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World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day is annually held on February 2 to celebrate how wetlands, which are lands saturated by water, help maintain biodiversity on Earth.

Is World Wetlands Day a Public Holiday?

World Wetlands Day is not a public holiday. It falls on Saturday, February 2, 2019 and most businesses follow regular Saturday opening hours.

Wetlands play an important role in maintaining the ecosystem.

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Celebrate World Wetlands Day

Governments, community groups, and individuals around the world celebrate World Wetlands Day with special campaigns to promote the important value that the wetlands play in our lives. The day is promoted via social media, radio and TV broadcasts, and newspapers.

Public Life

World Wetlands Day is not an official holiday so businesses, schools, and government offices are open.

About World Wetlands Day

Wetlands are found near the sea or inland and can be seasonal – they are water logged only during parts of the year, or perennial. They play a crucial role in the ecosystem by:

  • Preventing flooding by absorbing water.
  • Ensuring that the soil provides a unique breeding ground for vegetation that feeds fish.
  • Giving shelter to animals.
  • Purifying water by removing sediment.

World Wetlands Day has been observed since February 2, 1997. The day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971. The convention is a treaty on the preservation and sustainable use of wetlands.

World Wetlands Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015MonFeb 2World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance
2016TueFeb 2World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance
2017ThuFeb 2World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance
2018FriFeb 2World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance
2019SatFeb 2World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance
2020SunFeb 2World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance
2021TueFeb 2World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance
2022WedFeb 2World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance
2023ThuFeb 2World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance
2024FriFeb 2World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance
2025SunFeb 2World Wetlands DayWorldwide observance

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