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May Calendar Days List 2019

Our May calendar days list of worldwide international awareness days are fact checked to make sure they’re not just fake news or social media hype. We’ve included all the fixed May international awareness days we could find including all the UN International Days. If you’re aware of an international fixed March calendar day that isn’t on our list please add your comments at the bottom the page so we can include all May calendar days.

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DateMay Calendar DaysAcronymFirst ObservedWhere?Founder / OrganizationsFilter Tags / CategoriesMay Calendar Days Key FactsSocial Media Hashtags
1 MayMay DayBCEuropeOccasion day, National holiday in many countriesMay day is an ancient Spring festival of dancing, (Maypole dancing in the UK) music, food and drink. The festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers was celebrated in the Roman Republican era (509-27BC), Walpurgis Night in Germanic countries and the Gaelic Beltane festival.#MayDay2019 (change year)
1 MayInternational Workers’ Day / Labour Day
1904most countries worldwideITUC (International Trade Union Confederation), IWA (International Workers’ Association), WFTU (World Federation of Trade Unions), TUC (Trades Union Congress).Politics day, Rights day, National holiday in many countriesSocialists, communists, trade unions and workers organize rallies and demonstrations and media events to celebrate and campaign for workers rights and peace worldwide. Canada and the US celebrate Labor day on the first Monday in September. UN May awareness days.#LabourDay (or add year:) #LabourDay2019 #MayDay2019 (change year)
2 MayWorld Tuna Day2017worldwideUN, ISSF (International Seafood Sustainability Foundation), PNA (Parties to the Nauru Agreement).Conservation day, Awareness dayWorld Tuna Day highlights the importance of sustainably managed fish stocks as part of the UN 2030 agenda sustainable development goals (SDGs).#WorldTunaDay
3 MayWorld Press Freedom Day / World Press DayWPFD2003worldwideUN, UNESCO.Rights day, Rights awareness dayEvery week, a journalist is killed simply for doing their job and most cases go unpunished. On this day in 1991 the Windhoek Declaration of press freedom principles were adopted at a UNESCO seminar. WPFD raises awareness of the freedom of the press and reminds governments of their obligations under Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. See also A Day Without News. UN May calendar days.#WorldPressFreedomDay #WPFD (or add year:) #WPFD2019 #PressFreedom #FreedomOfSpeech
4 MayStar Wars Day2011worldwide onlineStar Wars fans, Lucasfilm, Walt Disney Company.Fan day, Geek day, Internet day, Awareness dayA day to celebrate everything Star Wars. Held today based on the “May the Force be with you” pun. Real world conventions, costume parties and online social media campaigns.#StarWarsDay
5 MayInternational Midwives’ Day / International Day of the MidwifeIDM199150+ countries worldwideICM (International Confederation of Midwives), WHO.Health day, Awareness dayA day to recognize the work of midwives and midwifery worldwide, focused on a different theme each year.#ThankAMidwife
5 MayRevenge of the Fifthworldwide onlineStar Wars fans, Lucasfilm, Walt Disney Company.Fan day, Geek day, Internet day, Awareness dayFollowing on from Star Wars Day turn to the dark side for just one day. Held today based on a wordplay of Star Wars Episode III “Revenge of the Sith”.#RevengeOfTheFifth #RevengeOfThe5th #SithDay
6 MayInternational No Diet DayINDD1992UK, USA and a few other countriesMary Evans Diet Breakers, ISAA (International Size Acceptance Association).Food day, Health Awareness dayA day to consider maintaining a healthy life style whatever your size. Raise awareness of the potential dangers of dieting and likelihood of success. Wear a light blue ribbon to honor victims of eating disorders and weight loss surgery.#InternationalNoDietDay #NoDietDay
7 MayNo verified international May calendar days today.On this day in 2000 Vladimir Putin became President of Russia. Are you aware of any May calendar days we can replace this with? Please comment below.
8 MayVictory in Europe Day / VE Day / V-E Day / V Day1945USA, EuropeWar and Peace, Remembrance dayVE day marked the formal acceptance of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender to the allies which ended World War II in Europe#VEDay #8May1945
8 MayWorld Red Cross and Red Crescent Day1948worldwideIFRC (International Federation of the Red Cross Societies), LORCS (League of the Red Cross Societies).War and Peace, Remembrance day, Awareness dayA day to recognize the work of volunteers worldwide and campaign for peace to prevent wars instead of mitigating the consequences of wars. Celebrated on the birthday of Swiss born
Henry Dunant, the first Nobel Peace Prize winner.
#WorldRedCrossAndRedCrescentDay #RedCrossDay #RedCrescentDay #Red8May
8 MayTime of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War2005worldwideUNWar and Peace, Remembrance dayMay 8 is the date the World War II Allies accepted the unconditional surrender of the Nazi Germany armed forces and marks the end of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. Day 1 of a 2 day event. UN May awareness days.#WorldWar2remembrance #RemembranceLostLivesWW2
9 MayTime of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War2005worldwideUNRemembrance dayCountries, UN organizations, NGOs and individuals are urged to pay tribute to the victims of World War II. Day 2 of a 2 day event. UN May calendar days.
9 MayEurope Day / EU Flag Day1985European EU states and accession countries; TurkeyEU, Council of Europe.History day, Politics day, Awareness dayA day to celebrate peace and unity in Europe.#EUday #EuropeDay #EUFlagDay
10 MayWorld Migratory Bird DayWMBD2006worldwideUN, North America, CMS (Convention on Migratory Species), AEWA (Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds).Bird day, Awareness dayA day to raise awareness and conservation of migratory birds and their habitats which are under threat from climate change. UN May calendar day.#TheirFutureOurFuture #WorldMigratoryBirdDay
10 MayWorld Lupus Day2004worldwideWLF (World Lupus Federation).Health day, Health awareness dayA day to raise awareness of Lupus and campaign for better education, research, treatment and support from health organizations.#WorldLupusDay
11 MayTwilight Zone DayUSAUSA, Sci-Fi fans.Geek day, Fan day, Social Media dayLike the popular TV show the Twilight Zone Day origin remains a mystery – as does the choice of day. We suspect it was just fake news made up by one of the calendar websites but there’s plenty of fan interest so it’s a thing.
12 MayInternational Nurses DayIND1965worldwideICN (International Council of Nurses).Workers day, Workers awareness dayOn this day in 1820 Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was born. Today is a day to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions nurses make to society worldwide and campaign#InternationalNursesDay #IND2019 (change year)
13 MayInternational Hummus Day2012worldwideFood day, Fun day, Social media dayTo celebrate eat hummus on breakfast, lunch or dinner or attend a hummus event. Share your Hummus pics and add a pin to the World Hummus Map.#HummusDay
14 MayNo verified international May calendar days today.On this day in 1984 Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder is born and American singer and actor Frank Sinatra dies. Are you aware of any May calendar days we can replace this with? Please comment below.
15 MayInternational Day of Families1996worldwideUNFamily day, Family awareness dayA day to celebrate the role families play in the lives of all family members and to promote good practices in the workplace to support working parents. Each year families day raises awareness on a different family issue. UN May calendar days.#DayOfFamilies
16 MayNo verified international May calendar days today.On this day in 1929 the first Academy Awards (Oscars) were awarded. Are you aware of any May calendar days we can replace this with? Please comment below.
17 MayInternational Day Against Homophobia and TransphobiaIDAHOT2004130+ countries worldwideIDAHO Committee, Arcus Foundation, Hivos.Rights day, Rights awareness dayA day to celebrate the rights achieved by LGBTI people so far and to campaign for further change and end violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people.#IDAHOT #IDAHOBIT
17 MayInternet Day / World Information Society Day / World Telecommunication DayWTISD2006worldwideUN, ITU (International Telecommunication Union).Technology, Awareness dayRaise awareness of how information technologies and the internet have changed society and exchange ideas to reduce the digital divide. UN May calendar days.#WTSID (or add year:) #WTSID2019 #WorldTelecommunicationsDay
18 MayWorld AIDS Vaccine DayHealth
18 MayFascination of Plants Day2013worldwideEPSO (European Plant Science Organisation).Environment day, Environmental awareness dayThousands of plant related events organized worldwide to raise awareness of the importance of plant science and role they play in agriculture, food production, horticulture, forestry, paper, timber, chemicals, energy and pharmaceuticals.#PlantDay
18 MayPlant Conservation Day2001USA, Europe + other countriesAZH (Association of Zoological Horticulture), BGCI (Botanic Gardens Conservation International).Environment day, Environmental awareness dayRaise awareness of the importance of plants and learn more about the key role we all play in their conservation.#PlantConservationDay
19 MayEndangered Species Day2005USA, worldwideEndangered Species Coalition, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).Animal day, Awareness dayRaise awareness of endangered species and some everyday actions you can take to help protect them.#EndangeredSpeciesDay
20 MayBlue Cone Monochromacy International Awareness DayUSA, worldwideBCM Families Foundation.Health day, Awareness dayA day to raise awareness of blue cone monochromacy (BCM) which is a rare inherited eye disease which usually manifests itself in early infancy. There’s currently no cure.
20 MayWorld Metrology Day2005worldwideBIPM (Bureau International des Poids et Mesures).Science day, Awareness dayA day to celebrate the impact of measurement on our daily lives. Held on the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention on 20 May 1875. Celebrated jointly by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures/Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (IBWM/BIPM), International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) and national metrology organizations.#WorldMetrologyDay
21 MayWorld Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development2002worldwideUN, UNESCO.Culture day, Cultural awareness dayA day to promote cultural diversity issues and learn how to live together in harmony though education for sustainable lifestyles and development. UN May calendar days.#WDCDDD (or add year:) #WDCDDD2019
22 MayInternational Day for Biological DiversityIDB2002worldwideUN, CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity).Environment day, Environmental awareness dayA day to raise awareness and deepen understanding of how sustainable tourism can lead to both economic growth and the conservation of biodiversity. UN May calendar days.#IDB (or add year:) #IDB2019 #BiodiversityDay #BiologicalDiversityDay
23 MayInternational Day to End Obstetric Fistula2013worldwideUN, UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund).Health day, Health awareness dayA day to raise awareness that Fistulas can be repaired. Obstetric Fistula afflicts vulnerable women during childbirth turning a joyous occasion into tragedy. Women are left incontinent and often shunned by their communities. UN May calendar days.#EndFistula
24 MayNo verified international May calendar days today.On this day in 1956 Lys Assia won the first Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland. Are you aware of any May calendar days we can replace this with? Please comment below.
25 MayInternational Missing Children’s DayIMCD1983 / 2001USA, 22+ countries worldwideICMEC (International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children), NCMEC (U.S. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children), GMCN (Global Missing Children’s Network, EU, Missing Children Europe.Family day, Family awareness dayA day to celebrate missing children who have been found and support campaigns to find children who are still missing worldwide.#MissingChildren #BringThemHome #IMCD2019 (change year)
25 MayWorld Thyroid DayWTD2008worldwideATA (American Thyroid Association), ETA (European Thyroid Association), TFI (Thyroid Federation International).Health day, Health awareness dayA day to raise awareness of thyroid health and to improve education and prevention programs. Thyroid diseases and disorders often remain undiagnosed leading to other health issues.#WorldThyroidDay
25 MayGeek Pride Day1998Spain, USA, Sweden, CanadaGeeks, Sci-Fi Fans, The Science Channel.Geek day, Awareness day, Fun day, Online dayA day for geeks to flaunt their geekiness both online and at real world events worldwide. There are references to Geek Pride Day events in 1998 New York by Tim McEachern, in 2001 by Dick Morley in New Hampshire. In 2006 300 Geeks formed a human Pac-Man and created a manifesto in Madrid, Spain and it’s now an annual celebration.#GeekPrideDay #GeekDay
25 MayTowel Day2001UK, USA, worldwideSci-Fi fans, HHGTTG fans.literary day, geek dayFans celebrate the English writer Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (HHGTTG) by openly carrying a towel with them, as described in the books. Why 25 May? No reason but if you want one add 25+5 in hexadecimal and you get 2A which is 42 in decimal 😉#TowelDay #DouglasAdams
25 MayThe Glorious Twenty-Fifth of MayUK, USA, worldwideSci-Fi fans, Discworld fans.geek day, literary dayIn the Discworld novel series 25th May is observed by survivors of the People’s Revolution, which ended Lord Winder’s reign. Terry Pratchett fans wear a sprig of lilac in his memory.#WearTheLilac #AllTheLittleAngels #HowDoTheyRiseUp
26 MayNo verified international May calendar days today.On this day in 1923 Le Mans 24 hours race is held for the first time, won by André Lagache and René Léonard of France. Are you aware of an April awareness day we can replace this with? Please comment below.
27 MayNo verified international May calendar days today.On this day in 1937 the Golden Gate suspension bridge is opened connecting the San Francisco peninsula with Marin County, USA. Are you aware of any May calendar days we can replace this with? Please comment below.
28 MayWorld Hunger Day2011worldwideThe Hunger Project.Food day, Hunger awareness dayOver 795 million people in the world do not have enough food today. You can help by supporting sustainable solutions that empower people to help end hunger and poverty worldwide.#WorldHungerDay
28 MayMenstrual Hygiene DayMHD / MH DayworldwideWASH United.Family, Women, Health awareness dayA day to raise awareness about the importance of good menstrual hygiene management for women and girls worldwide. Always wash hands thoroughly with soap before eating and after using the toilet.#MenstrualHygieneDay #MHDay (or add year:) #MHDay2019
29 MayInternational Day of UN Peacekeepers20142003worldwideUNWar and Peace, Global politics awareness dayA day to pay tribute to the men and women who are serving, and have served, in UN peacekeeping operations and to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace. UN May calendar days.#InvestingInPeace #PKDay #Volunteers4Peace
30 MayNo verified international May calendar days today.On this day in 1846 Peter Carl Fabergé, Russian goldsmith and jeweler was born. On this day in 1431 Joan of Arc was tied to a pillar and burnt to death in Rouen, France. Are you aware of any May calendar days we can replace this with? Please comment below.
31 MayWorld No Tobacco Day / A World No-Smoking DayWNTD1988worldwideUN, WHO, TFI (Tobacco Free Initiative), Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.Rights day, Health day, Health awareness dayThe health risks of smoking are widely understood but every smoker exposes others to second-hand risks. Give up smoking day. Give up for the day, the week, the year, then the rest of your life. UN May calendar days.#NoTobacco #WorldNoTobaccoDay #WNTB (or add year:) #WNTB2019

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