2021 Global Holiday and Retail Event Calendar – Important Dates

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To aid in your planning for a successful promotional strategy, here is a list of key dates by month for 2021 including global holidays and retail events.

Note: some dates haven’t been announced yet may be flexible to change due to the pandemic.

January

  • 1: New Year’s Day
  • 1-31: Veganuary
  • 14: Korea Grand Sale begins (South Korea)
  • 16: Back to School (Australia)
  • 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • 26: Australia Day (Australia)

February

  • 1: Black History Month begins (USA)
  • 2: Groundhog Day (USA)
  • 7: Super Bowl Sunday
  • 12: Chinese New Year begins
  • 14: Valentine’s Day
  • 15: President’s Day (USA)
  • 20: Love Your Pet Day
  • 22: Chinese New Year ends
  • 28: Korea Grand Sale ends (South Korea)
  • 28: Black History Month ends (USA)

March

  • 8: International Women’s Day
  • 8: Labour Day (Australia)
  • 14: White Day (Japan and East Asia)
  • 17: St. Patrick’s Day
  • 20: First Day of Spring (Northern Hemisphere)
  • 24: Cash Mob Day (Australia & Other Countries)
  • 28: Semana Santa begins (Easter Week, Latin America)
  • 28-29 Holi Festival (India, APAC)

April

  • 1: April Fool’s Day
  • 2: Good Friday
  • 3: Semana Santa ends (Easter Week, Latin America)
  • 4: Easter Sunday
  • 5: Easter Monday
  • 9-18: Coachella Festival
  • 11: National Pets Day (Australia)
  • 13: Ramadan Start (Muslim holiday)
  • 20: Click Frenzy (Australia)
  • 20: Click Frenzy Travel (Australia)
  • 22: Earth Day
  • 25: ANZAC Day (Australia)
  • 30: Children’s Day (Mexico)

May

  • 2: Greek Easter (Australia)
  • 4: Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you!)
  • 5: Cinco de Mayo
  • 9: Mother’s Day
  • 9: Europe Day
  • 31: Memorial Day (USA)
  • Variable: Graduation season

June

  • 1: Gay Pride Month begins
  • 1: Children’s Day (China)
  • 12: Dia Dos Namorados (Lover’s Day, LATAM)
  • 14: Queens Birthday (Australia)
  • 18: 618 Shopping Festival (China)
  • 19: Juneteenth
  • 20: Father’s Day
  • 21: First Day of Summer (Northern Hemisphere) / First Day of Winter (Southern Hemisphere)
  • 21-22: Amazon Prime (Amazon’s Annual Sales Event)
  • 23-27: Glastonbury Festival (UK)
  • 29: Gay Pride Month ends
  • Variable: Graduation season

July

  • 1: Canada Day
  • 4: Independence Day (USA)
  • 14: Bastille Day (France)
  • ~12: Back to School Season begins
  • 23: Summer Olympics begin
  • Variable: Amazon Prime Day (was on Oct 13-14 in 2020 due to the pandemic)

August

  • 8: Father’s Day (Brazil)
  • 8: Summer Olympics end
  • 30: Summer Bank Holiday (UK)
  • Back to School Season continues

September

  • 5: Father’s Day (Australia)
  • 6: Labor Day (USA)
  • 15: Latinx Heritage Month begins
  • 16: Yom Kippur (Jewish Holiday)
  • 18: Oktoberfest begins
  • 22: First day of Fall (Northern Hemisphere)
  • ~27: Back to School Season Ends
  • ~ AFL Grand Final (Australia – date yet to be announced due to Covid-19)

October

  • 1: Black History Month begins (UK)
  • 1: World Vegetarian Day
  • 4: World Animal Day
  • 1-7: Chinese National Day (Golden Week, China)
  • 3: Oktoberfest ends
  • 11: Thanksgiving (Canada)
  • 11: Indigenous People’s Day
  • 12: Children’s Day (Brazil)
  • 15: Latinx Heritage Month ends
  • 16: Flipkart Big Billion Days (India)
  • 30: Black History Month ends (UK)
  • 31: Halloween

November

  • Variable: Korea Sale FESTA (South Korea)
  • 2: Melbourne Cup Day (Australia)
  • 4: Diwali (India, US, Canada)
  • 11: Singles’ Day (China)
  • 11: Veteran’s Day (USA)
  • 11: Remembrance Day (Australia, Canada, UK)
  • 13-19: Transgender Awareness Week
  • 19: International Men’s Day
  • 19-22: El Buen Fin (Mexico)
  • 20: Children’s Day (UK)
  • 25: Thanksgiving (US)
  • 26: Black Friday
  • 27: Small Business Saturday
  • 28: Hanukkah begins
  • 29: Cyber Monday
  • 30: Giving Tuesday

December

  • 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • 6: Hanukkah ends
  • 12: Double 12 Day (China)
  • 13: Green Monday
  • 14: Free Shipping Day (USA)
  • 15: Free Shipping Day (Australia)
  • 24: Christmas Eve
  • 25: Christmas Day
  • 26: Boxing Day
  • 26: Cyber Boxing Day (Australia)
  • 26 – Jan 1: Kwanzaa (USA)
  • 31: New Year’s Eve

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