K-12 TLC Teacher's Calendar: May
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May Is...
  Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Presidential Proclamation
Bike Month
Clean Air Month
Nation Physical Fitness and Sports Month Presidential Proclamation
Older Americans Month Presidential Proclamation
Scholarship Month
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May Day
The Bahá'í Faith: Festival of Ridván The Bahá'í Faith Bahá'í Academics Resource Library
(sunset 4/20 - sunset 5/2: commemorates Baha'u'llah's 1863 stay in "Garden of Ridvan" as God's messenger.)

Christianity Orthodox Easter Christianity

Judaism: Passover Passover
(Nisan 15-22)
International Labor Day China Slovenia Russia Ukraine Yugoslavia Labor Day
(Observed annually May 1 & 2)
China: Birthday of Tin Hau China Discover Hong Kong
(Celebration of the Goddess of the Sea to summon prosperity for the fishing year: 23rd day of the third lunar month)
Latvia: Mother's Day Latvia Mother's Day Latvia General
(First Sunday in May)
United States: Law Day Law & Legal Resources Library of Congress Presidential Proclamation
(Established as an annual May 1 observance by 1958 Presidential Proclamation)
United States: Loyalty Day UTNE Magazine Presidential Proclamation
(Established by 2003 Presidential Proclamation)

Hawaii: Lei Day Hawaii City and County of Honolulu
(Observed on May 1 since 1927)
This Week Is...
Be Kind to Animals Week
National Charter Schools Week Presidential Seal
National Correctional Officers Week
National Herb Week
National Nurses Week (May 6-12)
National Safe Kids Week
New Zealand Youth Week
Preservation Week
Suicide Awareness Week
Teacher Appreciation Week
SKY & Telescope


The Bahá'í Faith: Festival of Ridván The Bahá'í Faith Bahá'í Academics Resource Library
(sunset 4/20 - sunset 5/2: commemorates Baha'u'llah's 1863 stay in "Garden of Ridvan" as God's messenger.)
International Labor Day China Slovenia Russia Ukraine Yugoslavia Labor Day
(Observed annually May 1 & 2)
Antigua & Barbuda, St. Vincent & Grenadines: Labor Day Antigua & Barbuda St. Vincent & Grenadines
(First Monday in May)
Dominca, St. Kitts & Nevis: May Day Dominica St. Kitts & Nevis
(First Monday in May)
Egypt: Sham El-Naseem Sham El-Nassem Egyptian State Information Service
(Ancient spring holiday on the Monday after the Orthodox Easter Sunday)
England. Wales & Northern Ireland: Bank Holiday England Northern Ireland Wales British Information Services
(First Monday in May)
Ireland: Bank Holiday Ireland
(First Monday in May)
Moldova: Memorial Easter Moldova Moldova Travel Infopage
(Remembrance of the dead on the Monday following Orthodox Easter)
Spain: Dos de Mayo/Independence Day Spain France Madrid Fiestas
(Commemorates of Six-Year War for Freedom that commenced with 5/2/1808 against Napoleon)


National Teacher Day
(Observed annually Tuesday of the first full week of May)

United Nations Journalism World Press Freedom Day Journalism United Nations
(Observed annually on May 3 as per UN Resolution 4.3 adopted 1991)

Japan: Constitution Day (Kenpo Kinenbi) Japan Japan Guide
(Observed to commemorate adoption of the Japanese constitution: 05/03/1947)
Lithuania: Mother's Day Lithuania Mother's Day
( First Tuesday in May)
Poland: Constitution Day Poland
(Observed to commemorate adoption of the Polish constitution: 05/03/1791)


Buddhists: Vesak Day/Buddha Day India Vesak Day Singapore Hotels Guide
(Zen Buddhists: 4/8, Hong Kong: 4/30, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia: 5/7, Korea: 5/8, India: first full moon of May)
China: Youth Day May Fourth Movement Japan Treaty of Versailles Death
(Commemorates student protests against warlords and extension of Japanese influence: 05/04/1919)
Japan: Bank Holiday Japan
( Day between Constitution Memorial Day 5/3 and Children's Day 5/5)
Namibia: Cassinga Day Namibia South Africa Death Namibia History Trust
(In remembrance of those who died in the South African attack on Cassinga: 05/04/1978)
Tonga: Birthday of H.R.H. Crown Prince Tupouto'a Tonga Tonga in Brief
(Commemorates the birthday of Crown Prince Tupouto'a: 05/04/1948)
Rhode Island: Independence Day Rhode Island Great Britian Rhode Island Secretary of State
(Commemorates Rhode Island's declaration of independence two months ahead of the other colonies: 05/04/1776)
United States: National School Nurse Day Education Health Care Professionals National Association of School Nurses
(Observed the Wednesday of National Nurses Week)


Flag of Mexico Cinco de Mayo Flag of Mexico
(Celebration of the Mexican victory in the Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1867)

Space and Astronomy Space Day Space Exploration
(Observed the first Thursday of May)

International Midwives Day Health Care Midwives Alliance of North America
(Observed annually since May 5, 1991)
Ethiopia: Patriots Victory Day Ethiopia Italy World War II OnWar.com
(Commemorates occupation of Addis Ababa, May 5, 1941)
Guyana: East Indian Heritage Day Guyana
(Annual May 5 celebration of East Indian immigration and heritage)
Japan: Children's Day (Kodomo no hi) Children's Day Child Advocacy Japan Guide
(Annual celebration for boys: May 5)
Korea: Children's Day South Korea Child Advocacy Korean Embassy, Washington, D.C.
(Observed annually on May 5 since 1975 to allow parents and children to enjoy a spring day together)
Kyrgyzstan: Constitution Day Kyrgyzstan CIA World Factbook
(Commemorates the adoption of the Krygyzstan Constitution: May 5, 1993)
Palau: Senior Citizens' Day Palau Palau Tourist Authority
Thailand: Coronation Day Thailand Thailand-UK
(Commemorates the coronation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej May 5, 1950)
United States: National Day of Prayer Religion Presidential Proclamations Official Website
(Observed the first Thursday of May)


Provider Day
(Observed the Friday before Mother's Day)

Holocaust Remembrance Day Judaism The Holocaust Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life
(27th day of the Jewish month of Nissan )
Bulgaria: Gergyovden (St. George's Day)/Army Day Bulgaria Bulgarian Embassy, New Delhi
(Observed primarily by farmers and the military of the orthodox feast day for St. George)
Lebanon and Syria: Martyrs' Day Lebanon Syria Trukey Arabic News
(Commemoration of hanging of 21 Syrians and Lebanese by Turkish authorities: May 6, 1916)




World Red Cross Day (Observed annually on the birth date of founder Jean Henri Dunant: May 8, 1828)
Mother's Day
Presidential Proclamation
(Observed annually the second Sunday in May as per 1914 Congressional Resolution)

Europe: Victory in Europe (V-E) Day European History World War II
(Commemorates the of the end of World War II in Europe: May 8, 1945)
Missouri: Truman Day Missouri Harry Truman
(Commemoration of the birthdate of Harry Truman: May 8, 1884)
New Moon
This Week Is...
National Biotechnology Week Presidential Proclamation
National Police Week Presidential Proclamation
National Salvation Army Week Presidential Proclamation
National Tourism Week Presidential Proclamation
SKY & Telescope


Former Soviet States: Victory Day Soviet Union Nazi Germany World War II
(Commemorates the Soviet Union's victory over NAZI Germany: 05/09/1945)
Germany: Flag Day Germany
(Observed to commemorate adoption of the national flag: 05/09/1949)
Tuvalu: Gospel Day Tuvalu
(Observed the second Monday in May)


Cameroon: National Institutions Day Cameroon
(Commemorates the first meeting of the Cameroon legislative body: 1957)

Mexico: Día de las Madres (Mother's Day) Mexico Mother's Day Mexico Connect
(Observed annually on May 10)
Micronesia: Constitution Day Micronesia Worldstats
(Commemorates the ratification of the constitution by four of the Micronesia Trust Territories: 05/10/1979)
North Carolina and South Carolina: Confederate Memorial Day North Carolina South Carolina American Civil War History Channel
(Observed annually on May 10)


California Day of the Teacher
(Observed annually the second Wednesday of May)


Finland: Snellman's Day J.V. Snellman Teknillisen Korkeakoulun Ylioppilaskunta
(Commemoration of birth date of J.V. Snellman: 05/12/1806)


Macau: Procession of Our Lady of Fatima Macau China Catholicism Fatima Network
(Commemoration of the Vision of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal: 05/13/1917)
Judaism: Yom HaZikaron Lechalalei Ma'arachot Yisrael Judaism Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
(4 Iyar: Day of remembrance for those who died to create the Jewish State of Israel)


Liberia: Unification Day Liberia
Malawi: Kamuzu Day Malawi
(Observed in honor of nation's first president, Dr. Kamuzu Banda)
California: Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee Calaveras County, CA Mark Twain Frogs Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee


The United Nations International Year of the Family The United Nations
(Annually observed on May 15 per General Assembly proclamation)

China: Cheung Chau Bun Festival/Birth of Buddha/Birthday of Tam Kung China Discover Hong Kong
(Three observances sharing the 8th day of the fourth lunar month)
Japan: Festival of Aoi Matsuri (Hollyhock Festival) Japan Ajinomoto
(Observed in honor of nation's first president, Dr. Kamuzu Banda)
Malawi: Kamuzu Day Malawi
(Observed in honor of nation's first president, Dr. Kamuzu Banda)
Mexico, Spain, Peru: San Isidro Day Mexico Spain Peru Catholicism Central Oregon Community College
(St. Isidro the Plowman)
Paraguay: Independence Day Paraguay Spain U.S. Embassy Paraguay
(Commemorates the overthrow of Spanish governor: 05/15/1811)
United States: Peace Officers Memorial Day Presidential Proclamation Official Website
(Observed annually on May 15)
California: Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee Calaveras County, CA Mark Twain Frogs Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee
This Week Is...
Buckle Up America Week
EMS Week
National Bike-to-Work Week
National Dog Bite Prevention Week
National Hurricane Awareness Week Presidential Proclamation
National Safe Boating Week
Small Business Week Presidential Proclamation
World Trade Week Presidential Proclamation
National Transportation Week Presidential Proclamation
SKY & Telescope


Religion World Religion Day Religion

Cayman Islands: Discovery Day Cayman Islands Christopher Columbus
(Commemorates of discovery by Columbus 05/10/1503, celebrated third Monday in May)
Ireland: St. Brendan the Navigator's Day Ireland Naval History Catholicism
California: Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee Calaveras County, CA Mark Twain Frogs Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee
First Quarter


United Nations World Telecommunications Day United Nations
(Commemorates the founding of the International Telecommunication Union: 05/17/1865)

Nauru: Constitution Day Nauru Northwestern University
(Commemorates 1968 adoption of the Nauru constitution)
Norway: Constitution Day Norway Denmark U.S. Embassy, Norway
(Commemorates 1814 independence from Denmark)


Museums International Museum Day Museums
(Observed annually on May 18 since 1977)

Haiti: Flag Day Haiti Discover Haiti
(Commemorates adoption of the first Haitian flag: 05/18/1803)
Sweden: Saint Eric Day Sweden The Catholic Forum

(Feast day of the patron saint of Sweden)
Turkmenistan: Revival and Unity Day Turkmenistan CIA World Fact Book
(Commemorates adoption of the Turkmenistan constitution: 05/18/1992)
Uruguay: Battle of Las Piedras Uruguay Spain Settlement.org
(Commemorates the defeat of the Spanish near Montevideo: 05/18/1811)


Turkey: Ataturk Memorial, Youth & Sports Day Turkey Atatürk.com
(Observed in commemoration of the start the War for Turkish Independence: 05/19/1919)
Turkmenistan: Holiday of Poetry of Magtymguly Turkmenistan Turkmenistan Embassy, Washington, D.C.
(Observed annually on May 19 in honor of Magtymuguly, the national poet of Turkmenistan, whose dates of birth and death are unknown)


Cameroon: Constitution Day Cameroon
(Commemorates ratification of the Cameroon constitution: 5/20/1972)
Cuba: Independence Day Cuba
(Commemorates the end of U.S. military occupation 5/20/1902)
Congo: Party Day. Democratic Republic of Congo
(Commemorates the anniversary of the Mouvement Populaire de la Révolution)


Presidential Proclamation National Defense Transportation Day Presidential Proclamation
National Defense Transportation Day
(The third Friday in May )

Chile: Battle of Iquique/Navy Day Chile
(Commemorates 1879 Battle of Iquique)
United States: National Bike-to-Work Day Biking Official Website
(Observed the Friday of National Bike-to-Work Week)
United States: National Waitstaff Day Foods and Nutrition The Daily Journal
(Give an extra tip to a waiter or waitress)


United States: National Maritime Day U.S. Dept of Transportation Naval History Presidential Prolcamation National Park Service
(Established by Congress in 1933 as an annual May 22 observance)
Canada: Immigrants Day Canada Immigration
(In recognition of the contributions immigrants have made to Canada)
Haiti: Sovereignty and Thanksgiving Day Haiti
Sri Lanka: National Heroes Day Sri Lanka
(Commemoration of Ceylon changing name to Sri Lanka 05/22/1972)
Yemen: Day of National Unity Yemen
(Commemorates of the unification of North & South Yemen: 5/22/1990)
This Week Is...
National Safe Boating Week (May 22-28) Presidential Proclamation
SKY & Telescope


Victoria Day
World Turtle Day World Turtle Day World Turtle Day

Baha'i Faith: Declaration of Báb Baha'i Faith
(1844 letter of revelation to Baha'u'llah)
Jamaica: Labor Day Jamaica Labor and Labor Day Jamaican Information Service
(Actual holiday date 05/23, but celebrated on Monday)
Tibet: Saka Dawa Festival: Birth of Buddha Tibet Buddhism TibetTrip.com
(Festival observed on the 15th day of the fourth Tibetan month)
Full Moon



Belize: Commonwealth Day Belize Belizenet.com
(Observed annually on May 24)
Bermuda: Bermuda Day Bermuda Bermuda Online
(Observed annually on May 24)
Bulgaria: Cyril and Methodius Day - Day of the Slavonic Script Bulgaria Bulgarian Embassy, New Delhi
Eritrea: Liberation Day Eritrea
(Commemorates 1993 independence from Ethiopia)
Jamaica: Labor Day Jamaica Labor and Labor Day Jamaican Information Service
(Actual holiday date 05/23, but celebrated on Monday)


National Center for Missing & Exploited Children National Missing Children's Day National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
(Observed annually on May 25 to remember the abduction of 6-year-old Etan Patz: 05/25/1979)

Africa Day African Union BBC
(Commemorates the formation of the Organization of African United (1963) & the African Union (2001))
Argentina: National Day/Anniversary of the May Revolution Argentina Spain OnWar.com
(Commemorates Argentina's break from Spain, and creation of an independent provisional government: 05/25/1810)
Jordan: Independence Day Jordan Great Britain Jordanian Embassy, Washington, D.C.
(Commemorates independence from Great Brtiain: 05/25/1946)
Lebanon: National Liberation Day Lebanon Israel Simon Fraser University
(Commemorates liberation of South Lebanon following Israel's withdrawl: 05/24/2000)
Turkmenistan: Carpet Day Turkmenistan Turkmenistan Embassy, Washington, D.C.


Georgia: Independence Day Georgia Parliament of the Republic of Georgia
(Commemorates the revival of the Republic of Georgia: 05/26/1918)
Guyana: Independence Day Guyana Country Studies
(Commemorates the first day as an indpendent government under a new constitution: 05/26/1966)


Judaism: Lag B'Omer Judaism Chabad.org
(18 Iyar: Break in the mourning period for the 24,000 students of second century Rabbi Akiva. Only day in 49-day period when weddings permitted)
Nigeria: Children's Day Nigeria Education Children
(Annual day off from school: May 27)


Armenia: First Republic Day Armenia Turkey Armenian History
(Commemorates Armenia's Victory over Turkey and Proclamation of an Independent Armenian Republic: 05/28/1918)
Azerbaijan: Republic Day Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Embassy, Washington, D.C.
(Commemorates the formation of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic: 05/28/1918)
Ethiopia: Overthrow of the Derge Regime Ethiopia Ethiopia Embassy, Washington, D.C.
(Commemorates the overthrow of the Derge military regime by the Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF): 05/18/1991)


Bahá'í Faith: Ascension of Baha'u'llah Bahá'í Faith
Comoros: Anniversary of the Death of President Ali Soilih Comoros
England: Oak Apple/Royal Oak Day Great Britain
(Commemorates the restoration of Charles II: 5/29/1660)
Rhode Island: Rhode Island Day Rhode Island
(Rhode Island becomes 13th state: 5/29/1790)
Wisconsin: Wisconsin Day Wisconsin
(Wisconsin becomes 30th state: 5/29/1848)


Memorial Day
Anguilla: Anguilla Day Anguilla
(Commemorates the start of the Anguillian Revolution: 05/30/1967)
Croatia: Statehood Day Croatia
(Commemorates the first session of a free parliament: 05/30/1990)
Nicaragua: Mother's Day Nicaragua Mother's Day
Spain: Canary Islands Day Spain
Trinidad & Tobago: Indian Arrival Day Trinidad-Tobago India
(Commemorates the arrival of indentured labourers from India: 05/30/1845)
Virginia: Confederate Memorial Day Virginia American Civil War Memorial Day
Last Quarter


United Nations: World No Tobacco Day United Nations Tobacco Offical Website: World No Tobacco Day
Brunei: Anniversary of the Royal Brunei Regiment Brunei Bay Area World Trade Center


This guide last edited 11/09/2004
This guide created 07/05/2004