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World Braille Day

World Braille Day is annually celebrated on January 4, the birthday of Braille inventor, Louis Braille. The day recognizes the contributions of Louis Braille in helping blind and visually impaired people to read and write.

Finger tracing Braille code.
Braille - a code used by the visually impaired worldwide.

Celebrate World Braille Day

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world use this day to create awareness about the challenges faced by visually impaired individuals and to encourage businesses and governments to create economic and social opportunities for the blind.

NGOs and disability organizations hold competitions and public outreach events. Teachers in schools teach the history of braille to their students.

Public Life

World Braille Day is not an official holiday and businesses and government offices stay open on this day.

About World Braille Day

Braille is a code that uses bumps and indentation on a surface to represent letters, which can be recognized by touch. Louis Braille, a French man who was blinded in an accident at a very young age, invented it.

Before Braille invented this form of communication, visually impaired people read and wrote using the Haüy system which embossed Latin letters on thick paper or leather. This was a complicated system that required much training and only allowed people to read, not write. Discouraged by this, Braille at the age of 15 invented the Braille code.

While there are now several different versions of Braille, Louis Braille’s code was arranged in small rectangular blocks called cells with raised dots in a 3 x 2 pattern. Each cell represented a letter, number or punctuation.

Since Braille is a code, all languages and even certain subjects like mathematics, music and computer programming can be read and written in braille.

World Braille Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
FriJan 42013World Braille DayWorldwide observance
SatJan 42014World Braille DayWorldwide observance
SunJan 42015World Braille DayWorldwide observance
MonJan 42016World Braille DayWorldwide observance
WedJan 42017World Braille DayWorldwide observance
ThuJan 42018World Braille DayWorldwide observance
FriJan 42019World Braille DayWorldwide observance
SatJan 42020World Braille DayWorldwide observance

Quick Facts

World Braille Day celebrates the life and achievements of Louis Braille, who invented the braille code for the visually impaired.

World Braille Day 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

World Braille Day 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018


Name in other languages

World Braille DayEnglish
Día Mundial del BrailleSpanish
עולם היום בריילHebrew
يوم برايل العالمArabic
세계 점자의 날Korean
Verdensdag for blindeskrift / brailleNorwegian

List of dates for other years

Fun Holiday on January 4, 2018

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