May 2021 Diversity Holidays, Days of Recognition, and Health Awareness Topics
Diversity and Recognition:
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the United States. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks on the project were Chinese immigrants.
May is Older Americans Month, established in 1963 to honor the legacies and contributions of older Americans and to support them as they enter their next stage of life.
May is Jewish American Heritage Month, which recognizes the diverse contributions of the Jewish people to American culture.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month (or Mental Health Month), which aims to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses.
May is Maternal Mental Health Month
May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize that we can each play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. (https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/faq/foster-care-5z
May is National Military Appreciation Month, a special month set aside to ensure the nation was given the chance to publicly show their appreciation for troops past and present.
May is Small Business Month
May 1: Beltane, an ancient Celtic festival celebrated on May Day, signifying the beginning of summer.
May 2: Orthodox Easter (also called Pascha), a later Easter date than observed by many Western churches.
May 2: Bereaved Mother's Day 2021
May 2: National Brothers and Sisters Day
May 3: Saints Philip and James, a Roman Rite feast day for the anniversary of the dedication of the church to Saints Phillip and James in Rome.
May 4: National Teacher's Day
May 4: Foster Care Day 2021
May 5: World Maternal Mental Health Day
May 5: International Day of the Midwife
May 5: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Day (MMIWG or MMIWG2ST)
May 5: Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday commemorating the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). This day celebrates Mexican culture and heritage, including parades and mariachi music performances.
May 6: National Nurses Day
May 6: National Day of Prayer, a day of observance in the United States when people are asked to “turn to God in prayer and meditation.”
May 7: Military Spouse Appreciation Day 2021
May 8: Birth Mother's Day 2021
May 9: Mother's Day
May 9: Laylat al-Qadr, the holiest night of the year for Muslims, is traditionally celebrated on the 27th day of Ramadan. It is known as the Night of Power and commemorates the night that the Quran was first revealed to the prophet Muhammad.
May 12-13 (sundown to sundown): Eid al-Fitr, the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, marking the end of Ramadan. Many Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a khutuba (sermon), and give Zakat al-Fitr (charity in the form of food) during Eid al-Fitr.
May 13: Ascension of Jesus or Ascension Day, is celebrated as the ascension of Christ from Earth in the presence of God within most of the Christian faith.
May 15: National Armed Forces day
May 15: International Family Day
May 16-18 (sundown to sundown): Shavuot, a Jewish holiday that has double significance. It marks the all-important wheat harvest in Israel and commemorates the anniversary of the day when God gave the Torah to the nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai.
May 16 - 20: National Small Business Week
May 17: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, a global celebration of sexual-orientation and gender diversities.
May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, a day set aside by the United Nations as an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together in harmony.
May 22-23 (sundown to sundown): Declaration of the Báb, the day of declaration of the Báb, the forerunner of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í faith.
May 23: Pentecost, the celebration of the giving of the Ten Commandments by God at Mount Sinai.
May 24: National Scavenger Hunt Day
May 25: National Wine Day
May 26: Buddha Day (Vesak or Visakha Puja), a Buddhist festival that marks Gautama Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. It falls on the day of the full moon in May and it is a gazetted holiday in India.
May 31: Memorial Day in the United States, a federal holiday established to honor military veterans who died in wars fought by American forces.
May 29: Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh, commemorates the ascension of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í faith.
May 30: Trinity Sunday, observed in the Western Christian faith as a feast in honor of the Holy Trinity.
May 30: All Saints’ Day, celebrated by many Eastern Christian churches on the first Sunday after Pentecost, in recognition of all known and unknown saints.
Health Awareness Topics:
- American Stroke Awareness Month
- Arthritis Awareness Month
- Better Hearing and Speech Month
- Clean Air Month
- Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month
- Food Allergy Action Month
o National Food Allergy Awareness Week (May 10 – 16)
- Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
- Healthy Vision Month
- Hepatitis Awareness Month
- International Mediterranean Diet Month
- Lupus Awareness Month
- Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
- Mental Health Month
- National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – aspics.org
o National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (May 19)
- National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
- National Celiac Disease Awareness Month
- National High Blood Pressure Education Month
- National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
- National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
o National Physical Education and Sports Week (May 1 – 7)
o National Senior Health & Fitness Day (May 26) – fitnessday.com
- National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
- Pre-eclampsia Awareness Month
o World Preeclampsia Day (May 22)
- Ultraviolet Awareness Month
- World Hand Hygiene Day (May 5)
- Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day (May 8) – 2nd Saturday in May
- Nurses Appreciation Week (May 6 - 12)
- North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (May 2 – 8)
- National Women’s Health Week (May 9 – 15)
- National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 9 – 15)
- National Stuttering Awareness Week (May 10 – 15)
- National Neuropathy Awareness Week (May 12 – 16)
- ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia International Awareness Day (May 12)
- National Alcohol and Other Birth Defects Awareness Week (May 13 – 19)
- HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (May 18) – hiv.gov/events/awareness-days/hiv-vaccine-awareness-day (working together to find a safe and effective preventative HIV vaccine)
- World Autoimmune Arthritis Day (May 20)
- Don’t Fry Day (May 28) – cancer.org (raise awareness of sun safety & sunscreen usage)
Source: https://natoinaldaycalendar.com/calendar-at-a-glance for National and International Days
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Health Awareness Topics:
Source: https://healthline.com/health/directory-awareness-months but also additional research on Google to verify dates
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