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1st May

May Day

The ancient pagan festival of May Day is celebrated throughout the northern hemisphere today.

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2nd May

International Harry Potter Day

All aboard the Hogwarts Express, May 2nd marks the day Harry Potter fans around the globe celebrate the infamous wizard with International Harry Potter

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3rd May

World Press Freedom Day

This day was established by the United Nations General Assembly (UNESCO) to maintain awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and to remind

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4th May

Star Wars Day

May the fourth be with you! Around the world, Star Wars fans are celebrating Star Wars Day today.

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5th May

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, or Fifth of May, is one of those peculiar celebrations that are honoured more outside their homelands than within.

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6th May

Coronation day

Today, 6th May 2023, marks the coronation of Charles III as he is crowned King at Westminster Abbey.

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7th May

National Cosmopolitan Day

Thankfully there's no regulation or any other hindrance to anybody anywhere declaring a 'National Day' or even an 'International Day' to celebrate whatever

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8th May

National Have a Coke Day

In the words of the BBC, other brands are available, but it is impossible to tell the story of Have a Coke Day without mentioning one of the biggest and

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9th May

Lost Sock Memorial Day

America boasts over 1,200 national days celebrating all manner of things... and as the name suggests, this one remembers dearly departed socks and their

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10th May

National Shrimp Day

The humble shrimp is one of the world's most favoured seafoods and rated shrimp-ly the best seafood in the US with each American said to consume over 4lbs

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11th May

Somerset Day

11th May is a poignant date for Somerset as it marks the day Alfred the Great called together all the people of Somerset to raise arms against the Viking

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12th May

Limerick Day

There was a young bartending star Who dreamed he would open a bar Then he worked for a brand Took a corporate stand And ended up doing PR

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13th May

World Cocktail Day

Today is a special day for any cocktail geek: World Cocktail Day.

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14th May

National buttermilk biscuit day

A scone or not a scone, that is the question.

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15th May

National Chocolate Chip Day

Someone, somewhere, quite randomly we're sure, decided that today is National Chocolate Chip Day.

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16th May

Dam Busters Bombed Today

Back in 1605, the Carthusian Monks of Chartreuse were given a manuscript with the recipe for the Élixir Végétal they still make to this day. To celebrate

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17th May

Pinot Grigio Day

The 17th of May celebrates Pinot Grigio (or Pinot Gris), a grape variety identified with gently acidic refreshing white wines from Northern Italy, often

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18th May

National No Dirty Dishes Day

Probably created by a fed-up and overloaded homemaker, No Dirty Dishes Day is a day dedicated to keeping our sinks clear of dirty plates, pots and pans.

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19th May

We're remembering Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

One of Jacqueline Kennedy's first acts as First Lady was to replace the routine of punch before dinner with cocktails – and to install bars in the White

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20th May

World Bee Day

The UN proclaimed 20th May World Bee Day in December 2017. May was chosen due to bees in the northern hemisphere developing profusely ahead of a productive

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21st May

International Tennessee Whiskey Day

The May 21st date chosen for this momentous occasion is significant as it was on this day in 1937 that Tennessee repealed the ban on manufacturing alcoholic

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22nd May

World Goth Day

Around the world today, thousands of black-clad nihilists will be upping the make-up and partying like it's 1985. You can find them in some quite surprising

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23rd May

World Turtle Day

A day dedicated to celebrating and promoting the protection of turtles and tortoises, from sea turtles and terrapins to pet tortoises and their giant cousins.

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24th May

The London Ritz's Birthday

On this day in 1906, the legendary hotelier César Ritz opened the London Ritz, on the site of an old coaching inn, not far from the Savoy from which he

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25th May

Towel Day

Fans of the late, great Douglas Adams, creator of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, will today be celebrating his work. And they do this by carrying

National Sorry Day image
26th May

National Sorry Day

In Australia, today is National Sorry Day. No, not an opportunity to go around apologising to everyone you've done wrong to - that's what Sunday mornings

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27th May

The Chrysler Building's birthday

New York City's Chrysler Building was completed this day in 1930 and at the time this impressive Art Deco-style skyscraper was the tallest man-made structure.

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28th May

National Brisket Day

This national day originates from the days before the luxury of white goods when butchers didn't have fridges so leftover meat and the not so popular cuts

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29th May

Everest was first summitted this day

On this day in 1953, Edmund Hillary, a New Zealander, and the Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers known to have reached the summit

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30th May

Mint Julep Day

The Kentucky Derby ended a while back - but, with summer on its way, this is a great opportunity to celebrate Mint Julep Day. Even if students at New College

National Macaroon Day image
31st May

National Macaroon Day

Not to be confused with the French macaron, today is the day to enjoy the Italian sweet treat, the macaroon.

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