The calendar below shows special events that are taking place in May 2015. Use these as the starting point for learning about different topics!
Click on any underlined links to find related resources that you can use in the classroom. National events are based in the UK, unless otherwise indicated.
|May Day (1st)
May Day is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival and usually a public holiday; it is also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures.
|Star Wars Day (4th)
May 4 is considered a holiday by Star Wars fans to celebrate Star Wars culture and honour the films.
|Children's Book Week (4th to 10th May)
This event is an annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.
|Deaf Awareness Week (4th to 10th)
Deaf Awareness Week is an annual event that encourages people to make a contribution to the lives of the 10 million people in the UK who are deaf or hard of hearing.
|International Midwives Day (5th)
May 5 is the internationally recognised day for recognising the work of midwives.
|World Asthma Day (5th)
World Asthma Day aims to improve awareness of asthma and asthma care throughout the world.
|World Red Cross Red Crescent Day (8th)
World Red Cross Day celebrates the work of those who volunteer with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
|Victory in Europe Day (8th)
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.
|Christian Aid Week (10th to 16th)
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.
|Florence Nightingale's Birthday (12th)
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 (12th)
A celebration to mark the contributions that nurses make to society.
|Ascension Day (14th)
Ascension Day celebrates Jesus's ascension to heaven after he was resurrected on Easter Day.
|International Day of Families (15th)
This event celebrates the importance of families and the work started during the International Year of Families.
|International Museum Day (18th)
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.
|Walk to School Week (18th-22nd)
Walk to School Week forms part of the Great British Walking Challenge! Use this event to encourage everyone to walk to school.
|International Day for Biodiversity (22nd)
The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues
|First Day of Shavuot (23rd to 25th)
Shavuot is one of the Jewish harvest festivals, also known as the festival or feast of 'Weeks'. It also marks the time that the Jews were given the Torah on Mount Sinai.
Pentecost is the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter.
|Birthday of Queen Victoria (24th)
Queen Victoria, the longest reigning British monarch, was born on the 24th of May1819
|Africa Day (25th)
Africa Day is the annual commemoration on May 25 of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU)
|FA Cup Final (30th)
One of the highlights of the footballing year, the FA Cup Final will take place at Wembley Stadium.
|Sun Awareness Week (Dates TBC)
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.
Dates have been checked carefully, but please double-check yourself if you are planning any events based on this information. Thank you to Sam C for her help with researching many of these events.
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