International Day for Failure


International Day for Failure is a day when people think about, share with others about, and learn from their failures. Created in Finland, the day celebrates failures and aims for people to look at them as learning experiences to help achieve success. Throughout history, there have been many examples of people who failed at first and later became successful. Just because you have failed once or multiple times does not mean you are ultimately a failure. The fight for success goes on, and as long as you keep putting in the effort, you are never a failure.

International Day for Failure, also known as National Failure Day, is observed next on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020. It has been observed annually on October 13th since 2010.

How to Observe

The day can be celebrated by reflecting on your failures, sharing them with others, learning from them, and setting yourself on a new path to success. You can share your failures by writing about them and posting on social media using the hashtag #dayforfailure. You can also see what others have written about their failures on the day, or read some stories at Admitting Failure of everyday people who have failed, but later learned from their failures and used them to help them move forward. You can even submit your own stories of failure there.

Occurrence Patterns

ObservedFirst YearLast Year
annually on October 13th2010-



Alternate Names

  • National Failure Day

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