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The origin of May can be traced back to the Greek goddess Maia, who was absorbed in the Roman culture by a goddess with the same name who was the mother of Hermes and daughter of Atlas. Maia is associated with growth, chastity and fertility.

In the U. S., May is a time when spring is in full gear and many outdoor activities are being pursued. May also features a federally recognized holiday in Memorial Day and has a number of interesting events and holiday celebrations as well.

May Holidays

May Day – May 1st

Celebrated around the world, May Day itself has different meanings depending on where it is being held. In most countries, May Day is a celebration of spring with flowers, parades and other outdoor attractions. However, in countries with a strong communist or socialist philosophy, May Day is the celebration of workers and their contributions towards society in general. While the U. S. does not fully recognize May Day, the state of Hawaii does by calling it “Lei Day”.

Star Wars Day – May 4th

Arguably one of the very few holidays that involves the actual date itself. The “Star Wars” film series is one of the most popular ever created. One of the catch phrases, “May the Force be with You” is also a play on words with “May the 4th be with You”. Many people celebrate this day by watching a Star Wars film or doing something in honor of this famous film franchise.

Cinco de Mayo – May 5th

This Mexican holiday is now widely celebrated in the US thanks to the many Mexican immigrants that have come into the country over the years. The origins of this holiday point to a celebration of Mexican independence as on May 5th, 1862, the Mexican army defeated the French army at the Battle of Puebla which signified the end of European influence in the region. Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for May 5th and is celebrated today with parties, gatherings and dancing.

Mother’s Day – Second Sunday of May

This is another of the most famous days of the year where people across the U. S. send their mothers cards, gifts and other presents in recognition of this special time. The first Mother’s Day was celebrated in Philadelphia on May 10th, 1908 and quickly spread across America. Flowers, candy and other gifts are quite common on this day as mothers everywhere are celebrated.

Armed Forces Day – Third Saturday of May

This is the day to salute all the men and women who are currently serving in the US military. This day was established to separate itself from Veteran’s Day, which is dedicated to those who had completed their military service. President Harry S Truman announced Armed Forces Day as an official holiday which was first held on May 20th, 1950.

Memorial Day – Last Monday of May

Memorial Day was created to celebrate the men and women who lost their lives in military service. It has expanded over the years to include all loved ones that have passed away. The origins of Memorial Day stretch back to 1865 and the end of the Civil War in which many people across the country remembered the lives of those who were lost. Until 1971, Memorial Day was officially held on May 30th, but by an act of Congress, the Uniform Monday Holidays Act, that was changed to the last Monday in May.

These holidays represent the major and perhaps minor celebrations that we enjoy each and every year.


List of May Holidays


May 1

Amtrak Day
Batman Day
Executive Coaching Day
Global Love Day
Law Day
Lei Day
Loyalty Day
May Day
Mother Goose Day
National Bubba Day
National Day of Prayer (First Thursday)
National Day of Reason (First Thursday)
National Purebred Dog Day
New Homeowner’s Day
School Principals’ Day
Silver Star Day
Stepmother’s Day


May 2

Martin Z. Mollusk Day
Roberts Rule of Order Day
Tuba Day  (First Friday)
No Pants Day: 3 (First Friday)


May 3

Beer Pong Day (First Saturday)
Bladder Cancer Awareness Day (First Saturday)
Free Comic Book Day (First Saturday)
Garden Meditation Day
Hug Your Cat Day
Join Hands Day  (First Saturday)
Lumpy Rug Day
National Homebrew Day (First Saturday)
National Scrapbooking Day (First Saturday)
National Two Different Colored Shoes Day
Paranormal Day
Public Radio Day
Space Day (First Saturday)
World Press Freedom Day
Kentucky Derby ( First Saturday)


May 4

Birthmother’s Day (Saturday before Mother’s Day)
Intergalactic Star Wars Day – May the Fourth Be With You 🙂
International Baby Lost Mother’s Day (First Sunday)
International Firefighters Day
International Respect for Chickens Day
Lemonade Day
Mayday for Mutts (First Sunday)
Motorcycle Mass & Blessing of The Bikes Day (First Sunday)
National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (First Saturday)
National Infertility Survival Day (First Sunday)
Petite and Proud Day
Star Wars Day
World Give Day
World Laughter Day  (First Sunday)
Yom HaZiKaron


May 5

Cartoonists Day
Childhood Stroke Awareness Day
Cinco de Mayo
International Midwives’ Day
Melanoma Monday (First Monday)
National Ferret Day


May 6

Totally Chipotle Day
Buddah Day
Give Local America
Joseph Brackett Day
No Diet Day
No Homework Day
Nurses Day or National RN Recognition Day
National Teacher Day (First Tuesday of the First Full Week)
World Asthma Day (First Tuesday)
Vom HaAtzmout
Childhood Depression Awareness Day (First Tuesday)


May 7

Bike To School Day
Great American Grump Out  (First Wednesday)
National Barrier Awareness Day
Occupational Safety & Health Day (Wednesday of The First Full Week)


May 8

Free Trade Day
National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
No Socks Day
World Red Cross / Red Crescent Day


May 9

National Moscato Day
Occupational Safety and Health Professionals Day
Child Care Provider Day  (Friday before Mother’s Day)
Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks A Voice  (2nd Friday)
Military Spouse Appreciation Day  (Friday before Mother’s Day)
National Special-abled Pets Day


May 10

Armed Forces Day (AFD) Military-Amateur Crossband Communications Day
Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day (2nd Saturday)
International Migratory Bird Day (2nd Saturday)
Letter Carrier’s  Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day
Mother Ocean Day (Saturday Before Mother’s Day)
National Babysitters Day (Saturday before Mother’s Day)
National Miniature Golf Day (2nd Saturday)
National Train Day (2nd Saturday)
National Windmill Day (2nd Saturday)
Spring Astronomy Day
Stay Up All Night (2nd Saturday)
World Belly Dance Day (2nd Saturday)
World Fair Trade Day (2nd Saturday)
World Lupus Day


May 11

Eat What You Want Day
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day
Mother’s Day
Mothers At The Wall Day
Root Canal Appreciation Day


May 12

Hug Your Cat Day
International Nurses Day
Limerick Day
National Nutty Fudge Day
Odometer Day


May 13

Frog Jumping Day


May 14

Buddah Day
Day of Vesak (On the Full Moon)
Donate A Day’s Wages To Charity (Second Wednesday)
National Chicken Dance Day
National Night Shift Workers Day (Second Wednesday)
National Third Shift Workers Day (Second Wednesday)
National Women’s Check-up Day (Second Wednesday)
Receptionists Day (Second Wednesday)
The Stars and Stripes Forever Day
Underground America Day


May 15

International Day of Families
International MPS Awareness Day
National Chocolate Chip Day
National Tuberous Sclerosis Day
Nylon Stockings Day
Peace Officer Memorial Day
National Employee Health & Fitness Day (3rd Wednesday)
Straw Hat Day


May 16

Biographer’s Day
Endangered Species Day  (3rd Friday)
International Virtual Assistants Day (3rd Friday)
O. Henry Pun-off Day (3rd Friday)
National Bike to Work Day (3rd Friday)
National Defense Transportation Day (3rd Friday)
National Piercing Day
National Pizza Party Day (3rd Friday)
National Sea Monkey Day


May 17

Armed Forces Day (3rd Saturday)
Lag B’omer
National Learn To Swim Day (Saturday of Week Before Memorial Day)
Syttende Mai
World Hypertension Day
World Information Society Day
World Telecommunications Day
World Neurofibromatosis Day (NF Day)


May 18

Bay to Breakers Race (3rd Sunday)
HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
International Museum Day
Mother Whistler Day
Neighbor Day (Sunday before Memorial Day Weekend)
Visit Your Relatives Day


May 19

Accountant’s Day
Boys Club Day
May Ray Day
National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


May 20

Eliza Doolittle Day
Everybody Draw Mohammed Day
Weights & Measures Day


May 21

American Red Cross Founder’s Day
I Need A Patch For That Day
National Endangered Species Day
National Wait Staff Day
Sister Maria Hummel Day
Turn Beauty Inside Out Day  (3rd Wednesday)
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue & Development


May 22

Canadian Immigrants Day
Harvey Milk Day
International Day for Biological Diversity
National Maritime Day
National Museum Day
World Goth Day


May 23

Declaration of the Bab Day
National Taffy Day
National Wig Out Day (Friday before Memorial Day)
World Crohn’s and Colitis Day
World Turtle Day
Don’t Fry Day: 23 (Friday Before Memorial Day)
Heat Awareness Day (4th Friday of the month)


May 24

Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day (ARMAD)  (Saturday before Memorial Day)
Brother’s Day
International Jazz Day (Saturday before Memorial Day)
International Tiara Day
Morse Code Day
Cookie Monster’s Birthday


May 25

National Missing Children’s Day
National Tap Dance Day
Nerd Pride Day or Geek Pride Day
Towel Day


May 26

Memorial Day: 26
Prayer for Peace Memorial Day
World Lindy Hop Day


May 27

Cellophane Tape Day


May 28

National Senior Health & Fitness Day  (Last Wednesday)
Sierra Club Day
Slugs Return From Capistrano Day
World MS Day (Multiple Sclerosis) (Last Wednesday)
Hamburger Day


May 29

Ascension of Baha’u’Llah
Learn About Composting Day
International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
Put A Pillow On Your Fridge Day


May 30

Loomis Day
Mint Julep Day
Heat Awareness Safety Day (Last Friday in May)


May 31

Hug Your Cat Day
What You Think Upon Grows Day
The Wicket World of Croquet Day
World No-Tobacco Day


Rumor Has It …

… that Mae West was born West of May, back in the day, under a heap of clay, and a horse that said “Nay” on a holiday in May where she had no say, but to say, “Hey, give me back my pay, Okay, Willie Mays?”


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  • Kyra

    Wow, the month of May seems to have an abundance of odd holidays! “Free Comic Book Day”? I have to look that one up! (and more importantly… where do I sign up!) “Batman Day”? (Good! There should be one!) “Lumpy Rug Day”? “Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day”? I’m laughing at some of these holidays – among all the more serious sounding ones. Of course, I do know May 4th for Star Wars Day and am one of those folks who will celebrate it with a film fest and some blue milk looking stuff!