Roald Dahl Day - September 13
Wed, Sep 13, 2023

Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day is dedicated to the famous writer Roald Dahl. He gave the world such wonderful works as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ames and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and others. In addition, many of his short stories and novels have been adapted into feature and cartoon formats.


The date of the holiday coincides with Roald’s birthday – September 13th. He was born in Wales to Norwegian parents. As was his father’s wish, he was educated in an English school.

One story connected with schooling gave impetus to the creation of the story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. At the age of 13, Dahl attended Repton, a private school in the East Midlands. At that time, the confectionery company Cadbury sent their chocolate products to the school for testing. Once again, trying a new bar, the little author wanted to create his own chocolate bar, which would be appreciated by the company’s confectioners. Such desires became the basis for the creation of a popular story, which was published in the United States in 1964, and three years later in England.

The author created many interesting works for different ages. He received a number of awards, including the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the Netherlands Children’s Jury Award.

Interesting facts

  • During the war, Roald Dahl served as a British military pilot.
  • The first children’s fairy tale of the author is “Gremlins”, which was created specifically for Disney, but the cartoon was never released.
  • It has been estimated that Dahl created about 500 new words that have become part of everyday speech (for example, Witching hour or Gold Ticket).

How to take part

Celebrate Roald Dahl Day. Read his best works, watch films based on them, learn more Interesting facts from the life of this writer. Visit libraries; on this day you can attend interesting lectures about the life and work of Roald Dahl.

To make the day memorable with something unusual, you can gather your friends and hold thematic quests and competitions based on the writer’s works. It will be interesting!

When is Roald Dahl Day celebrated in 2023?

Roald Dahl Day is observed on September 13 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday September 13 2023
Friday September 13 2024
Saturday September 13 2025
Sunday September 13 2026

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