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When is World Lupus Day in 2021?

World Lupus Day in 2021 is on the Monday, 10th of May (5/10/2021).

World Lupus Day is on the 130th day of 2021. There are 235 days left in the year.

World Lupus Day Facts

  • Date: May 10, 2021
  • International
  • Also Called: Lupus awareness day
  • Celebrations: free screening, campaigns, rallies
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Imagine living a life where sunlight becomes a bother; rashes cover your body, fatigue becomes the order of the day and joint problems always on the core. These are some of the problematic situations that lupus patients go through. Interestingly, very few people know that lupus exists. They only get to learn about the disease when they or someone they know is diagnosed with lupus. World Lupus Day was created to help the public understand this autoimmune disease better. The global Lupus awareness day is observed on 10th May every year. The entire month of May is also recognized as the World Lupus awareness month.

What is Lupus

Lupus is a type of chronic autoimmune disease. Normally, the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks the body organs and tissues. The inflammation causes damage to various body parts including the heart, skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, brain and blood cells.

What Causes Lupus?

The cause of lupus is not known. However, medical experts state that lupus runs in families and that means it’s hereditary. Sometimes, Lupus can be triggered by extreme stress, exposure to sunlight, smoking and certain types of medicines.

Signs and Symptoms of Lupus

Lupus is easily mistaken for other diseases. In most cases, signs and symptoms of lupus resemble those of other diseases. However, the common symptoms of lupus are:

- Fatigue

- Butterfly-like rashes that cover the cheeks, nose bridge and other parts of the body

- Headaches and memory loss

- Pain and swelling on the joints

- Hair loss on the scalp

- Sensitivity to the sun

- Toes and fingers turning pale or purple from cold

Is Lupus Curable?

There is no cure for lupus. The disease can only be managed through the right treatment. When lupus attacks vital body organs like the kidneys, lungs and the heart, the situation becomes life-threatening. Researchers are however making significant progress in identifying disease prevention strategies.

History of World Lupus Day

Lupus Canada created the World Lupus Day to raise awareness of the little-known disease. The first World Lupus Day was observed in 2014 with over thirteen lupus organizations honoring the event. The Lupus organizations around the world call upon their governments to increase funds for research and get lupus patients better treatment.

Today, World Lupus Day is celebrated in various countries worldwide. Julian Lennon, a musician, and philanthropist is the global ambassador of Lupus Day.

How to Celebrate World Lupus Day

The best way to celebrate lupus day is by spreading awareness about the less known disease. Educate family and friends about the symptoms of lupus and the impact of the disease on millions of people in the world. You can also use the World Lupus Day logo as your social media profile picture. Also, add the hashtags #WorldLupusDay and #LupusAwareness to your social media posts to further help alleviate awareness.

Lupus Organizations in your country could also be organizing local events in your community. Take the initiative to attend the campaigns and rallies since they educate the public about Lupus. Remember to wear purple World Lupus Day Tshirts and wristbands written: “Help Us Solve the Cruel Mystery.” The purple color is used to signify the Lupus awareness campaign.

During the event, take advantage of the lupus free screening to get yourself tested. You can also urge family and friends who often have lupus-like symptoms to know their status too.

World Lupus Day Symbol

The lupus disease is often related to the butterfly. The butterfly is beautiful, fragile but soars in the sunlight and dances to represent a new life. Butterflies emerge from dark cocoons, but they are transformed into something that appeases the eye. Similarly, lupus patients are beautiful and strong. And despite their challenges, they are not weighed down by the disease.

A purple butterfly represents the World Lupus Day logo.

Facts about Lupus

- Lupus affects more women than men

- An estimated five million people in the world live with lupus

- Lupus is not contagious

- Lupus patients are at risk of other illnesses especially cardiovascular conditions

- On average, a lupus patient can take up to six years before the disease is diagnosed. That is based on the first time they noticed the early lupus symptoms.

World Lupus Day Observances

  • Sun
  • May 10, 2015
  • Tue
  • May 10, 2016
  • Wed
  • May 10, 2017
  • Thu
  • May 10, 2018
  • Fri
  • May 10, 2019
  • Sun
  • May 10, 2020
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  • May 10, 2021

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2021

FridayFriJan 01, 2021Jan 01Global Family Day
MondayMonJan 04, 2021Jan 04World Braille Day
MondayMonJan 11, 2021Jan 11International Thank-You Day
SaturdaySatJan 30, 2021Jan 30World Leprosy Day
FridayFriFeb 12, 2021Feb 12Darwin Day
SundaySunFeb 21, 2021Feb 21International Mother Language Day
MondayMonFeb 22, 2021Feb 22World Thinking Day
MondayMonMar 01, 2021Mar 01International Day of the Seal
MondayMonMar 08, 2021Mar 08International Women's Day
SaturdaySatMar 20, 2021Mar 20World Frog Day
SundaySunMar 21, 2021Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
MondayMonMar 22, 2021Mar 22World Water Day
TuesdayTueMar 23, 2021Mar 23World Meteorological Day
WednesdayWedMar 24, 2021Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 27, 2021Mar 27Earth Hour
FridayFriApr 02, 2021Apr 02International Children's Book Day
WednesdayWedApr 07, 2021Apr 07World Health Day
MondayMonApr 12, 2021Apr 12Yuri's Night
FridayFriApr 16, 2021Apr 16International Special Librarians Day
WednesdayWedApr 21, 2021Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
ThursdayThuApr 22, 2021Apr 22Earth Day
FridayFriApr 23, 2021Apr 23World Book Day
SundaySunApr 25, 2021Apr 25World Malaria Day
SundaySunApr 25, 2021Apr 25World Penguin Day
MondayMonMay 03, 2021May 03World Press Freedom Day
WednesdayWedMay 05, 2021May 05International Midwives Day
SaturdaySatMay 08, 2021May 08World Red Cross Day
MondayMonMay 10, 2021May 10World Lupus Day
WednesdayWedMay 12, 2021May 12International Nurses Day
ThursdayThuMay 13, 2021May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
SaturdaySatMay 15, 2021May 15International Day of Families
MondayMonMay 17, 2021May 17World Hypertension Day
TuesdayTueMay 18, 2021May 18International Museum Day
FridayFriMay 21, 2021May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
SaturdaySatMay 22, 2021May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
SundaySunMay 23, 2021May 23World Turtle Day
MondayMonMay 24, 2021May 24World Schizophrenia Day
TuesdayTueMay 25, 2021May 25Towel Day
MondayMonMay 31, 2021May 31World No-Tobacco Day
TuesdayTueJun 01, 2021Jun 01World Milk Day
ThursdayThuJun 03, 2021Jun 03World Bicycle Day
SaturdaySatJun 05, 2021Jun 05World Environment Day
TuesdayTueJun 08, 2021Jun 08World Ocean Day
MondayMonJun 14, 2021Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
WednesdayWedJun 16, 2021Jun 16International Day of the African Child
ThursdayThuJun 17, 2021Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
SundaySunJun 20, 2021Jun 20World Refugee Day
MondayMonJun 21, 2021Jun 21International Yoga Day
SaturdaySatJun 26, 2021Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
SundaySunJul 11, 2021Jul 11World Population Day
FridayFriJul 16, 2021Jul 16World Snake Day
WednesdayWedJul 28, 2021Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
SundaySunAug 01, 2021Aug 01International Friendship Day
SundaySunAug 08, 2021Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
MondayMonAug 09, 2021Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
TuesdayTueAug 10, 2021Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
ThursdayThuAug 12, 2021Aug 12International Youth Day
FridayFriAug 13, 2021Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
SaturdaySatAug 14, 2021Aug 14World Lizard Day
MondayMonAug 23, 2021Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
WednesdayWedSep 08, 2021Sep 08International Literacy Day
MondayMonSep 13, 2021Sep 13International Chocolate Day
WednesdayWedSep 15, 2021Sep 15International Day of Democracy
WednesdayWedSep 15, 2021Sep 15Software Freedom Day
ThursdayThuSep 16, 2021Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
SundaySunSep 19, 2021Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
TuesdayTueSep 21, 2021Sep 21World Gratitude Day
WednesdayWedSep 22, 2021Sep 22World Car-Free Day
WednesdayWedSep 29, 2021Sep 29World Heart Day
WednesdayWedSep 29, 2021Sep 29Inventors Day
FridayFriOct 01, 2021Oct 01World Ballet Day
FridayFriOct 01, 2021Oct 01International Music Day
SaturdaySatOct 02, 2021Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
SundaySunOct 03, 2021Oct 03World Temperance Day
MondayMonOct 04, 2021Oct 04World Animal Day
TuesdayTueOct 05, 2021Oct 05World Teacher's Day
SundaySunOct 10, 2021Oct 10World Mental Health Day
SaturdaySatOct 16, 2021Oct 16World Food Day
SundaySunOct 17, 2021Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
SundaySunOct 24, 2021Oct 24United Nations Day
FridayFriOct 29, 2021Oct 29International Internet Day
MondayMonNov 08, 2021Nov 08World Town Planning Day
SundaySunNov 14, 2021Nov 14World Diabetes Day
TuesdayTueNov 16, 2021Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
FridayFriNov 19, 2021Nov 19World Toilet Day
SundaySunNov 21, 2021Nov 21World Television Day
ThursdayThuNov 25, 2021Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
TuesdayTueNov 30, 2021Nov 30International Computer Security Day
WednesdayWedDec 01, 2021Dec 01World Aids Day
ThursdayThuDec 02, 2021Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
SundaySunDec 05, 2021Dec 05International Volunteers Day
TuesdayTueDec 07, 2021Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
FridayFriDec 10, 2021Dec 10Human Rights Day