Events

Wesak

Wesak

20th May

Wesak is the most important of the Buddhist festivals and is celebrated on the full moon in May. It celebrates the Buddha's birthday.

May Day

May Day

1st May

May Day is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival and usually a public holiday; it is also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures.

Children's Book Week

Children's Book Week

2nd May to 8th May

This event is an annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

World Asthma Day

World Asthma Day

3rd May

World Asthma Day aims to improve awareness of asthma and asthma care throughout the world.

Star Wars Day

Star Wars Day

4th May

May 4 is considered a holiday by Star Wars fans to celebrate Star Wars culture and honour the films.

Ascension Day

Ascension Day

5th May

Ascension Day celebrates Jesus's ascension to heaven after he was resurrected on Easter Day.

International Midwives Day

International Midwives Day

5th May

May 5 is the internationally recognised day for recognising the work of midwives.

Victory in Europe Day (VE Day)

Victory in Europe Day (VE Day)

8th May

VE Day was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 to mark the date when the World War II Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, thus ending the war in Europe.

International Museum Day

International Museum Day

8th May

International Museum Day has been organised worldwide on or around May 18 since 1977. This day is an occasion to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society.

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

8th May

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day celebrates the work of those who volunteer with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Sun Awareness Week

Sun Awareness Week

9th May to 15th May

This annual event encourages people to check themselves for signs of skin cancer and also educates them about the dangers of sunburn and excessive tanning.

Florence Nightingale's Birthday

Florence Nightingale's Birthday

12th May

Florence Nightingale was born on May the 12th 1820. She was known as "The Lady with the Lamp" during her nursing career in the Crimean War.

International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day

12th May

A celebration to mark the contributions that nurses make to society.

Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid Week

15th May to 21st May

Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.

International Day of Families

International Day of Families

15th May

This event celebrates the importance of families and the work started during the International Year of Families.

Pentecost

Pentecost

15th May

Pentecost is the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter.

Walk to School Week

Walk to School Week

16th May to 22nd May

Walk to School Week forms part of the Great British Walking Challenge! Use this event to encourage everyone to walk to school.

FA Cup Final

FA Cup Final

21st May

One of the highlights of the footballing year, the FA Cup Final will take place at Wembley Stadium.

International Day for Biodiversity

International Day for Biodiversity

22nd May

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

Birthday of Queen Victoria

Birthday of Queen Victoria

24th May

Queen Victoria, the longest reigning British monarch, was born on the 24th of May 1819.

Africa Day

Africa Day

25th May

Africa Day is the annual commemoration on May 25 of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).