The Dates For Your Diary resource is back again for its 11th consecutive year. So many teachers make use of this list while they are making plans for seasonal and related activities in the classroom during the school year. Huge thanks again to Ciara Reilly (@PrimEdTeacher on Twitter, @CiaraReillyLecturer on Instagram) for help with compiling this annual list.

As well as special days, feasts, festivals and celebrations it also includes dates of conferences that will be of educational interest to teachers. Links are provided for further information. Save the dates in your school diary.

All of these dates give teachers great opportunities to celebrate special occasions in school and to see how they can be integrated into the curriculum for educational purposes. So if you are in the midst of planning the year ahead, why not incorporate some of these special occasions into your plans. It is not intended that teachers feel that they should/need to include the majority of these dates into their classroom planning. It’s best to pick a couple each month that interest you or your pupils and focus on those.

If any occasions/dates have been omitted, or if there are any mistakes, please email me to let me know and I’ll update the list.

You can download a colourful PDF booklet of the complete list, organised month by month, at the bottom of the page.

Where you see “TBC” – it means “To Be Confirmed” ie. the date has not been finalised at this point.


Seomra Ranga does not maintain any of the web sites provided as links in this resource so it assumes no responsibility for their contents, nor does any link constitute an endorsement of any other site, its sponsor or its contents. These links are just suggestions of websites that teachers may wish to visit to compliment their classroom teaching. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of each individual teacher or school to determine whether the links provided are suitable for children to visit.

Date Event More Info
1st World Letter Writing Day
2nd World Coconut Day
6th Read a Book Day
8th National Literacy Day
9th Rugby World Cup – Ireland Vs Romania
9th International Sudoku Day
13th Roald Dahl Day
14th World First Aid Day
15th International Dot Day
15th – 17th Rosh Hashanah
16th Rugby World Cup – Ireland Vs Tonga
16th National Dance Day
16th International Eat an Apple Day
19th Talk Like a Pirate Day
19th – 21st National Ploughing Championships
21st International Day of Peace
22nd Culture Night
23rd World Day of Sign Languages
23rd Autumn Equinox
23rd International Rabbit Day
23rd Rugby World Cup – Ireland Vs South Africa
24th World Rivers Day
25th Yom Kippur
26th European Day of Languages
29th World Heart Day
29th European School Sports Day

Date Event More Info
1st – 30th Black History Month
2nd – 6th Walk to School Week
4th World Animal Day
4th-10th World Space Week
5th World Teachers’ Day
6th Blue Star Programme (registration deadline)
6th World Smile Day
7th Rugby World Cup – Ireland Vs Scotland
7th Féilte 2023
7th-22nd EU Code Week
10th World Homeless Day
10th World Mental Health Day
13th GOAL Jersey Day
14th-22nd Maths Week
15th Global Handwashing Day
16th World Food Day
16th – 22nd Climate Action Week
17th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
20th Ficheall Inter-School Chess Tournaments (closing date)
28th Rugby World Cup Final
29th Clocks go back one hour
31st Hallowe’en

Date Event More Info
2nd Outdoor Classroom Day (Autumn edition)
11th Origami Day
12th International Tongue Twister Day
12th Diwali
13th World Kindness Day
12th-19th Science Week
TBC Anti Bullying Week (usually mid November)
21st World Fisheries Day
23rd Thanksgiving (USA)
TBC Library Week Ireland

Date Event More Info
3rd Advent Begins
3rd International Day of Persons with Disabilities
5th Birthday of Walt Disney
7th – 15th Hanukkah
11th International Mountain Day
22nd Winter Solstice
25th Christmas Day
31st New Year’s Eve

Date Event More Info
1st New Year’s Day
4th World Braille Day
6th Nollaig na mBan
15th Martin Luther King Jr. Day
17th Kid Inventors’ Day
18th World Day of the Snowman
21st-27th Catholic Schools Week (usually includes Grandparents’ Day)
26th Australia Day
Jan 30th-Feb 6th Storytelling Week (UK)
31st Backwards Day

Date Event More Info
1st Fhéile Bríde
2nd Men’s Six Nations Rugby begins – Ireland Vs France
6th Safer Internet Day
10th Chinese New Year (Year of the Dragon)
11th International Day of Women and Girls in Science
13th Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday
14th Valentines’ Day
15th World Hippo Day
17th Random Acts of Kindness Day
18th World Whale Day
27th International Polar Bear Day
29th Rare Disease Day
TBC Green Flag Award (deadline day for applying for 1st flag, usually end of February)
TBC Texaco Art Competition (deadline is usually in late February)

Date Event More Info
1st-17th Seachtain na Gaeilge
1st World Compliment Day
1st Zero Discrimination Day
2nd – 8th Engineers’ Week
3rd World Wildlife Day
6th Dentists’ Day
7th World Book Day Ireland
TBC Green Schools Water Poster & Video Competition (deadline usually in early March)
TBC Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI) Annual Conference (usually in early March)
8th International Women’s Day
TBC RDS/ESB “Science Blast” Primary Science Fair (usually in early March)
10th Mothers’ Day
17th St. Patrick’s Day
19th – 26th National Tree Week
20th Spring Equinox
20th World Oral Health Day
20th International Day of Happiness
20th World Storytelling Day
21st Nowruz Day (Middle Eastern new year/spring holiday)

21st World Poetry Day
21st International Day of Forests
22nd World Water Day
23rd Earth Hour
23rd Women’s Six Nations Rugby begins
23rd World Meteorological Day

24th Green Flag Award (deadline for 2nd+ flags)
24th – 30th Holy Week
31st Clocks Go Forward
31st Easter Sunday
TBC Green Flag Award (deadline day for applying for 2nd+ flag, usually end of March)
TBC Tech Week Ireland (usually late March/early April)

Date Event More Info
1st April Fools’ Day
2nd-8th Holy Week
2nd World Autism Awareness Day

7th World Health Day
12th International Day of Human Space Flight
15th Sinking of the Titanic
22nd Earth Day
23rd Shakespeare Day
25th World Penguin Day
28th Superhero Day
29th International Dance Day
30th International Jazz Day

Date Event More Info
1st International Workers’ Day / May Day
4th Star Wars Day
8th VE Day
9th Europe Day
11th – 19th Bike Week
15th International Day of Families
18th International Museum Day
TBC ICT in Education Conference (usually in mid May)
TBC Outdoor Classroom Day (Summer edition) (usually mid-May)
20th World Bee Day
21st International Tea Day
23rd World Turtle Day
TBC INTO ‘Different Families, Same Love’ competition
TBC RDS/ESB “Science Blast” Primary Science Fair, Limerick (usually mid May)
TBC National Walk to School Week (usually second/third week of May)

Date Event More Info
1st Butterfly Awareness and Education Day
1st World Milk Day
3rd World Bicycle Day
5th World Environment Day
8th World Oceans Day
TBC Water Safety Week (usually mid-June)
12th Anne Frank Day
13th Yeats Day (celebrating poetry of WB Yeats)
16th Fathers’ Day
20th World Refugee Day
20th Summer Solstice
21st International Music Day
21st World Yoga Day
TBC FÍS Film Festival  (deadline for submissions) (usually end of June)
TBC RDS/ESB “Science Blast” Primary Science Fair, Belfast (usually in early June)

The full list of Dates for your Diary can be downloaded as a .PDF file (3.03 MB) here:



(Months of the Year visuals are available as a download HERE)

Ciara Reilly is Assistant Lecturer in Education in ICT and Digital Education in Marino Institute of Education. You can follow her on Twitter @PrimEdTeacher or on Instagram @CiaraReillyLecturer

Huge thanks to Ciara for helping out with the compilation of this list for the 11th year in a row.