May is a special month for many people, and there are plenty of reasons to love and enjoy this month. Well, if you have your birthday or anniversary (or both) in May, of course, you can’t wait for this month, but there are several reasons to look forward to this month. From Mother’s Day to World Press Freedom Day to National Buttermilk Biscuit Day, there’s something to celebrate every single day of the month.
Special Reasons to Celebrate in the Month of May
With dainty flowers blooming all around and summer just around the corner, the month of May is a month when every day is worth celebrating! Let us find out more about these important days:
1. May Day – 01st May
Celebrated in many parts of the world, this special day is celebrated to welcome the spring season in the Northern Hemisphere. People share gifts and treat with their loved ones and some cultures also have a tradition of maypole dancing. This day is also celebrated as International Worker’s Day to create awareness about better working conditions for the workers.
2. National Truffle Day – 02nd May
The chocolate treats that are not only enjoyed by kids but adults too actually have a special day assigned to them. You can call friends and family over and enjoy tasty truffles with them. In the US, National Truffle Day is observed on May 2nd. Traditionally, truffles were made with chocolate ganache, cocoa powder, chocolate, and icing; however, nowadays there are numerous options and varieties available.
3. World Press Freedom Day – 03rd May
To create awareness among people about the importance and value of free press, May 3rd was decided as the day to observe World Press Freedom Day. This day celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom and to evaluate press freedom around the world. A free press is necessary to know what is happening in the world.
4. Bird Day – 04th May
In the United States, May 4th is celebrated to honour birds all of kinds in North America. This day is celebrated to increase knowledge and awareness of these beautiful creatures. If you have a feathered buddy at home then this would hold great charm for you and your pet!
5. Cinco de Mayo – 05th May
In the year 1862, on this day, Mexico declared their victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla and since that day, it is celebrated to commemorate Mexican victory. However, as time passed, this day became more about the celebration of Mexican culture. People enjoy various authentic culinary delights that include tomatillo salsa, corn tamales, fry yucca roots, etc.
6. International No Diet Day – 06th May
This day is super fun and exciting as on this day, you can say no to your diet schedule for a day, and enjoy your favourite foods. Have cheese pizza, a creamy cheesecake, a bowl of ice cream, or any other favourite foods of yours.
7. National Tourism Day – 07th May
One of the many national days observed in May is the National Tourism Day on May 7th. This day is observed all through the first week of May. This day was first celebrated in 1983 when president Ronald Reagan urged the people of the USA to observe a week to celebrate travel and tourism in the country.
8. Iris Day – 08th May
The stunning and striking colour and appearance of the Iris flower should be appreciated, and 8th May is dedicated to these flowers. This day celebrates the beginning of spring with this ideal spring flower. The dainty petals sway magnificently with the wind and that is why the Chinese call it ‘the purple butterfly’.
9. Tear the Tag Off the Mattress Day – 09th May
Now you may not have thought that tearing the tag off the mattress will be celebrated, but apparently, it is, on May 9th every year. Tear the Tag Off the Mattress Day is observed on May 9th. Ideally, one should not remove any tag of the mattress, especially when browsing the store to buy one, but when it comes to your own mattress, you can do that and what better than this day!
10. Mother’s Day (Falls on the Second Sunday of May) – 10th May
Mother’s Day, a day to celebrate mothers, who love, care, and support us, is celebrated with much festive fervour and excitement on the second Sunday of May every year in many countries of the world.
11. National Eat What You Want Day – 11th May
Having a healthy and well-balanced diet is undoubtedly the best bet for you and your family, but that should not refrain you from occasional indulgences. And this what this day commemorates, that is eat whatever you wish to have, whether it is a slice of your favourite pie, chocolate cake, cheesy burger, or anything that makes you happy!
12. Limerick Day – 12th May
Celebrated every year to honour the English artist, author, illustrator, and poet Edward Lear, who was known for his vague limericks, poetry, and prose. Try your hand in writing in some funny lines and share with your family and friends over dinner and spend some quality giggling time with your loved ones.
13. International Hummus Day – 13th May
Hummus is a delicious dip or spread made with chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, and olive oil as some of the main ingredients. This Egyptian and Levantine cuisine has become increasingly popular in many parts of the world and thus a dedicated day to celebrate this yummy culinary delight!
14. National Buttermilk Biscuit Day – 14th May
These carbohydrate-rich and flaky treats first emerged around the pre-civil war times as an inexpensive meal option. You can relish these small flaky treats with maple syrup, jam, or simply with a layer of butter on top. You can also stuff these yummy biscuits with bacon, eggs, chicken, or any filling of your choice.
15. Chocolate Chip Day – 15th May
Chocolate tastes heavenly and when added to other foods, it enhances the taste and flavour of that dish too and the same applies to chocolate chips too. Whether it’s a cookie, cake shakes, or any sweet delight that you wish to add these tiny taste enhancers too, it will instantly perk up its taste. Celebrate this day by baking your favourite batch of chocolate chip cookies or any such delight!
16. National Love A Tree Day – 16th May
Trees help various living beings thrive on this planet, and this day is celebrated to value the wonderful gifts we get from them. This day is celebrated to educate people to value the importance of trees in our lives. One can plant trees or even gift them as gifts to loved ones.
17. National Walnut Day – 17th May
Loaded with essential fatty acids, protein, carbohydrates, fibre, and antioxidants among various other nutrients, this day is celebrated to create awareness among people about consuming this nutritious nut. Share information on the importance of consuming walnuts with your loved ones and look for healthy ways of incorporating this nut into your day-to-day diet.
18. International Museum Day – 18th May
Various cultures and traditions have so much to offer us and what better way to learn more about them or the bygone eras than by visiting museums. This day is specially celebrated to lay emphasis on how museums help in exchanging and developing a mutual understanding of each other’s cultures and values.
19. National Devil’s Food Cake Day – 19th May
Celebrated every year on 19th May, National Devil’s Food Cake Day is dedicated to true chocolate cake lovers. This cake is not like the usual chocolate cake as it is comparatively moister and airier and has a dark chocolate colour. You can get hold of a devil’s food cake recipe and whip one for your loved ones.
20. National Quiche Lorraine Day – 20th May
Quiche Lorraine is a French dish that is from the Lorraine region of France, however, this dish was first prepared when this region was under German rule. This pie dish can be enjoyed as any meal of the day and is made with custard filling and bacon. You can make this yummy pie with any filling that you like and what better way to celebrate this day than to bake a pie.
21. National Memo Day – 21st May
Can you ever imagine if you forgot to do something important at the workplace or even at home, well, thanks to memo notes that act as saviours to remind us about important stuff. Write some funny or adorable messages for your friends or family members to celebrate this day with them.
22. Vanilla Pudding Day – 22nd May
A creamy cold vanilla pudding is something that everyone relishes to the core and this day special day is dedicated to this extremely simple but yummy delight that you can enjoy almost any time. This Vanilla Pudding Day, make this yummy pudding and have it plain or enjoy it with cake, fresh fruits, or any way you like it.
23. World Turtle Day – 23rd May
This day in May is celebrated to help people understand that these creatures need our help to thrive and survive. Learn about various ways about how these beautiful creatures can be protected in the wild.
24. Asparagus Day – 24th May
One of the best springtime vegetables, Asparagus, which has more than 200 species has a designated day to celebrate to its name. In ancient times that goes back to 3000 BC, ancient Romans and Greeks used this vegetable as an offering. Celebrate this special day by eating this yummy green vegetable by grilling, stir-frying, baking, or any way you like it.
25. National Wine Day – 25th May
For all the wine lovers, 25th May holds special significance as it’s officially National Wine Day. Enjoy your favourite glass of wine with some fine swiss cheese to celebrate this special day!
26. National Blueberry Cheesecake Day – 26th May
Cracker with cream cheese topped with blueberry sauce is a sweet delicacy that is relished by people from every corner of the world. However, it was only somewhere in the early 19th century when this delicacy was first made.
27. National Sunscreen Day – 27th May
Sunscreen helps in protecting the skin against the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays of the sun by providing a safety shield on the skin. National Sunscreen Day is celebrated to raise awareness in people about using sunscreen as an active measure for protection against the harmful effects of the sun on the skin.
28. Hamburger Day – 28th May
Nothing satiates your hunger as much as a juicy and succulent hamburger on your plate. Hamburger Day is celebrated on May 28th every year and gives people an opportunity to enjoy their favourite burgers without feeling guilty.
29. Learn About Composting Day – 29th May
Composting not only helps the environment by reducing the carbon footprint but it is a safe fertilizer for the plants too. Make a composting pit in your backyard to do your bit for the environment and help educate your kids on the same.
30. Water a Flower Day – 30th May
Flowers are not only fragrant and beautiful but they may also have medicinal properties. A perfect day to remind yourself how important are these beauties for us and our environment.
31. National Macaroon Day – 31st May
These tiny cookies are loaded with flavour and texture. With coconut as one of its main ingredients, these small pieces of heaven taste divine and to commemorate this day people bake, eat and even gift these delights to their loved ones.
If you love to celebrate small things in life, well, the month of May gives you enough and more reasons to do so. We hope the information covered in this article helps you understand the various days observed in May. Share this information with your children and celebrate this month with them!