March 21, 2021

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on March 21. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid "pass laws". Founded in 1966, the international community is called on to improve its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination. Visit for more information.

International Day of Forests

The International Day of Forests is held annually on March 21 to raise awareness of the importance of forests to people. Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than 80% of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. They also provide shelter, jobs and security for forest-dependent communities.

World Puppetry Day

World Puppetry Day celebrates the art form that involves the manipulation of inanimate objects, often resembling some type of human or animal figure.

World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), observed on 21 March every year, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, exists in all regions across the globe and commonly results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics or health.

International Day of Nowruz

International Nowruz Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010. Nowruz (which means "new day") marks the first day of spring. It has been celebrated for over 3000 years in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and other regions.

National French Bread Day

French bread, also known as a baguette, is a long thin loaf made from basic lean dough.

World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day, founded by UNESCO in 1999, recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind. It is also meant to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts

National California Strawberry Day

Strawberries are packed with vitamins, fiber, and high levels of antioxidants.

National Fragrance Day

National Fragrance Day celebrates all pleasant-smelling objects and the fragrance industry.

National Common Courtesy Day

Common courtesy is behavior marked by polished manners or respect for others.

National Single Parents Day

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan officially designated March 21 as National Single Parents Day, a day to acknowledge the hard work, devotion, and sacrifice of single parenting. It is believed that the day, March 21, was chosen to coincide with the inception of Parents Without Partners, which began on March 21, 1957.

National Agriculture Day

National Agriculture Day, started in 1973, is about "recognizing and celebrating the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives." Every American is encouraged to "understand how food and fiber products are produced, value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy and appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products". Visit for more information.

National Quilting Day

National Quilting Day is observed annually on the third Saturday in March. This is a day to appreciate the labor and skill of quilt makers.