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International Day of Families

The International Day of Families, annually held on May 15, celebrates the importance of families and the work started during the International Year of Families.

International Day of Families

International Day of Families promotes the importance of a healthy and well-balanced family.

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What Do People Do?

A wide range of events are organized at local, national and international levels. These include: workshops, seminars and policy meeting for public officials; exhibitions and organized discussions to raise awareness of the annual theme; educational sessions for children and young people; and the launch of campaigns for public policies to strengthen and support family units. In some countries, tool kits are created to help people organize celebrations aimed at a particular section of the population, such as school children or young adults.

Public Life

The International Day of Families is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

The year 1994 was proclaimed as the International Year of Families by the United Nations. This was a response to changing social and economic structures, which have affected and still affect the structure and stability of family units in many regions of the globe. The International Day of Families, on May 15, is an occasion to reflect on the work started during 1994 and to celebrate the importance of families, people, societies and cultures around the world. It has been held every year since 1995.

Symbols

The symbol of the International Day of Families consists of a solid green circle with an image in red. The image consists of elements of simple drawings of a heart and a house. This indicates that families are the center of society and provide a stable and supporting home for people of all ages.

International Day of Families Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015FriMay 15International Day of FamiliesUnited Nations observance
2016SunMay 15International Day of FamiliesUnited Nations observance
2017MonMay 15International Day of FamiliesUnited Nations observance
2018TueMay 15International Day of FamiliesUnited Nations observance
2019WedMay 15International Day of FamiliesUnited Nations observance
2020FriMay 15International Day of FamiliesUnited Nations observance
2021SatMay 15International Day of FamiliesUnited Nations observance
2022SunMay 15International Day of FamiliesUnited Nations observance
2023MonMay 15International Day of FamiliesUnited Nations observance
2024WedMay 15International Day of FamiliesUnited Nations observance
2025ThuMay 15International Day of FamiliesUnited Nations observance

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