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May: Festivals & Observances

As May dawns upon us, we dive on a journey through the wonders of this vibrant month. From honoring the toils of laborers worldwide to savoring the simple joys of a biscuit, join us as we explore the significance of May Day 五月节 in Chinese tradition, commemorates the struggles and triumphs of laborers globally. Let's delve into its rich history and contemporary significance. On Labor Day 劳动节 in Chinese culture, we celebrate the dedication and resilience of the workforce worldwide. Join us as we reflect on the invaluable contributions of workers across all sectors. Amidst the commemorations of labor and heritage, we indulge in the delectable delight of National Biscuit Day 饼干日. From buttery shortbread to crisp graham crackers, biscuits hold a special place in culinary cultures globally. Let's celebrate the artistry and diversity of biscuit-making together.


May Educational Assets May Festival Overview May Language List May Value of the Month

International Workers Day
1st May - International Workers' Day -
Also known as May Day, this Day celebrates the social and economic achievements of the international labour movement, and promotes social justice and internationally recognised human and labour rights. 


Local and Community History Month1st May - Local and Community History Month - The aim of Local and Community History Month is to increase awareness of local history, promote history in general to the local community and encourage all members of the community to participate. You can find further information and details of events on the Historical Association website. Read more.


National Walking Month

1st to 31st May - National Walking Month - May is National Walking Month, a perfect time to highlight the importance of incorporating walking into your daily routine. Walking offers a wide range of benefits for both your physical and mental health. Whether you choose to leisurely stroll through a park, explore a scenic trail, or simply take a walk around your neighbourhood, each step you take contributes to your overall well-being.


World Press Freedom Day

3rd May - World Press Freedom Day - World Press Freedom Day aims to: celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom evaluate press freedom around the world defend the media from attacks on their independence and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. It also serves as a reminder that in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered. Read more.
World Red Cross Red Crescent Day
8th May - World Red Cross Red Crescent Day - 8 May is the birthday of Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross, born in Geneva in 1828, and recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize. 
The British Red Cross has a web page with suggestions for activities, assemblies and posters to use in schools for World Red Cross Red Crescent Day. You can find out more about the history of the Red Cross in general on the International Committee of the Red Cross website. Read More.

Europe Day
9th May - Europe Day - Europe Day commemorates 9 May 1950, when the then French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman presented his proposal on the creation of an organised Europe, to help maintain peaceful relations between European countries. This proposal, known as the ‘Schuman declaration’, is considered to be the act that created what is now the European Union. Read More.

Mental health Awareness Week
13th to 19th May - Mental Health Awareness Week -
Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 13 to 19 May 2024.
For Mental Health Awareness Week 2024, we’re launching #NoMindLeftBehind. We’re calling on you to raise awareness and vital funds for a future where everyone can get quality mental health care when they need it.

World Fair Trade Day
11th May - World Fair Trade Day
World Fair Trade Day is celebrated on the second Saturday of May and is endorsed by the World Fair Trade Association, the global authority on fair trade, comprised of over 450 member organisations from 75 countries around the world. Read More.


World Migratory Bird Day

11th May - World Migratory Bird Day - World Migratory Bird Day is a global awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need to protect migratory birds and their habitats. 
On the closest week end to 10 May each year, people around the world come together in order to take action and organise public events such as bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions to celebrate the Day. All events are linked through a single global campaign and theme. The theme for 2017, “Their Future is Our Future”, aimed at raising awareness on the need for a sustainable management of our natural resources, demonstrating that bird conservation is also crucial for the future of humankind. 

International Conscientious Objector Day
 15th May - International Conscientious Objector Day - Conscientious Objectors are those who, for moral or religious reasons, refuse to participate in armed conflict or join the armed forces. International Conscientious Objector Day is marked around the world each year on 15 May. You can find further details on the Peace Pledge Union website – they have also created an assembly about Conscientious Objectors. Visit their website.

International Day of Families

15th May - International Day of Families -
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed that 15 May of every year shall be observed as the International Day of Families. The day reflects the importance that the international community attaches to families as basic units of society as well as its concern regarding their situation around the world. You can find more background on the UN’s International Day of Families web pages. 

World Day for Cultural Diversity
21st May - World Day for Cultural Diversity -
World Day for Cultural Diversity, for Dialogue and Development provides an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to “live together” better. Further information is available on the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity web pages.

International Day for Biological Diversity22nd May - International Day for Biological Diversity - The United Nations proclaimed 22 May the International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. Further information, including details of the theme for each year, can be found on on the UN International Day for Biological Diversity web pages 

Africa Day

25th May - Africa Day -
Africa Day commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (now known as the African Union) on this day, 25 May, in 1963. It aims to celebrate African unity. Each year the Day has a different theme. You can find out more on the Africa Day Website.


National Biscuit Day

29th May - National Biscuit Day - National Biscuit Day, which is celebrated on May 29 annually, is a British holiday that allows us to appreciate the biscuit and all its various types and flavors. Biscuits are flour-based products that are baked in a variety of shapes. Typically, they are made and sweetened with flavors such as sugar, chocolate, icing, jam, ginger, or cinnamon. Biscuits, like crackers, can also be savory. A biscuit can also refer to a hard flour-based product made specifically for animals, such as dog biscuits. A biscuit is a small baked product that is commonly referred to as a “cookie” or a “cracker” in the United States and most of English-speaking Canada outside of North America.