World Digestive Health Day - May 29
Wed, May 29, 2024

World Digestive Health Day

World Digestive Health Day is a worldwide holiday dedicated to maintaining the health of the digestive system. Digestion is one of the most important processes in maintaining human life. Thanks to this process, the body can get the necessary nutrients and vitamins. The holiday is celebrated every year on May 29.


The history of World Digestive Health Day begins in 2004. The holiday was created to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the World Gastroenterology Organization. On this day, various information events are held to raise people’s awareness of digestive tract diseases, telling them about their treatment methods. Various clinics on this day encourage people to have internal examinations to make sure they are healthy.

Gastrointestinal diseases have been known since ancient times. The use of herbal remedies (there is evidence of the use of berries, crushed nuts, green vegetables, etc.) has been used to cure them.

Every year on this holiday a certain theme is assigned. For example, in 2023 it is colorectal cancer, before that it was viral hepatitis, peptic ulcer disease, etc.

Interesting facts

  • The length of the small intestine, if completely unfolded in a straight line, would be more than 6 meters.
  • The average person eats about 1 ton of food per year. The stomach itself, can hold about 1.5 kg of contents at a time.
  • The human digestive system is a very complex ecosystem in which about 500 different bacteria live and interact.

How to celebrate

Get a digestive exam on this day. Study more information about various gastrointestinal diseases. Reconsider your diet, stick to the rules of rational nutrition.

Tell about the holiday on social networks. Ask users if they’ve experienced digestive diseases in their lives. Let them tell their story.

When is World Digestive Health Day celebrated in 2024?

World Digestive Health Day is observed on May 29 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday May 29 2024
Thursday May 29 2025