Around the world, many festivals, birth anniversaries, and national and international events are commemorated. Let us have a look at the significance of events that will be commemorated in. Let us take a look at the important days in May. The list is not limited to but includes:
May 1: International Labour Day
International Labour Day, also called May Day or Labour Day, is celebrated on May 1st. It is a commemoration of workers and labourers to uphold their fundamental rights. It has its roots in the American labour union movement of the 19th century. In India, it is called Antarrashtriya Shramik Diwas or Kamgar Din.
May 1 (first Sunday of May): World Laughter Day
Every year on the first Sunday in May, World Laughter Day is observed. The inaugural celebration took place in Mumbai, India, in 1998. Dr. Madan Kataria, the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement's originator, organised the event.
May 3: World Press Freedom Day
Every year on May 3rd, Press Freedom Day, or World Press Freedom Day, is commemorated globally to champion press freedom and honour journalists who have lost their lives while discharging their duty.
May 3 (First Tuesday of May): World Asthma Day
Every year on the first Tuesday in May, World Asthma Day is marked to raise awareness and care for asthma worldwide. The Global Initiative for Asthma hosts an annual conference. Asthma is a chronic bronchial inflammation that causes coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness, among other symptoms.
May 7: World Athletics Day
World Athletics Day is celebrated on May 7 this year to develop sports awareness among young people and encourage athletics as a primary sport. In addition to recognising existing talent, new talent and young athletes will be introduced to athletics.
May 8: World Red Cross Day
May 8th is the birthday of Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). It is celebrated as World Red Cross Day is every year.
May 8 (Second Sunday of May): Mother's Day
The second Sunday of May is celebrated as Mother's Day worldwide. Anna Jarvis of the United States of America put forth the idea of celebrating and honouring motherhood. She first celebrated Mother's Day on May 10, 1908, in her mother's memory and to commemorate all mothers.
May 9: Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti
Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore's birthday falls on the 25th day of the Bengali Boishakh month. This year it happens to be on May 9th. This great thinker and Nobel laureate was born on May 7, 1861, in Kolkata. He was also a famous artist, novelist, author and humanist.
May 11: National Technology Day
National Technology Day, celebrated on May 11th every year, aims to popularise the study of science and recognise its importance in our everyday living. India demonstrated her nuclear readiness on this day in 1998 at Pokhran, Rajasthan.
May 12: International Nurses Day
May 12th is International Nurses Day and commemorates Florence Nightingale's birth anniversary. This day also honours nurses' contributions to society and recognises their indispensable role in our healthcare systems. Every year on this day, the International Council of Nurses publishes an International Nurses Kit to educate and help health workers around the world with a different subject.
May 15: The International Day of Families
May 15th of each year is celebrated as the International Day of Families. The family is society's most fundamental unit. This day provides an opportunity to raise awareness about issues central to preserving the family. It dwells on topics including physical and mental health, education, children's rights, etc.
May 16: Buddha Jayanti or Buddha Purnima
Gautama Buddha was born in Lumbini, near Kapilavastu, on the full moon of the Hindu lunar month of Vaishakh. He is also known as the "Light of Asia" or "Jyoti Punj of Asia." Buddha Jayanti, also known as Buddha Purnima, falls on the 16th of May this year.
May 17: World Hypertension Day
Every year on May 17th, the World Hypertension League (WHL) commemorates this day to help raise awareness about hypertension. The WHL organises many programmes and initiatives to urge individuals to take steps to prevent and manage this silent killer.
May 18: International Museum Day
The International Council of Museums (ICoM) founded International Museum Day in 1977. It is celebrated on May 18th each year. It aims to promote awareness about museums and their role in modern society. Every year, the ICoM suggests a novel theme such as globalisation, cultural divides, environmental protection and so on to celebrate the day meaningfully.
May 21: National Anti-Terrorism Day
On this day in 1991, then Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by terrorists. Every year on May 21, National Anti-Terrorism Day highlights the violence and futility of terrorism. It discourages youth from picking up arms for the wrong causes.
May 21 (Third Saturday of May): Armed Forces Day
Armed Forces Day is observed on the third Saturday in May to honour those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
May 30 (last Monday of May): National Memorial Day
The last Monday in May is designated as National Memorial Day. It will be observed on May 30, this year. This day hails the sacrifice of those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
May 31: Anti-Tobacco Day
Every year on May 31st, Anti-Tobacco Day or World No Tobacco Day, is commemorated globally to raise public awareness and educate people about the detrimental effects of tobacco on health. It throws light on the ailments caused by tobacco use, ranging from dental decay and tooth discolouration to more serious conditions such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Hope this article helped you understand the important days in May.