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When Is World Heart Day? - Worldwide Holiday

by Mike Wang on March 15, 2019

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The World Heart Foundation organizes World Heart Day, an international campaign held on September 29 to inform people about cardiovascular diseases, which are the biggest cause of death. The day promotes preventative measures to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Is World Heart Day a Public Holiday?

World Heart Day is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, 29 September 2019 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours.

What happens on World Heart Day?

Governments and non-government organizations celebrate and promote World Heart Day with activities such as fun runs, public talks, concerts, and sporting events. The World Heart Federation organizes awareness events in more than 100 countries. They include:

  • Health checks.
  • Sports events, including walks, runs and fitness sessions.
  • Public talks and science forums
  • Stage shows and concerts.
  • Exhibitions.

These activities are done in partnership with organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), which is the UN’s directing and coordinating authority for health.

Public Life

World Heart Day is a global observance but it is not a public holiday.

About World Heart Day

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide and this is projected to remain so, according to WHO. About 17.5 million people died from cardiovascular disease in 2005, representing 30 percent of all global deaths. Risk factors that may lead to heart disease and stroke include:

  • Raised blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels.
  • Smoking.
  • Inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables.
  • Obesity.

World Heart Day was created to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death. Together with organizations such as WHO, the World Heart Federation spreads the news that at least 80 percent of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors – which are tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity – are controlled. World Heart Day started in 1999 and is held on the last Sunday of September every year.

World Heart Day Observances

Year Weekday Date Name Holiday Type
2015 Tue 29 Sep World Heart Day Worldwide observance
2016 Thu 29 Sep World Heart Day Worldwide observance
2017 Fri 29 Sep World Heart Day Worldwide observance
2018 Sat 29 Sep World Heart Day Worldwide observance
2019 Sun 29 Sep World Heart Day Worldwide observance
2020 Tue 29 Sep World Heart Day Worldwide observance
2021 Wed 29 Sep World Heart Day Worldwide observance
2022 Thu 29 Sep World Heart Day Worldwide observance
2023 Fri 29 Sep World Heart Day Worldwide observance
2024 Sun 29 Sep World Heart Day Worldwide observance
2025 Mon 29 Sep World Heart Day Worldwide observance

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