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May 2019: List of important National, International Days and Events

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. There are several events, festivals which are celebrated across the globe. Let us see through this article about events, festivals, birth anniversary that falls on the month of May 2019.
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    Important Days in May 2019| National and International Days

    All the National, International Important days with events, festivals are listed below which will help in the prepearation of various competitive examinations like SSC, Bank PO, PSC etc. This will also gives you idea about the events falls in the month of May.

    1st 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.

    1st 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.

    3rd 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. From 1 to 3rd May 2019 the main celebration will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    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 the India's most dangerous professions. Coal Miners are the men who know that they may not return home back after the work when 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.

    5th May - World Laughter Day (first Sunday of May)
    World Laughter Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of May every year. On 10 May, 1998, the first celebration took place in Mumbai, India. It was arranged by Dr. Madan Kataria founder of the worldwide Laughter yoga movement.

    7 May - World Asthma Day (First Tuesday of May)
    World Asthma Day is observed every year on first Tuesday of May to improve awareness and care about it 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 the India's top artists, novelist, author, Bengali poet, humanist, philosopher etc. In 1913, he was honoured with Nobel Prize in Literature.

    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 International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He was born in Geneva in 1828. He became the first recipient of 1st Nobel Peace prize.

    8 May - World Thalassaemia Day
    World Thalassaemia Day or World 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 encourage those who struggle to live with the disease. 3 online competitions are organised by TIF that is a video challenge, a photography contest and a story challenge and invite the global Thalassaemia community to submit videos, stories and photographs with regard to a certain theme.

    9 May - Surdas Jayanti

    The birth anniversary of Sant Surdas is observed as per Hindu lunar calendar in the month of May. Surdas was born to a Sraswat Brahaman family in 1478 C.E.He was a poet,musician, who is known for his devotional songs to the childhood of Lord Krishna.

    9 May - Shankaracharya Jayanti

    Shankaracharya is also known as Adi Shankaracharya or Shri Adi Shankaracharya. He was an 8th century Indian philosopher and theologian whose teachings influenced the growth of Hinduism. He expounded the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta. The birth anniversary of Shankaracharya is observed on Panchami Tithi during Shukla Paksha of Vaishakha month or in the month between April and May.

    9 May - Ramanujacharya Jayanti

    The birth anniversary of Ramanujacharya is also known as Sri Ramanuja Jayanthi and is celebrated on Thiruvathirai Nakshatra say of Chithirai month every year. This day is decided on the basis of Tamil Solar Calendar. He was a great Hindu philosopher, scholar and worshiper of Lord Vishnu.

    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 career. On this day Shakti, the Pokhran nuclear test was held on 11 May, 1998.

    12 May - Mother's Day (Second Sunday of May)
    Mother's Day is celebrated every year on the second Sunday of May in honour of the mothers who have a great contribution in their lives and for whom they exist in 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.

    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 the 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 different theme every year.

    15 May – International Day of Families
    International Family Day 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 affects them. Several awareness-raising events, including national family day occur.

    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 theme of 2019 is Know Your Numbers which aims at increasing high blood pressure (BP) awareness in all the populations around the world. It also promotes awareness about hypertension and to encourage people to prevent and control this silent killer epidemic.

    17 May - National Endangered Species Day (Third Friday in May)
    Every year on the third Friday in May 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 several other methods to protect it.

    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 the 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.

    18 May – Armed Forces Day (Third Saturday of the May)
    Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of every May. The theme for 1029 is "For the Nation. For the People." This day is celebrated to pay tribute to the men and women who served the United States Armed Forces.

    21 May – National Anti-Terrorism Day
    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 about the issues of biodiversity. The theme for 2019 is "Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health". The theme aims to enhance knowledge about the dependency of our food systems, nutrition, and health on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems.

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

    National Memorial Day is observed on last Monday of May. This year 27 May, 2019, marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, with the parade welcoming as Honorary Grand Marshals dozens of surviving veterans of World War II, including those veterans who landed at Normandy on 6 June, 1944. The parade will take place on 27 May, 2019 along the Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C.

    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 National and International important Days in May 2019 month which may also help in the preparation for several exams and also enhance your knowledge.

    May 2019 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

    5 May

    World Laughter Day (first Sunday of May)

    7 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

    12 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

    17 May

    National Endangered Species Day (Third Friday in May)

    18 May

    World AIDS Vaccine Day

    18 May

    International Museum Day

    18 May

    Armed Forces Day (Third Saturday of the May)

    21 May

    National Anti-Terrorism Day

    22 May

    International Day for Biological Diversity

    27 May

    National Memorial Day (last Monday of May)

    31 May

    Anti-Tobacco Day

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