Significant days of MAY


MAY 01 International Labour Day
International Labour Day is observed to promote and encourage the international labour movements. 1st May was chosen as the day for International Workers' Day to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago that occurred on May 4, 1886, when the Chicago police fired on workers who were participating in a demonstration connected with a general strike for eight hour work day, killing several demonstrators.
MAY 03 World Athletics Day
The World Athletics Day offers the opportunity to promote the sport through youth participation in clubs and schools. The goal of the IAAF World Athletics Day is to firmly establish an important link between the youth, our sport, and environmental conservation.

  MAY 08 Red Cross Day
World Red Cross Day is an international day dedicated to alleviating human suffering, upholding human dignity, protecting life, and preventing emergencies and natural disasters such as flood, epidemics, and earthquakes. The fundamental principles recognized during World Red Cross Day are impartiality, humanity, independence, neutrality, voluntary, universality, and unity. 

MAY 12 International Nurses Day
International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has chosen the theme “Nurses A Voice to Lead – Health is a Human right” for International Nurses Day 2018.
  MAY 15 International Family Day
International Day of Families is celebrated to promote awareness of issues related to the family, the basic unit of society and nation. This day was proclaimed in the UN General Assembly in 1993. The theme for International Family Day 2018 is “Families and inclusive societies”. The theme focuses on the role of families and family policies in terms of promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.
MAY 17 InternationalTelecommunications Day
The International Telecommunications day is observed to raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies. It was on 17th May, 1865 that the first International Telegraph Convention was held.

MAY 22 International Day for Biological Diversity
The International Day for Biological Diversity is observed universally to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues and to emphasize the importance of diversity on earth. This year’s theme reflects the importance of efforts made at all levels to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals  as part of the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda for the period of 2015-2030 and the relevance of biodiversity for the achievement of sustainable development. The theme for International Day for Biological Diversity for 2018 is “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity”.

(Image: Athirappilly waterfalls, a tourist spot in Kerala. The region is  famous for its bio-diversity richness)

MAY 31 Anti-tobacco Day
Anti-tobacco Day is observed every year to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe. The day is further intended to draw attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects.