World Down Syndrome Day
World Down Syndrome Day is annually observed on March 21 to raise public awareness of Down syndrome, a congenital disorder caused by having an extra 21st chromosome.
What Do People Do?
World Down Syndrome Day is observed in more than 60 countries worldwide. Many organizations and communities, including the United Nations (UN) and Down Syndrome International, promote World Down Syndrome Day to raise people’s awareness and understanding of Down syndrome.
Activities and events that take place on March 21 showcase the abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome. These events also focus on encouraging independence, self-advocacy and freedom of choices for people with Down syndrome.
World Down Syndrome Day is an official UN observance and not a public holiday.
Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, being universally present across racial, gender and socio-economic lines. According to the UN, it affects about 1 in 800 births worldwide, causing intellectual disability and associated medical issues.
Organizations such as Down Syndrome International have been organizing various activities for World Down Syndrome Day since 2006. In November 2011, the UN decided to officially observe the event from 2012 onwards, inviting governments and businesses to take part in World Down Syndrome Day.
Many people have worn awareness ribbons or wrist bands to promote World Down Syndrome Day. These bands may vary in color, but often include the words “Down syndrome” in their message.
World Down Syndrome Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday type||Where it is observed|
|Wed||Mar 21||2012||World Down Syndrome Day||United Nations observance|
|Thu||Mar 21||2013||World Down Syndrome Day||United Nations observance|
|Fri||Mar 21||2014||World Down Syndrome Day||United Nations observance|
|Sat||Mar 21||2015||World Down Syndrome Day||United Nations observance|
|Mon||Mar 21||2016||World Down Syndrome Day||United Nations observance|
|Tue||Mar 21||2017||World Down Syndrome Day||United Nations observance|
|Wed||Mar 21||2018||World Down Syndrome Day||United Nations observance|
|Thu||Mar 21||2019||World Down Syndrome Day||United Nations observance|
|Sat||Mar 21||2020||World Down Syndrome Day||United Nations observance|
Quick FactsWorld Down Syndrome Day is held on March 21 every year.
World Down Syndrome Day 2015Saturday, March 21, 2015
World Down Syndrome Day 2016Monday, March 21, 2016
Name in other languages
|World Down Syndrome Day||English|
|Día Mundial Síndrome de Down||Spanish|
|עולם יום תסמונת דאון||Hebrew|
|اليوم العالمي لمتلازمة داون||Arabic|
|증후군의 날 다운 세계||Korean|
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