Wear a Star Day - April 12
Wed, Apr 12, 2023

Wear a Star Day

Wear a Star Day is an American day of remembrance dedicated to all children who have died. Let’s unite today and honor the children who have passed away before they can grow up. This is the greatest grief for parents, which unfortunately will always exist. After all, accidents, armed conflicts and disease are eternal companions of mankind. It is celebrated annually on April 12.


Wear a Star Day has been popular since 2010, but the exact time of its creation, as well as the identity of its creators, remain unknown. A small star is chosen as the symbol of the day, which is attached to clothing. It symbolizes one of the dead children, a “little star” that never got to get bigger and shine to the world.

The greatest number of deaths among children is recorded in underdeveloped and poor countries. They die of hunger, disease, etc. Natural disasters and military conflicts, when children are torn away from their parents, lose their homes, and many other things contribute greatly to child mortality.

Society can improve living conditions in different parts of the world, but it is not yet possible. On this day we gather and honor all children who have died.

Interesting facts

  • Thanks to modern medicine, it has been possible to reduce infant mortality at birth by more than 40% compared to the data of 50 years ago.
  • Annual child mortality rates are down at least 0.8% from previous data.

How to celebrate

Help families you know if they have recently lost a child. Learn more about infant mortality statistics in your country/city.

Spread the word about Wear a Star Day on social media. Let more people know about it!

When is Wear a Star Day celebrated in 2023?

Wear a Star Day is observed on April 12 each year.


Wednesday April 12 2023
Friday April 12 2024
Saturday April 12 2025
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