Date wise calendar of festivals in the month of May

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Here are some festivals of May in the form of date wise calendar. You might wanna see some of these for sure!

The month of May is abundant of various colorful and exciting seasonal, religious and cultural festivals. Here a date wise calendar of festivals of May have been given which are of particular significance around the world:

  1. On 1st May, May Day festival is celebrated rejoicing the advent of spring around the world.
  2. The 2nd May is auspicious to have two religious festivals; Rogation Sunday, a Christian festival and Lag B’Omer, a Jewish festival.
  3. On 3rd May, a colorful event, Australian Celtic Festival, is organized among music and dance displays.
  4. The 5th of May celebrates Buddha Birthday while Vesak Day is rejoiced on the 6th May. Both of them are celebrated to pay homage to Buddha.
  5. The 9th and 13th of May have Europe Day and Ascension Day respectively.
  6. On 14th May, Multicultural Festival is rejoiced in Melbourne.
  7. On 17th of May onwards, Noosa Food and Wine Festival and Paniyiri Greek Festival are celebrated. Both are famous festivals showcasing the culture of their country and origin.
  8. On 19th and 20th May, a Jewish festival, Shavuot and Birthday of John are celebrated respectively. Shavuot is rejoiced in memory of the descent of Ten Commandments.
  9. The 23rd of May have Pentecost, a Christian festival in the memory of Jesus’ resurrection.
  10. On 26th May, National Sorry Day is rejoiced in Australia.
  11. The 29th of May has a Christian Festival Trinity Sunday.

Other than that, there are lot more May festivals which are celebrated across the world. 

The International Labor Day

The International Labor DayThe International Labor Day also called May Day is celebrated to honor the struggle of the working class who protested against the unfair treatment meted out towards them.

In the late nineteenth century, the Labor Unions in the USA passed a resolution demanding the working hours to be restricted to 8 hours. The laborers were forced to work ten, twelve or even fourteen hours a day and the demand for shorter working hours gained momentum. The workers went on a strike and held rallies. To counter act this movement, the government used violence and the police opened fire on the strikers killing four and wounding several. A rally was held the next day by the strikers to condemn the incidence however someone from the rally threw a bomb at the police contingent which resulted in the death of one policeman and caused injuries to many. The police responded by opening fire causing more casualties.

The International Labor DayThe sacrifices and struggles of the workers later bore fruit and the workers all over the world not only got their desired 8 hours working day but 1st May was also declared a public holiday to signify its importance. Ironically, Labor Day is not celebrated in the USA on 1st May.

May Day is celebrated by holding rallies and speeches and paying homage to those who strives for better working conditions.