18 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in May
May is more than just the birthday month of yours truly—check out all the quirky holidays you can celebrate.
1. May 1: Lei Day
You've heard of May Day, but this is the Hawaiian equivalent. Celebrate the islands' culture with lei-making contests, Hawaiian food and music, and even the crowning of the Lei Queen.
2. May 3: Free Comic Book Day
Ever since 2002, the first Saturday of May has seen participating independent comic book stores across the country hand out their wares for free. Over 3 million comic books are given away each year!
3. May 4: Star Wars Day
"May the fourth be with you." Get it?
4. & 5. May 6: No Diet Day and No Homework Day
Although they weren't created in conjunction, these seem appropriately paired for both children and adults to let loose a little and just indulge.
6. May 8: No Socks Day
The pitch for this holiday cites the lighter load of laundry foregoing socks will create. This seems specious at best—how big are your socks?— but let's all hope it will be sandal weather by this point, in which case you should definitely do without socks.
7. May 9: Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks a Voice!
Not to be confused with Shark Week, this is a day sponsored by WhaleTimes Inc. and the Shark Research Institute to promote awareness of the plight of sharks and update their image.
8. May 10: National Train Day
This is the seventh annual National Train Day, which celebrates the day on which the "golden spike" was driven into the final tie that connected the Central Pacific and Union Continental railroads, creating a country unified by train travel.
9. May 11: Mother's Day
But not just Mother's Day—the 100th anniversary of the creation of Mother's Day by Congressional legislation in 1914 as a response to Anna Jarvis' letter-writing campaign.
10. May 12: Limerick Day
Observed annually on the birthday of English author Edward Lear, whose 1846 A Book of Nonsense helped bring the lyrical form to popularity.
11. May 16: National Pizza Party Day
Last month we had a day dedicated to Chicago's deep dish, but this is a little different. Designed to mark the school year winding down, celebrate with the one thing sure to make even the surliest student happy: a pizza party.
12. May 18: International Museum Day
This will be the 37th annual celebration of the many cultural institutions around the world.
13. May 19-26: National Backyard Games Week
Break out the bocce, horseshoes, and croquet mallets! The weather will (hopefully) be warm enough to spend your free time outdoors by the end of May, so this is the week to try out as many silly lawn games as you can.
14. May 22: World Goth Day
I don't know if Hot Topic is still in business, but this would be the day to find out.
15. May 23: International World Turtle Day
You can be sure mental_floss will have the fun facts.
16. May 24: International Tiara Day
Embrace your inner princess.
17. May 25: Towel Day
Carry a towel with you wherever you go on this day to honor the life and work of Douglas Adams because, as any good interstellar hitchhiker knows, a towel "is about the most massively useful thing".
18. May 30: Hug Your Cat Day
Go on, even if they seem like they don't like it.
For an even more exhaustive list of holidays, historical anniversaries and notable birthdays, check out Chase's Calendar of Events.
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