Global Forgiveness Day - July 7
Fri, Jul 7, 2023

Global Forgiveness Day

July 7th is Global Forgiveness Day. On this day, put aside disagreements, overcome grievances, and forgive absolutely everyone who offended you or acted unfairly. This day helps people develop goodwill and stop carrying feelings of guilt due to unresolved conflicts and disagreements.


Global Forgiveness Day was founded in 1994 by the Christian Embassy of Christ’s Ambassadors (CECA). It was originally celebrated in Canada, but quickly gained popularity around the world. Medical research shows people who can forgive themselves and others are more likely to be happy and healthy than those who refuse to let go. This day is a good companion for the National Day of Telling the Truth, which is also celebrated on July 7 in the United States.

Interesting facts

  • In 1962, the city of Brookings, Oregon, pardoned a Japanese fighter pilot who bombed it during World War II;
  • On May 17, 1981, Pope John Paul II survived an attempt on his life by a radical young man, and on the same day publicly forgave him;
  • In 1988, a study by the Gallup Organization showed 94% of respondents consider forgiveness important, but 85% of respondents need outside help for this.

How to take part

On this holiday, find a moment to mentally forgive everyone who offended you. You can try to forgive the offender aloud and talk to them, but, of course, you should not hope that the relationship will improve; sometimes you just need to let go. Watch themed films, including the sports drama Invictus, the coming-of-age drama Lady Bird, and the South African drama Forgiveness.

When is Global Forgiveness Day celebrated in 2023?

Global Forgiveness Day is observed on July 7 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Friday July 7 2023
Sunday July 7 2024
Monday July 7 2025
Tuesday July 7 2026

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