This page provides answers to the most common questions about Days Of The Year, our website, and our calendar.
Calendar & Research
Where do you find all of the events listed on your calendar?
As the expert curators of the world’s weird, funny and wonderful days of the year, we do not create the events ourselves. We carefully research and list only those that are genuinely celebrated and talked about between communities of like-minded people around the world.
We also receive recommendations from you, our community. There are thousands of days throughout the year and we will sometimes miss one. If you think we’re missing something, please get in touch!
How do you choose which events to feature?
Every month, we receive hundreds of applications for new events to be added to our calendar. Each application goes through a review process based on proven popularity, activity, humour, and interest.
Do you list events of an adult nature?
We are a PG-13 site and are used by many schools as teaching material. As such, we need to ensure that we maintain our family-friendly ethics.
Applications for adult themed holidays or events will be automatically rejected.
What do you do when there are different versions of an event?
We often encounter events which overlap, or are so similar that featuring each individual event as its own celebration would be excessive.
Our standard approach is to pick the event with the longest history, and create a ‘master’ version of the event. In most cases, we will then make reference to the other versions.
We’ll also sometimes roll multiple similar events celebrated in different countries into one ‘main’ event which talks about all of the country-specific variances.
Applications & Submissions
How can I create my own event?
Unless you want to create an ‘official’ national day in your country, there’s no real legal process or requirement for creating a holiday or event.
In most countries, a day, week or month is only as ‘real’ as those who celebrate together make it! If enough people take part, share the word, then the event is – as far as we’re concerned – real enough to be ‘official’. Generally, we list events that already have a community of people celebrating them.
It’s free to list your event with Days Of The Year.
How do you account for different countries?
The events we list are sourced from all around the world. We believe that if an event is fun or important to people, it should be something that everybody can join in with, regardless of their country.
As such, when we feature events we generally remove prefixes like ‘World’, ‘National’ or ‘International’ in order to spread the word and to get everybody joining in.
Events officially recognized by the United Nations often retain their International or World prefix to indicate this.
What about events that are specific to landmarks or places?
There are obviously celebrations which have roots in, or are closely tied to specific locations, which we’d be remiss not to acknowledge and celebrate, and so events such as Bridge Day or Canada Day have a ‘local angle’.
Do you list events that celebrate products or brands?
Simply put, listing events that are started by businesses for blatant self-promotion does not align with our values of community and transparency at Days Of The Year.
We understand that some brands create events to show that they care and are invested in the community they’re involved with, such as Cow Appreciation Day. We review each event application on a case-by-case basis. We may omit the brand and list a more generalized event name where necessary.
Where we know it, the founder of the event is always given attribution within the content of the event.
Days Of The Year on Social Media
You post at the wrong time of day for me. Can you post earlier/later in the day?
Unfortunately, we’re unable to target our messaging via timezone, so we need to post at the best time of the day for the majority of our audience. This means that some people will see the post quite early in the day, and some may see it later on.
We hate spam, so we don’t want to post multiple times and fill up your feed with repetitive messages.