Herbal Alliance Events Calendar

Annual Awareness Events & Celebrations

Annual Events Calendar

Here is a list of some national and international awareness days/weeks, seasonal events and other celebrations that my be appropriate for herbal events, promotions or posts. Some of these are set up by charities as fundraisers. Dates may vary each year.

If there any suggestions for other days/events to add to this list, please use the contact form that can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

DateEventDescription
January
1st JanuaryNew Year's Day
Month of JanuaryDry JanuaryThe aim of Dry January is to start a new conversation about alcohol and raise awareness about the effects of alcohol. The challenge is to go alcohol free for 31 days.
Month of JanuaryLove Your Liver Month
A British Liver Trust awareness campaign
2nd week JanuaryNational Obesity Awareness Week This week is all about raising awareness of obesity, how it affects our health, and what we can do to improve the nation's collective wellbeing.
3rd week JanuaryCervical Cancer Prevention Week
Awareness of how people can reduce their risk of the disease and to educate others.
February
Month of FebruaryNational Heart Month
British Heart Foundation campaign to encourage people to spend at least 10 minutes a day to help improve their heart health.
Jan/FebChinese New YearDate varies each year. Welcome the new year with customs that bring good luck, good fortune, wealth, prosperity and happiness.
4th FebruaryWorld Cancer DayWorking together to reimagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equal for all.
6th FebruaryTime to Talk DayTime to Talk Day encourages everyone to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives.
14th FebruaryValentine's DayA festival of romance that celebrates love and relationships.
29th FebruaryRare Disease DayRaise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients' lives.
Feb/MarchShrove Tuesday / Pancake DayAl.so known as Mardi Gras, it is the day before Lent so is celebrated by eating rich foods traditionally not allowed during Lent.
it is 47 days before Easter.
March
Month of MarchProstate Cancer Awareness MonthOrganised by Prostate Cancer UK, this special month aims to raise awareness of prostate cancer.
Month of MarchOvarian Cancer Awareness MonthTarget Ovarian Cancer work to raise the profile of ovarian cancer, spread the word about the symptoms, and train GPs in early diagnosis.
1st week of MarchEating Disorders Awareness WeekRaising awareness that eating disorders are serious illnesses and that they take different forms.
3rd week of MarchNutrition and Hydration WeekBringing people together to create energy, focus and fun in order to highlight and educate people on the value of food and drink in maintaining health and well being in health and social care.
3rd week of MarchBrain Awareness WeekBrain Awareness Week is a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.
2nd Wednesday in MarchNo Smoking DayNo Smoking Day is an annual health awareness day in the United Kingdom which is intended to help smokers who want to quit smoking.
15th MarchWorld Sleep DayWorld Sleep Day is an annual event, intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving.
20th MarchInternational Day of HappinessThis campaign is a global celebration to mark the United Nations International Day of Happiness.
20th MarchWorld Oral Health DayWOHD spreads messages about good oral hygiene practices to adults and children alike and demonstrates the importance of optimal oral health in maintaining general health and well-being.

21st MarchSpring EquinoxBeginning of Spring that celebrates the renewed life of the Earth.
March Full MoonHoli - Hindu Holiday Hindu celebration of Spring with festival of colours
March/April (dates vary)Passover - Jewish HolidayCommemorates the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt, and their transition from slavery to freedom. Includes consumption of ritual foods, such as matzah and maror (bitter herbs).
April
March/AprilEaster - Christian HolidayHeld on the first Spring Sunday after the new moon. Eggs are decorated and given which are a symbol of fertility and birth originated from pre-Christian traditions.
Month of AprilBowel Cancer Awareness MonthIncrease awareness of bowel cancer and raise funds towards treating this condition.
Month of AprilStress Awareness MonthMost people will experience stress at some point in their life, but constant or extreme stress is bad for both the mind and body.
7 AprilWorld Health DayThis day marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation in 1948. Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world.
3rd week AprilMS Awareness WeekMS Awareness Week.
3rd week AprilAllergy Awareness Week
Raising awareness of all allergic conditions (including food, respiratory, skin and children’s allergies), food intolerance and the plight of allergy sufferers.
22 AprilWorld Earth DayPromotion of a healthy and sustainable environment.
April/May Ramadan - Muslim eventMonth-long fasting. Islam follows lunar calendar so is approx. 11 days earlier each year
May
Month of May National Walking MonthNational Walking Month encourages people to walk more throughout May. Initiatives include, Walk to Work Week and Walk to School Week (and herb walks?).
Month of May Action on Stroke Month"Make May Purple" is the Stroke Associations action on stroke awareness month. Individuals show their support for those who have been affected by stroke.
Month of May National Osteoporosis MonthA healthy diet, one rich in fruits and vegetables and calcium and vitamin D, as well as weight-bearing and muscle strengthening exercise, are critical elements in building Peak Bone Mass and maintaining bone strength throughout our lives.
1st MayMay DayMay Day has a long history of customs celebrating new life and fertility. It is also is celebrated as Beltane in Celtic traditions and as various other festivals in different places of UK such as the Green Man festival. It is also Labour Day.
1st week May Deaf Awareness WeekThe aim of Deaf Awareness Week is to raise awareness of hearing loss in the UK and its impact on people's lives.
1st week MaySun Awareness WeekCampaign about the dangers of sunburn and excessive tanning, and skin cancer education.
5th MayWorld Asthma DayWorld Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.
3rd week May Mental Health Awareness WeekSupported by the Mental Health Foundation, the aim is to educate the public about mental health issues and to promote better mental health.
17th May World Hypertension DayPromoting public awareness of hypertension and to encourage citizens of all countries to prevent and control this silent killer, the modern epidemic.
19th May World IBD DayWorld IBD Day takes place on 19 May each year and unites people worldwide in their fight against Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
29th May World Digestive Health DayInitiated by the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO), and initiates a year long, worldwide, public health campaign through various partners.
May - date varies Eid ul Fitr - Muslim HolidayHoliday and celebration at the end of Ramadan - date is about 11 days earlier each year
June
2nd week June BNF Healthy Eating WeekBritish Nutritional Foundation (BNF) Healthy Eating Week. Have Breakfast; Have 5 A Day; Drink plenty; Get active; and try something new.
3rd week June?Herbal Medicine WeekInitiated by NIMH Herbal Medicine Week is about promoting herbal medicine and its benefits.
3rd week JuneMen's Health WeekAwareness raising of health issues that affect men disproportionately and focuses on getting men to become aware of problems they may have or could develop, and gain the courage to do something about it.
3rd week June Cervical Cancer Awareness weekCervical Cancer Awareness week aims to make it easier for every eligible woman and person with a cervix to attend cervical screening.
3rd week June Diabetes WeekAn annual highlight in the Diabetes UK calendar, as it's a time when supporters are brought together to raise awareness of the condition.
3rd week June Breathe Easy WeekAnnual awareness event focusing on lung health ran by the British Lung Foundation.
21st June Summer Solstice / Midsummer DayCelebration of summer on the longest day of the year.
21st June St. John’s DayA day where some traditions use St John;s wort as part of midsummer celebrations. Also the day to fo out and gather various herbs.
25th JuneWorld Vitiligo DayAn initiative aimed to build global awareness about vitiligo.
July
7th JulyWorld Chocolate DayA day of indulgence for some, but maybe of promoting healthy chocolate recipes for others.
28th July World Hepatitis DayWorldwide, 300 million people are living with viral hepatitis unaware. Without finding the undiagnosed and linking them to care, millions will continue to suffer, and lives will be lost.
30th JulyInternational Day of Friendship Through friendship we can contribute to achieving lasting stability, weave a safety net that will protect us all, and generate passion for a better world where all are united for the greater good. UNESCO
August
1st week August World Breastfeeding WeekWorld Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of individuals and organisations concerned with the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide.
1st AugustLammasWith Christian, Wiccan and Pagan origins this is a celebration of the beginning of the harvest.
September
Month of September Urology Awareness MonthOrganised by The Urology Foundation, this month aims to raise awareness of urological disease as well as raise money so we can fund vital research and training into these diseases.
2nd week September Migraine Awareness WeekMigraine is the third most common disease in the world. Despite being recognised as one of the most disabling lifetime conditions, awareness and understanding is low.
2nd week September Know Your Numbers WeekKnow your Numbers! is Blood Pressure UK's awareness campaign. It encourages adults to know their blood pressure numbers and take the necessary action to reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure.
10th September World Suicide Prevention DayAdvocates for the prevention of suicidal behaviour, provision of adequate treatment and follow-up care for people who attempted suicide, as well as responsible reporting of suicides in the media.
25th September National Fitness DayNational Fitness Day is a chance to highlight the role physical activity plays across the UK, helping us raise awareness of its importance in helping us lead healthier and active lifestyles.
2nd week September Sexual Health WeekCampaigning for better sexual health services, and the right for all young people to have access to education regarding appropriate relationships and sex education.
3rd week September National Eye Health WeekNEHW raises awareness of how we can improve the UK’s eye health, contribute towards a reduction in avoidable blindness and enhance people’s everyday lives.
October
Month of OctoberBreast Cancer Awareness MonthAn annual international health campaign organised by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure
1st week OctoberDyslexia Awareness WeekLooking at the at the power of dyslexia to create ideas, organisations and society and the invaluable contribution this makes to the UK as well as the challenges and barriers.
2nd week OctoberBackCare Awareness WeekThe aim of the week-long event, which is organised by BackCare, the charity for healthier backs, is to raise awareness of the problems back pain can cause, as well as prevention and treatments.
2nd week OctoberNational Work Life WeekAn opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being at work and work-life balance. Employers can use the week to provide activities for staff, and to showcase their flexible working policies and practices.
10th OctoberWorld Mental Health DayThe day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
18th OctoberWorld Menopause DayThe International Menopause Society is encouraging women to “have a health audit" – and take action at the time of the menopause to avoid chronic diseases in later life.
21st OctoberApple DayA day to celebrate, share, juice, make cider, make vinegar and store apples.
24th OctoberMake a Difference DayMake a Difference Day, organised by Community Service Volunteers, provides people across the country with the opportunity to try out volunteering.
31st OctoberHalloweenOriginated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.
Oct/NovDiwali - Hindi holidayFestival of lights - a celebration of light over darkness; good over evil.
November
Month of NovemberMen’s Health Awareness MonthDuring November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.
1st Wednesday in NovemberNational Stress Awareness DayAims to develop greater understanding of stress nationwide and to offer access to the many proven coping strategies and sources of help available to individuals and organisations who want to reduce the harmful outcomes of excessive pressure.
14th NovemberWorld Diabetes DayUnites the global diabetes community to produce a powerful voice for diabetes awareness and advocacy. The campaign aims to reflect the realities of dealing with a chronic condition.
2nd week NovemberAlcohol Awareness WeekAlcohol Awareness Week is a chance for the UK to get thinking about drinking. It’s a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more.
18th NovemberWorld COPD DayCOPD is also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It's a group of lung conditions that make it difficult to breathe because your airways have been narrowed.Life with COPD can be difficult.
December
1st DecemberWorld AIDS DayWorld AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.
1st weekend DecemberTree Dressing DayA day to express love for trees. It is a chance for the whole community to gather and celebrate the leafy friends we all have in common.
3rd DecemberInternational Day of Persons with DisabilityReaffirm our commitment to work together for a better world that is inclusive, equitable and sustainable for everyone, where the rights of people with disabilities are fully realized. UN
Nov/DecHanukkah - Jewish festivalHanukkah or Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods.
21st DecemberWinter Solstice / YuleShortest day of the year. Many traditions associated with this day including the use of mistletoe, holly, ivy, yew and pine as symbols of healing, fertility, protection, rebirth and everlasting life.
25 DecemberChristmas - Christian holidayAnnual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.