May, the fifth month of the year, holds significance with various festivals, commemorative events, and observances of national and international importance worldwide. Let’s delve into the notable days and dates observed in May 2024, shedding light on their historical, cultural, and social significance.


India, renowned for its diverse cultural tapestry, observes a multitude of festivals and occasions throughout the year, reflecting its rich heritage and traditions. Understanding the significance of these important days is crucial for various competitive examinations, including SSC, Bank PO, and PSC. Here’s a detailed list of the significant national and international days, events, and festivals for the month of May 2024.

May 1: International Labour Day

International Labour Day, also known as May Day, is commemorated globally on May 1st each year. In India, it is celebrated as Antarrashtriya Shramik Diwas or Kamgar Din, acknowledging the contributions of workers and advocating for labour rights.

May 1: Maharashtra Day

Maharashtra Day, or Maharashtra Diwas, is observed on May 1st to commemorate the formation of the state of Maharashtra following the division of the Bombay State on May 1, 1960.

May 1: Gujarat Day

Gujarat Day marks the establishment of the state of Gujarat on May 1, 1960, and is celebrated as a state holiday in Gujarat.

May 2: World Tuna Day

World Tuna Day, designated by the United Nations, is observed on May 2nd to raise awareness about the importance of tuna fish and sustainable fishing practices.

May 3: Press Freedom Day

Press Freedom Day, observed on May 3rd, serves as a reminder to uphold the principles of press freedom and honor journalists who have sacrificed their lives in the pursuit of truth and transparency.

May 4: Coal Miners Day

Coal Miners Day, celebrated on May 4th, pays tribute to the resilience and dedication of coal miners, recognizing their invaluable contributions despite the challenges they face in their profession.

May 4: International Firefighter’s Day

International Firefighter’s Day, established in honor of firefighters who risk their lives to protect communities, is observed on May 4th to recognize their selfless service and sacrifices.

May 5: World Laughter Day

World Laughter Day, celebrated on the first Sunday of May, promotes the joy of laughter and its positive impact on mental and physical well-being.

May 6: International No Diet Day

International No Diet Day, observed annually on May 6th, advocates for body acceptance and challenges societal norms surrounding body image and diet culture.

May 7: World Athletics Day

World Athletics Day, observed on May 7th, aims to foster a love for sports among youth and promote athletics as a primary sport, nurturing talent and athleticism.

May 7: World Asthma Day

World Asthma Day, observed on the first Tuesday of May, raises awareness about asthma and emphasizes the importance of prevention and management strategies.

May 8: World Red Cross Day

World Red Cross Day, commemorated on May 8th, honors the birth anniversary of Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross, and recognizes the humanitarian efforts of the organization worldwide.

May 8: World Thalassaemia Day

World Thalassaemia Day, observed on May 8th, raises awareness about thalassaemia, a genetic blood disorder, and acknowledges the challenges faced by patients and their families.

May 9: Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti, celebrated on May 9th, commemorates the birth anniversary of the renowned poet, novelist, and Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, highlighting his contributions to literature and culture.

May 9: Maharana Pratap Jayanti

Maharana Pratap Jayanti, observed on May 9th, honors the valor and legacy of Maharana Pratap, a legendary warrior and ruler of Mewar, Rajasthan.

May 10: World Lupus Day

World Lupus Day, observed on May 10th, aims to raise awareness about lupus, an autoimmune disease, and educate the public about its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

May 11: National Technology Day

National Technology Day, celebrated on May 11th, acknowledges the significance of science and technology in driving innovation and development, commemorating India’s Pokhran nuclear tests conducted on May 11, 1998.

May 12: International Nurses Day

International Nurses Day, observed on May 12th, honors the contributions of nurses to healthcare and commemorates the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

May 12: Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day, celebrated on the second Sunday of May, pays tribute to motherhood and maternal bonds, recognizing the love and sacrifices of mothers worldwide.

May 15: International Day of Families

International Day of Families, observed on May 15th, highlights the importance of families in society and promotes awareness about issues affecting families globally.

May 16: National Dengue Day

National Dengue Day, observed on May 16th, raises awareness about dengue fever and promotes preventive measures to combat the spread of the disease.

May 16: International Day of Light

International Day of Light, celebrated on May 16th, honors the significance of light in science, technology, art, and culture, commemorating the first successful operation of the laser by physicist Theodore Maiman in 1960.

May 17: World Telecommunication Day

World Telecommunication Day, observed on May 17th, marks the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and promotes awareness about the role of telecommunication in connecting people worldwide.

May 17: World Hypertension Day

World Hypertension Day, observed on May 17th, aims to raise awareness about hypertension and its prevention, highlighting the importance of monitoring blood pressure and adopting a healthy lifestyle.

May 17: National Endangered Species Day

National Endangered Species Day, celebrated on the third Friday in May, raises awareness about the conservation of endangered species and the importance of biodiversity preservation.

May 18: World AIDS Vaccine Day

World AIDS Vaccine Day, observed on May 18th, commemorates the efforts to develop a vaccine against HIV/AIDS and raises awareness about the ongoing research and challenges in combating the disease.

May 18: International Museum Day

International Museum Day, celebrated on May 18th, promotes awareness about the role of museums in preserving cultural heritage and fostering understanding and appreciation of art and history.

May 18: Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day, observed on the third Saturday of May, honors the men and women serving in the armed forces and pays tribute to their dedication and sacrifice in protecting their country.

May 21: National Anti-Terrorism Day

National Anti-Terrorism Day, observed on May 21st, raises awareness about the impact of terrorism and commemorates the death anniversary of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated by a terrorist attack.

May 22: International Day for Biological Diversity

International Day for Biological Diversity, observed on May 22nd, highlights the importance

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