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Events of the Month

During 2001-MAY

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Events during 2001-MAY:

  • MAY-1: Wiccans celebrate Beltane. This is one of their four major Sabbats (seasonal days of celebration). Wicca is a new Neopagan religion, patterned after the aboriginal religion of the ancient Celtic people.
  • MAY-3: The National Day of Prayer is held annually on the first Thursday in May. It has evolved from a multi-faith observance into a Christian observance. It is now organized by a conservative Christian group. For this year, the 50th anniversary of the observance, the theme is "One Nation, under GOD."
  • MAY-7: Buddhists celebrate Vaisakha Puja/Wesak (a.k.a. Buddha Day), , It is the most important festival in the Buddhist year. It recognizes the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha.
  • MAY-13: Mother's Day has been celebrated on the second Sunday in May since 1914. It is now observed in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy Mexico, New Zealand and the U.S. France and Sweden observe it on MAY-27 this year.
  • MAY-15: The International Day of Families, was created by the United Nations in 1993, to be held each year on this day. It "provides an opportunity for all people to consider the comfort, the support, the nurturing that is given and received in the family. Families are encouraged to use this day to strengthen their relationships with family members both nearby and far away." 1
  • 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.
  • MAY-24 is observed by both Eastern and Western Christians as Ascension Day. It is 40 days after Easter Sunday, and is the day when most Christians believe that Jesus left his followers and ascended to heaven.
  • MAY-28: This is celebrated by Jews as Shavout (a.k.a. Pentecost or the festival of Weeks.) This recalls God's revelation of the Torah to the Jewish people.
  • MAY-29: 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.
  • MAY-28: This is observed as two secular holidays: Memorial Day in the U.S. and Spring Bank Holiday in the U.K.


  1. "International Day of Families, May 15," at: http://flamme.org/bbs/bbs24.html 

Copyright © 2001 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2001-APR-30
Compiled by B.A. Robinson

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