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May 2020: List of important National and International Days

Various festivals, birth anniversary, events of national and international importance are observed across the world. Let us have a look at the events that will be celebrated in the month of May 2020 and the reason behind their celebration.
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Important Days in May 2020| National and International Days
Important Days in May 2020| National and International Days

India is a hierarchical society and offers astounding variety in virtually every aspect of life. Lots of diversities are observed whether ethnic, linguistic, regional, economic, religious, class and caste groups, etc. 

Important Days and events are an important part of the preparation of any competitive examination. So, below we are describing the list of important National, International days, events and festivals that will help in the preparation of various examinations like SSC, Bank PO, PSC etc. This will also give you an idea about the events that fall in the month of May.

1 May: International Labour Day or May Day
International Labour Day is also known as Labour Day or May Day. It is celebrated globally every year on 1st May. In India, Labour Day is referred as Antarrashtriya Shramik Diwas or Kamgar Din. What is the history behind celebrating this day etc. is given in the link provided.

1 May: Maharashtra Day
It is also known as Maharashtra Diwas in Marathi. It is a state holiday in Maharashtra. The state of Maharashtra was formed from the division of the Bombay State on 1 May, 1960.

1 May: Gujarat Day
 It is a state holiday in Gujarat. The state of Gujarat was formed on 1 May, 1960.

2 May- World Tuna Day
It is observed on 2 May and is established by the United Nations (UN) to raise awareness about the importance of tuna fish.

3 May - Press Freedom Day
Every year Press freedom Day or World Press Freedom Day is observed on 3rd May to evaluate press freedom around the world and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. 

3 May - World Laughter Day (first Sunday of May)
World Laughter Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of May every year. In 1998, the first celebration took place in Mumbai, India. It was arranged by Dr. Madan Kataria founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement.

4 May – Coal Miners Day
Every year on 4 May, Coal Miners Day is observed to honour the coal miners. Let us tell you that Coal mining is done to extract coal from the ground. Coal Mining is one of India's most dangerous professions. Coal Miners are the men who know that they may not return home back after the work when the day is over. Then, also they walk in the coal mines and earn their daily wages.

4 May - International Firefighter’s Day
International Firefighter’s Day is observed every year on 4 May. It was instituted on 4 January, 1999 after a proposal via emailed out across the world due to the deaths of five firefighter’s in a bushfire in Australia. Therefore, this day is observed to recognise and honour the sacrifices that firefighter’s make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible.

5 May - World Asthma Day (First Tuesday of May)
World Asthma Day is observed every year on the first Tuesday of May to spread awareness and care about asthma in the world. An annual event is organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma. Asthma is a chronic inflammation of bronchitis causing cough, breathlessness, chest tightness etc. Let us study in detail by clicking the link.

7 May - World Athletics Day
This year World Athletics Day is observed on 7 May to raise awareness about sports among youth, in schools and institutions to promote athletics as the primary sport. And to introduce new talent and youngsters in the field of athletics.

7 May – Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti
The birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore is observed on 7 May according to Gregorian Calendar. He was born on 7 May, 1861 in Kolkata. He was one of India's top artists, novelist, author, Bengali poet, humanist, philosopher etc. In 1913, he was honoured with Nobel Prize in Literature.

7 May - Buddha Jayanti or Buddha Purnima

It is believed that on the full moon of the month of Vaishakh, Gautama Buddha was born in Lumbini near Kapilavastu. He is also known as 'Jyoti Punj of Asia' or 'Light of Asia'. This year, Buddha Jayanti or Buddha Purnima is celebrated on 7 May.

8 May - World Red Cross Day
World Red Cross Day is observed every year on 8 May to commemorate the birth anniversary of the founder of the Red Cross. Let us tell you that the founder of Red Cross was Henry Dunant as well as the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He was born in Geneva in 1828. He became the first recipient of the 1st Nobel Peace prize.

8 May - World Thalassaemia Day
World Thalassaemia Day or International Thalassaemia Day is observed every year on 8 May in honour of all patients suffering from Thalassaemia and for their parents who have never lost hope for life, despite the burden of their disease. This day also encourages those who struggle to live with the disease. 

10 May - Mother's Day (Second Sunday of May)
Mother's Day is celebrated every year on the second Sunday of May to honour motherhood and is observed in different forms throughout the world. Mother's Day was founded by the Anna Jarvis who had given the idea of celebrating Mother's Day in honour of mothers and motherhood in 1907. Nationally this day was recognised in 1914.

11 May - National Technology Day
Every year National Technology Day is observed on 11 May to highlight the important role of Science in our daily lives and encourage students to opt science as an option for a career. On this day Shakti, the Pokhran nuclear test was held on 11 May, 1998.

12 May - International Nurses Day
Every year International Nurses Day is celebrated on 12 May to commemorate the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birthday. This day also celebrates the contribution done by the nurses to society around the world. On this day the International Council of Nurses organisation produces an International Nurses kit to educate and assist health workers globally with a different theme every year.

15 May – International Day of Families
International Day of Families is observed every year on 15 May. Family is the basic unit of society. This day provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the issues related to the families and to increase knowledge about the social, economic and demographic processes that affect them. Several awareness-raising events, including national family day, occur.

15 May - National Endangered Species Day (Third Friday in May)
Every year on the third Friday in May National Endangered Species Day is celebrated annually to raise awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation and restoration efforts for all imperilled species. Endangered Species Act 1973, focuses on the protection of wildlife and threatened species.

16 May – Armed Forces Day (Third Saturday of the May)
Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of every May. This day is celebrated to pay tribute to the men and women who served the United States Armed Forces.

17 May – World Telecommunication Day
World Telecommunication Day is observed every year on 17 May. It marks the founding of ITU when the first International Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris on 17 May, 1865. It is also known as World Telecommunication and International Society Day. Since 1969, it has been celebrating annually.

17 May - World Hypertension Day
This day is celebrated by World Hypertension League (WHL) on 17 May annually. The day promotes awareness about hypertension and to encourage people to prevent and control this silent killer epidemic.

18 May – World AIDS Vaccine Day
Worlds AIDS Vaccine Day or HIV Vaccine Awareness Day is observed every year on 18 May. This day marks the efforts of thousands of researchers, scientists, health professionals who have contributed to the process of finding safe and effective AIDS medicine. It is also an opportunity to educate communities about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine research.

18 May - International Museum Day
International Museum Day is observed on 18 May every year to raise awareness about the museum and their role in society. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) created International Museum Day in 1977. The organisation suggested a proper theme every year which may include globalisation, bridging cultural gaps and care for the environment.

21 May – National Anti-Terrorism Day
National Anti-Terrorism Day is observed every year on 21 May to spread awareness about the violence caused by the terrorists and also in the memory of former Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi who passed on this day.

22 May - International Day for Biological Diversity
International Day for Biological Diversity is observed on 22 May every year to increase awareness and understanding of the issues of biodiversity. 

25 May - National Memorial Day (last Monday of May)

National Memorial Day is observed on last Monday of May. This year it will be observed on 25 May, 2020, 

31 May – Anti-Tobacco Day
Anti-Tobacco Day or World No Tobacco Day is observed on 31 May every year across the globe to make people aware and educate them about the harmful effects of tobacco on health which causes cardiovascular diseases, cancer, tooth decay, staining of teeth etc.

So, these are the important National and International Days in May 2020 month which may also help in the preparation for several exams and also enhance your knowledge.

May 2020 Important Days

Date

Name of Important Days

1 May

International Labour Day or May Day

1 May

Maharashtra Day

3 May

Press Freedom Day

4 May

Coal Miners Day

4 May

International Firefighter’s Day

3 May

World Laughter Day (first Sunday of May)

5 May

World Asthma Day (First Tuesday of May)

7 May

World Athletics Day

7 May

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti

8 May

World Red Cross Day

8 May

World Thalassaemia Day

11 May

National Technology Day

10 May

Mother's Day (Second Sunday of May)

12 May

International Nurses Day

15 May

International Day of Families

17 May

World Telecommunication Day

17 May

World Hypertension Day

15 May

National Endangered Species Day (Third Friday in May)

18 May

World AIDS Vaccine Day

18 May

International Museum Day

16 May

Armed Forces Day (Third Saturday of the May)

21 May

National Anti-Terrorism Day

22 May

International Day for Biological Diversity

25 May

National Memorial Day (last Monday of May)

31 May

Anti-Tobacco Day

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