World Anthropology Day - February 16
Thu, Feb 15, 2024

World Anthropology Day

World Anthropology Day is a professional holiday that is celebrated by all anthropologists every third Thursday in February. This is a passing holiday, that is, the date changes every year. Anthropologists are specialists who study a person from various points of view, for example, in biological and social terms. This is a specialty that is simultaneously related to both theory and practice.


To celebrate this day was invented in the World Association of Anthropologists. The main purpose of the holiday is to promote the importance of anthropology as a scientific theoretical and practical applied discipline. Anthropologists are specialists who make a great contribution to the study of human history. They go on expeditions and write scientific articles, do social work and give lectures.

Interesting facts

Anthropology is a complex scientific discipline that combines theory and practice. It is known as follows:

  • The name of the science “anthropology” comes from the Greek words “science” and “man” and means “the study of man”;
  • Anthropology is closely related to the humanities such as history, psychology and sociology;
  • Anthropology has played a big role in the fight against racial discrimination, because anthropologists have proved that all people, regardless of skin color, have the same level of intellectual development.

Research in the field of anthropology is carried out in universities and research centers.

How to celebrate

On this day, conferences and other scientific events are held in institutes and universities, in anthropological centers. The World Association of Anthropologists is awarding specialists who have made a great contribution to the development of this science.

To celebrate this day well, you can attend a conference or congress at which topical problems of anthropology are discussed. Another way to celebrate is to read a book on the history of human development. On this day, in many cities of Europe and America, events are held dedicated to the fight against racial discrimination against people. The libraries host meetings with eminent theorists and practitioners of anthropology. In schools and universities, thematic lectures are held, at which anthropologists talk about their profession.

When is World Anthropology Day celebrated in 2024?

World Anthropology Day is observed on the third Thursday in February each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday February 15 2024
Thursday February 20 2025
Thursday February 19 2026
Thursday February 18 2027