Events

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.

Sun Awareness Week

Sun Awareness Week

3rd May to 9th 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.

 

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.

World Asthma Day

World Asthma Day

5th May

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

Cinco De Mayo

Cinco De Mayo

5th May

Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862

International Midwives Day

International Midwives Day

5th May

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

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).

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.

Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid Week

9th May to 15th 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.

Mothers' Day (US)

Mothers' Day (US)

9th May

A special day to celebrate and appreciate mothers.

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.

Eid-Ul-Fitr

Eid-Ul-Fitr

12th May to 13th May

The end of Ramadan when Muslims celebrate the end of fasting and thank Allah for His help with their month-long act of self-control.

Ascension Day

Ascension Day

13th May

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

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.

FA Cup Final

FA Cup Final

15th May

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

Shavuot

Shavuot

16th May to 18th May

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.

Walk to School Week

Walk to School Week

17th May to 21st May

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

International Museum Day

International Museum Day

18th 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.

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.

Pentecost

Pentecost

23rd May

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

Birthday of Queen Victoria

24th May

Queen of the United Kingdom from 1837 to 1901. A national emblem of morality, she oversaw a period of great expansion in the British Empire and had the longest reign of any monarch until Queen Elizabeth II surpassed her in 2015 .

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).

Wesak

Wesak

26th 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.

UEFA Champions League Final

UEFA Champions League Final

29th May

The 2019 UEFA Champions League Final will be played at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain on 1 June 2019 between English sides Tottenham Hotspur, in their first European Cup final, and Liverpool. 

EU Green Week

EU Green Week

31st May to 4th June

Green Week is Europe's biggest annual conference on environment policy.