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what is purple day?

cassidy Megan, founder of Purple Day

Purple Day is the international day for epilepsy and falls on 26 March each year. On Purple Day people come together to turn the world purple for epilepsy, by raising vital funds and awareness of the condition.

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. 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.

Pyjama party

Purple Pyjama Party

For Purple Day, the day for epilepsy awareness on 26 March, we're encouraging as many of you as possible to hold a Purple Pyjama Party! If a Purple Pyjama Party isn't for you, we'd love you to join us and celebrate Purple Day in your own way.