April Marketable Holidays and Observances (Canadian and Global)

A Canadian holidays and observances calendar is a useful tool for marketing or for inspiring blog post, newsletter content and social media ideas. Traditional holidays have been joined by many observances in Canada and Internationally, all of which now enjoy more exposure via the Internet. Combined with famous Canadian birthdays and historical events, there is no shortage of inspiration. As a bonus, you may come up in searches for the holiday or observance in question.

Canadians Internet Business publishes a calendar of holidays and observances for Canadians each month. This calendar includes Canadian and International holidays and observances, from the official, to the charitable, and on to the strange and unusual. Many of the observances have spilled into Canada from other countries to become virtually universal in their celebration.

Numerous holidays and observances are marketable to virtually all Canadians, while others will be more useful to certain sectors and topical websites. We’ve included food day observances for those in the grocery, baking and farming industries, for example.

April Marketable Holidays & Observances (Canadian & Global)

April is…

Adopt A Greyhound Month
Asian Pear Month
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
Alcohol Awareness Month
Amateur Radio Month
Autism Awareness Month
Brussels Sprouts Month
Cabbage Month
Car Care Month
Card and Letter Writing Month
Celebrate Diversity Month
Child Abuse Prevention Month
Cesarean Awareness Month
Couple Appreciation Month
Cranberries Month
Daffodil Month – Canadian Cancer Society.
Decorating Month
Defeat Diabetes Month
Distracted Driving Awareness Month
DNA & Genomics & Stem Cell Education and Awareness Month
Emotional Overeating Awareness Month
Facial Protection Month
Fair Housing Month
Financial Literacy Month
Frog Month
Garden Month
Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Month
Global Child Nutrition Month
Gooseberries Month
Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month
Heartworm Awareness Month
Humor Month
Informed Women Month
International Customer Loyalty Month
International Guitar Month
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Month
Jazz Appreciation Month
Kite Month
Knuckles Down Month
Landscape Architecture Month
Math Awareness Month
Multiple Birth Awareness Month
Occupational Therapy Month
Oral Health Month – Canadian Dental Association.
Parkinson Awareness Month
Pecan Month
Pest Management Month
Pet Month
Pet First Aid Awareness Month
Physical Wellness Month
Poetry Month – League of Canadian Poets.
Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month
Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month
Records Management Month – Association of Records Management Professionals (ARMA).
Rosacea Awareness Month
Safe Digging Month
Sarcoidosis Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Month
Soy Foods Month
Straw Hat Month
Stress Awareness Month
Testicular Cancer Awareness Month
Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month
Workplace Conflict Awareness Month
World Habitat Awareness Month
Worldwide Bereaved Spouses Awareness Month
Youth Sports Safety Month

April 2014 “Weeks”

Sexual Abuse Awareness Week (Saskatchewan) 1st-7th
APAWS Pooper Scooper Week 1st-7th
Golden Rule Week 1st-7th
Laugh at Work Week 1st-7th
Medication Safety Week 1st-7th
Testicular Cancer Awareness Week 1st-7th
Be Kind to Spiders Week 1st-7th
Cherry Blossom Festival in Vancouver, BC 3rd-28th
Hate Week 4th-10th
Money Smart Week 5th-12th
National Wildlife Week (Canadian Wildlife Federation) 6th-12th
Bat Appreciation Week 6th-12th
Consider Christianity Week 6th-12th
National Dental Hygiene Week (Canadian Dental Hygienists Association) 6th-12th
Explore Your Career Options 6th-12th
Animal Control Appreciation Week 6th-12th
Blue Ribbon (Child Abuse) Week 6th-12th
Public Health Week 6th-12th
World Homeopathy Awareness Week 6th-12th
Week of The Young Child 6th-12th
Ontario Coaches Week (Coaches Association of Ontario) 6th-12th
Explore Your Career Options Week 7th-11th
Youth Violence Prevention Week 7th-11th
The Masters Tournament 10th-13th
Global Youth Service Days 11th-13th
International Wildlife Film Week 12th-19th
National Medical Laboratory Week (Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science) 13th-19th
Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week 13th-19th
National Volunteer Week (Volunteer Canada) 13th-19th
Crime Victims Rights Week 13th-22nd
National Soil Conservation Week (Soil Conservation Council of Canada) 13th-19th
Environmental Education Week 13th-19th
Robotics Week 13th-19th
International Screen-Free Week (Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood) 13th-19th
Library Week 13th-19th
Student Employment Week 13th-19th
Undergraduate Research Week 14th-18th
Health Information Privacy and Security Week 14th-19th
Cleaning For A Reason Week 18th-24th
Consumer Awareness Week 18th-23th
Arts and Culture Week (British Columbia)
Administrative Professionals Week 20th-26th
Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week 20th-26th
National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week (Canadian Blood Services) 20th-26th
Bedbug Awareness Week 20th-26th
Coin Week 20th-26th
Fibroid Awareness Week 20th-26th
International Whistlers Week 20th-26th
National Victims of Crime Awareness Week (Justice Canada) 20th-26th
Infertility Awareness Week 20th-26th
Pet ID Week 20th-26th
Sky Awareness Week 20th-26th
Medical Laboratory Professionals Week 20th-26th
Fibroid Awareness Week 21st-25th
Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week 21st-25th
Playground Safety Week 21st-25th
Work Zone Safety Awareness Week 21st-27th
Safe Kids Week 21st-26th
Gathering of the Nations Powwow 24th-26th
Scoop The Poop Week 24th-30th
“Just Pray No!” Worldwide Weekend of Prayer (Prayer for the addicted and their families JustPrayNo.org) 26th-27th
Air Quality Awareness Week 28th-May 2nd
National Immunization Awareness Week 26th-May 3rd
Tattoo Week 29th-May 3rd

April 2014 “Days”

April Fools’ Day
International Tatting Day
Fun Day/Fun at Work Day
Pet Tag Day
Poetry and the Creative Mind Day
Reading is Funny Day
St. Stupid Day
US Air force Academy Day
Batman Day
Sourdough Bread Day

International Children’s Book Day
Ferret Day
Love Your Produce Manager Day
Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
Walking Day
Reconciliation Day
National Sexual Assault Awareness Day of Action
Whole Grain Sampling Day
World Autism Day

Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day
Find/Share A Rainbow Day
Pony Express Day
Mule Day
Tweed Day
Weed Out Hate, Sow The Seeds of Greatness Day
World Party Day

Hospital Admitting Clerks Day
International Day for Mine Awareness
Square Root Day
Vitamin C Day
Deep Dish Pizza Day
Walk to Work/School Day
World Rat Day

International Pillow Fight Day
International Tabletop Day
Deep Dish Pizza Day
Love Our Children Day
Tangible Karma Day – Clean up your life and give to others.

Army Day
New Beers Eve
Drowsy Driver Awareness Day
Hostess Twinkie Day
International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
Student Athlete Day
Tartan Day
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Day
Teflon Day

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide
World Health Organization Day
International Beaver Day
International Snailpapers Day
Metric System Day
National Beer Day
No Housework Day
Tater Day
Pet Health Insurance Day

Draw A Bird Day
International Roma Day
Trading Cards For Grown-ups Day
Be Kind To Lawyers Day

Cherish An Antique Day
Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

Farm Animals Day
Sibling Day
Salvation Army Founder’s Day
Safety Pin Day

Barbershop Quartet Day
Day of Silence
Pet Day
Teach Children To Save Day
World Parkinson’s Disease Day

D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything and Read)
Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
International Day of Human Space Flight
Baby Massage Day
International Day for Street Children
Licorice Day
Walk on Your Wild Side Day – Do something wild and crazy…but legal.

Palm Sunday
Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse
Scrabble Day
Undiagnosed Children’s Awareness Day
World Youth Day

Children with Alopecia Day
Dictionary Day – Part of Library Week.
International Moment of Laughter Day
Dolphin Day
Pecan Day
Look up at the Sky Day

1st day of Passover – Jewish holiday.
Bicycle Day
Equal Pay Day
McDonald’s Day
Rubber Eraser Day
Take a Wild Guess Day
That Sucks Day
World Art Day (Leonardo da Vinci’s Birthday)
Library Day
One Day Without Shoes Day

Bookmobile Day
Save The Elephant Day

Maundy/Holy Thursday – Christian holiday observing Jesus Christ’s last supper and the initiation of the Eucharist.
International Hemophilia Day
National Law Day (Canadian Bar Association)
Bat Appreciation Day
Blah Blah Blah Day
Get to Know Your Customers Day – One of several throughout the year.
High Five Day
Haiku Poetry Day
Support Teen Literature Day

Good Friday
Adult Autism Day
Columnists Day
Golf Day
Pet Owners Independence Day – A day when humans get to lounge around like pets do and the pets have to go to work. Good luck with that.
International Amateur Radio Day
Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day

Holy Saturday
Auctioneers Day
Husband Appreciation Day
Garlic Day
Hanging Out Day
Record Store Day

Global Youth Service Days 20th-22nd
Chinese Language Day
Plum Pudding Day
National Pot Smokers Day

St. George’s Day (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Bulldogs are Beautiful Day
Kindergarten Day
Chocolate-covered Cashews Day
Surprise Drug Test Day

Earth Day
Jelly Bean Day
Teach Your Children To Save Day

English Language Day
International Marconi Day
Movie Theatre Day
Talk Like Shakespeare Day
World Book & Copyright Day
World Book Night
Administrative Professionals Day (Secretary’s Day)

World Meningitis Day
Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day
Make Mine Chocolate Day – Columbus House Rabbit Society.
Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day
Pigs in a Blanket Day

Arbor Day
Malaria Awareness Day
Hairstylists Appreciation Day (Formerly April 30th)
Plumbers Day
Hairball Awareness Day
Red Hat Society Day
World Penguin Day
Don’t Step in the Dog Poop Day

Audubon Day
Eeyore’s Birthday Day
Dance Day
Go Birding Day
Help A Horse Day
Herb Day
Kids and Pets Day
Pretzel Day
Penguin Day
Richter Scale Day
Save The Frogs Day
Sense of Smell Day
World Day for Animals in Laboratories
World Healing Day
World Intellectual Property Day
World Veterinary Day
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

Babe Ruth Day
Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
Morse Code Day
Mother, Father Deaf Day
Pet Parent’s Day
Pinhole Photography Day
Prime Rib Day
International Day of the Dog

International Astronomy Day
Biological Clock Day
National Day of Mourning (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)
World Day for Safety and Health at Work
Cubicle Day
Blueberry Pie Day

Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare
International Dance Day
Peace Rose Day
World Wish Day
Zipper Day

Adopt A Shelter Pet Day
Beltane (Gaelic May Day Festival)
Bugs Bunny Day
International Guide Dog Day
International Jazz Day
Animal Advocacy Day
Honesty Day
Oatmeal Cookie Day

Please let us know if we’ve missed any observances or holidays celebrated in Canada, from the weird to the wonderful.

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Just dropping a line to thank you for this calendar. I’ve been using it a lot for several clients.


I’ll be able to use a lot of them when my souvenier shop goes online. Such a great idea!


I don’t have space for all the ideas you just gave me LOL