International Rock Day

June 13th is observed annually as International Rock Day. This holiday is for amateur and professional geologists around the world to get excited about rocks. The study of rocks is important because it can tell us a lot about the planet.

It can help us understand the history of the planet, identify where natural resources might be, and assist with engineering and construction efforts. The study of rocks is also important for environmental and planetary sciences.

So perhaps all of us should consider observing this holiday. After all, the study of rocks seems to have a whole lot of scientific and practical applications in the world.

The History of International Rock Day

Although we’re unsure who invented International Rock Day or when it was invented, we do know that it is a holiday created because the study of rocks is important to human survival.

And that’s been the case throughout human history. Early humans needed rocks to make tools such as hand hammers and flint knives, building materials for foundations and homes, and for spiritual purposes. Rocks were even used for medicinal purposes by many ancient peoples.

The Greeks and Romans used powdered rocks to treat blood disorders, and the Egyptians used azurite for arthritis and liver problems, and malachite for eye infections. Even sulfur was a useful tool for ancient medicine. It was used to treat acne, eczema, and other skin conditions.

Observing International Rock Day

Learning about rocks and minerals is probably the main way that many people will want to observe this holiday. However, it doesn’t have to be the only way. People can also use this holiday to collect rocks, create art with rocks, or for other purposes.

Rock lovers can also spread the word about rocks and this holiday by using the hashtag #InternationalRockDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
June 13 Thursday
Next year (2025)
June 13 Friday
Last year (2023)
June 13 Tuesday
Nature & Environment