Color the World Orange Day

Observed on the first Monday in November, Color The World Orange Day is a day that’s dedicated to raising CRPS/RSD awareness. CRPS stands for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and RFD stands for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.

This condition involves intensified nerve impulses being sent to affect parts of the body, which medical experts believe might be a result of a dysfunction of the peripheral or central nervous systems. Symptoms vary from one person to the next, but individuals usually experience prolonged, severe burning pain that hurts more than the initial injury.

The History Of Color The World Orange Day

Color The World Orange Day was initially started in 2014 as a way to spread awareness about CRPS/RSD. Since little is known about this condition, spreading awareness about it can hopefully lead to better treatments in the future.


Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a condition that is also sometimes known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. It’s a condition that’s often characterized by continuous intense pain that sometimes feels like a burning pain.

It’s pain that is out of proportion to the original injured part of the body. Other symptoms of this condition can include changes in the temperature or skin color of the affected body part, skin sensitivity, swelling, decreased mobility, and changes in nail or hair growth.

Observing Color The World Orange Day

Color The World Orange Day can be observed simply by wearing the color orange for the day. This can be an orange shirt, an orange hat, or some other bright orange-colored article of clothing. You can then take a picture of yourself wearing this orange outfit and then post it to social media using the hashtag #CRPSOrangeDay or the hashtag #WorldOrangeDay.

If you want to be more proactive on this day, then you can send a letter to your local mayor or governor asking them to make a proclamation naming November as CRPS/RSD Awareness Month. You can also ask local businesses to hang signs advertising their support of this holiday. You can also talk to your local TV station or newspaper and have them run a story about CRPS/RSD.

Events can also be planned at your local school. On this day, both students and teachers can wear orange, and the school newspaper can publish an article about CRPS/RSD. You can also plan a bake sale (if the school allows bake sales) and donate the proceeds to a CRPS/RSD non-profit organization.

If you or one of your children is in college, you can also get your fraternity or sorority in raising awareness about CRPS/RSD or raising money for non-profit organizations that provide services to people affected with this condition.¬†Other ideas for observing this holiday include giving out orange ribbons for people to tie around trees, making orange cookies or cupcakes to give to friends, and posting CRPS/RSD facts on social media. There’s a way for everyone to get involved in this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2023)
November 6 Monday
Next year (2024)
November 4 Monday
Last year (2022)
November 7 Monday
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