The first of May is the proud calendar location of a variety of honorable, fun, and highly interesting holidays!
Global Love Day – A symbolic day of unconditional love aims to unite people of all nations together.
Batman Day – The character Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27, published in May of 1939. May 1 is set aside as a day to celebrate this timeless character.
Keep Kids Alive! Drive 25 Day – A day intended to spread awareness about child deaths from speeding vehicles.
Amtrak Day – A day to celebrate the beginning of Amtrak operations, May 1, 1971.
Loyalty Day – A day for people to recognize the heritage of American freedom and reaffirm their loyalty to the United States.
Mother Goose Day – A day to celebrate Mother Goose, an imaginary author of a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes.
Lei Day – A holiday dating back to 1928 when writer and poet Don Blanding wrote an article in a local paper suggesting that a holiday be made to celebrate the custom of making and wearing a Hawaiian lei. Fellow writer Grace Tower Warren took up the idea and decided to make the holiday coincide with May Day. She coined the phrase “May Day is Lei Day”.
Childhood depression awareness day – A day to recognize that 10-15% of children and adolescents have symptoms of depression.
May Day – One of the earliest celebrations to appear in pre-Christian times. May Day is related to the Celtic festival Beltane and the Germanic festival Walpurgis Night. May Day is best known for it’s tradition of circling the May pole.
National Dance Day – National Dance Day is a day to promote dance, dance education and physical fitness across the country.
School Principals’ Day – A day to celebrate school principals.
Silver Star Day – A day to celebrate and honor the sacrifice of those who were wounded, struck ill, or died in the Armed forces.
Great American Grump Out – According to the official website Great American Grump Out Day is intended as a day to take a look at the following problems and concerns facing the U.S.:
- Unstable economy
- Home foreclosures
- Increasing loss of jobs
- Health care
- Rise in unemployment
- Negative role models
- Global warming
- Gasoline prices
- Too much traffic
- Not enough time
We seem to be facing CRISIS after CRISIS, which is more than enough for us to be irritable and grumpy about….
…However, this holiday is not just about getting depressed over problems. It is intended as a day to find solutions, improve our mindset and to fix these problems together.
Grump Out goals:
- To help people better understand the connection between negative attitudes, stress and health.
- To see America give themselves permission to be friendly, playful, supportive and loving for just one day.
- To lighten up our planet and reduce unhealthy stress through humor.
- To have FUN!
No matter which holiday you choose to celebrate, one or all, it’s fun to know some of the celebrations going on around the world and here in the U.S. on May 1, a day packed with holidays!