May 2023 Events Celebrations & Special Days

May 2023 Events Celebrations & Special Days

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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 2023.

Spring is in full swing, and in May we celebrate May Day, schools break up for half term and we can tuck into a tasty treat for World Biscuit Day!

Here are the fun events happening this May in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as around the world.

May 2023 Events Celebrations & Special Days

May Day

1st May 2023

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

May Day Printable Wordsearch

May Day Bank Holiday

1st May 2023

A Bank Holiday in the UK and Ireland.

Screen-Free Week

1st May to 7th May 2023

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.


International Gilbert & Sullivan Day

3rd May 2023

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

All About Gilbert & Sullivan

World Laughter Day

3rd May 2023

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.


Star Wars Day

4th May 2023

May The Fourth Be With You!

Star Wars Day Colouring Pictures

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Cinco De Mayo

5th May 2023

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.

What Is Cinco De Mayo All About?

Europe Day

5th May 2023

A day celebrating peace and unity in Europe. It is celebrated celebrated by displaying the Flag of Europe and commemorates the founding of the Council of Europe.


National Sun Awareness Week

6th May to 13th May 2023

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

Tips for Staying Safe in The Sun

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International Nurses Day

12th May 2023

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


World Fair Trade Day

13th May 2023

A worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade's contribution to sustainable development, and the economic empowerment of small producers, gender equality and responsible production.


Mother's Day (US)

14th May 2023

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

How To Celebrate Mothers Day

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World Bee Day

20th May 2023

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.


International Day for Biological Diversity

22nd May 2023

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


World Turtle Day

23rd May 2023

The aim of World Turtle Day 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.


Africa Day

25th May 2023

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


Towel Day

25th May 2023

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


May Half Term

29th May to 2nd Jun 2023

Check with your school for individual date variations.

Things To Do In May Half Term

National Biscuit Day

29th May 2023

A celebration if this tasty treat, whether you regard it as a sweet snack to go with a cup of tea, or a savory addition to a meal.

Free Printable Biscuit Wordsearch

Oakapple Day

29th May 2023

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.

Late Spring Bank Holiday

29th May 2023

A Bank Holiday in the UK and Ireland.

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