Holidays and Celebrations
Month-long Observances | May 2022
- Haitian Heritage Month
- Indian Heritage Month
- Jewish-American Heritage Month
- Mental Health Month
- National Asian American and South Pacific Islander Heritage Month
- Older Americans Month
- South Asian American Heritage Month
Eid al-Fitr (Muslim): Islamic festival that marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk each day. It is the first time Muslims can eat during the daylight hours after Ramadan.
Cinco de Mayo: A celebration of Mexican Heritage as it commemorates the date that the Mexican army defeated the French army. You’ll often see it celebrated with parties, parades, traditional Mexican foods, and mariachi music.
Buddha’s Birthday: A significant day of celebration for Buddhists around the world. Prince Siddhartha Gautama is the founder of one of the most popular religions in the world. The festival Vesak celebrates his birth and marks his Enlightenment for some Buddhists.
National Liberation Day (Czech): In the Czech Republic, May 8 is known as Den vítězství (Day of Victory) or Den osvobození (Liberation Day). It commemorates both the Prague Uprising and the liberation of Czechoslovakia by Allied Forces, and is one of the Czech Republic’s public holidays during which all large shops must close.
Mother’s Day (USA): Mother’s Day endures and evolves. Just as Mother’s Day was the creation of multiple women, the modern Mother’s Day celebrates the varied roles of mothers today. We commemorate the many ways mothers have fought to better the lives of their children, from social welfare to non-violence. We also honor the way mothers have raised and nurtured their children with love and courage.
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (LGBTQ+): May 17th celebrates the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classifications of Diseases of the World Health Organization in 1990. On this day, 132 countries coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBTQ+ rights. You can celebrate by reading up on the terminology so you can talk about the issues confidently in the workplace.
Malcolm X’s Birthday: Happy Birthday to Malcolm X! In the 1960s, Malcolm X was a prominent civil rights leader and figure in the Nation of Islam. He was assassinated in 1965. His birthday is celebrated on May 19th, and it’s known as “Malcolm X Day.”
Memorial Day: The day commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. In other words, the purpose of Memorial Day is to memorialize the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. We spend time remembering those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflecting on their service and why we have the luxury and freedom that we enjoy today.