Month: May 2017

May Day – May 1

May Day is universally celebrated, but in different ways for different reasons. With roots going all the way back to pre-Roman pagan rites, May Day on May 1 has had many incarnations in the northern hemisphere. From the first day of summer (in an earlier calendar) to a celebration of spring, and from a Christian religious holiday to a day honoring workers, different countries, religions and political ideals have usurped the original celebration of fertility and rebirth May Day traditionally represented, until today when May Day means many things to different people. Perhaps the hippies of the 1960s had the right idea by wresting May Day from the Soviet show of military might and the Catholic Church’s reverence to the Blessed Virgin Mary (and, later, when it was a day honoring St Joseph, who was the Patron Saint of Workers, created just to counter the Soviet use) to recreate a whole “flowers in your hair” maypole dancing celebration of the rejuvenating power of nature’s rebirth each spring. Whatever your political leanings or religious beliefs, May Day is a good time to set aside differences and celebrate all that we have in common.

National Brothers and Sisters Day – May 2

Happy National Brothers and Sisters Day! Today is dedicated to the people that made your childhood memorable—and your siblings. (Just kidding.) They’ve been there for you during your good times. And they haven’t left your side through the bad (even if they created it by getting you in trouble). Of course, there were probably times where you couldn’t stand the sight of each other. What siblings don’t get into fights over the last piece of gum or a piece of stolen clothing? But National Brothers and Sisters Day is the day to reflect on the best times. Give them a call or email that shows them how important they are to you!

National Teacher’s Day – May 2

Anybody who’s anybody probably has a great teacher (or three) to thank for inspiring them. Teachers are an integral part of any society, but it’s only in the greatest of societies that they’re given the respect and admiration that they deserve. So let’s show our teachers how much they mean to us! National Teacher Day, celebrated during National Teacher Appreciation Week, is observed annually on May 2. How are you going to show your teachers they’re appreciated?

National Paranormal Day – May 3

Do you believe in ghosts? Whether you’re a skeptic or psychic, National Paranormal Day might just be the holiday for you. It is creeping up on us, with not long to go before we can start celebrating with the ghosts on May 3. If you have ever experienced something beyond the norm or have had an inexplicable otherworldly happening, National Paranormal Day is the day to find others to discuss your eerie experiences with. National Paranormal Day is a celebration for those fascinated by the unknowable ‘other side’. If you don’t know your normal from your paranormal, don’t worry — you can still celebrate! Just head to your local library and bone up on the movies, documentaries and science fiction that deal with this subject. Fear not, we have everything you need to get through National Paranormal Day without a fright this May 3

Star Wars Day – May 4

Lock up your Ewoks and get your light sabers in the air, because May 4 is Star Wars Day! That’s right, the most pun-tastic day of the year is set aside to celebrate George Lucas’ most famous space opera series, and we’re here to tell you the very best ways to celebrate. The reference to May 4 was used as a pun long before Star Wars Day was established. In 1979, Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Her political party placed an ad in The London Evening News, which read “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.” The first organized celebration of Star Wars Day took place in Toronto, Canada, at the Toronto Underground Cinema in 2011. The event included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show, a costume contest, and a showing of fan-made tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes. In late 2012, Disney purchased Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise along with it, and has officially observed the holiday at Disneyland and Walt Disney World ever since. Every year, nerds and their friends invent new ways to celebrate the Star Wars films. In 2015, astronauts on the International Space Station commemorated the holiday by watching Star Wars among the stars themselves. With two-thirds of the new trilogy to be released in the coming years, it’s a sure bet that there is lots more Star Wars fun waiting in the future.

World Password Day – May 4

World Password Day—which falls on the first Thursday of May—was created to raise awareness about the critical need for good passwords. With ever-increasing cyber-security threats and identity theft opportunities, maintaining good and diverse passwords is critical. Take the day to think about and improve each and every one of your passwords.
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