Since 1999, methods of celebrating International Men’s Day have included public seminars, forums, conferences, festivals and fundraisers, classroom activities at schools, Movember fundraisers, Parliamentary speeches, government observances, radio and television programs, church observations, prayer meetings, award ceremonies, special retail promotions, photos & film competitions, music concerts & art displays, and peaceful awareness marches.
We also encourage people to post info about the day on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram using hashtags like #internationalmensday #celebratemen #menshealth #stopmalesuicide #thankamantoday.
The manner of observing this annual day is optional; any organisations are welcome to host their own events and any appropriate forums can be used.
If you are a community leader or champion for the cause, you could approach your local council and other community leaders and together put on a fun local event to celebrate International Men’s Day.
On our resources page you can find download links to:
- How to organise an event
- International Men’s Day Logos
- Posters, and
- Certificates of Appreciation that you can award to men whose service is particularly worthy of recognition by the local community, the country or by humanity at large.
It is also a special time to make mention of the brave men who protect our communities in the defence force and emergency services such as: Police, Fire Fighters, Ambulance Officers and Hospital Emergency Departments. Key people in Charities, Religion, Government, Business and Academia that help create a fair and safe society for others.
It is also a platform to raise awareness to the challenges that men face in life – especially in relation to the international male suicide rate.
Feel free to create and present your own awards that celebrate the positive elements of manhood.
International Men’s Day can also be celebrated at an individual and family level, by spending special time with the men in your life, in appreciation of how they enrich the lives of those around them.
Writing letters or cards and posting them to your friends, family, relatives and people you admire and have contributed to your life about how much you appreciate them is another great gesture.