World Anthropology Day - 18 February (Third Thursday in February)

Every year on the third Thursday in February, World Anthropology Day allows anthropologists to celebrate their discipline and share it with the world.

Anthropology is the study of humans, human behavior, and societies in the past and present. Anthropologists take a broad approach to understanding different aspects of human experience. Their goal is to understand our human origins, our distinctiveness as a species, and our great diversity. There are many reasons for the study of anthropology. Studying humans, societies, and their behaviors provide a better understanding of our world. The past is studied to help interpret the present.

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) came up with National Anthropology Day in 2015. The following year, they changed it to World Anthropology Day. The AAA felt this was a better fit as anthropology is important for the whole world, not just one country. The day has always been held the third Thursday in February. This is a day that classes are in session, so that schools and universities can participate. The goal was also to avoid religions and national holidays, as well as other competing days.

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