May. Photo: Freepik
May. Photo: Freepik

Below is a list of important days in May:

1 st May: International Labour Day

International Labour Day or Labour Day or May Day. In India, Labour Day is denoted as Antarrashtriya Shramik Diwas or Kamgar Din. This day celebrates the contribution and sacrifice of workers to and for society. The event also helps boost the dignity of the labourers who have been treated disrespectfully or ungrateful. The first LabourDay celebration in India was organized in Chennai on 1 May 1923.

2nd May- World laughter day

The first Sunday of May is celebrated as World Laughter Day. It is also among the important days in May 2021.

3rd May: Press Freedom Day

Every year, on 3rd day of May the fundamental principles of press freedom are celebrated to evaluate press freedom and to defend the media from attacks on their independence around the world. On this day homage and tributes are paid to journalists who lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. In 1993, 3rd May was proclaimed World Press Freedom Day the UN General Assembly after a recommendation adopted at the26th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in the year 1991.

4th May - International firefighters day

This day has been celebrated since 1999 to celebrate firefighters' contributions and how they help society and wildlife.

4th May- World asthma day

World asthma day is celebrated on the first Tuesday of May. This year May 4 is among the important days in May 2021 when social activists and medical professionals will raise awareness about asthma.

7th May- World athletics day

This month's 7th day is celebrated as world athletics day to promote athletics among the young generation and encourage young talents.

8th May- World thalassemia day

The 8th may is celebrated as world thalassemia day to raise awareness about this disease and its prevention and cure. The day also celebrates the thalassemia patients who are fighting to live a happy life despite the challenges.

12th May: International Nurses day

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every on May 12 to mark the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, who is widely considered the founder of modern nursing. This day is all about celebrating nurse’s endless contributions to society. Nurses have huge amount of knowledge and possess many diverse skills on which they spend years perfecting and developing, all the time working in decidedly tough environments where extreme stress is just a part of the job

2nd Weekend of May: World Migratory Bird day

This day was initiated in 2006 and it is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. The United Nations is one of the many organizations that support this global awareness campaign about the migration of birds.

15th May: International Day of the Family

he International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. International Day of Families provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting them. It has inspired a series of awareness-raising events, including national family days. This day highlights the importance of family in society

17th May: World Telecommunication & Information Society Day

On 17th May World Telecommunication Day and Information Society Day are celebrated. World Telecommunication Day has been celebrated annually on 17 May since 1969, marking the founding of ITU and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865.

In November 2005, UN General Assembly declared 17 May as World Information Society Day in order to focus on the importance of ICT and the wide range of issues related to the Information Society raised by WSIS

MAY 18th: World AIDS Vaccine Day

World AIDS Vaccine Day, also known as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

21st May: Anti-terrorism day

Anti-Terrorism Day is observed across India on 21 May. This day commemorates the death anniversary of one of former Prime Ministers of India, Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi (20 August 1944 – 21 May 1991). This day is observed to spread awareness regarding the ongoing terrorist activities and the precautions that can be taken by ordinary people to prevent these acts of terrorism.

24th May: Commonwealth Day

Commonwealth Day (earlier known as Empire Day) is observed on 24th May and is observed in countries that were once under the reign of the British Empire. This day marks the anniversary of the formation of the Commonwealth as it is configured today. The 2020 Commonwealth Day theme focuses on ‘Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’ it offers opportunities for the people, Parliaments, governments, and institutions of the Commonwealth to connect and work together at many levels.

MAY 22nd: Internat. Day for Biological Diversity

The International Day for Biological Diversity is a United Nations-sanctioned international day for the promotion of biodiversity issues

31st May: World No Tobacco Day

Every year, on 31 May, World Health Organization (WHO) and its global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form. India is the 2nd largest consumer of tobacco in the world and approximately one-sixth of the world’s tobacco-related deaths occur in India. It is really important to raise awareness about the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use in India

World festivals in May

List of Important Festivals and Holidays in May Around The World
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5 May: Cinco de Mayo, Mexico

Cinco de Mayo doesn't necessarily bring to mind a 1800s conflict, but beyond the brightly-coloured parties, it's actually a reminder of the Mexican victory over French colonialists in the 1832 Battle of Puebla.

No wonder, then, that the state of Puebla in central Mexico, is known for being the ultimate place to visit on the 5 May. Historical re-enactments –with residents dressing as French and Mexican soldiers – and group meals are common. Events have not yet been planned for 2021.

Cinco de Mayo is also recognised in the United States and Canada. This usually involves a feast of Mexican cuisine and dancing to Mexican music.

13 May: Procession of the Holy Blood, Belgium

Forty days after Easter on Ascension Day, the street of Bruges are filled with – quite literally – a procession of the Holy Blood. Religious leaders and locals – up to 3,000 – walk through the streets holding a vial of blood, said to be Jesus Christ's blood. Some are dressed in robes; others costumed to represent scenes from the Bible.

In 2021, the procession will run along the Dijver Canal, from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

It may seem rather unusual, but the people of Bruges have been doing this since the 13th century. It's so important that the Procession of the Holy Blood has UNESCO World Heritage status, as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, according to wanderlust.

The month of May is named thus after Greek Goddess Maia. According to, the name of the month comes from Roman Goddess Maia Majesta. This month also has some days that hold significance internationally. Above is a list of important days in May that KnowInsiders wants to share with you. If you have any recommendations, please feel free to add them to the comment section below and don't forget to follow KnowInsiders for more interesting news. Thanks for tuning in!

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