31 Reasons to Celebrate in May

Special days and unconventional holidays to observe

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There are plenty of reasons to love May. It's the start of summer, flowers are blooming, and you can finally begin entertaining outdoors again. Whether it's World Press Freedom Day or National Buttermilk Biscuit Day, there's something official to celebrate every single day of the month.

Here are 31 reasons to celebrate during the month of May.

Fun Fact

May is named for the Greek goddess Maia.

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    May 1: May Day

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    May Day celebrations are thrown to honor the spring season in the Northern hemisphere. Some traditions include dancing around the maypole, indulging in treats, and showering loved ones with gifts. During the 19th century, May Day took on a new meaning. Born out of the movement for better working conditions, International Workers' Day was created to raise awareness of poor conditions.

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    May 2: National Truffle Day

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    Traditionally truffles are made with a chocolate ganache center and are coated in chocolate, icing, and cocoa powder. Nontraditionally (but still deliciously), they can be filled with marshmallow cream, liqueur, fruit, or caramel. To celebrate this day in style, invite your friends over to sample some chocolatey truffles. 

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    May 3: World Press Freedom Day

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    The press informs the public, and World Press Freedom Day was started to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and expression. No matter your political leanings or news outlet of choice, a free press is vital to all people and their knowledge of world happenings.

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    May 4: Bird Day

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    Birds are pretty amazing. Many birds fly thousands of miles to migrate, and they're descendants of dinosaurs. Some species can even develop a robust vocabulary of human words. If you're a bird owner, celebrate Bird Day by giving some tasty treats to your feathered friend. If you don't have a bird for a pet, you can still learn some fun facts about birds.

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    May 5: Cinco de Mayo

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    Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican victory over the French during the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Over time, it has evolved into a day of celebrating Mexican culture. If you want a more authentic way to celebrate, skip the margarita and sip on a Paloma (a cocktail with tequila, grapefruit, lime, and soda water). You can also enjoy some corn tamales with tomatillo salsa, and fry some yucca root for a crunchy, salty side dish. 

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    May 6: International No Diet Day

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    International No Diet Day is the perfect time to indulge in some of your favorite foods. Grab a gooey grilled cheese with fries, a pizza with your favorite toppings, or a sweet ice cream sundae.

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    May 7: National Cosmopolitan Day

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    Cosmopolitans are traditionally made with vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice, and cranberry juice. These shaken cocktails are the perfect combination of sweet and tart flavors. Order a cosmopolitan (or try making your own), and channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw from "Sex and the City."

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    May 8: Iris Day

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    After weeks of spring showers, it's finally time to celebrate May flowers. In particular, irises deserve a special day. They are stunning flowers that add drama to spring floral arrangements or a perennial flower garden.

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    May 9: Tear the Tags Off the Mattress Day

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    Most mattresses come with a "do not remove" tag. And while it's actually OK to remove your own mattress tag, it still can feel like a small rebellious act. Be bold and use this day as a reason to tear the tags off your mattress.

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    May 10: Mother's Day* (second Sunday)

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    From being supportive to teaching important life skills, there are countless reasons why mothers are the best. Treat your mom or a maternal figure in your life to a homemade brunch, floral arrangement, or gift to show her how much you appreciate everything she does. 

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    May 11: National Eat What You Want Day

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    Of course healthy foods are best for us. But sometimes you just have to splurge. And National Eat What You Want Day is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to something a little more decadent than you’d normally eat. Whether it’s pizza loaded with toppings or a dense chocolate cake, enjoy some of your favorite foods today.

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    May 12: National Limerick Day

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    Limericks are quirky, funny poems in which the first two lines rhyme with the fifth line, and the third and fourth lines rhyme with each other. Try your hand at writing some of your own five-line poems to celebrate National Limerick Day.

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    May 13: Hummus Day

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    Hummus is so simple. It's a delicious blend of chickpeas, garlic, tahini, and lemon juice. It tastes great on veggie sticks, chips and pretzels, sandwiches, burgers, and more. Plus, it's a good source of plant-based protein. Try making your own hummus to celebrate Hummus Day. You can jazz up your regular recipe by adding jalapeños, chopped olives, or roasted garlic for some extra flavor. 

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    May 14: National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

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    Whether it's covered in butter, stuffed with bacon and eggs, or filled with ice cream, there's no wrong way to eat a buttermilk biscuit. Learn how to make your own biscuits at home, and enjoy them while they're still fresh and warm.

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    May 15: Chocolate Chip Day

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    Whether eaten by the handful or baked into cookies and other desserts, chocolate chips make life a little sweeter. Celebrate Chocolate Chip Day by trying out a new recipe that uses chocolate chips.

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    May 16: Love a Tree Day

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    Even though Love a Tree Day is officially celebrated once a year, you should love trees every single day because they enable us to breathe. To show your appreciation, give your favorite tree a hug. Even better, plant a new tree to be enjoyed in your yard.

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    May 17: National Walnut Day

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    Walnuts contain healthy fats and are high in antioxidants. Plus, they can add texture and flavor to many recipes. Choose a walnut-centric recipe to make today in honor of this powerhouse nut.

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    May 18: National No Dirty Dishes Day

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    Not many people actually like doing the dishes. But it’s a chore that inevitably has to be done. For National No Dirty Dishes Day, make a point to wash dishes or load them into your dishwasher immediately, so you can avoid a dish pile gathering in your sink. It might just become a new habit.

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    May 19: National Devil's Food Cake Day

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    If you’re a chocolate cake lover, today’s your day. Devil’s food cake recipes are specifically crafted to bring out the chocolate flavor in the cake. In honor of the day, learn how to make your own devil’s food cake, or pick up a slice from your local bakery.

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    May 20: National Quiche Lorraine Day

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    Quiche Lorraine is made by combining eggs, bacon, Swiss cheese, and onions and then baking them in a golden crust. Enjoy this eggy delight for a savory brunch or even paired with a bright salad for dinner.

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    May 21: National Memo Day

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    On National Memo Day, flex your leadership skills and send out a helpful work memo. You can even celebrate the day just for fun by writing a newsletter for friends and family. Or you can simply put a few sticky notes around your house for your family with some fun facts.

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    May 22: National Vanilla Pudding Day

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    Whether you prefer it straight out of the bowl or in the center of a cake, vanilla pudding is a sweet, easy-to-make addition to many desserts. Look up a recipe that uses vanilla pudding to try out for National Vanilla Pudding Day.

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    May 23: World Turtle Day

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    With their shells that serve as protection and dinosaur-like appearance, turtles are very interesting creatures. Some species can even live for decades. Take some time on World Turtle Day to learn more about these reptiles and how you can help protect them in the wild.

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    May 24: Asparagus Day

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    Asparagus is one of the first veggies to appear at the springtime farmers markets. Try it roasted with garlic and your favorite seasonings, blended into a creamy soup, or scalloped with creamy cheddar sauce in honor of Asparagus Day.

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    May 25: National Wine Day

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    National Wine Day gives you a pretty good reason to indulge in a glass of wine. Pour a glass from your favorite bottle, or try a completely new varietal. You can also have fun serving themed flights (a sampling of various wines) from specific regions of the world.

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    May 26: National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

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    Blueberry cheesecake is a decadent treat that should definitely be enjoyed on this day. Pick up a New York-style variety from your favorite bakery, or experiment with creating your own blueberry cheesecakes at home.

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    May 27: Sunscreen Protection Day

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    When the weather gets warm, you'll likely be spending more time outside. And that means slathering on sunscreen. Considering how common skin cancer is, don't forget to protect your skin on this day and every time you're in the sun.

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    May 28: International Hamburger Day

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    There's nothing quite like a juicy burger piled high with all the fixings. Whether you prefer classic beef patties with American cheese, creative Italian-style burgers, or delicious meatless burgers, this is the day for kicking back and enjoying one for a meal.

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    May 29: Learn About Composting Day

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    Composting, or letting food and yard waste break down over time, can create super fertile soil to use in your garden or potted plants. Give those earthworms a place to thrive, and use this day as a reason to set up a composting station for your yard.

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    May 30: Water a Flower Day

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    Use Water a Flower Day as a reminder to keep your May flowers watered when they're in need of a drink. However, don't get overzealous and give them too much water. Make sure you know your plants' care needs.

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    May 31: National Macaroon Day

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    If you're confused by the differences between macaroons and macarons, you're not alone. Fortunately, there is an easy way to distinguish between the two tasty desserts. Macaroons are coconut-based and limited in variety. Macarons are meringue-based and can be made in a wide range of colors and flavors.

* Denotes that date changes each year