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What is Purple day?

Purple day is the international day for epilepsy and falls on 26 March each year. On this day, people across the globe come together to raise awareness of the condition and make a difference to the lives of people affected by epilepsy.

Mother with her daughter

​Purple day was created in 2008 by Cassidy Megan, a young girl from Canada, who has epilepsy and wanted to get people talking about the condition. Cassidy not only wanted to raise awareness but also assure people with epilepsy that they are not alone. 

A global event

Over the past 8 years Purple day has grown to be a global event and at Epilepsy Society we are proud to be an official Purple day partner (opens in new window). But, why purple? Cassidy chose the colour purple because lavender is recognised as the international flower of epilepsy.