List of Important Days in May

A significant part of getting ready for any competitive exam is learning about Important Days and Events. To aid in the preparation for various exams such as SSC, Bank PO, PSC, and others, we have listed the key national and international days, events, and festivals below. Additionally, this will help you to understand what happens in May 2024.

DateName of Important DaysDaysOccasion
01-MayInternational Labour Day or May DayWednesdayCelebration
01-MayMaharashtra DayWednesdayHoliday
01-MayGujarat DayWednesdayHoliday
01-MayWorld Laughter DayWednesdayCelebration
03-MayPress Freedom DayFridayCelebration
03-MayWorld Asthma DayFridayCelebration
04-MayCoal Miners DaySaturdayCelebration
04-MayInternational Firefighter’s DaySaturdayCelebration
07-MayRabindranath Tagore JayantiTuesdayCelebration
07-MayInternational Female Ride DayTuesdayCelebration
07-MayInternational Drone DayTuesdayCelebration
07-MayWorld Athletics DayTuesdayAwareness
08-MayWorld Red Cross DayWednesdayCelebration
08-MayWorld Thalassaemia DayWednesdayAwareness
08-MayMother’s DayWednesdayCelebration
09-MayEurope DayThursdayCelebration
11-MayNational Technology DaySaturdayCelebration
12-MayInternational Nurses DaySundayCelebration
15-MayInternational Day of FamiliesWednesdayCelebration
16-MayInternational Day of LightThursdayCelebration
17-MayWorld Telecommunication DayFridayCelebration
17-MayWorld Hypertension DayFridayAwareness
18-MayWorld AIDS Vaccine DaySaturdayAwareness
18-MayInternational Museum DaySaturdayCelebration
20-MayNational Endangered Species DayMondayCelebration
21-MayNational Anti-Terrorism DayTuesdayAwareness
21-MayArmed Forces DayTuesdayCelebration
22-MayInternational Day for Biological DiversityWednesdayCelebration
23-MayBuddha PurnimaThursdayFestivity
24-MayCommonwealth DayFridayCelebration
25-MayInternational Plastic Free DaySaturdayAwareness
29-MayInternational Day of UN PeacekeepersWednesdayTribute
31-MayNational Memorial DayFridayNational Holiday
31-MayAnti-Tobacco DayFridayAwareness

International Labour Day/May Day (1 May)

International Labour Day, also called “May Day,” is celebrated every year on May 1 to fight for the rights of workers and to stop their abuse. International Labour Day is a time to remember the people who fought and died for the rights of workers and the labours.

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti (7 May)

Rabindranath Tagore, who was born into a wealthy Bengali family, is most recognised for his contributions to Bengali politics and literature. In 1913, he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature for his contributions to international literature. “Jana Gana Mana” is the national anthem of India, written by Tagore. He also composed Bangladesh’s national anthem. The Bengali calendar celebrates Guru Rabindranath Jayanti on the ninth day of Boishakh, whereas the Gregorian calendar celebrates it on May 7th.

Mother’s Day (12 May)

Mother’s Day is an international holiday that is celebrated in many countries. As in the majority of nations, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May in India. This is because the holiday was first officially observed on this day in America in the early 20th century. Mother’s Day is a celebration of maternity, maternal bonds, and the effect of women in society.

National Technology Day (11 May)

Under Operation Shakti, the nation successfully carried out three nuclear tests on May 11, 1998, at the Pokhran Test Range run by the Indian Army. On 13th may, under the guidance of the late President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, two further nuclear tests were carried out, officially admitting India into the exclusive group of nuclear power countries. May 11 was first declared as National Technology Day in 1999 by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in honour of Indian scientists, engineers, and technicians.

International Nurses Day (12 May)

Every year on May 12, we celebrate International Nurses Day, honouring Florence Nightingale, the pioneering figure in contemporary nursing, who was born in 1820. The International Council of Nurses founded the event to highlight the critical role that nurses play in the delivery of healthcare.

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Buddha Purnima (23 May)

Buddha’s Birthday, sometimes referred to as “Buddha Day,” is a Buddhist festival which is mostly celebrated in most of South, Southeast, and East Asia. It honours the birth of Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who later evolved into the Gautama Buddha and established Buddhism. Archaeologists and Buddhist tradition both agree that Gautama Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal. Buddha’s father was King Śuddhodana, and his mother was Queen Maya Devi.

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