Celebrations Events & Special Days in May 2021

Celebrations Events & Special Days in May 2021

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Events, celebrations, awareness events, saint's days, annual campaigns - UK and global festivities happening in Britain and around the world in May 2021.


May Day

1st May 2021

May Day is an ancient spring festival, traditionally celebrated with maypole dancing.

Related: May Day Printables


May Day Bank Holiday

3rd May 2021

A Bank Holiday in the UK and Ireland. In 2020 this has been moved to a Friday to celebrate VE Day


National Sun Awareness Week

3rd May to 9th May 2021

Raising awareness of the dangers of excessive sun exposure and how to avoid sunburn and skin cancers.

More about National Sun Awareness Week

Related: Children's Sun Protection Clothing

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Screen-Free Week

3rd May to 9th May 2021

Annual event to encourage us to unplug from digital entertainment and spend all that free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends.

Event Website


International Gilbert & Sullivan Day

3rd May 2021

Celebrating the comic operas of Gilbert & Sullivan, on the birthday of the man who brought them together, Richard D'Oyly Carte.


World Laughter Day

3rd May 2021

The celebration of World Laughter Day is a positive manifestation for World Peace and it builds up a global consciousness of brotherhood and friendship through laughter.

Event Website


Star Wars Day

4th May 2021

May The Fourth Be With You!

Related: Star Wars Day Colouring Pictures

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Cinco De Mayo

5th May 2021

Celebration of Mexican culture to commemorate the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla. It has now become a more general celebration of Mexican culture.

More about Cinco De Mayo


National Bike to School Day

5th May 2021

Strap on your helmets, raise your kickstands, and join the thousands of students, families, community partners, and elected officials all around the country who will be participating in this year's Bike to School Day.

Event Website


National Doughnut Week

8th May to 16th May 2021

Fundraising event in aid of The Children's Trust organised by the baking industry.

Event Website


Mother's Day (US)

9th May 2021

Let your Mom know how much you love her on her special day

More about Mother's Day (US)


International Nurses Day

12th May 2021

Held on the birthday of Florence Nightingale to mark the contributions that nurses make to society.

Event Website


National Children's Day UK

16th May 2021

National Children's Day UK is all about the importance of a healthy childhood and protecting the rights and freedoms of children so that they can grow into happy, healthy adults.

Event Website


Walk To School Week

17th May to 21st May 2021

Annual event to encourage children and their parents to walk to school, organised by Living Streets.

More about Walk To School Week


National Numeracy Day

19th May 2021

An annual celebration of the importance of numbers in everyday life and will bring together individuals, employers, educators and influencers to improve numeracy.

Event Website


World Bee Day

20th May 2021

The purpose of World Bee Day is to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development.

Event Website


International Day for Biological Diversity

22nd May 2021

United Nations sponsored international day for the promotion of biodiversity issues.

Event Website


World Turtle Day

23rd May 2021

World Turtle Day's aim is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive.

Event Website


Towel Day

25th May 2021

In memory of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy author Douglas Adams.

Event Website


Africa Day

25th May 2021

The annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963.

Event Website


Oakapple Day

29th May 2021

Also known as Restoration Day, it is a traditional English celebration of the restoration of the monachy in 1660, following the death of Oliver Cromwell.


Elmer Day

29th May 2021

A celebration of reading, of elephants and of accepting yourself and others, just like Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, star of the Elmer books by David McKee.

More about Elmer Day


May Half Term

31st May to 4th Jun 2021

Check with your school for individual date variations.

More about May Half Term


Spring Bank Holiday Monday

31st May 2021

A Bank Holiday in the UK and Ireland.


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