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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

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of International in 2020

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
WednesdayWedJan 01, 2020Jan 01Global Family Day
SaturdaySatJan 04, 2020Jan 04World Braille Day
SaturdaySatJan 11, 2020Jan 11International Thank-You Day
ThursdayThuJan 30, 2020Jan 30World Leprosy Day
WednesdayWedFeb 12, 2020Feb 12Darwin Day
FridayFriFeb 21, 2020Feb 21International Mother Language Day
SaturdaySatFeb 22, 2020Feb 22World Thinking Day
SundaySunMar 01, 2020Mar 01International Day of the Seal
SundaySunMar 08, 2020Mar 08International Women's Day
FridayFriMar 20, 2020Mar 20World Frog Day
SaturdaySatMar 21, 2020Mar 21World Down Syndrome Day
SundaySunMar 22, 2020Mar 22World Water Day
MondayMonMar 23, 2020Mar 23World Meteorological Day
TuesdayTueMar 24, 2020Mar 24World TB Day
SaturdaySatMar 28, 2020Mar 28Earth Hour
ThursdayThuApr 02, 2020Apr 02International Children's Book Day
TuesdayTueApr 07, 2020Apr 07World Health Day
SundaySunApr 12, 2020Apr 12Yuri's Night
ThursdayThuApr 16, 2020Apr 16International Special Librarians Day
TuesdayTueApr 21, 2020Apr 21International Creativity and Innovation Day
WednesdayWedApr 22, 2020Apr 22Earth Day
ThursdayThuApr 23, 2020Apr 23World Book Day
SaturdaySatApr 25, 2020Apr 25World Penguin Day
SaturdaySatApr 25, 2020Apr 25World Malaria Day
SundaySunMay 03, 2020May 03World Press Freedom Day
TuesdayTueMay 05, 2020May 05International Midwives Day
FridayFriMay 08, 2020May 08World Red Cross Day
SundaySunMay 10, 2020May 10World Lupus Day
TuesdayTueMay 12, 2020May 12International Nurses Day
WednesdayWedMay 13, 2020May 13IEEE Global Engineering Day
FridayFriMay 15, 2020May 15International Day of Families
MondayMonMay 18, 2020May 18International Museum Day
ThursdayThuMay 21, 2020May 21World Day for Cultural Diversity
FridayFriMay 22, 2020May 22International Day for Biological Diversity
SaturdaySatMay 23, 2020May 23World Turtle Day
SundaySunMay 24, 2020May 24World Schizophrenia Day
MondayMonMay 25, 2020May 25Towel Day
SundaySunMay 31, 2020May 31World No-Tobacco Day
WednesdayWedJun 03, 2020Jun 03World Bicycle Day
FridayFriJun 05, 2020Jun 05World Environment Day
MondayMonJun 08, 2020Jun 08World Ocean Day
SundaySunJun 14, 2020Jun 14World Blood Donor Day
TuesdayTueJun 16, 2020Jun 16International Day of the African Child
WednesdayWedJun 17, 2020Jun 17World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought
SaturdaySatJun 20, 2020Jun 20World Refugee Day
SundaySunJun 21, 2020Jun 21International Yoga Day
FridayFriJun 26, 2020Jun 26International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking
SaturdaySatJul 11, 2020Jul 11World Population Day
ThursdayThuJul 16, 2020Jul 16World Snake Day
TuesdayTueJul 28, 2020Jul 28World Hepatitis Day
ThursdayThuJul 30, 2020Jul 30International Friendship Day
SaturdaySatAug 08, 2020Aug 08Universal & International Infinity Day
SundaySunAug 09, 2020Aug 09International Day of the World's Indigenous People
MondayMonAug 10, 2020Aug 10International Biodiesel Day
WednesdayWedAug 12, 2020Aug 12International Youth Day
ThursdayThuAug 13, 2020Aug 13International Lefthanders Day
FridayFriAug 14, 2020Aug 14World Lizard Day
SundaySunAug 23, 2020Aug 23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition
TuesdayTueSep 08, 2020Sep 08International Literacy Day
SundaySunSep 13, 2020Sep 13International Chocolate Day
TuesdayTueSep 15, 2020Sep 15Software Freedom Day
TuesdayTueSep 15, 2020Sep 15International Day of Democracy
WednesdayWedSep 16, 2020Sep 16International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
SaturdaySatSep 19, 2020Sep 19Talk Like a Pirate Day
MondayMonSep 21, 2020Sep 21World Gratitude Day
TuesdayTueSep 22, 2020Sep 22World Car-Free Day
TuesdayTueSep 29, 2020Sep 29Inventors Day
ThursdayThuOct 01, 2020Oct 01International Music Day
FridayFriOct 02, 2020Oct 02World Farm Animals Day
SaturdaySatOct 03, 2020Oct 03World Temperance Day
SundaySunOct 04, 2020Oct 04World Animal Day
MondayMonOct 05, 2020Oct 05World Teacher's Day
SaturdaySatOct 10, 2020Oct 10World Mental Health Day
FridayFriOct 16, 2020Oct 16World Food Day
SaturdaySatOct 17, 2020Oct 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
SaturdaySatOct 24, 2020Oct 24United Nations Day
ThursdayThuOct 29, 2020Oct 29International Internet Day
SundaySunNov 08, 2020Nov 08World Town Planning Day
SaturdaySatNov 14, 2020Nov 14World Diabetes Day
MondayMonNov 16, 2020Nov 16International Day for Tolerance
ThursdayThuNov 19, 2020Nov 19World Toilet Day
SaturdaySatNov 21, 2020Nov 21World Television Day
WednesdayWedNov 25, 2020Nov 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
MondayMonNov 30, 2020Nov 30International Computer Security Day
TuesdayTueDec 01, 2020Dec 01World Aids Day
WednesdayWedDec 02, 2020Dec 02International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
SaturdaySatDec 05, 2020Dec 05International Volunteers Day
MondayMonDec 07, 2020Dec 07International Civil Aviation Day
ThursdayThuDec 10, 2020Dec 10Human Rights Day