K-12 TLC Teacher's Calendar: May
May 2012
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May Is...
  Archaeology Month:

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Presidential Proclamation
Better Hearing and Speech Month
Better Sleep Month
Clean Air Month
Get Caught Reading Month
Healthy Vision Month
Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Mental Health Month
National Arthritis Month and Annual Arthritis Walk
National Bike Month

National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month Congressional Resolution
National High Blood Pressure Education Month
National Lupus Awareness Month
National Neurofibromatosis Month
National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
National Sight-Saving Month: Ultraviolet Awareness Month
National Trauma Awareness Month
Older Americans Month
Scholarship Month
Skin Cancer Awareness Month
Tuberous Sclerosis Awareness Month

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May 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 May
This Week Is...
Be Kind to Animals Week (First week of May)
Brain Tumor Action Week (First week of May)
Children's Mental Health Week (First week of May)
Building Safety Week (First week of May)
National Charter Schools Week (First week of May)
National Correctional Officers Week (First full week of May)
National Mental Health Counseling Week (First week in May)
North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (First full week in May)
Teacher Appreciation Week (First week in May)
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May Day

International Labor Day Labor Day
(Observed annually May 1 & 2)

The Bahá'í Faith: Festival of Ridván The Bahá'í Faith Bahá'í Academics Resource Library
(Observed from sunset 4/21 to sunset 5/2 in commemoration of Baha'u'llah's 1863 stay in "Garden of Ridvan" as God's messenger.)

United States: Law Day Law & Legal Resources Library of Congress
(Established as an annual May 1 observance by 1958 Presidential Proclamation)

United States: Loyalty Day UTNE Magazine
(Established by 2003 Presidential Proclamation)

Hawaii: Lei Day Hawaii City and County of Honolulu
(Observed on May 1 since 1927)

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National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day
(Observed annually the first Wednesday in May)

International Labor Day Labor Day
(Observed annually May 1 & 2)

The Bahá'í Faith: Festival of Ridván The Bahá'í Faith Bahá'í Academics Resource Library
(Observed from sunset 4/21 to sunset 5/2 in commemoration of Baha'u'llah's 1863 stay in "Garden of Ridvan" as God's messenger.)

Spain: Dos de Mayo/Independence Day Spain France U.S. Department of State Madrid Fiestas
(Commemorates the Six-year War for Freedom that commenced 5/2/1808 against Napoleon)

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

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

Presidential Proclamations National Day of Prayer Presidential Proclamations
(Observed the first Thursday of May)

Japan: Constitution Day (Kenpo Kinenbi) Japan Japan Guide U.S. Department of State
(Observed to commemorate adoption of the Japanese constitution: 05/03/1947)
Poland: Constitution Day Poland U.S. Department of State
(Observed to commemorate adoption of the Polish constitution: 05/03/1791)

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Star Wars Day

China: Youth Day May Fourth Movement Japan Treaty of Versailles Death Index-China
(Commemorates student protests against warlords and extension of Japanese influence: 05/04/1919)

Denmark: Store Bededag (General Day of Prayer) Denmark Easter
(Observed on the fourth Friday following Easter)

Japan: Bank Holiday Japan U.S. Department of State
(Day between Constitution Memorial Day 5/3 and Children's Day 5/5)
Namibia: Cassinga Day Namibia South Africa Death U.S. Department of State
(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 CNN
(Commemorates the birthday of Crown Prince Tupouto'a: 05/04/1948)
Rhode Island: Independence Day Rhode Island Great Britian Rhode Island Governor's Office
(Commemorates Rhode Island's declaration of independence two months ahead of the other colonies: 05/04/1776)

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Flag of Mexico Cinco de Mayo Flag of Mexico
(Celebration of the Mexican victory in the Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862)

International Midwives Day Health Care Midwives Alliance of North America
(Observed annually since May 5, 1991)

Labyrinth Day The Labyrinth Society
(Observed annually on the first Saturday of May)

Ethiopia: Patriots Victory Day Ethiopia Italy World War II U.S. Department of State
(Commemorates occupation of Addis Ababa, May 5, 1941)
Guyana: East Indian Heritage Day/Arrival Day Guyana U.S. Department of State
(Annual May 5 celebration of East Indian immigration and heritage)
Japan: Children's Day (Kodomo no hi) Children's Day Child Advocacy U.S. Department of State Japan Guide
(Annual celebration for boys: May 5)
Korea: Orininal (Children's Day) South Korea Child Advocacy U.S. Department of State
(Observed annually on May 5 since 1975 to allow parents and children to enjoy a spring day together)
Kyrgyzstan: Constitution Day Kyrgyzstan U.S. Department of State
(Commemorates the adoption of the Krygyzstan Constitution: May 5, 1993)

Palau: Senior Citizens' Day Palau
(Observed annually on this date)

Thailand: Coronation Day Thailand U.S. Department of State Thaindian
(Commemorates the coronation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej May 5, 1950)

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Bulgaria: Gergyovden (St. George's Day)/Army Day Bulgaria U.S. Department of State Bulgarian Embassy, New Delhi
(Observed primarily by farmers and the military of the orthodox feast day for St. George)

Latvia & Lithuania: Mother's Day Latvia Lithuania Mother's Day Latvia General
(First Sunday in May)

Lebanon and Syria: Martyrs' Day Lebanon Syria Trukey U.S. Department of State
(Commemoration of hanging of 21 Syrians and Lebanese by Turkish authorities: May 6, 1916)

Full Moon
This Week Is...
Children's Book Week (First or second week in May)
Food Allergy Awareness Week (Second week of May)
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Awareness Week (Second week of May)
National Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Week (Second week of May)
National Bike-to-Work Week (Second week of May)
National Herb Week (Week prior to Mother's Day)
National Nurses Week (May 6-12)
National Stuttering Awareness Week (The second week of May)
National Tourism Week (The second week of May)
National Women's Health Week (The second week of May)
Tinnitus Awareness Week (Second or third week in May)
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Melanoma Monday
(National Skin Examination Day - the first Monday in May)

National Women's Check Up Day
(Observed annually the Monday of National Women's Health Week)

Dominca, St. Kitts & Nevis: May Day Dominica St. Kitts & Nevis
(Bank Holiday the first Monday in May)

England. Wales & Northern Ireland: Bank Holiday England Northern Ireland Wales DirectGov
(First Monday in May)

Ireland: Bank Holiday Ireland
(First Monday in May)

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World Red Cross Day
(Observed annually on the birth date of founder Jean Henri Dunant: May 8, 1828)

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

Sex Differences in Health Awareness Day
(Observed annually the Tuesday of National Women's Health Week)

Buddhists: Vesak Day/Buddha Day India Vesak Day Interfaith Calendar
(Zen Buddhists: 4/8, Hong Kong: 4/30, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia: 5/7, Korea: 5/8, India: the full moon of the lunar month Vesakha in the Eastern Hemisphere)

Europe: Victory in Europe (V-E) Day European History World War II BBC
(Commemorates the of the end of World War II in Europe: May 8, 1945)

Missouri: Truman Day Missouri Harry Truman State of Missouri
(Commemoration of the birthdate of Harry Truman: May 8, 1884)

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National School Nurse Day
(Observed annually the Wednesday of National Nurse Week)

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

Former Soviet States: Victory Day Soviet Union Nazi Germany World War II U.S. Department of State Canadian Immigration
(Commemorates the Soviet Union's victory over NAZI Germany: 05/09/1945)

10

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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)

France: National Day of Memory of Slave Trade and Its Abolition France Slavery UNESCO
(Observed annually on this date to commemorate the French Senate's recognition of slavery and slave trade as crimes against humanity: 5/1/0/2001)
Mexico: Día de las Madres (Mother's Day) Mexico Mother's Day U.S. Department of State Mexico Connect
(Observed annually on May 10)
Micronesia: Constitution Day Micronesia iExplore
(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 University of Georgia
(Observed annually on this date to commemorate the Union's capture of Jefferson Davis)

11

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

Last Quarter Moon

12

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National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
(Observed anually on this date)

International Migratory Bird Day
(Observed annually the second Saturday in May)

Finland: Snellman's Day J.V. Snellman Finnish Embassy, Londoinborder
(Commemoration of birth date of J.V. Snellman, Father of Finnish Culture: 05/12/1806)

United States: Miniature Golf Day Golf US ProMiniGolf Assocation
(Observed annually on the 2nd Saturday of May)

United States: National Bike-to-Work Day Biking Official Website
(Observed the Friday of National Bike-to-Work Week)

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Mother's Day
(Observed annually the second Sunday in May as per 1914 Congressional Resolution)

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)

Tuvalu: Gospel Day Tuvalu Government of Tuvalu
(Observed annually on this date)

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National Dog Bite Prevention Week (Third full week in May)
National Emergency Medical Services Week (Third full week in May)
National Neuropathy Week (Third week in May)
National Police Week (The week of May 15th: Peace Officers Memorial Day)
National Safe Boating Week (Third week in May)
National Salvation Army Week (The week following Mother's Day) Presidential Proclamation
National Small Business Week (Third week in May) Presidential Seal
National Transportation Week (The week including the third Friday in May: National Transportation Day)
Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week (The third week in May)
Schizophrenia Awareness Week (The third week in May)

14

MON
Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day
(Observed annually on this date)

Liberia: Unification Day Liberia
(Observed annually on this date)

Malawi: Kamuzu Day Malawi Embassy of Malawi in Japan
(Observed annually on this date in honor of the nation's first president, Dr. Kamuzu Banda)

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The United Nations The United Nations The United Nations
(Annually observed on May 15 per U.N. General Assembly proclamation)

National Peace Officers Memorial Day
(Annually observed on May 15 per 1962 congressional resolution)


Japan: Festival of Aoi Matsuri (Hollyhock Festival) Japan Ajinomoto
(Observed annually on this date)

Mexico: Teachers' Day Mexico Mexico Connect
(Observed on this Date since 1918)
Mexico, Spain, Peru: San Ysidro Day Mexico Spain Peru Catholicism American Friends Service Committee
(St. Isidro the Plowman)
Paraguay: Independence Day Paraguay Spain U.S. Embassy Paraguay
(Observed annually to commemorates the overthrow of Spanish governor: 05/15/1811)

16

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Ireland: St. Brendan the Navigator's Day St. Brendan Naval History North American Exploration Catholic Saints All Saints Parish
(Feast Day of St. Brendan, patron saint of sailors; said to have died on this date in 578)

17

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United Nations World Telecommunications Day United Nations
(Observed annually to commemorate the founding of the International Telecommunication Union: 05/17/1865)

Nauru: Constitution Day Nauru
(Observed annually on this date to commemorates the 1968 adoption of the Nauru constitution)
Norway: Constitution Day NorwayDenmark U.S. Department of State
(Commemorates 1814 independence from Denmark)

California: Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee Calaveras County, CA Mark Twain Frogs Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee
(Third weekend in May Th-Su)

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

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
(Observed annually on this date)

National Defense Transportation Day
National Defense Transportation Day
(Observed annually the third Friday in May )

Haiti: Flag Day Haiti U.S. Department of State
(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 U.S. Department of State
(Commemorates adoption of the Turkmenistan constitution: 05/18/1992)

Uruguay: Battle of Las Piedras Uruguay Spain U.S. Department of State Settlement.org
(Commemorates the defeat of the Spanish near Montevideo: 05/18/1811 - observed on Monday)

California: Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee Calaveras County, CA Mark Twain Frogs Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee
(Third weekend in May Th-Su)

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Turkey: Ataturk Memorial, Youth & Sports Day Turkey U.S. Department of State Atatürk.com
(Observed in commemoration of the start the War for Turkish Independence: 05/19/1919)
Turkmenistan: Holiday of Poetry of Magtymguly Turkmenistan U.S. Department of State 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)

California: Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee Calaveras County, CA Mark Twain Frogs Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee
(Third weekend in May Th-Su)

New Moon

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Judaism: Yom Yerushalayim Israel Judaism Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
(Commemorates the liberation of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War: 28 Iyar)

Cameroon: Constitution Day Cameroon U.S. Department of State
(Commemorates ratification of the Cameroon constitution: 5/20/1972)
Cuba: Independence Day Cuba George Bush Library
(Commemorates freedom from Spain 5/20/1898 and end of U.S. military protectorate 5/20/1902)

California: Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee Calaveras County, CA Mark Twain Frogs Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee
(Third weekend in May Th-Su)

This Week Is...

Click It or Ticket! (Observed annually from the Monday of the last full week of May through the first Sunday of June)
National Hurricane Awareness Week (Last week in May) Presidential Proclamation
Older Americans' Mental Health Week (Last week in May)
World Trade Week (Week in May which includes May 22, National Maritime Day)
Youth Week: New Zealand (Last week in May)
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Victoria Day
(Observed annually on the Monday before May 25)
Cayman Islands: Discovery Day Cayman Islands Christopher Columbus
(Commemorates discovery of the Cayman Islands by Columbus 05/10/1503 - observed third Monday in May)

Chile: Battle of Iquique/Navy Day Chile
(Observed annually on this date to commemorate the 1879 Battle of Iquique)

Jamaica: Labor Day Jamaica Labor and Labor Day U.S. Department of State Jamaican Information Service
(Actual holiday date 05/23, but observed on Monday)

United States: National Waitstaff Day Foods and Nutrition Holidays.net
(Observed annually on this date: Give an extra tip to a waiter or waitress!)

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Sri Lanka: National Heroes Day Sri Lanka A Global World
(Commemoration of Ceylon changing its name to Sri Lanka 05/22/1972)
United States: National Maritime Day U.S. Dept of Transportation Naval History U.S. Merchant Marines
(Established by Congress in 1933 as an annual May 22 observance)
Yemen: Day of National Unity Yemen AME Info
(Commemorates of the unification of North & South Yemen: 5/22/1990)

23

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World Turtle Day World Turtle Day World Turtle Day
(Observed annually on this date)

Baha'i Faith: Declaration of Báb Baha'i Faith Baha'i Faith
(Commemorates the announcement by the Báb that He was the Bearer of a Divine Revelation: 05/23/1844)

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Belize: Commonwealth Day Belize Belizenet.com
(Observed annually on May 24)
Bermuda: Bermuda Day Bermuda Bermuda Online
(Observed annually on May 24)
Bulgaria: Day of Bulgarian Education and Culture and of Slavonic Alphabet Bulgaria Bulgarian Embassy, New Delhi
(Observed annually on this date)

Eritrea: Liberation Day Eritrea U.S. Department of State
(Commemorates 1993 independence from Ethiopia)

Lebanon: National Liberation Day Lebanon Israel AME Info Simon Fraser University
(Commemorates liberation of South Lebanon following Israel's withdrawal: 05/24/2000)

25

FRI
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 U.S. Department of State
(Commemorates Argentina's break from Spain, and creation of an independent provisional government: 05/25/1810)
Jordan: Independence Day Jordan Great Britain U.S. Department of State Jordanian Embassy, Washington, D.C.
(Commemorates independence from Great Britain: 05/25/1946)

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Australia: National Day of Healing/Sorry Day Australia U.S. Department of State
(Commemorates the Bringing Them Home Report acknowledging past injustices to Australia's indigenous people: 05/26/1997)
Georgia: Independence Day Georgia U.S. Department of State
(Commemorates the revival of the Republic of Georgia: 05/26/1918)
Guyana: Independence Day Guyana U.S. Department of State Country Studies
(Commemorates the first day as an indpendent government under a new constitution: 05/26/1966)

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Christianity: Pentecost Religion Easter Catholic Encyclopedia
(Observed the seventh Sunday after Easter to commemorate the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the apostles)

Judaism: Shavuot Judaism Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
(Sivan 6-7: Celebration of God's giving of the Torah to Moses on Mt. Sinai)

Nigeria: Children's Day Nigeria Education Children Canadian Department of Immigration
(Annual day off from school: May 27)

Turkmenistan: Carpet Day Turkmenistan Embassy of Turkmenistan in Washington, D.C.
(Observed annually the last Sunday in May)

First Quarter Moon
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Memorial Day
(Observed annually the last Monday of May)
Christianity: Whitmonday Religion Easter
(Monday after Pentecost. Observed as a holiday in some European and Scandinavian countries)

Judaism: Shavuot Judaism Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
(Sivan 6-7: Celebration of God's giving of the Torah to Moses on Mt. Sinai)

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

Virginia: Confederate Memorial Day Virginia American Civil War Memorial Day State of Virginia
(Observed annually the last Monday in May)

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Bahá'í Faith: Ascension of Baha'u'llah Bahá'í Faith BBC
(Commemorates the death of the founder of the Bahá'í Faith: 05/29/1892)

Comoros: Anniversary of the Death of President Ali Soilih Comoros
(Commemorates the death of President Ali Soilih: 05/29/1978)
England: Oak Apple/Royal Oak Day Great Britain BBC
(Commemorates the restoration of Charles II: 5/29/1660)

Nigeria: Democracy Day Nigeria U.S. Department of State
(Commemorates the transition from military to civil government: 05/29/1999)

Rhode Island: Rhode Island Day Rhode Island Pocantico Hills Schools
(Rhode Island becomes 13th state: 5/29/1790)

Wisconsin: Wisconsin Day Wisconsin Library of Congress
(Wisconsin becomes 30th state: 5/29/1848)

30

WED
Senior Health and Fitness Day
(Observed annually the last Wednesday in May)

Nicaragua: Mother's Day Nicaragua Mother's Day
(Observed annually on this date)
Spain: Canary Islands Day Spain Gran Canaria
(Celebration of the Canary Islands observed annually on this date)
Trinidad & Tobago: Indian Arrival Day Trinidad-Tobago India U.S. Department of State
(Commemorates the arrival of indentured labourers from India: 05/30/1845)

31

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World No Tobacco Day
(Observed per 1988 United Nations Resolution WHA42.19 calling for the annual celebration of World No Tobacco Day on May 31.)

Anguilla: Anguilla Day Anguilla Anguilla
(Observed the Monday nearest May 30 to commemorates the start of the Anguillian Revolution: 05/30/1967)

Brunei: Anniversary of the Royal Brunei Regiment Brunei U.S. Department of State Bay Area World Trade Center
(Observed annually on this date)

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