Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.
Just 24 hours from now….a mere 86,400 seconds….May will herald her arrival for the year 2012. And with the month od May comes the promise of warm summer breezes and children running around through lush green grass barefooted. Can dips in the ocean or swimming pool be far behind? Does the music of the ice cream truck which drives every parent on the face of the earth crazy at the same time it causes the Pavlovian drooling response in children, begin its rounds through out your neighborhood just as the sun winks below the horizon? And, lastly but certainly not least, every child alive counts down the seconds until their parole from the institution that has held them prisoner since August or September…..school!
Yes, summer is nearly here and in some cultures, especially those that embrace a polytheistic view, this is also a time leading up to the celebration of the summer solstice, or the day the sun stands still! But, except for the Feast of St John the Baptist in August and perhaps a handful of Feast days for other Saints (after all we do have roughly 10,000 canonized Saints), we who believe in the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, do not honor this time in the calendar with some special celebration! And though we do not have any particular observances scheduled in the church, man has taken care of this on his own.
I decided to see what special days and celebrations await us in May and I discovered a lot of them! Some are ridiculous, some are not. But they all serve to provide us a secular time of celebrating this time of the year. While the Bible certainly does not show the Apostles celebrating ANY days like these, we validate the celebrating of them because there is so much joy and love of family that occurs at this time, that we hope that God would approve of such a joy filled time in the human life, whether or not the day celebrates Him!
Here are the special observances and celebrations I found for May! Read them! Laugh at them! And then head out and spend some quality family time with your family as we turn the page on yet another month!
Month Long Observances
American Bike Month
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month
Better Hearing and Speech Month
National Bar-B-Que Month
National Egg Month
National Duckling Month
National Hamburger Month
National Mental Health Month
National Salad Month
National Photo Month
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
National Strawberry Month
Older Americans Month
Week Long Observances
1st Week – National Postcard Week
1st Week – Teacher Appreciation Week
2nd Week – National Pet Week
2nd Week – National Police Week Celebrate in whichever week has May 15th.
2nd Week – Stuttering Awareness Week
Last Week – National Backyard Games Week Last full week before Memorial Day.
Individual Day Observances
Hawaiian Lei Day
Mother Goose Day
Worthy Wage Day For child care providers.
Dr. Benjamin Spock’s Birthday Born in 1903.
Holocaust Remembrance Day Called Yom Hashoah.
National Truffles Day
Constitution Memorial Day In Japan.
National Weather Observers’ Day
Space Day Celebrated the first Friday of May.
Susan’s Birthday From Sesame Street.
Children’s Day In Japan.
Cinco De Mayo
National Scrapbook Day Celebrated on the first Saturday of May.
International No Diet Day
1st Stamp Collection Started
Pulitzer Prize Established
National Teacher Day Always the Tuesday of the first full week of May.
National Train Day
No Socks Day
Lost Sock Memorial Day
First Newspaper Cartoon In the USA in 1754.
Peter Pan Day James Matthew Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, was born on May 9, 1860, in Scotland.
Clean Up Your Room Day
National Family Child Care Provider’s Day The Friday before Mother’s Day.
Twilight Zone Day
International Nurses Day
Mother’s Day Second Sunday of May.
Beginning of Lewis and Clark Expedition In 1804.
National Dance Like a Chicken Day
Aoi Festival Celebrated in Japan.
L.F. Baum’s Birthday Author of The Wizard of Oz – born in 1856.
National Chocolate Chip Day
First US Nickel Minted In 1866, called the ‘Shield Nickel’.
Wear Purple for Peace Day
First Kentucky Derby In 1875.
Pack Rat Day
International Museum Day
Mount St. Helens Erupted In 1980.
Visit Your Relatives Day
Armed Forces Day The third Saturday of May.
Circus Day The Ringling Brother’s Circus opened in 1884.
First Photo Sent From Space In 1990 the Hubble space telescope sends 1st photograph’s from space.
Peace Day Third Sunday in May.
Strawberry Picking Day
American Red Cross Founded Founded by Clara Barton in 1881.
Lindbergh Flight Day In 1927.
Victoria Day Celebrated in Canada on the Monday before May 24.
Buy-A-Musical Instrument Day
First Morse Code Message Sent Sent from Washington DC to Baltimore in 1844.
National Missing Children’s Day
National Tap Dance Day
Blueberry Cheesecake Day
Golden Gate Bridge Opens In 1937.
Masking Tape Patented In 1930.
Amnesty International Day
Jim Thorpe’s Birthday Born in 1888.
John F. Kennedy’s Birthday Born in 1917.
Paper Clip Day
Hole in My Bucket Day
Compact Disc Birthday
Ice Cream Freezer Patented In 1848 by William Young.
Memorial Day While officially Memorial Day is May 30th, it is observed on the last Monday of May, which is the 28th in 2012.
World No Tobacco Day
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
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