The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. Founded by the United Nations in 1994, The International Day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.

Every family is different—family can be defined many different ways, and International Day of Families recognizes that. Some families consist of children; some do not. Some consist of one parent; others more than one. International Day of Families is about more than just celebrating those who share DNA with you—it’s about celebrating all of the people you love.


  1. Join in on the global celebration by working together with your family on a project to benefit the community. 
  2. take today to think critically about what family really means to you, and how you can get closer to the people you love. At the end of the day, family is family—no matter what.
  3. Plan icebreaker activities to get to know one another better and then enjoy a delicious potluck meal.

If we have stronger families, we will have stronger schools and stronger communities. A strong family unit can help each member feel more fulfilled and better about themselves and the world.

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