The Australian holidays calendar doesn't appear to include Mother's Day or Father's day. How can I add them into my calendar?

4 Answers 4


Apple has fantastic calendars available in iCal format:

Both of these say that they have Mother's and Father's Day. Since they are in iCal format, you can easily subscribe to these calendars.

  • Do you know how far into the future it will work?
    – Casebash
    Commented Jul 6, 2010 at 5:24
  • @Casebash: It should work indefinitely, since it will presumably be updated by Apple constantly.
    – Senseful
    Commented Jul 6, 2010 at 5:42
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    Broken Apple links?
    – f01
    Commented May 7, 2019 at 11:56

To create events that occur annually on, say, the second Sunday of May, do this:

  • Create an untimed event on May 8, 2011
  • Open event details
  • Change the "Repeats" value to "Monthly"
  • Change to "Repeats every 12 months"
  • Click the "Repeat By" radio button for "day of the week"
  • Leave "Ends Never" as is

You now have a calendar event that will repeat the 2nd Sunday of May every year.

  • Thanks, I assumed if it was possible then you would have to set the repeats to yearly
    – Casebash
    Commented Jul 6, 2010 at 22:41

I assume they are omitted because they aren't national / regional holidays. You can add them to one of your personal calendars by adding them as with any other event. So that they look the same, you could create a new calender (called "Special days" or something) and make it have the same colour scheme as the built-in calendar - you'll barely notice the difference.

If you really want all these things in one calendar, I think the only way to do it is by creating your own then copying the ones from the main holidays calendar across.

In case it helps, here's the dates for the next few years (for Australia):

  • 2011 - May 08
  • 2012 - May 13
  • 2013 - May 12
  • 2014 - May 11

Looks to me like it's the second Sunday in May in Australia - you can program that in to Google Calendar (Annual recurrence on second Sunday in May). According to this page that is indeed the right way to go about it...

  • The date changing is the annoying aspect. It means I can't just program it in and forget it
    – Casebash
    Commented Jul 6, 2010 at 4:16
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    @Casebash: you could program it in and set a notification to program the next year ...
    – akira
    Commented Jul 6, 2010 at 4:33
  • Adding possible calculation to the answer...
    – x3ja
    Commented Jul 6, 2010 at 4:36
  • Google actually doesn't let you program that in :-(
    – Casebash
    Commented Jul 6, 2010 at 6:33
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    You certainly can add a recurring event based on the X Yday of the month. See my answer.
    – ale
    Commented Jul 6, 2010 at 11:34

I haven't tested it rigorously, but this seems to work -

Mother's day Aus gcal

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    Ooops, somehow missed Al E.'s answer above.
    – bugwhine
    Commented Apr 16, 2014 at 7:40

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