May International Holidays 2018

When we think of holidays in May we often think of Memorial Day. This is a day when the citizens of the United States take a moment to remember and honor all the armed service members throughout history who gave up their lives in the defense of our freedom and liberty. Memorial Day also represents the (unofficial) start of summer, and many celebrations are shared with friends and family.

What holiday or celebration do you most look forward to in May? Comment below so we can celebrate with you.


Holidays celebrated around the world in May (this is not an exhaustive list, please comment with additional holidays and celebrations):

1st May

Labor Day: Argentina, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iraq, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon (Worker’s Day), Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria (Worker’s Day), Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zimbabwe (Worker’s Day)

May Day: Celebrated in many countries of Europe and North, Central and South America

3rd May

Constitution Day: Japan, Poland

5th May

Children's Day: South Korea*

Cinco de Mayo: Mexico

Liberation Day: The Netherlands

6th May

Martyr's Day: Lebanon, Syria

8th May

Parent's Day: South Korea*

WWII Victory Day: France

10th May

Constitution Day: Micronesia

14th May

Ascension Day: Colombia

National Holiday: Paraguay

Kamuzu Day: Malawi

National Unification Day: Liberia

15th May

Independence Day: Paraguay

Teacher's Day: South Korea*

17th May

Constitution Day: Norway

18th May

Flag Day: Haiti

19th May

Ataturk Youth Day: Turkey

20th May

National Day: Cameroon

21st May

Battle of Las Piedras Day: Uruguay

Discovery Day: Cayman Islands

Navy Day: Chile

Victoria Day: Canada

22nd May

Buddha's Birthday: South Korea

23rd May

Labor Day: Jamaica

24th May

Culture Day: Bulgaria

Battle of Pichincha Day: Ecuador

Independence Day: Eritrea

25th May

Africa Day: Zambia, Zimbabwe

Bermuda Day: Bermuda

Independence Day: Jordan

National Day: Argentina

26th May

Independence Day: Guyana

28th May

Holy Spirit Day: Greece

Memorial Day: United States of America

29th May

Vesak Day: Malaysia, Singapore

Waisak Day: Indonesia

31st May

Armed Forces Day: Brunei

shutterstock_411043831.jpg* In South Korea, 3 special groups are honored with holidays in the first half of the month. The first celebration is on May 5th, Children’s Day. On this day, families spend time together, have a picnic and enjoy each other’s company. This is a day for working parents to connect with their children. Then, just 3 days later, on May 8th, South Koreans celebrate Parent’s Day. Children give real or homemade carnations to show respect for the love they receive from their parents.  Finally, on May 15th students honor their teachers on Teacher’s Day, through giving them letters of appreciation and flowers.

Rapport International works with customers who do business internationally or with culturally diverse customers, and we love to celebrate with our clients. We hope you’ve enjoyed the information above, and that you’ll join us in celebrating on a global level.


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