MAY-1: Wiccans celebrate Beltane. This is one of their
four major Sabbats (seasonal days of celebration). Wiccais a Neopagan
religion, patterned after the aboriginal religion of the ancient
National Day of Prayer is held annually on the first
Thursday in May. It has evolved from a multi-faith observance into an
conservative Christian day of prayer.
MAY-2: Members of the Bahá'í World Faith celebrate the twelfth and final
day of Ridvan (a.k.a. the Most Great Festival and King of Festivals).
This day is the end of a twelve day celebration
which recalls the day on 1863-APR-21 CE when Baha'u'llah declared that he was the prophet predicted
by the Bab. It is day on which Bahá'í communities elect their Local Spiritual Assembly.
MAY-9 is observed as Ascension Day
by western Christians - it is 40 days
after Easter Sunday, and is the day when most believe that Jesus
left his followers and ascended to heaven.
MAY-10: This is the date of the pro-life National March for
Life in Canada. It is held in Ottawa on a date on or near the
anniversary of the legalization of abortion in Canada, 1969-MAY-14. Canada
has not had a law regulating abortion for 33 years.
MAY-12:Mother's Day has been celebrated on the
2nd Sunday in May since 1914. It is now observed in Australia,
Canada, Denmark, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand and the U.S. on this
MAY-15: This is the eighth annual International Day of Families,
sponsored by the United Nations.
MAY-17: First day of Shavuot
Shavouth, Pentacost and Feast of Weeks). It recalls God's revelation of
the Torah to the Jewish people.
MAY-19: This is Pentecost Sunday celebrated by
western Christians. It is theday
when they believe that the Holy Spirit descended on members of the
early Christian movement. It is regarded as the date of the start of the
MAY-23 is the date of the Declaration
of the Bab. It recalls the day in 1844 CE when the Bab
declared that he was the individual making way for Baha'u'llah, the
founder of the Baha'i Faith.
Mawlid al-Nabiis a celebration of the birthday of the
Prophet Muhammad. It is observed in many
The Ascension of Baha'u'llah is celebrated
by members of the Baha'i Faith; it is the anniversary of Baha'u'llah's death.
is Memorial Day in the U.S. It is observed annually on the
last Monday in May. This Memorial Day has special
significance since it is the first since 2001-SEP-11, the day when
terrorist attacks claimed the lives of more than 3,000 people in New
York City and Washington.
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