May Holidays

The merry month of May celebrates spring in full swing, and boasts a number of seasonal, foodie, and pop culture days. Here at National Today we love celebrating 51 May holidays!

May 1May DayActivities, HistoricalU.S.
May 2National Brothers and Sisters DayFamilyU.S.
May 3National Paranormal DayActivitiesU.S.
May 4Star Wars DayPop CultureWorld
May 4World Password DayActivitiesWorld
May 5Cinco de MayoEthnicU.S.
May 5National Hoagie DayFoodU.S.
May 6International No Diet DayActivitiesU.S.
May 6National Nurses DayCareerU.S.
May 6National Tourist Appreciation DayActivitiesU.S.
May 7National Tourism DayActivitiesU.S.
May 8National Have a Coke DayBrandU.S.
May 8National Teacher's DayCareerU.S.
May 9National Moscato DayDrinkingU.S.
May 10National Clean Your Room DayEnvironmentalU.S.
May 10National Receptionists DayCareerU.S.
May 10National Shrimp DayFoodU.S.
May 10World Migratory Bird DayEnvironmentalWorld
May 11National Eat What You Want DayFoodU.S.
May 12National Limerick DayActivitiesU.S.
May 13Fair Trade DayCauseWorld
May 13Mother's DayFamilyU.S.
May 13National Apple Pie DayFoodU.S.
May 13National Fruit Cocktail DayFoodU.S.
May 14National Buttermilk Biscuit DayFoodU.S.
May 15International Day of FamiliesFamilyWorld
May 15National Chocolate Chip DayFoodU.S.
May 16National Mimosa DayDrinkingU.S.
May 17National Walnut DayFoodU.S.
May 18National No Dirty Dishes DayCauseU.S.
May 18National Pizza Party DayFoodU.S.
May 19National Devil's Food Cake DayFoodU.S.
May 19National Endangered Species DayEnvironmentalU.S.
May 20National Be a Millionaire DayCareerU.S.
May 21National Waiters and Waitresses DayCareerU.S.
May 22Harvey Milk DayHistoricalU.S.
May 22International Day for Biological DiversityEnvironmentalWorld
May 22National Maritime DayCareerU.S.
May 23National Taffy DayFoodU.S.
May 24National Brother's DayFamilyU.S.
May 24National Scavenger Hunt DayActivitiesU.S.
May 25National Wine DayDrinkingU.S.
May 26National Paper Airplane DayActivitiesU.S.
May 27National Sunscreen DayCauseU.S.
May 28Memorial DayHistoricalU.S.
May 28National Brisket DayFoodU.S.
May 28National Hamburger DayFoodU.S.
May 29Learn About Composting DayEnvironmentalU.S.
May 30National Mint Julep DayDrinkingU.S.
May 31National Macaroon DayFoodU.S.
May 31World No Tobacco DayHealthWorld

What is the significance of May holidays?

Did you know that January is named after the Latin word for door? That's because January is seen as the "door" to the new year, and the start of new beginnings. Fittingly, it's named after Janus, the Roman god of beginnings—and the national holidays in January embody this spirit of excitement.

May was named for the Greek goddess Maia, who embodied fertility. The month's most famous holiday — the eponymous May Day — similarly celebrates the bounty of new life, and is chock full of pre-Christian vernal rites. Of course, there are plenty of modern celebrations in May as well, including National Have a Coke Day and Star Wars Day (on May the 4th, of course).

What are some memorable May holiday moments?

May commemorates a few key moments in history. On May 22nd Harvey Milk Day celebrates the birth of Harvey Milk — the first openly gay politician in California and a prominent leader of the American Civil Rights Movement.

Memorial Day, interestingly, was historically placed at the end of May because the dates did not fall near the anniversary of any major Civil War battle — which meant it could serve as a day of remembrance for all veterans.

Are we missing your favorite May holiday?

Are we missing your favorite May holiday? Drop us a line at our holiday submission page! But first, Make sure compile a bit of information about the holiday. Is it celebrated widely? Does it have a track record of media coverage? We'll do our best to get your holiday up.

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