Major events during the month of May
May Day celebrated in various cultures May 1st
May Day, the first of May is celebrated around the world. It has a number of meanings. In many other countries it is a celebration of spring and the coming of summer. It is celebrated with many spring flowers, many of them blooming right in your own backyard. To communist and socialist countries, it is a celebration for the workers. As Europe became Christianised, the pagan holidays lost their religious character and May Day changed into a popular secular celebration. A significant celebration of May Day occurs in Germany where it is one of several days on which St. Walburga, credited with bringing Christianity to Germany, is celebrated. The secular versions of May Day, observed in Europe and America, may be best known for their traditions of dancing around the maypole and crowning the Queen of May. Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the giving of "May baskets," small baskets of sweets or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbors' doorsteps.
International Workers Day May 1st
International Workers' Day, also known as Labour Day in some places, is a celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement, anarchists, socialists, and communists and occurs every year on May Day, 1 May, an ancient European spring holiday. The date was chosen for International Workers' Day by the Second International to commemorate the Haymarket affair, which occurred in Chicago on 4 May 1886. This day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.
National Great Lakes Appreciation Day 1st Monday in May
Great Lakes advocates have been instrumental in making Great Lakes restoration a national priority supported by both Republicans and Democrats. We need that bi-partisan support to continue. Great Lakes Day participants will stand up for a resource that more than 30 million people depend on for their drinking water, jobs, health, and way of life. Over the past seven years, Great Lakes advocates have been instrumental in winning more than $2 billion in federal support to clean up toxic hot spots, restore critical habitat, and confront invasive species through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Funding from the initiative is already reaping huge benefits for the region by cleaning up the lakes, creating jobs, and jumpstarting the economy in the Great Lakes states —but there is more work to do. We won’t quit until we’ve put an end to drinking water restrictions, beach closings, and fish consumption advisories.
National Teachers Day U.S.A. First Tuesday in May
The national P.T.A. established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. Everybody who does something good, important, and valuable deserves a day in their honor. Teachers certainly are among the most deserving. This day honors those hard working, patient and understanding people whom we entrust our children to. Teachers mold our kids in a positive direction, affecting who they are and who they become. From Kindergarten through college, teachers are an important part of our children's lives.There are many countries who celebrate a " Teachers Day " on different days of the calendar year.
National Paranormal Day ...A strange Event ...May 3rd
TODAY is National Paranormal Day. Wednesday May 3rd, 2017, a day when people who believe in the paranormal get together and share their stories. Paranormal is a term used to describe occurrences that can’t be explained by ordinary scientific measures, they are outside the norm. Actually, the term paranormal activity is pretty vague. By definition paranormal activity designates experiences that lie outside “the range of normal experience or scientific explanation.” National Paranormal Day is a day in which paranormal enthusiasts are encouraged to share their unique experiences amongst each other. This unofficial " Holiday " has even triggered seminars, radio broadcasts, and readings all across the globe.
National Hug your Cat on a Spring Day USA May 3rd
Yes, today is one of those days when you need to pick up your very loyal cat, look them in the eye and say .... your the best kitty on Earth. Today is one of four seasonal " HUG YOUR CAT DAYS " During these rainy and cold Spring months you might see a little depression on your cats face ...It's been a long Winter sitting in that window watching snow flakes fall and now ...to many rainy days. You might think about giving your little furry friend an extra food treat, maybe some extra play-time ...and then Another Big Hug ! ...and don't forget tocheck those records with your Animal Doctor, make sure those shots are in order.
May the 4th Be With You Day ( Star Wars ) Galactic May 4th
May the 4th kicks off a season of celebration, particularly since the month of May has always been important to Star Wars fans. The six live-action movies of the Star Wars saga debuted in May (starting with the original Star Wars on May 25, 1977). The month of May includes George Lucas’ birthday (May 14, 1944), and has been the traditional start date of the popular Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World Resort. With the exciting launch of a new trilogy of movies beginning with Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming in the near future, this day to celebrate the saga and its amazing fans is certain to become even bigger each year.
The " Original " BIRD DAY May 4th
Bird Day is the oldest of the days set aside to recognize birds. According to the U.S. Library of Congress, Bird Day was first observed on May 4, 1894. It was started by Charles Almanzo Babcock, superintendent of schools in Oil City, Pennsylvania. By 1910, Bird Day was widely celebrated, often in conjunction with Arbor Day. Bird Day and Arbor Day events are focused upon conservation training and awareness.
Cinco De Mayo Puebla, Mexico May 5th
Cinco de Mayo is often mislabeled as Mexico's Independence Day (mostly by U.S. distributors of tequila and margarita mix). The date instead marks the day of May 5, 1862, when, marching from Veracruz to Mexico City, the well-outfitted French army encountered a much smaller Mexican militia and was soundly defeated. (The Mexican victory was short-lived; a year later, France invaded again and ruled the country for three years.) Predictably, the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in Mexico is here in Puebla. The biggest event of the day is a full-blown military parade that lasts for hours and winds through the city.
Enchlada Day International May 5th
The Enchilada dates back to the time of the Mayans and Aztecs. Mayans invented the tortilla. Aztecs would wrap the tortilla around fish or meat… the early predecessor to the enchilada. The word Enchilada means “chili filled” , an Enchilada is simply a tortilla that has been dipped in chili the stuffed with cheese, beans, and meat or spinach. They were very popular with these ancient civilizations and continued to remain popular straight through to modern day Mexico. Enchiladas were a simple and crunchy recipes. They were originally a vendor food you could easily get on the street. The enchilada has evolved to be a tortilla stuffed with chicken, cheese, beans, pork, beef, shrimp, or anything you like! Along with the variety of fillings, these modern “touristy” enchiladas are also saturated in red sauce and melted cheese. These enchiladas are generally soft and limp from the dressings opposed to the crunchy traditional enchiladas. They have become a staple of TexMex food. Being drenched in ‘red sauce’ what ever that actually is and stuffed with meat.
National Nurses Day U.S.A. May 6th
National Nurses Day is celebrated annually on May 6 to raise awareness of the important role nurses play in society. It marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, which ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale.On National Nurses Day celebrations and receptions are held across the United States to honor the work of nurses. Among the most popular activities are banquets, state and city proclamations, and seminars. Many nurses receive gifts or flowers from friends, family members, or patients.
Fes Festival of World Sacred Music Morocco May 6th - 14th
Fes, with its labyrinthine lanes, medieval medina, snake charmers and sexy, modern riads (small hotels), is worth a visit on its own, but this 20-year-old festival adds an atmosphere of ancient caravanserais where travelers crossed paths on their epic sojourns. In this case, the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music (Fès des Musiques Sacrées) is a crossroads for the creative seekers of the world. You’ll experience the serendipity of a rencontres , a musical blending of various nationalities, faiths and music genres, such that a Balinese gamelan orchestra could be connected with whirling dervishes and a gypsy band.
The World Famous Armadillo Fest U.S.A. May 6th
Heee Haaw ! ....Come on out ya'll and enjoy the 47th ( 2017 ) Annual World Famous Armadillo Festival in Hamburg, Arkansas! ...We have arts & craft booths, carnival, food vendors, pageant, talent show, armadillo races, live bands, games, 5K, fun run for kids, praise-fest, and a great big meat eating contest.... love that chicken ...or is that chicken ??? This festival will give you the true feeling of Southern hospitality and offers fun memories of a warm springday in sunny Arkansas.
Estrella Levant ( SOS 4.8 2016 ) Spain May 6TH & 7Th
Kicking off the Spanish festival season in the first weekend of May, the SOS 4.8 Festival is a true music and arts festival divided into three main components. Four stages full of electronic, pop, and rock cover the musical scene while the "Voices" showcases conferences and panels all centered on an annual subject. The third pillar brings in artists from around the world to work on a variety of themes. https://festifind.com/festival/estrella-levante-sos-48
National Naked Gardening Day U.S.A. 1st Saturday in May
WNGD was inspired by a combination of the success of World Naked Bike Ride, the first of which was held internationally in 2004 and the enjoyment and simplicity of gardening naked in the backyard as well as experience with naked hiking and kayaking. The first annual World Naked Gardening Day event took place on September 10, 2005. In 2007, the event date was moved to the ( first Saturday in May ) where it still takes place to this day. The event takes place the day before International Permaculture Day, which takes place on the first Sunday of May. Summer dates have been suggested due to colder temperate climate temperatures in May, to coincide with a joint World Naked Bike Ride event and for other reasons. But WNGD is about gardening, and gardeners know that spring is a key time to nurture plants. Also, WNGD may be enjoyed both indoors and outside.
interNational Permaculture Day May 7th
International Permaculture Day, on the first Sunday in May, is a day of celebration and action for permaculture around the world. It is a day when visitors can see these myriad initiatives, ask questions of their developers and decide for themselves whether the permaculture design system has relevance to the challenges we face and to creating communities that are resilient in the face of undesirable and unforeseeable impacts. International Permaculture Day is a chance to share thoughts, visions and lots of common sense ways that we can all make a positive difference to the world we live in. Its all about combining age old truths and skills with new and innovative thinking and technologies….people, plants and landscapes growing together, designing and nurturing a healthy community along the way.” http://permacultureday.org/
National Home-brew Day U.S.A. May 7th
In 1988, May 7 was announced before Congress as National Home-brew Day. The American Home-brewers Association (AHA) created AHA Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Home-brew Day around the world. AHA Big Brew is held each year on the first Saturday in May. Anyone, even home-brew shops, can host and register a Big Brew event, so invite your friends and family, gather around the brew kettle and join in the global celebration of the greatest hobby there is—home-brewing!
Time of Remembrance Day ( WW 11 ) International May 8th & 9th
By resolution 59/26 of 22 November 2004, the UN General Assembly declared 8–9 May as a time of remembrance and reconciliation and, while recognizing that Member States may have individual days of victory, liberation and commemoration, invited all Member States, organizations of the United Nations System, non-governmental organizations and individuals to observe annually either one or both of these days in an appropriate manner to pay tribute to all victims of the Second World War. ... http://www.un.org/en/events/remembranceday/
International No Socks Day EARTH EVENT May 8th
It's about that time to get out your sandals and flip flops. It's finally warm enough for " No Socks Day ". Go ahead..... free your little toes from those cotton/polyester/silk barriers of socks and stockings. Give those feet of yours a breath of fresh air. The creators of this day also profess that No Socks Day will reduce your laundry load, and therefore, is healthy for the environment. Socks have evolved over the centuries from the earliest models, which were made from animal skins gathered up and tied around the ankles. In the 8th century BC, the Ancient Greeks wore socks from matted animal hair for warmth. The Romans also wrapped their feet with leather or woven fabrics. GET NATURAL ...feel that sand, grass and pavement under your SOLE !
International Moscato Day 9th of May
International Moscato Day was created in 2012 by the Gallo Family Vineyards. The Gallo Family Vineyards is a family-owned business that has been in operation since 1933. For more information on International Moscato Day visit Moscato Day. The grape can be white to almost black and the flavor from sweet to dry. Among the most notable members of the Muscat family include Muscat blanc à Petits Grains which is the main grape variety used in the production of the Italian sparkling wine Asti made in the Piedmont region. It is also used in the production of many of the French fortified wines known as vin doux naturels. In Australia, this is also the main grape used in the production of Liqueur Muscat from the Victorian wine region of Rutherglen. Fortified and aged examples ( particularly those that have been barrel aged ) tend to be very dark in color due to oxidation with aroma notes of coffee, fruit cake, raisins and toffee.
National Shrimp Day U.S.A. April 10th
Celebrate this fantastic food day by making your favorite shrimp dish. Need some ideas? Try “shrimp cocktail, shrimp scampi, fried shrimp, broiled shrimp, spicy shrimp”! Share your favorite shrimp dish using ( www.NationalShrimpDay.com ) A healthy food, shrimp is low in calories and high in levels of omega-3, calcium, iodine, and protein. Shrimp is also known to be considered good for the circulatory system. In the United Kingdom, the word "prawn" is more common on menus than "shrimp"; the opposite is the case in North America. The term "prawn" is also loosely used to describe any large shrimp, especially those that come 15 (or fewer) to the pound (such as "king prawns", yet sometimes known as "jumbo shrimp"). Australia and some other Commonwealth nations follow this British usage to an even greater extent, using the word "prawn" almost exclusively.
TWILIGHT ZONE DAY ( GALACTIC Holy Day ) MAY 11th
This just might be the strangest day on planet Earth. Twilight Zone Day is mysterious, weird, surreal and perhaps a little scary. We can think of many other adjectives, but I think you get the picture. Every once in a while, you have a day like this. And, today is designed to be that day. The television show The Twilight Zone, was created, written and narrated by Rod Serling. It premiered on October 1, 1959. The episodes were wildly popular, stretched the imagination, and captivated viewers. The show aired from 1959-1964. " BE AWARE " ... that while you are on this WEB-SITE, you may be entering another dimension in the Twilight Zone.
St Lucia Jazz Festival, Pigeon Island May 11th - 14th 2017
The first St. Lucia Jazz Festival was held in 1992. The tourist board came up with the idea, hoping to fill the down time between the island's peak season (December to April) and hurricane season (June to November). In 2013 the organizers re-branded the event and added fashion, dance, culinary and visual arts to the mix. St. Lucia may be a wee, out-of-the-way island, but its annual jazz fest is often cited as one of the world's best. R. Kelly, Diana Ross and Amy Winehouse have headlined in recent years, but it's the action-packed line-up of Caribbean musicians that gives the event its distinctive vibe. A hot-fingered Cuban pianist one night gives way to a brass-blowing Dominican zouk band the next eve, followed by a bass-thumping Jamaican reggae group http://www.stlucia.org/jazz-festival/
National Toilet Paper Day U.SA. May 13th
Scott Paper was founded in 1879 in Philadelphia by brothers E. Irvin and Clarence Scott, and is often credited as being the first to market toilet paper sold on a roll. They began marketing paper towels in 1907, and paper tissues in the 1930s.In 1927, Scott purchased a Nova Scotian pulp mill, and thus began a long series of acquisitions. It joined with The Mead Corporation in 1936 to form Brunswick Pulp & Paper Company, which used their pulp mill in Georgia to supply both Mead and Scott. The company then bought mills in New York and Wisconsin, and during the 1950s Scott merged with Southview Pulp Company and Hollingsworth & Whitney Company, which provided timberlands and mills in Washington, Alabama, and Maine.
Leprechaun Day ( International ) May 13th
The origins of Leprechaun Day are just as mysterious as the hiding places of the pots of gold belonging to the little folk. But Leprechauns themselves have been part of Irish folklore for thousands of years, and even though these tiny fairies have reputations for playing tricks and being mischievous, they are well-loved and deserving of a day to call their own. It is said that if you catch a leprechaun, he will have to give you his pot of gold, but leprechauns are resourceful when it comes to defending their gold, and they are not easily caught. If you are unable to catch one of the wee folk on Leprechaun Day, you can still honor the day by nourishing your own pot of gold. Adding to a savings account is a guaranteed method of increasing your wealth, and perhaps your pot of gold will lure a sly leprechaun.
National Frog Jumping Day U.S.A. May 13th
Frog Jumping Day is a great day to jump like a frog. Or, is today intended to jump “over” a frog? Either way, today is a fun day. But, is this truely the reason for this day? The roots of Frog Jumping Day go back to Mark Twain’s first short story. It was first published in 1865 as “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog”. Later, he published it as “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”. It is also known under a third title “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”.
Kamuzu Day Malawi ( Africa ) May 14th
Today, May 14, is Kamuzu Day - the official birthday of Malawi's first president, the late Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda. Kamuzu's kinfolk, the Chendawaka Family has organised a memorial service and a gospel music festival at Kamuzu's home in Kasungu District. This public holiday-albeit enjoyed by the whole nation for 30 years, was first banned when the country attained multiparty democracy in 1993 but was reverted by former President, late Bingu wa Mutharika in 2009. But it does not enjoy the same pomp it used to have when Kamuzu was alive such as the military guard of honour and parade at Kamuzu Stadium and the traditional dances later at Sanjika Palace.
KOA Care Camps Weekend U.S.A. May 14th & 15th
The Big Weekend helps raise funds to send kids with cancer to medically-supervised camps all across North America. Kids fighting cancer deserve a chance to attend a summer camp and to just be a kid again. Funds raised from May 14 support the KOA Care Camps Trust which distributes more than $1 million dollars annually to support 112 Care Camps each year. Learn more at koacarecamps.org. In addition to the proceeds raised from your $10 night, there will be many other opportunities to help Care Camps. From collection stations to special events, this weekend will bring your family together while helping kids with cancer to take a week to just be a kid.
International Astronomy Day May 14th
Celebrate this marvelous feat on International Astronomy Day by participating in a little stargazing. Check out your local planetarium or library for activities, or simply find a quiet, dark spot to look out onto the sparkling canvas that lies above our heads. Use books or websites to identify the players in the Universe’s spectacular, historical light show. Telescopes allow us to see much more than is visible to the naked eye. On International Astronomy Day, many organizations offer the public the use of telescopes to experience sights of the Universe that they’ve never seen before.
Mother's Day U.S.A. 2nd Sunday in May
The celebration of Mother's Day began in the United States in the early 20th century; ...it is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration ( originally a commemoration of the mother church, not motherhood ). Despite this, in some countries, Mother's Day has become synonymous with these older traditions of Mother's Day. In the United States it is annually held on the second Sunday of May. It celebrates motherhood and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures. Many people give gifts, cards, flowers, candy, a meal in a restaurant or other treats to their mother and mother figures, including grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers. ..... SOME might even include those very-caring cat & dog mothers !
Dinosaur Day U.S.A. May 15th
Almost every dinosaur on this planet Earth became extinct about 65 million years ago, Dinosaurs were not around when people lived in caves or for that matter, when our walking primate ancestors were evolving into homo-sapiens! Today is a great day to head to your local Library and check out a book on " DINOSAURS " Read some facts about these ancient creatures who ruled the Earth so long ago. You might also find a book or two on reptiles and birds ...they are the closest thing living in today's world that relate to DINOSAURS !
Love a Tree Day May 16th
May 16 of each year honors National Love a Tree Day. On this day, trees are celebrated and recognized for the wonderful gift that they are to us. National Love a Tree Day is in the middle of Garden for Wildlife Month. Trees provide more than just beautiful landscapes and a shady canopy on a sunny day. They play a significant role in reducing erosion and moderating the climate as well as give us oxygen. Large quantities of carbon are stored in their tissues as trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. ...SO, get out there and give a tree a really big HUG !
Wear Purple for Peace Day May 16th
Wear Purple for Peace Day is celebrated on May 16, 2016. It's a day to promote peace between us and any space aliens who might be lurking about. Obviously the unknown creator of Wear Purple for Peace Day thought that purple would be the one color to signalize aliens that humans are a peaceful species. You should wear a purple ribbon or purple clothing to be part of Wear Purple for Peace Day. The color purple has always been considered a very special color as it is not often to be found in nature. It stands for creativity and supernatural powers. Wear Purple for Peace Day now adds one more expression: being peaceful. If you live in a peaceful country, count yourself lucky on this day.
NATIONAL PACK RAT DAY U.S.A. May 17th
National Pack Rat Day is observed annually on May 17. This day encourages us to take a look at ourselves and see if we have “Pack Rat” tendencies. A “Pack Rat” holds on to, collects or hoards (often unneeded) items. Sometimes this hoarding is caused from deep psychological problems and may lead to disruptions within a family and household. The term “Pack Rat” can be considered an apt nickname for a hoarder. There are many problems which can arise from compulsive hoarding which includes cluttered homes, basements, yards, vehicles and other spaces. Hoarding may become dangerous for themselves as well as others. A spin-off of the House-Pack Rat is the " animal hoarder ".
National Caesar Day ...CANADA ... Thursday before Holiday weekend
MAY 18th, 2017 ....The birthplace of the Caesar is Calgary, Canada, where it was invented in 1969 by barman Walter Chell to mark the opening of a new Italian restaurant. The flavors do indeed reflect those of Spaghetti alle Vongole, or clam pasta. Bars and restaurants coast to coast have perfected the art of the Caesar, from customizable carts at brunch time to epic towers of outrageous garnishes. Or you can be a purist and just keep it to Clamato and vodka with a celery salt rim and a crunch stalk of celery garnish. Ain’t no shame. Of course, there’s no reason why you can’t celebrate the Caesar any day, but if you’ve been looking for the perfect excuse, mark May 18 on your calendar this year. DRINK: Ingredients 1.5 oz. Iceberg Vodka, 2 Dashes of Hot Sauce, 3 Dashes of Salt and Pepper, 4 Drops of Worcestershire sauce, 5 oz. Mott’s Clamato Cocktail. Moisten rim of glass with lime wedge and dip into celery salt. Add ice and all ingredients to a glass, stir and garnish with a celery stick.
The Doheny Blues Festival ...California USA May 20th -21st
Recognized as one of the best blues festivals in North America, the Doheny Blues Festival has welcomed a mix of music legends and rock headliners, including: B.B. King, John Fogerty, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Joe Bonamassa, Ben Harper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gregg Allman and many more. Held each May at the iconic Orange County landmark of Doheny State Beach, the festival boasts an eclectic food court, the intimate Backporch stage with microbrew tastings, and a stellar line up year after year. Attendees enjoy the Doheny Blues Festival layout, highlighted by three stages of alternating music, an international Food Court, an eclectic Vendor Village with more then unique booths, Micro-brew Tasting, and our Kidz EcoFest with educational exhibits for the younger music fans.
The Hangout Music Festival U.S.A. Alabama May 19th-21st
Founders Shaul Zislin and A.J Niland came up with the idea for the Hangout Music Festival while walking along the beach together in Gulf Shores. They wanted a festival to continue to bring people down to the area after being hard hit by the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010. That first year saw 12,000 attendees with a small line-up including The Root, Trey Anastasia, Michael Franti, Alison Kraus, and the Zac Brown Band. The promoters were keen on setting a vibe of an easy going southern beachy good time. To convey this, they chose to symbolize their festival with a shaka gesture , better known as a surfer’s symbol for saying it’s all cool.
International Museum Day ( World-Wide ) May 18th
This day is an occasion to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society. ICOM Advisory Committee organizes the theme of this event that, given the high number of countries involved, lasts a day, a weekend, a week or even a month. From America to Oceania including Africa, Europe and Asia, this international event has confirmed its popularity. These recent years, International Museum Day has been experiencing its highest involution with almost 30,000 museums that organized activities in more than 120 countries.
Boys and Girl Club Day U.S.A. May 19th
Boys and Girls Club Day celebrates the invaluable Boy's Clubs and Girl's Clubs around the country. There are clubs all over America providing safe recreational activities for our youth. They teach values and citizenship. They help to keep kids out of trouble and off of the street. Today is a day to recognize the importance of these groups for our children and to the community. With more and more parents at work, and broken families, these groups take on added importance.
Ballymaloe Litfest of Food & Wine | 20-22 May 2016
A stuffed larder of the most influential chefs and writers debating, discussing and demonstrating in County Cork. The Big Shed Fringe Festival has artisan stalls and entertainment into the wee hours.
For more information, visit www.litfest.ie The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine is a weekend filled with fascinating facts, inspirational stories, intriguing discussions, incredible knowledge, fantastic music, fabulous dancing and of course, delicious food and drinks. It is the only festival of its kind in Ireland and has created an important hub for food and drinks enthusiasts worldwide to meet and share ideas with each other.
California Strawberry Fest, Oxnard May 21 & 22nd
The California Strawberry Festival is among the top festivals in the nation with over 50 food booths, contests, rides and attractions, over 250 Arts & Crafts vendors, concerts, celebrity chef demonstrations, and family fun! The 2016 California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard is the perfect summer kickoff with proceeds benefiting the community in a BIG way. Join us on May 21 & 22, 2016 for an unforgettably sweet experience!
The Masked Ball Festival in Cornwall, England 20-22 May 2016
For one weekend of the year, the cliffs above the sleepy Cornish seaside town of Porthleven are turned into a hotbed of masked shenanigans. Celebrating a decade of revelry, The Masked Ball is essentially a giant themed party in a wonderful remote location, with festival-goers expected to dress up and look just as good as those on stage. Basement Jaxx and Mike Skinner will be among those heading down south for a dose of sea air this year.
For more information, visit http://summer.maskedball.net/
World Goth day ( International ) May 22nd
This is a great day! It's World Goth Day. As it should be, everyone who is into the Goth sub-culture, now has a day to celebrate who they are. Go out and embrace your inner and your outer Goth today. Today, you should celebrate who you are and your uniqueness. Find a Goth band, and enjoy the music.It's not just wearing black that makes you Goth. The Goth culture is expressed in fashion, music art, and to some degree, behaviors.
World Turtle Day ...Earth Event ...May 23rd
May 23 is World Turtle Day, celebrating the tortoise and the turtle. Started by the American Tortoise Rescue (ATR) in 2000, the annually celebrated day shines a spotlight on care, conservation and awareness of the oldest living reptiles in the world. Based in Malibu, California, ATR is the leading advocate for the care, rescue and protection of these ancient reptiles. Placing over 1,000 tortoises and 2,000 turtles into caring homes over the past 25 years, ATR also rescues abandoned pets and offers helpful advice for looking after sick turtles. Dedicated to the day, ATR promotes the education of turtles and tortoises, encouraging discussion and research into further safeguarding practices.
Victoria Day ( CANADA ) Monday before May 25th
Victoria Day is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the Monday preceding May 25 in every province and territory. It honors Queen Victoria's birthday. In Quebec this holiday is called "National Patriots Day" (Journée nationale des patriotes).Victoria Day is also commonly referred to as the "May two-four weekend" or the "May long weekend" and it marks the unofficial start of the cottage season where cases of beer* are consumed by hard working Canadians. That's what we heard anyway. Or maybe it's called May two-four because May 24, 1819 is Queen Victoria's birthday
National Brother Day U.S.A. May 24th
National Brother Day seeks to celebrate brothers, the male sibling and their contributions to each and every one of their families. It seeks to celebrate the bond between brothers and its significance. National Brother Day is an unofficial national holiday that is annually celebrated on the 24th of May. It is not to be confused with National Sibling Day, which is celebrated in April.
National Wine Day U.S.A. May 25th
National Wine Day is today, May 25. (National Drink Wine Day was Feb. 18.) Considering its health benefits, food-friendliness and overall deliciousness, maybe wine day should be every day — in moderation, of course. Moderation is considered one drink for women and two drinks for men in a day. For wine, 5 ounces is considered one drink, while for beer it is 12 ounces and for liquor about 1.5 ounces is a serving. Health Benefits of Wine and Other Alcoholic Beverages Originally, research showed that wine — specifically red wine — positively impacts heart health. Now it is known that all alcohol offers health benefits too, such as: Reduces the risk of heart disease with various antioxidants such as polyphenols and resveratrol.
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience U.S.A. May 26th - 29th
For 23 years now, this Louisiana festival has been pairing up the distinctive Creole-influenced foods of the region—from crawfish to andouille sausage—with complementary wines. They also donate part of their profits to food banks and culinary schools, meaning all the revelry is for a good cause. Many of the South's best chefs and the city's most exciting restaurants will be in attendance.
National Blueberry Cheesecake Day U.S.A. May 26th
A food holiday for cheesecake lovers, National Blueberry Cheesecake Day is observed on May 26th.Cheesecake is a sweet dessert that is a mixture of fresh soft cheese, cream cheese or cottage cheese, eggs and sugar on a crust made from crushed graham crackers, crushed cookies, pastry or sponge cake. Cheesecakes can be prepared baked or unbaked and are often served topped with fruit, chocolate or whipped cream. There are many varieties of cheesecake. However, this day honors the blueberry cheesecake.
Nothing to Fear Day U.S.A. May 27th
Nothing To Fear Day is an opportunity to examine ourselves and see where fears are causing us to be or do things that are preventing us from being all that we can be. It's also an opportunity to see how people and even governments sometimes manipulate the way we think and perceive things by intentionally or unintentionally promoting unfounded fears. It's a chance to stand up and declare, as President Franklin D. Roosevelt did on May 27, 1941 that, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," and take back control of our lives.
World Whisky Day ( 3rd saturday in May )
World Whisky Day is all about making whisky fun and enjoyable. It's not about being exclusive or prescriptive. You can drink it however you enjoy it (ice, water, mixer - whatever works for you). We want to be all inclusive and that means any kind of whisky/whiskey from anywhere in the world.
National Hamburger Day U.S.A. May 28th
National Hamburger Day is observed each year on May 28. This day celebrates a summer-time grilling favorite and National Hamburger Day is part of National Hamburger Month. Hamburger. Seasoned ground beef, grilled and placed between two slices of bread or a bun. Top with sauteed onions, peppers, pickles, sliced onions, or cheese. Add condiments such as ketchup, mustard or mayo. Any one of these combinations would create a modern American version a hamburger.
End of Middle Ages Day International May 29th
This day could be celebrated very nicely in some very old town or village anywhere in Europe. You might do some historical research on Mid-evil Pubs that date back to the end of the Middle Ages ! Barkeep, we’ll have a pint of your finest grog! Today in 1453, the official Middle Ages ended—allegedly. The conclusion of one era ushered in the Renaissance, and other subsequent influential periods in European history. You gave us Arthurian lore, you gave us a plague of Bubonic proportions, and you gave us Game of Thrones. For that— mostly the last part—we thank you.
Memorial Day Weekend U.S.A. Last weekend in May
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was initiated to honor the soldiers for the Union and Confederate armies who died during the American Civil War. Celebrations honoring Civil War heroes started the year after the war ended. The establishment of a public holiday was meant to unify the celebration as a national day of remembrance instead of a holiday celebrated separately by the Union and Confederate states. By the late 19th century, the holiday became known as Memorial Day and was expanded to include the deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces. In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday. The original national celebration of Decoration Day took place on 30 May 1868. When Memorial Day became a federal holiday, it was given the floating date of the last Monday in May. Since many companies close for the holiday, Memorial Day weekend is three days long for most people.