List of secular holidays
The following is a list of secular holidays, some of which support the advances of science and human rights.
- 1 January 1: New Year's Day
- 2 January 16: National Religious Freedom Day
- 3 January 29: Thomas Paine Day
- 4 February 12: Darwin Day
- 5 February 15: Galileo Day (or Galileo Gala)
- 6 February 19: Copernicus Day (or Copernicus Celebration)
- 7 March 6: The Day of the Dude
- 8 March 8: International Women's Day
- 9 March 14: Pi Day
- 10 March 16: Freedom of Information Day (followed by Sunshine Week)
- 11 March 20-23: Spring Equinox (or Vernal Equinox), in Northern Hemisphere
- 12 1st Sunday after 1st full moon after March 20: Eastre (or Eostre)
- 13 April 1: Atheist's Day/Saint Stupid's Day
- 14 April 12: Cosmonaut's Day (or Yuri's Night)
- 15 April 22: International Earth Day
- 16 April 25: Freedom Day
- 17 April 30: Honesty Day
- 18 May 1: International Workers' Day
- 19 1st Thursday of May: National Day of Reason (and National Day of Prayer)
- 20 May 25: International Jedi Day
- 21 June 19: Juneteenth
- 22 June 21: World Humanist Day
- 23 June 20-23: Summer Solstice
- 24 July 1: Barre Day
- 25 July 4: American Independence Day
- 26 July 5: X-Day
- 27 July 14: Bastille Day
- 28 August 1: Emancipation Day
- 29 September 8: International Literacy Day
- 30 September 14: Google Appreciation Day
- 31 September 19: International Talk Like A Pirate Day
- 32 September 21: International Day of Peace
- 33 September 20-23: Fall Equinox
- 34 Last week of September: Banned Books Week
- 35 September 30: International Blasphemy Day
- 36 October: Freethought Month
- 37 October 5: Atheist Appreciation Day
- 38 October 11: National Coming Out Day
- 39 October 12: National Freethought Day
- 40 October 20–26: United Nations Week
- 41 October 24: United Nations Day
- 42 October 31: Halloween
- 43 Week of Thanksgiving Holiday: Church/State Separation Week
- 44 Fourth Thursday in November: Thanksgiving
- 45 December 10: International Human Rights Day
- 46 December 20-23: Winter Solstice
- 47 December 23: Festivus ("For the rest of us")
- 48 December 25: Holiday (as in, "Happy Holiday", also "FSMas")
- 49 December 25: Newtonmas
- 50 December 31: Hogswatch
- 51 References
January 1: New Year's Day
The beginning of the year. Celebrated around the world. Called Dia da Fraternidade Universal ("Universal Brotherhood Day") in Portugal and Brazil. Although now it is mostly a secular holiday, it was both a Roman (celebrating the god Janus) and Christian holiday (Feast of the Naming and Circumcision of Jesus).
January 16: National Religious Freedom Day
“”One's beliefs or nonbeliefs "shall in no [ways] diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.
January 29: Thomas Paine Day
February 12: Darwin Day
February 15: Galileo Day (or Galileo Gala)
February 19: Copernicus Day (or Copernicus Celebration)
March 6: The Day of the Dude
March 8: International Women's Day
March 14: Pi Day
March 16: Freedom of Information Day (followed by Sunshine Week)
March 20-23: Spring Equinox (or Vernal Equinox), in Northern Hemisphere
1st Sunday after 1st full moon after March 20: Eastre (or Eostre)
April 1: Atheist's Day/Saint Stupid's Day
April 12: Cosmonaut's Day (or Yuri's Night)
April 22: International Earth Day
April 25: Freedom Day
Strictly a Portuguese holiday (celebrating the Carnation Revolution of 1974, which brought down the regime founded by António de Oliveira Salazar), but can also be seen as the definitive beginning of the end of colonialism (the Portuguese Empire, the last of its kind, started colapsing at this point).
Also, in 1945, the Soviets and the Americans ended World War II in Europe by meeting at the Elbe River near Torgau in Germany, while Italians celebrate Liberation Day which celebrates the end of the so-called "Italian Social Republic" (aka Benito Mussolini's German-controlled puppet state after he was deposed by the king and freed from his imprisonment by the Germans). Total anti-fascist day!
April 30: Honesty Day
May 1: International Workers' Day
The version of Labor Day that is celebrated by most countries in the world and recognised by the United Nations. Commemmorates the Haymarket affair (which actually happened on May 4, 1886), an early notable workers' rights violation.
Also overlaps with May Day, a holiday of religious (Pagan) origin celebrating Spring, but nowadays is a secular celebration.
1st Thursday of May: National Day of Reason (and National Day of Prayer)
May 25: International Jedi Day
June 19: Juneteenth
June 21: World Humanist Day
A day to show that humanism exists and is a positive force.
June 20-23: Summer Solstice
Longest day of the year (northern hemisphere).
July 1: Barre Day
Date of execution of the Chevalier de la Barre for impiety in 1766.
July 4: American Independence Day
American Independence Day: The origins of a country with strong constitutional backings for irreligion, especially at the time.
July 5: X-Day
July 14: Bastille Day
AKA French National Day. The Storming of the Bastille (1789), a turning point of the French Revolution, which represented the beginning of the end of feudalism as well as the power of Enlightenment ideas.
August 1: Emancipation Day
September 8: International Literacy Day
Reading matters. UNESCO holiday.
September 14: Google Appreciation Day
September 19: International Talk Like A Pirate Day
September 21: International Day of Peace
September 20-23: Fall Equinox
Equal length days and nights.
Last week of September: Banned Books Week
Freedom of knowledge is a key tenet of humanism.
September 30: International Blasphemy Day
Center For Inquiry holiday. A day for exploring blasphemy laws in the world currently and historically; examining current de facto religious bans on free speech; reframing the "religious freedom" debate
October: Freethought Month
A month inspired by a community of German freethinkers in Texas.
October 5: Atheist Appreciation Day
A fine international annual tradition of showing appreciation for atheists everywhere.
October 11: National Coming Out Day
October 12: National Freethought Day
October 20–26: United Nations Week
Includes United Nations Day (see below).
October 24: United Nations Day
October 31: Halloween
Week of Thanksgiving Holiday: Church/State Separation Week
Fourth Thursday in November: Thanksgiving
Day of thanks and/or gluttony.
December 10: International Human Rights Day
December 20-23: Winter Solstice
Shortest day of the year (northern hemisphere).
December 23: Festivus ("For the rest of us")
“”Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way.
|—the origin of Festivus|
December 25: Holiday (as in, "Happy Holiday", also "FSMas")
December 25: Newtonmas
December 31: Hogswatch
Discworld/Pratchett holiday. Pun on "hogwash" and "Hogmanay", the Scottish new year celebration. In the Discworld universe, it is celebrated much like Christmas, but the pseudo-Christian "Omnians" call it "Fast of St Ossory". Has memes.
- See the Wikipedia article on National Religious Freedom Day.
- See the Wikipedia article on Nicolaus Copernicu.
- See the Wikipedia article on International Women%27s Day.
- See the Wikipedia article on April Fools%27 Day.
- The First Church of the Last Laugh (FCLL)
- See the Wikipedia article on Earth Day.
- See the Wikipedia article on Honesty Day.
- See the Wikipedia article on National Day of Reason.
- See the Wikipedia article on Juneteenth.
- See the Wikipedia article on Summer solstice.
- See the Wikipedia article on X-Day (Church of the SubGenius).
- See the Wikipedia article on Emancipation Day.
- See the Wikipedia article on International Literacy Day.
- See the Wikipedia article on National Coming Out Day.
- See the Wikipedia article on Thanksgiving (United States).