International Day of Families

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2024 Date15 May 2024
2025 Date15 May 2025

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International Day of Families aims to promote the importance of families as the fundamental unit of society. The day event focuses on fostering the general well-being of families and individuals by highlighting various aspects of family life, including education, health, and social wellbeing. Throughout the world, diverse organizations and communities come together to create events that raise awareness, provide resources, and strengthen the familial bonds that form the foundations of our societies.

Initially proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993, International Day of Families has been celebrated every year since 1994. Each year is dedicated to a specific theme that promotes dialogue and understanding on pertinent issues affecting global families. Past themes have included topics like "Families, education and well-being" and "Families and climate action." This day offers governments, organizations, and communities a platform to discuss and address challenges faced by families, including poverty, lack of access to education and healthcare, and the changing dynamics of family structures in the modern world.

In Australia, International Day of Families is embraced with enthusiasm, as events and initiatives are organized to celebrate family values and promote general well-being among Australian families. With a focus on education, health, and social issues, communities and organizations come together to create a day that demonstrates the importance of family in all aspects of our lives. International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year, uniting families and individuals in Australia and around the world in honouring the significant role families play in our societies.

International Day of Families facts

  • The theme for International Day of Families in 2023 was Demographic Trends and Families.
    In 2022, the theme was Families and Urbanization.
  • The median age at first marriage has been rising in Australia. In 2021, the median age for men was 30.8 years old and for women, it was 29.4 years old.
  • Australian families have been growing in number over the past few decades. As of 2021, there are approximately 7.3 million families in Australia.

Top things to do in Australia for International Day of Families

  • Spend time with your family. Go on vacation, visit an amusement park, find something that everyone in the family can enjoy.
  • Watch a Documentary to learn more about Families in Australia:
    1) Rabbit-Proof Fence - Based on a true story, it is about the Stolen Generations of Aboriginal children by the Australian government.
    2) My Place - A documentary series about different families that have lived in the one Sydney house from 1888 to the present.
  • Explore the Royal Botanic Garden: Located in Sydney, families can spend a serene day exploring the lush landscapes, picnicking by the pond, learning about various plant species, and participating in gardening workshops.

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