International days are marked to educate the public on issues of concern, to address global problems and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. Each international day provides the community an opportunity to organize activities related to the theme and to create public awareness on the same. Organizations, governments, public and private sectors, schools, universities and citizens make international day a springboard for awareness raising actions. Among the 365 days in a year, we have one or two festivals on every other day. The international, and national organizations across the world use different days, and weeks to spread awareness about important affairs. Here we are discussing the important days of May 2023. Starting from the International Labour’s day on May 01 to Anti Tobacco Day in May 30, May 2023 is an eventful month.
List of Important Days and Dates in May 2023
Let’s find the important days in May 2022 of both national and international importance.
|SL No||Date||Name of Important Days|
|International Labour Day or May Day|
|World Laughter Day (first Sunday of May)|
|4||Press Freedom Day|
|Coal Miners Day|
|6||International Firefighter’s Day|
|7||4 May||World Asthma Day (First Tuesday of May)|
|8||7 May||World Athletics Day|
|9||7 May||Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti|
|10||8 May||World Red Cross Day|
|11||8 May||World Thalassaemia Day|
|12||9 May||Mother’s Day (Second Sunday of May)|
|13||11 May||National Technology Day|
|14||12 May||International Nurses Day|
|15||15 May||International Day of Families|
|16||17 May||World Telecommunication Day|
|17||17 May||World Hypertension Day|
|18||21 May||National Endangered Species Day (Third Friday in May)|
|19||18 May||World AIDS Vaccine Day|
|20||18 May||International Museum Day|
|21||21 May||National Anti-Terrorism Day|
|22||22 May||International Day for Biological Diversity|
|23||31 May||National Memorial Day (last Monday of May)|
|24||31 May||Anti-Tobacco Day|
Important Days of May 2023
May 01: International Labour Day
The Haymarket Affair or the Haymarket massacre is referred to as the event which leads to the origin of May 1 as Worker’s Day. On May 4, 1886, when labourers assembled at the Haymarket Square in Chicago to protest for the eight-hour workday, some unknown forces started attacks on them which leads dead toll to 11.
India started to participate in the Labor’s Day celebrations from 1923 onwards. Labour rights movement leader Singaravelar, of the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan, organized the very first Labor Day celebrations in India at Madras. At this meeting, a resolution was passed urging the then British Indian government to declare May 1 as the Labour Day and also a public holiday. It was the first occasion in India on which the red flag was used.
May 01: Maharashtra Day
Maharashtra Diwas is a state holiday in Maharashtra. On May 01, 1960, the state of Maharashtra was formed from erstwhile Bombay presidency.
May 03: Press Freedom Day
World Press Freedom Day is observed on May 03 to evaluate press freedom around the world and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives while reporting. UNESCO declared May 03 as the World Press Freedom Day.
May 04: Coal Miners Day
Coal Mining is considered one of the toughest jobs in the world. The Coal Miners Day is observed on May 04 to spread awareness about the health issues, and honour the xzcwho sacrificed their lives working in the mines.
May 04: International Firefighter’s Day
The International Firefighters Day has started after five firefighters lost their lives in a bushfire in Australia. This day is observed to recognise and honour the sacrifices that firefighter’s make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible. On this day the world thanks the current and past firefighters are thanked for their contributions.
May 07: Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti
The birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore is observed on May 07. It is a cultural festival predominantly among the Bengalis around the world. Mr Tagore was one of India’s finest artists, novelist, author, poet, humanist, philosopher of his period. He was honoured with Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.
May 08: World Red Cross Day
Mr Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross was born on 8 May 1828. The World Red Cross Day is celebrating on May 08 to commemorate his birth anniversary. Mr Dunant is the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
May 08: World Thalassaemia Day
According to the Medical reports, “Thalassaemia is the name for a group of inherited conditions that affect a substance in the blood called haemoglobin. Thalassaemia patients produce either no or too little haemoglobin, which is used by red blood cells to carry oxygen around the body. This can make them anaemic. ” World Thalassaemia Day is observed honour of all patients suffering from Thalassaemia and for their parents who have never lost hope for life, despite the burden of their disease.
May 11: National Technology day
May 11, marks the anniversary of Pokhran Nuclear Tests (Operation Shakti) of 1998 which was a breakthrough in India’s progress in the field of science and technology. The then Prime Minister of India Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee coined the National Technology Day on May 11 as a reminder of our technological advancements.
May 12: International Nurses day
International Council of Nurses (ICN) celebrates International Nurses Day around the world every May 12, on the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingales. The theme for International Nurses Day for the year 2022 is Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health.
May 17: World Telecommunication Day
May 17 is the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is observing on May 17 to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies to different societies.
May 18: World’s AIDS Vaccine Day
The World’s HIV AIDS Vaccine Awareness day is observing on May 18 to recognize the volunteers, community members, health care professionals, and scientists working together to develop a vaccine to prevent HIV.
May 31: Anti Tobacco Day
May 31, is observing as the Anti-Tobacco Day around the world to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption. World Health Organization, and other government, and non-government organizations around the world raise awareness on the harmful side effects of tobacco and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the tobacco usages.
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