May Holidays

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Ah, May. The sun's shining, summer's starting, and all is well in the world. It's all thanks to the god Maya, the god of fertility, if you ask the Ancient Romans. They honored her by naming the month of May after her! While we may not be celebrating Maya this month, there are plenty other holidays in May worth commemorating.

So take our your May calendar and mark down some of this month's highlights!

FOOD AND DRINK: In true Maya style, there are an abundance of May holidays dedicated to our favorite pastime at National Today: eating and drinking. Celebrate National Eat What You Want Day (May 11) and National Hamburger Day (May 28), and then wash it down with wine (May 25), moscato (May 9), or even a mimosa (May 16)!

INTERNATIONAL: Did you know Cinco de Mayo (May 5), one of the most important international holidays in May, doesn't actually commemorate the day of Mexican independence? It actually celebrates their victory in the Battle of the Puebla. Tell that fun fact to your mom on Mother's Day (May 14)!

RELATIONSHIPS: 80% of Americans have one sibling or more, and that's why there are two holidays in May to celebrate our most fulfilling relationships: National Brother's Day (May 24) and National Brothers and Sisters Day (May 2).

ACTIVITIES: Get out the barbecue and celebrate Memorial Day (May 29). But make sure you save time to celebrate May holidays like Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be With You) and National Scavenger Hunt Day (May 24).

Find a complete list of May holidays below, and happy celebrating!

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National Brothers and Sisters Day
Happy National Brothers and Sisters Day! Today is dedicated to the people that made your childhood memorable—and your siblings. (Just ...
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National Teacher's Day
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Lock up your Ewoks and get your light sabers in the air, because May 4 is Star Wars Day! That’s ...
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National Password Day
World Password Day—which falls on the first Thursday of May—was created to raise awareness about the critical need for good ...
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Cinco de Mayo
Ready for a fiesta? Cinco de Mayo is coming up on May 5 and we all know you’re itching to ...
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national hoagie day
National Hoagie Day is May 5th. The hoagie sandwich is usually made on a long Italian roll or French bread, ...
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National Nurses Day
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If the very thought of Have a Coke Day on May 8 makes you want to break into song, you’re ...
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Grab a glass of vino and toast to National Moscato Day! Every May 9, we celebrate the tasty white wine ...
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Receptionists Day
National Receptionists Day is the day we recognize all of the things that receptionists bring to our organizations. It is ...
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World Migratory Bird Day
Time to un-ruffle your feathers, folks, because May 10 is World Migratory Bird Day! At least four thousand different species ...
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If the fictional character Bubba from the movie Forrest Gump had his way, every day would be National Shrimp Day ...
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Restricting yourself from your favorite foods can be difficult. That is why, on May 11, we celebrate National Eat What ...
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National Limerick Day
National Limerick Day, held every year on May 12, pays homage to the man who made the short poems widespread ...
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Grab a fork and a napkin, because Apple Pie day is coming this May 13. Talk about a holiday you ...
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national fruit cocktail day
The term fruit cocktail conjures up childhood memories of finding a sweet surprise at the bottom of your sack lunch, ...
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National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
There’s nothing quite like a flaky, buttermilk biscuit paired with jam, honey, maple syrup, or butter to send your taste ...
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Brunch enthusiasts and cocktail fanatics mark your calendars — May 16 is National Mimosa Day! This classic mixed drink, which ...
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National Walnut Day
They may not be as popular as almonds or peanuts, but let’s give walnuts their due respect: they’re great for ...
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Animal lovers and conservationists unite, because May 19 is National Endangered Species Day. This is a day for raising awareness ...
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National Pizza Party Day
That’s right — National Pizza Party Day is coming up on May 19, and we are here for it! If ...
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National Devil's Food Cake Day
Rich in flavor and moist in texture, devil’s food cake is a favorite for chocolate-lovers. They get their chance to ...
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National Be a Millionaire Day
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National Waiters and Waitresses Day
On May 21 give yourself the day off from cooking and dine out to celebrate National Waiters and Waitresses Day ...
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International day for Biological Diversity
If you’re looking for a day to show your love for our planet, why not celebrate International Day for Biological ...
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On May 22 we honor the life and legacy of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician in California and ...
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On May 23, we celebrate our favorite sweet and chewy treat on National Taffy Day. Taffy has a long history ...
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National Scavenger Hunt Day
Did you know there’s a day made for that inner adventurer in you? Look no more, because National Scavenger Hunt ...
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National Brother's Day
When you were growing up, you may have envied only children. They never had to share their dessert, they were ...
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When our ancient ancestors in the Fertile Crescent mistakenly fermented their grapes into wine more than 7,000 years ago, little ...
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national paper airplane day
Let your inner child fly. National Paper Airplane Day is celebrated every year on May 26 to commemorate the aeronautical ...
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Don't fry today! Today is National Sunscreen Day also known as "Don't Fry Day", celebrated every year on the Friday ...
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Unless you live in Texas, you might not have too much truck with the cut of beef known as brisket, ...
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The hamburger is a classic staple of western culture. Historically, it's most likely that the first hamburger sandwich first appeared ...
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For many Americans, Memorial Day evokes the smell of burgers on the grill and the image of summertime. But Memorial ...
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National Learn About Composting Day
Get out your gardening gloves, May 29 is National Learn About Composting Day! Compost can be made from kitchen scraps, ...
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Macaron or Macaroon? Well, May 31 is definitely National Macaroon Day and it is most assuredly an American holiday as ...
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