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Eid al-Fitr

Today (02/05/2022) marks the Eid al-Fitr religious holiday in Islam. The celebration, which falls on the first day of Shawwal in the Islamic calendar, is an important religious holiday for Muslims as it marks the end of the holy month... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 2nd May, 2022 1 min read

May Day (International Workers’ Day)

Today (01/05/2022) is International Workers’ Day (or ‘May Day’), an annual event observed all over the world to celebrate the history of organised labour, and to campaign for better working and living conditions. The first May Day event took place... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 1st May, 2022 1 min read

Easter

Today is Easter Sunday, the most important event of the Christian calendar. Marking the end of Lent (a period of remembrance lasting for 40 days, in which many Christians give up certain luxuries, such as eating unhealthy foods, drinking alcohol,... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 17th April, 2022 1 min read

Pesach (Passover)

Pesach (Passover) Today (15/04/2022) marks the first day of Passover, the celebration of the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, as told in the Bible. To commemorate the Exodus, in which Moses led the Israelites away from persecution... Read more →
Hanna Polasky
Published 15th April, 2022 1 min read

Ramadam

Today (02/04/2022) marks the start of the Islamic holy month Ramadan. Throughout this month Muslims all across the world partake in fasting between sunrise and sunset, prayer and self-reflection. Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic calendar, a lunar calendar... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 2nd April, 2022 1 min read

Women's History Month

This March marks the annual Women’s History Month, a month long celebration that began in 1987 in the United States of America. Despite discrimination, hardships, and exclusion, women throughout history have strived for equality. Women’s History Month provides an opportunity... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 30th March, 2022 7 min read

St Patrick’s Day

Today (17/03/2022) marks Saint Patrick’s Day, Lá Fhéile Pádraig in Irish, a cultural and religious celebration held annually to celebrate Ireland’s foremost patron saint.The 17th March was chosen as the traditionally recognised death date of Saint Patrick (c.385 – 461).... Read more →
Katherine Waite
Published 17th March, 2022 2 min read

FA Cup - 150th Anniversary

Today (16/03/2022) marks the 150th Anniversary of the first ever Football Association Cup Final, in which Wanderers Football Club beat Royal Engineers Football Club 1-0 in front of a crowd of 2000. The scene would instill a degree of confusion... Read more →
Sean Waite
Published 16th March, 2022 1 min read

International Women’s Day (IWD)

International Women’s Day is a global holiday celebrated annually on 8th March. This day commemorates cultural, political, social and economic achievements of women. It has become a focal point in the women’s rights movement, and is used to spotlight issues... Read more →
Katherine Waite
Published 8th March, 2022 3 min read

Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday is a key event in the Christian calendar, which takes place every year before the commencement of Lent (the 40-day period leading up to Easter). For many Christians, Lent is a time of sacrifice, when it is customary to... Read more →
Nathaniel Andrews
Published 1st March, 2022 1 min read

International Mother Language Day

“Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage” - United NationsThe 21st February marks International Mother Language Day. The annual observance, first declared in 1999, promotes awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 21st February, 2022 3 min read

50th Anniversary of Nixons's Visit to China

Today (21/02/2022) marks the 50th anniversary of President Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972, which signaled the end of the decades long hostility between the two nations. Since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, the US... Read more →
Sean Waite
Published 21st February, 2022 2 min read

Darwin Day

Today (12/02/2022) is Darwin DayCharles Darwin is perhaps Britain’s most famous naturalist and biologist, known for his contribution to the theory of evolutionary biology. On the Origin of Species (1859), in which Darwin posits the idea that populations evolve over... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 12th February, 2022 1 min read

Black History Month (US)

“History is a people’s memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals.” – Malcolm XThis February marks Black History Month in the United States. Black History Month is an annual observance that officially began in 1970,... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 9th February, 2022 2 min read

LGBT History Month

This month marks the 17th LGBT History Month in the United Kingdom. LGBT History month is an annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and the history of the gay rights movement. It was founded by co-chairs of... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 2nd February, 2022 2 min read

Chinese New Year

The whole team at British Online Archives would like to wish all our customers a happy Lunar New Year. When the clock strikes 00:00 on February 1st, China’s population and its worldwide diaspora will celebrate the coming of the Year... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 31st January, 2022 2 min read

Burns Night

Tonight (25/01/2022) is Burns Night, a tradition observed annually throughout Scotland, on the birthday of Robert Burns (1759-1796). Burns wrote many well-known poems and songs (primarily in Scots), including ‘Ae Fond Kiss’, ‘Tam o’Shanter’ and, of course, ‘Auld Lang Syne’,... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 25th January, 2022 1 min read

International Day of Education

Today (24/01/2022) is the fourth International Day of Education. Started by the United Nations in 2018, this initiative aims to promote education as a human right, as well as a key contributor to global peace and development. As the UN notes,... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 24th January, 2022 1 min read

Martin Luther King Day

Today (17/01/2022) the U.S. remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Dr. King was a leader of the civil rights movement in the U.S.In 1955 he led the Montgomery bus boycott, which lasted 382 days, and ended segregation on buses. Between 1957... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 17th January, 2022 1 min read

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

The 2nd December marks International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, it is a yearly event organised by the United Nations General Assembly. Slavery has existed in all societies across history, however, it has manifested itself differently. The most well-known... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 2nd December, 2021 1 min read

34th Black History Month (UK)

October 2021 marks the 34th Black History Month in the United Kingdom. Black History Month is an annual observance that originated in the United States in 1970. However, as a result of local community activism it was also brought to... Read more →
Nishah Malik
Published 12th October, 2021 3 min read

Human Rights Day

Today (10/12/2021) is Human Rights Day“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. [...] Unless these rights... Read more →
British Online Archives
Published 10th October, 2021 3 min read

About Notable Days

The British Online Archives Notable Days diary is a platform intended to mark key dates and events throughout the year. The posts draw attention to historical events and figures, as well as recurring cultural traditions and international awareness days, in both religious and secular contexts.

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