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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES

When is International Day of Families in 2020?

International Day of Families in 2020 is on the Friday, 15th of May (5/15/2020).

International Day of Families is on the 136th day of 2020. There are 230 days left in the year.

International Day of Families Facts

  • Date: May 15, 2020
  • International
  • Also Called: Family Day
  • Celebrations: workshops, seminars, conferences, TV and radio programs
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Families are the foundation of society. Although no family is perfect, every family should strive to help each other meet their physical and emotional needs. Over the years, global trends and geographical changes have transformed families into different structures. The UN, therefore, recognizes Family as a vital unit in society through the celebration of the International Day of Families. The holiday is observed every year on the 15th of May with an aim to strengthen the family bond and raise awareness of issues relating to families.

History of International Day of Families

The quest to celebrate families started in the 1980s. The UN General Assembly was concerned about the many issues affecting society and hoped to deal with them. With the help of the Economic and Social Council, the UN developed 1983/23 resolution in regards to the role of the family in economic growth and development.

On September 20th, 1993, the UN developed another resolution, A/RES/47/237 which was an affirmation of previous recommendations and a show of commitment in promoting better living standards for families worldwide. It is also on that day that the UN designated 15th May as the official International Day of Families.

The first International Day of Families was observed on 15th May 1994, and it has been in celebration every year since then.

Every year, the UN organizes International Day of Families activities such as workshops, seminars, conferences, TV and radio programs that revolve a uniquely selected theme.

The Symbol of International Day of Families

The International Day of Families' logo consists of two colors. It has a solid green circle with a red image. The symbol also incorporates a schematic drawing of a heart and a house which are the basics of every family life. The drawing signifies that the family is the central societal part that offers a stable home to people of all age groups.

How to Celebrate the International Day of Families

Join in the global celebrations by participating in the International Day of Families activities organized by the UN. The organized events are on a local, national and international level. Some communities hold workshops, seminars, exhibitions, education sessions and games for youth and children. Public officials and other NGOs hold meetings to deliberate on policies that affect families both directly and indirectly.

If no such activities are happening near you, organize a community family picnic. You will be amazed at how much your neighbors have always wanted to know each other but have never figured a way to do it. Plan icebreaker activities such as games to help everyone interact and enjoy the event.

On this day, reflect on what family means to you. A family doesn't always mean blood. A family is the people who don't mind you being part of them. These people love you and accept you as you are.

You can also undertake a project with your family meant to benefit the community. For instance, you can join an organization like Habitat for Humanity which builds houses for the needy. By building a house for another family, you'll not only be helping the needy but also bonding with your own family.

Remember to share your celebration messages on social media via the hashtag #InternationalDayofFamilies

Why Celebrate the International Day of Families

International Day of Families highlights the importance of having strong family units. A healthy family gives rise to strong communities ultimately helping every member feel better about themselves. It is also a constant reminder that families don't look alike. Some families have children, and other don't. Some have both parents while others have one or none. Therefore, International Day of Families is a time to celebrate the different families and their uniqueness.

Another great reason why we celebrate this day is the opportunity it gives us to have critical conversations. Many families across the world have issues they deal with such as poverty, unemployment, child rearing and lack of proper health care. International Day of Families brings together governments and other not for profit organizations to reiterate on how these issues can be dealt with.

International Day of Families Observances

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DATE
HOLIDAY NAME

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2019

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
TuesdayTueJan 01, 2019Jan 01Global Family Day
FridayFriJan 04, 2019Jan 04World Braille Day
FridayFriJan 11, 2019Jan 11International Thank-You Day
WednesdayWedJan 30, 2019Jan 30World Leprosy Day
TuesdayTueFeb 12, 2019Feb 12Darwin Day
ThursdayThuFeb 21, 2019Feb 21International Mother Language Day
FridayFriFeb 22, 2019Feb 22World Thinking Day
FridayFriMar 01, 2019Mar 01International Day of the Seal
FridayFriMar 08, 2019Mar 08International Women's Day
FridayFriMar 15, 2019Mar 15Red Nose Day
WednesdayWedMar 20, 2019Mar 20World Frog Day
ThursdayThuMar 21, 2019Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
FridayFriMar 22, 2019Mar 22World Water Day
SaturdaySatMar 23, 2019Mar 23World Meteorological Day
SundaySunMar 24, 2019Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 30, 2019Mar 30Earth Hour
TuesdayTueApr 02, 2019Apr 02International Children's Book Day
SundaySunApr 07, 2019Apr 07World Health Day
FridayFriApr 12, 2019Apr 12Yuri's Night
WednesdayWedApr 17, 2019Apr 17International Special Librarian's Day
SundaySunApr 21, 2019Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
MondayMonApr 22, 2019Apr 22Earth Day
TuesdayTueApr 23, 2019Apr 23World Book Day
ThursdayThuApr 25, 2019Apr 25World Malaria Day
ThursdayThuApr 25, 2019Apr 25World Penguin Day
FridayFriMay 03, 2019May 03World Press Freedom Day
SundaySunMay 05, 2019May 05International Midwives Day
WednesdayWedMay 08, 2019May 08World Red Cross Day
FridayFriMay 10, 2019May 10World Lupus Day
SundaySunMay 12, 2019May 12International Nurses Day
MondayMonMay 13, 2019May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
WednesdayWedMay 15, 2019May 15International Day of Families
SaturdaySatMay 18, 2019May 18International Museum Day
TuesdayTueMay 21, 2019May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
WednesdayWedMay 22, 2019May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
ThursdayThuMay 23, 2019May 23World Turtle Day
FridayFriMay 24, 2019May 24World Schizophrenia Day
SaturdaySatMay 25, 2019May 25Towel Day
FridayFriMay 31, 2019May 31World No-Tobacco Day
MondayMonJun 03, 2019Jun 03World Bicycle Day
WednesdayWedJun 05, 2019Jun 05World Environment Day
SaturdaySatJun 08, 2019Jun 08World Ocean Day
FridayFriJun 14, 2019Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
SundaySunJun 16, 2019Jun 16International Day of the African Child
MondayMonJun 17, 2019Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
ThursdayThuJun 20, 2019Jun 20World Refugee Day
FridayFriJun 21, 2019Jun 21International Yoga Day
WednesdayWedJun 26, 2019Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
ThursdayThuJul 11, 2019Jul 11World Population Day
TuesdayTueJul 16, 2019Jul 16World Snake Day
SundaySunJul 28, 2019Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
SundaySunAug 04, 2019Aug 04International Friendship Day
ThursdayThuAug 08, 2019Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
FridayFriAug 09, 2019Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
SaturdaySatAug 10, 2019Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
MondayMonAug 12, 2019Aug 12International Youth Day
TuesdayTueAug 13, 2019Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
WednesdayWedAug 14, 2019Aug 14World Lizard Day
FridayFriAug 23, 2019Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
SundaySunSep 08, 2019Sep 08International Literacy Day
FridayFriSep 13, 2019Sep 13International Chocolate Day
SundaySunSep 15, 2019Sep 15International Day of Democracy
SundaySunSep 15, 2019Sep 15Software Freedom Day
MondayMonSep 16, 2019Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
ThursdayThuSep 19, 2019Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
SaturdaySatSep 21, 2019Sep 21World Gratitude Day
SundaySunSep 22, 2019Sep 22World Car-Free Day
SundaySunSep 29, 2019Sep 29Inventors Day
TuesdayTueOct 01, 2019Oct 01International Music Day
WednesdayWedOct 02, 2019Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
ThursdayThuOct 03, 2019Oct 03World Temperance Day
FridayFriOct 04, 2019Oct 04World Animal Day
SaturdaySatOct 05, 2019Oct 05World Teacher's Day
ThursdayThuOct 10, 2019Oct 10World Mental Health Day
WednesdayWedOct 16, 2019Oct 16World Food Day
ThursdayThuOct 17, 2019Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
ThursdayThuOct 24, 2019Oct 24United Nations Day
TuesdayTueOct 29, 2019Oct 29International Internet Day
FridayFriNov 08, 2019Nov 08World Town Planning Day
ThursdayThuNov 14, 2019Nov 14World Diabetes Day
ThursdayThuNov 14, 2019Nov 14World Philosophy Day
SaturdaySatNov 16, 2019Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
TuesdayTueNov 19, 2019Nov 19World Toilet Day
ThursdayThuNov 21, 2019Nov 21World Television Day
MondayMonNov 25, 2019Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
SaturdaySatNov 30, 2019Nov 30International Computer Security Day
SundaySunDec 01, 2019Dec 01World Aids Day
MondayMonDec 02, 2019Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
ThursdayThuDec 05, 2019Dec 05International Volunteers Day
SaturdaySatDec 07, 2019Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
TuesdayTueDec 10, 2019Dec 10Human Rights Day