ALL the dates for your content calendar!

I found myself staring at a blank calendar this week, wondering what on earth we’re going to post across our social-media channels over the next 365 days!

Then I remembered a little trick that REALLY helps fill the gaps in your content calendar. At the beginning of each year, I like to make a note of all the dates that are relevant to Hancock Creative and the work that we do; for instance, International Women’s Day on March 8, IDAHOBIT on May 17 and RU OK? Day on September 12 (to name but a few!). I jot all these down on my calendar and straightaway my content planner doesn’t look so empty!

I don’t know exactly WHAT we’ll post on those significant days (we’ll plan that a week or so in advance) but marking down the dates gives me a starting point for my social-media content calendar.

The hard part, of course, is finding all the significant dates. There are so many to choose from! That’s why I’ve done the hard work for you and listed all the dates I can think of below. Pick and choose the ones that are relevant to your organisation and your audience.

I’m sure I’ve missed a few! If there are any glaring omissions, please let me know and I’ll update the list. But hopefully all the big ones are here!

January

20: Penguin Awareness Day

25: Chinese New Year

26: Australia Day

February

2: World Wetlands Day

4: World Cancer Day

11: Safer Internet Day

14: Donor Day

14: Valentine’s Day

20: World Day of Social Justice

22: World Thinking Day

26: Teal Ribbon Day

29: Rare Disease Day

29: Leap Year Day

March

1: World Compliment Day

1: Clean Up Australia Day

3: World Wildlife Day

8: International Women’s Day

14: Legal Assistance Day

17: St Patrick’s Day

20: International Day of Happiness

21: Harmony Day

21: World Down Syndrome Day

22: World Water Day

26: Purple Day

30: Earth Hour

29: Neighbour Day

April

2: World Autism Awareness Day

7: World Health Day

10: Good Friday

12: Easter Sunday

20: Volunteer Recognition Day

22: International Mother Earth Day

25: ANZAC Day

27: Marine Mammal Rescue Day

28: Pay it Forward Day

May

4: Firefighters Day

5: World Asthma Day

10: Starlight Day

10: Mother’s Day

12: Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

15: International Day of Families

17: IDAHOBIT

18-24: National Volunteer Week

26: National Sorry Day

28: Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

June

1: Global Day of Parents

3: Mabo Day

5: World Environment Day

8: World Oceans Day

14: World Blood Donor Day

20: World Refugee Day

30: Social Media Day

July

5-12: NAIDOC Week

17: World Emoji Day

20: World Jump Day

24: Stress Down Day

1-31: Plastic Free July

August

7: Genes for Jeans Day

12: International Youth Day

14: Red Nose Day

19: World Humanitarian Day

23: Daffodil Day

September

5: International Day of Charity

6: Father’s Day

10: World Suicide Prevention Day

12: R U OK? Day

18-20: Clean up the World Weekend

19: Talk Like a Pirate Day

21: International Day of Peace

1-20: Footy Colours Month

October

2: International Day of Non-Violence

4: World Animal Day

5: World Teachers’ Day

10: World Mental Health Day

10: World Homelessness Day

16: World Food Day

17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

1-31: Breast Cancer Awareness

1-31: Mental Health Awareness

November

11: Remembrance Day

13: World Kindness Day

14: World Diabetes Day

16: International Day for Tolerance

19: World Toilet Day

20: Universal Children’s Day

December

1: World AIDS Day

3: International Day of People with Disabilities

4: World Wildlife Conversation Day

5: International Volunteer Day

10: Human Rights Day

18: International Migrants Day

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