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Weird And Wacky May Holidays

Updated on March 31, 2014

Feel Free To Celebrate The Weird Holidays - Let's Take A Look At Those In May

Weird holidays, bizarre celebrations and wacky observances. That's what you're going to find if you continue reading this lens, and their all going to be focusing on one month - May.

Although the most common holidays will be featured in this article (to a degree), the bulk of it will be devoted to just how many strange, odd, peculiar and unique holidays that occur in any given month.

Before continuing on to the strange stuff, you should realize that this won't be the end all, be all of weird holiday lists. I've decided to only list those that appeal to me the most and sound most interesting. Most will be authentic, while some will be questionable (but still celebrated), but all will be memorable. I'm also not going to limit these celebrations to the U.S. If I find a strange holiday that takes place in another country, and I think there may be people who will be into it, then I'll list it. So, if you like holidays and are always looking for reasons to celebrate more than a few times a month, then I hope you enjoy the lens.

Photo by kid missile / flickr.

National Barbecue Month / National Hamburger Month - The perfect excuse to cook outside every day of May.

My dad and my uncle used to barbecue outside all the time. I can remember them constantly arguing about whether the food tasted better on a gas grill or one that used charcoal. What I always cherished during those experiences was the wonderful memories they gave me. The food always tasted great during those dinners.

National Wildflower Week - Second Week In May

If your a fan of wildflowers there is often no better time to get pictures of them than now. A really perfect time of the year to go hiking and see Mother Nature's beauty.

Mother's Day - Every second Sunday in May.

Although everyone loves their dad and grandparents, mother's almost always hold a special place in everyone's heart. The great thing about this special holiday is that it is very easy to celebrate. I'm always sure to let my mom know how I feel about her on this day and try to spend the day doing something with her that we both like.

While gifts or cards are certainly not necessary (I've been told), they certainly will bring a smile to her face, especially if you spend time with her on this day.

Also check out some great Jewelry for new moms.

International Jazz Day - Always held on the Saturday before Memorial Day

This day to celebrate all things jazz was created back in 1991 by D. Michael Denny who was, at the time, on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Jazz Society. Feel free to honor this day by sharing it's music, history or singers with others. Is it me, or does jazz music seem to be one of those types of music that everyone seems to like... when they get an opportunity to hear it?

Mother Goose Day - May 1st

This interesting holiday was created in 1987 by Gloria T. Delamar coinciding with the release of her book, Mother Goose: From Nursery to Literature. It's a day to celebrate children's fairy tales and nursery rhymes by the imaginary author herself, though any such stories can be used to observe this special day. I like to celebrate the day by reading several books with my niece - always a good time.

Rapunzel Fairy Tale

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No Socks Day - May 8th

Although it feels good to let your feet breathe from time to time, I must admit that I'm a big fan of socks. If anything, this strange holiday makes me appreciate them even more - especially the weird socks.

National Dance Like A Chicken Day - May 14th

The Chicken Dance is a fairly well-known tradition at weddings and other gatherings, so is it really a surprise that there is a holiday celebrating it? Be sure to save the perfect dance song on your music device, as it is much easier to do the Chicken Dance with good music.

Pack Rat Day - May 17th

Have you ever been told that you have too much stuff or go to way too many yard sales? If so, you may be a pack rat, and there's not a thing in the world wrong with that. Be proud that you like to save things for future use. Those that laugh at you will be laughed at by you when they come looking for a certain item that they can't find in stores anymore, right?

While some like to celebrate this day by going to garage sales and flea markets, I like to organize my belongings where I can actually find something if I need it. After all, what good is that rare item if you have no idea where it's at?

World Turtle Day

May 23rd

Sponsored by American Tortoise Rescue, World Turtle Day is the perfect time to broaden your knowledge and respect for these ancient creatures. One of the best ways I like to celebrate this day is to save turtles caught on roads or highways by helping them cross safely. Just be sure to carry them to the side they are already heading.

Green Sea Turtle, Sipidan, Malaysia by David B. Fleetham

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Turtles and Tortoises - 27 x 38 in. Poster

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Slow Poke T-Shirt

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Ocean Friends, Terrance

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Key West, Florida - Sea Turtles Hatching

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More Strange and Weird May Holidays

That I haven't had a chance to research... yet.

1-May Day, Save the Rhino Day

2-Great American Grump Out

3-Lumpy Rug Day

4-National Candied Orange Peel Day

5-Oyster Day

6-No Diet Day, No Homework Day

7-Accountant's Day

8-World Red Cross / Red Crescent Day

9-Night Shift Workers Day

10-Clean Up Your Room Day

11-Twilight Zone Day

12-Limerick Day, Stay Up All Night Day

13-Frog Jumping Day

14-Underground America Day

15-National Chocolate Chip Day

16-Love A Tree Day

17-World Hypertension Day

18-International Museum Day, Visit Your Relatives Day

19-Boys Club Day

20-Be a Millionaire Day

21-National Waiters and Waitresses Day

22-Buy a Musical Instrument Day

23-Lucky Penny Day

24-National Escargot Day

25-Tap Dance Day


27-Sun Screen Day, Cellophane Tape Day

28-Slugs Return From Capistrano Day

29-Learn About Composting Day

30-Water a Flower Day

31-World No Tobacco Day

Save Your Hearing Day - May 31st

You never realize how much you depend on your hearing until you begin to lose it in a rapid way. Although there are things that cause hearing loss that are out of our control, there are also ways to avoid it. A good pair of ear plugs is one of those ways.

Ever had the chance to celebrate any of these weird holidays of May? - Or why not suggest one that's not listed?

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    • MirceaFlorea profile image


      6 years ago

      So funny.

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      6 years ago

      very nice

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens

    • tricomanagement profile image


      6 years ago

      Ditto! Great Job - loved the holidays what fun!

    • KateHonebrink profile image


      6 years ago

      I love your article! I just wrote on Straw Hat Day, May 15 - it was so much fun researching and writing it!! Thanks for your comprehensive weird May holiday list - there's a lot more fun to be had, by the looks of it! Kudos on a great job!

    • gatornic15 profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens! I am going to feature your lens on my Eat What You Want Day lens, which is celebrated on May 11th.

    • Steph Tietjen profile image

      Stephanie Tietjen 

      6 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I danced like a chicken once (probably not on the right day). Okay, more than once.

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      6 years ago

      Well, of course, National Hamburger month! Fun lens.

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Turtle Day. I will certainly celebrate that one.


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