information including a Primary School Teacher’s Education Toolkit.
World Special Days
April Fool’s Day
- April Fool’s Day
‘April Fools’ Day, also called All Fools’ Day, is celebrated every April 1st. While it is not officially recognised as a holiday, many celebrate by pranking, or pulling practical jokes on, their colleagues or by organising larger-scale hoaxes’.
- April Fool’s Day 
‘Other names include April Noddy Day, Gowkie Day, Huntigowk Day and St All-Fool’s Morn’.
- April Fool’s Day [All Fools’
‘Origin; Long-standing customs; Pranks; Comparable prank days; Reception; In popular culture; References; Further reading; Embedded links’. Wikipedia.
- April Fool’s Day Origins
Short article with several references.
- The Origin of April Fool’s
Examples and history from the Museum of Hoaxes. Also try their page on The Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time for some fascinating examples of these.
- Bastille Day
- Bastille Day Facts
A range of both general, as well as “interesting”, facts.
- Bastille Day [History.com]
Celebrate the transition from a monarchy to a republic in France, as well as the history of the specific event.
- Bastille Day [Wikipedia]
‘History; Celebrations in other countries; One-time celebrations; Incidents during Bastille Day; References; Other links’.
- What Really Happened on the Original
TIME Magazine article.
Chinese New Year
- Chinese New Year
‘Dates; Traditions; Animal Signs’.
- Chinese New Year 
‘Overview; History; Calendar; Crafts; Traditions; Food; Greetings; Activities’.
- Chinese New Year 2021
‘Animal; Dates; Celebrations’. History.com
- Chinese New Year in
‘What do people do ?; Public Life; Background; Symbols; Dates for multiple years’; more.
- Lantern Festival in 2021 - History, Traditions,
Activities & Food
‘The festivities for the Chinese New Year are concluded by celebrating the Lantern Festival on the 15th day. With its origin dating back to over 2 000 years, Chinese culture has developed numerous meanings for the festival’. Multiple information topics and sections
- Send a Chinese New Year ePostcard
- 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.
- Father’s Day eCards
- Father's Day - Wikipedia
‘History; Dates; African traditions; Asian traditions; European traditions; North American traditions; Oceanian traditions [Australia]; South American traditions; References; Links’.
- Father's Day in Australia
‘Is Father’s Day a Public Holiday ?; What Do People Do ?; Background; Symbols; About Father’s Day in other countries; Dates from 2015-2025’.
- Mother’s Day eCards
- Mother’s Day - Wikipedia
‘Establishment of holiday; Dates around the world; International history and tradition; References; External links’.
- Mother’s Day in Australia
‘Is Mother’s Day a Public Holiday ?; What Do People Do ?; Background; Symbols; About Mother’s Day in other countries; Dates from 2015-2025’.
Day [Lower Primary] - FTfs
‘The following information about Mother’s Day can be found below : Mothers throughout history; How did Mother’s Day begin ?; Mother’s Day around the world; Mother’s Day fast facts; References’.
- 365 Special Days of the Year
The Fact Site. ‘Need a reason to celebrate ? What about 365 reasons to celebrate ? Here we have a strange reason to celebrate every day of the year, all the way from January 1st [Z-Day] to 31 December [Make up Your Mind Day]’ American, but with an interesting touch.
- 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 today, date, country, religion or search engine.
- Holidays and Observances Around the World
‘Public holidays and other special days in 200+ countries. Carefully researched and constantly updated’.
- Holidays Round The Year
Extensive listing of holidays and special days done by months. You should also check their History of Holidays page.
- List of Holidays by Country
‘Below are lists of public holidays by country or region [countries range from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe]. Current countries; Supranational [e.g. European Union]; Former countries; External links; References’. Wikipedia.
- List of minor secular
‘Days [listed in months - Date, Name, Established by]; Days that vary by location; Weeks - international, national, regional; Months; Years; Decades; Links; more’. Wikipedia.
- New Year’s
Eve Traditions around the World
Discover traditions from different countries of the world, different cultures and even different faiths.
- Today IS a Holiday ! Check it here
‘What Holiday is Today ? [opens to this page]. Also : By month; By Country; By Religion; Popular, International; and Weird [e.g. National Drinking Straw Day, National Walk Around Things Day]’. Many have links to further information.
- Worldwide Public Holidays
Select the country of your choice, then use the Upcoming button to select the current or future year. You can also use their Worldwide Public Holidays Listed by Date page.‘Use the links to view the worldwide public holidays for today, tomorrow, this week, next week, or one of the coming months, using the list’ found by clicking on the “Select a Time Period” button. You can also use their Worldwide Global Holidays and Observances Portal or Worldwide Public Holidays by Continent and World Organisation
Britannica. ‘Definition, History and Facts’.
- Halloween : Origins, Meaning &
‘Ancient origins of Halloween; All Saints’ Day; Halloween comes to America; History of Trick-or-treating; Halloween Parties; Halloween Movies; Al Souls Day and Soul Cakes; BlackCats and Ghosts; Halloween Matchmaking and Lesser-known rituals’.
- Halloween [Wikipedia]
‘Etymology; History; Symbols; trick or treating or guising; Costumes;Games and other activities; Haunted attractions; Food; Christian religious observances; Analogous celebrations and perspectives, Around the world; References, Further Reading; Links’.
- Happy Halloween
‘We’ve got Dancing Skeletons, Halloween stories, Halloween Costumes, a celebration of Mexico’s “Days of the Dead”, some ghosts, goblins and “jack-o-lanterns”, videos to go, holiday pictures for the kids to print and colour, and some tasty Halloween recipes to make and enjoy’.
- How Halloween Works
Other Special Days
- Boxing Day - Origins
Theories about the origins of Boxing Day. Another site asks Why Do We Celebrate Boxing Day and When Was The First ?
- Labour Day
‘International Workers’ Day; Labour Day in a number of countries; References; Links’. Wikipedia.
- May Day
May 1 was initially an ancient festival of spring but now also celebrates International Workers’ Day. See its history. Wikipedia. For an Australian understanding of May Day, visit this site.
- Thanksgiving in American
Origins of Thanksgiving, traditions and related information.
- This Day in History
Provides a major historical item plus numerous other events which have occurred on this day throughout history. History.com.
- For information, use this link to the Multifaith Calendar page.
Saint Patrick’s Day
- 30 Amazing Facts About St. Patrick’s Day
‘St Patrick’s Day is celebrated each year on March 17th. The day is the observation of the death of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. With these 30 St Patrick’s Day facts, let’s uncover more about this great festival which is celebrated all over the world’.
- St. Patrick’s Day
‘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’.
- St Patrick’s Day [StPatricksDay.com]
Introduction; ‘History & Works of St. Patrick [18 sections from 50 Facts to Patrick’s Cross]’.
- Saint Patrick’s Day [Wikipedia]
‘Saint Patrick; Celebration and Traditions; Celebrations by region; Criticism; Sports Events; References; Other Links’.
- The History of St Patrick’s Day
‘7 Surprising Facts About St. Patrick’s Day; History of St Patrick’s Day Parades Around the World; St Patrick’s Day Traditions; History of St Patrick’s Day; Who Was St. Patrick ?’.
- The History of
Valentine’s Day - Why It’s Celebrated
Historical information plus other related information. Similar information can also be found at The Celebration of Valentine’s Day.
- Valentine’s Day [History.com]
‘Valentine’s Day Facts; History of Valentine’s Day; Who Was the Real St. Valentine ? The Many Myths Behind the Inspiration for Valentine’s Day; Lupercalia; 6 Surprising Facts About St. Valentine;’ more.
- Valentine’s Day [Wikipedia]
‘Saint Valentine; Folk Traditions; Connections with romantic love; Celebration and status worldwide; Valentine’s Day in popular culture; References; Other links‘ ’.
- International Days
‘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’. Listed by months of the year. A second page from UNESCO is found here.
- International Day of Education
United Nations. ‘The right to education is enshrined in article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration calls for free and compulsory elementary education. The Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted in 1989, goes further to stipulate that countries shall make higher education accessible to all’.
- International Women’s Day
Backed by the United Nations, a special day for at least half the world’s population.
- World Children’s Day
United Nations. ‘World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare’.
- World Environment Day
Established by the UN and celebrated on June 5.
- World Health Day
Upcoming World Health Day; Previous World Health Day pages. A day to celebrate health and help improve health around the world. A second source of information is found here.
- 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.
- World Teachers’ Day
‘Held annually on 5 October since 1994. World Teachers’ Day is co-convened in partnership with UNICEF, the International Labour Organisation and Education International’.