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 UN.org 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 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.
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 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 AGDay.org for more information.