List of unofficial observances in New Zealand

Apart from the public holidays in New Zealand, usually celebrated by a paid day off work, there are a number of unofficial observances in New Zealand that are celebrated for days, weeks or months.

Days

  • Chinese New Years in January/February (varies)
  • Valentine's Day 14 February
  • Children's Day first Sunday in March
  • International Women's Day 8 March
  • Walk To Work Day 10 March
  • St Patricks Day 17 March
  • Race Relations Day 22 March
  • April Fool's Day 1 April
  • World Book Day 23 April
  • J Day 3 May
  • Mother's Day second Sunday in May
  • World No Tobacco Day 31 May
  • Eid al-Fitr Moon-sighting (varies)[1]
  • Matariki in June or July (varies)
  • World Refugee Day 20 June
  • International Day of Indigenous People 9 August
  • World Youth Day 12 August
  • Cancer Society Daffodil Day last Friday of August
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day 1 September[2]
  • Father's Day first Sunday in September[3]
  • eDay 12 September[4]
  • Loud Shirt Day 17 September[5]
  • International Talk Like a Pirate Day 19 September
  • Breast Cancer “Pink Ribbon” Day 8 October
  • Halloween 31 October
  • Diwali 3 November
  • Guy Fawkes 5 November
  • “White Ribbon Day” for the Elimination of Violence against Women 25 November
  • Aids Foundation “Red Ribbon Day” 1 December
  • Crate Day, first Saturday of December[6]
  • International Day of Disabled Persons 3 December
  • World Volunteers Day 5 December
  • World Human Rights Day 10 December

Weeks

NOTE: Many of these national weeks will change from year to year

  • Sea Week 27 Feb to 6 March [7]
  • New Zealand Sign Language Week from 2 May
  • Coeliac Awareness Week from 18 to 24 June
  • Youth Week from 21 to 29 May
  • Samoan Language Week 30 May to 5 June
  • Teach a Kid to Sew Week 3rd week in June[8]
  • Māori Language Week
  • New Zealand Islam Awareness from 2 August
  • New Zealand Conservation Week 10–18 September[9]
  • National Clean Up Week 17–24 September[10]
  • New Zealand Fashion Week 21–25 September [11]
  • Grandparents Week from 27 October to 1 November
  • NZ Volunteering Week 19-25 June 2016[12]
  • NZ Flowers Week

Months

  • New Zealand Book Month September from 2006 to 2008, October in 2009, March from 2011 to 2013 and August in 2014;[13] not held in 2015[14]
  • New Zealand Music Month May

References

  1. ^ "Eid Mubarak! Nelson Muslim community celebrates end of Ramadan". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  2. ^ "Random Acts of Kindness Day - Scoop News". Scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 May 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2010.
  4. ^ "eDay - Cleaning up New Zealand's eWaste!". Eday.org.nz. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  5. ^ "Loud Shirt Day - Home". Loudshirtday.co.nz. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  6. ^ McConnell, Glenn (2 December 2016). "How New Zealand's national Crate Day came to be". Stuff. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Seaweek, New Zealand's annual national week about the sea". Seaweek.org.nz. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  8. ^ "The site you requested is not live - Website World - Free Website Builder". Sewmuchfun.co.nz. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  9. ^ (DOC), corporatename = New Zealand Department of Conservation. "Conservation Week 14–22 October 2017". Conservationweek.org.nz. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 September 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  11. ^ "Home". New Zealand Fashion Week. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  12. ^ "National Volunteer Week 2017 - Volunteering New Zealand". Volunteeringnz.org.nz. 2016-10-30. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  13. ^ "New Zealand Book Month". NZHistory. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  14. ^ "NZ Book Month Announcement". Booksellers New Zealand. April 30, 2015. Retrieved March 18, 2016.

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