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International Programmers' Day

Quick Facts

Many people celebrate International Programmers’ Day on January 7, while others observe this event on the 256th day of the year, usually on September 13 or on September 12 in leap years.

Local names

NameLanguage
International Programmers' DayEnglish
Día Internacional de los ProgramadoresSpanish
יום המתכנתHebrew
يوم المبرمجArabic
프로그래머의 날Korean
Internationaler Tag der ProgrammiererGerman

Alternative name

International Programmers' Day

International Programmers' Day 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014

International Programmers' Day 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Sunday, September 13, 2015
List of dates for other years

International Programmers’ Day celebrates the positive changes that programmers make to improve our everyday lives. It is usually held on January 7, but is also popularly celebrated on September 13, or on September 12 in leap years. 

Thousands of programmers around the world are remembered on International Programmers' Day.

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What do people do?

Programmers are greeted with positive comments like “Happy Programmer’s Day” in some work environments on International Programmers' Day. The observance is also mentioned among programming communities in online forums and social media, including on facebook or Twitter.

Public life

International Programmers’ Day is an observance and not a public holiday.

Background

International Programmers’ Day was launched in 2007 to honor programmers. The day is celebrated in many countries and is officially observed in Russia. In 2009 Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree for the “Day of the Programmer” to be celebrated on the 256th day of the year, which is usually September 13, or on September 12 in leap years.

 Symbols

Many people observe International Programmers’ Day on the 256th day of the year because “256” (28) is the number of distinct values that can be represented with an 8-bit byte, and 256 is the highest power of 2 that is less than 365, the number of days in a year.

International Programmers' Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
SunJan 72007International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
MonJan 72008International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
WedJan 72009International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
SunSep 132009International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
ThuJan 72010International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
MonSep 132010International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
FriJan 72011International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
TueSep 132011International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
SatJan 72012International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
WedSep 122012International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
MonJan 72013International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
FriSep 132013International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
TueJan 72014International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
SatSep 132014International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
WedJan 72015International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
SunSep 132015International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
ThuJan 72016International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
MonSep 122016International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
SatJan 72017International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
WedSep 132017International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
SunJan 72018International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
ThuSep 132018International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
MonJan 72019International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
FriSep 132019International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
TueJan 72020International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
SatSep 122020International Programmers' DayWorldwide observance 
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