Yay for May! May 2023 holidays and celebrations

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Flowers are blooming, students are graduating and moms are getting some well-deserved appreciation. What a fabulous month! So it’s time to flip the calendar page, check out May holidays and observances, and start thinking about who we’re connecting with this month. And we’ve shared some ideas to help you celebrate.

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Your Special Days in May  

Grab your calendar and a notepad. We’ve listed holidays below for you to add (and make lists of people you want to send cards, letters and gifts to). For your personal list, think about:


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May Holidays and Observances  

May is Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month.

May is Jewish American Heritage Month.  

May is Jewish American Heritage Month.

All Month:


Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month


Jewish American Heritage Month


National Military Appreciation Month


National Mental Health Month


May 1:
May Day

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National Nurses Day is May 6

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Teacher Appreciation Week begins May 7.

May 4:

Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you.)


May 5:

Cinco de Mayo

National Day of Prayer


May 6-12:

National Nurses Week (National Nurses Day is May 6)


May 7-13:

Teacher Appreciation Week (Teacher Appreciation Day is May 9)

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Mother’s Day is May 14.

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Armed Forces Day is May 20.

May 12:

Military Spouse Appreciation Day


May 14:

Mother’s Day


May 15:

National Chocolate Chip Day


May 20:

Armed Forces Day

National Brother’s Day is May 24.

National Brother’s Day is May 24.

May is National Military Appreciation Month: May 15 is Armed Forces Day and May 31 is Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is May 29.

May 24:

National Brother’s Day


May 25:

National Wine Day


May 29:

Memorial Day

More Ideas for May  

One small act of caring can turn someone's day around

Let someone know you care

It’s National Mental Health Month. Find cards, gifts and ways to connect with people facing mental health challenges.

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Send a graduate a gift

Such an exciting time in a lot of young—and not-so-young—lives this month. Make them feel special and put together a graduation gift with a personal touch.

Surprise your mom

There are lots of ways to celebrate moms. Show her some love with some ideas that aren’t brunch.

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Write Mom and appreciation letter

Get inspiration for a letter to Mom that will make her day.

May Celebration Planner  

A printed free May 2023 planner page lying on a desktop with a craft mat, books and a pencil cup with a variety of markers, pens and pencils in it.

Download the May celebration planner page to keep track of this month’s special moments. IT’S FREE!

Digital Wallpapers  

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Celebrate spring by bedecking your screens with rich colors and lively patterns. Download your free May 2022 digital wallpapers below.