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Culture: calendar of festivals and religious celebrations around the world for the current 2 months






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Loyalty Day*Monday May 1, 2017Culture 
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Labour Day*Monday May 1, 2017Culture 
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Lei Day*Monday May 1, 2017Culture 
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Maj-kat*Monday May 1, 2017Culture 
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San SegundoTuesday May 2, 2017Culture 
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National Day of Prayer*Tuesday May 2, 2017Culture 
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Pink Apple Filmfestival**Tuesday May 2, 2017Culture 
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Maggio Fiorentino**Tuesday May 2, 2017Culture 
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Jeonju International Film Festival**Tuesday May 2, 2017Culture 
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Bravery Day*Wednesday May 3, 2017Culture 
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Brighton Fringe Festival**Wednesday May 3, 2017Culture 
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Aboakyer festival**Wednesday May 3, 2017Culture 
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Independence Day*Thursday May 4, 2017Culture 
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Junkanoo Carnival,**Thursday May 4, 2017Culture 
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Cinco de Mayo**Friday May 5, 2017Culture 
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Memorial Day*Friday May 5, 2017Culture 
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Martyrs'Day*Friday May 5, 2017Culture 
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Eierläset*Friday May 5, 2017Culture 
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Le Feuillu*Friday May 5, 2017Culture 
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Glarner Landsgemeinde*Friday May 5, 2017Culture 
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Orthodox St. George's DaySaturday May 6, 2017Culture 
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H.H. the Royal Prince's Birthday*Saturday May 6, 2017Culture 
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Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)*Saturday May 6, 2017Culture 
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Victory Day*Sunday May 7, 2017Culture 
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Teacher Appreciation Day*Sunday May 7, 2017Culture 
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Parashurama Day*Sunday May 7, 2017Culture 
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Heroes DayMonday May 8, 2017Culture 
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Parents Day*Monday May 8, 2017Culture 
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Victory Day 1945Monday May 8, 2017Culture 
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National day against torture*Monday May 8, 2017Culture 
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Yom Hazikaron*Monday May 8, 2017Culture 
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Reykjavík Arts Festival**Monday May 8, 2017Culture 
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Victory Day*Tuesday May 9, 2017Culture 
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St Françis Xavier**Wednesday May 10, 2017Culture 
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Flower Day*Wednesday May 10, 2017Culture 
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Festival of Citizenship**Wednesday May 10, 2017Culture 
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Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Venezia**Thursday May 11, 2017Culture 
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Flag Day*Friday May 12, 2017Culture 
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Buddha's Anniversary*Friday May 12, 2017Culture 
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Battle Day*Friday May 12, 2017Culture 
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St Isidore (Albacete only)*Monday May 15, 2017Culture 
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Family Day*Monday May 15, 2017Culture 
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Teachers' DayMonday May 15, 2017Culture 
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Day of Mourning*Monday May 15, 2017Culture 
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Shri Shankaracharya*Monday May 15, 2017Culture 
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Mass Graves Day*Tuesday May 16, 2017Culture 
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Womens' Day**Tuesday May 16, 2017Culture 
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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville**Tuesday May 16, 2017Culture 
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Omar Khayyam Day*Wednesday May 17, 2017Culture 
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Tokyo Sanja Matsuri (beginning)*Wednesday May 17, 2017Culture 
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International Museum Day**Thursday May 18, 2017Culture 
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Karneval der Kulturen**Thursday May 18, 2017Culture 
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Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha BuchaThursday May 18, 2017Culture 
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President's Day*Friday May 19, 2017Culture 
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Day of culture and art workersSunday May 21, 2017Culture 
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Bergen Festival**Monday May 22, 2017Culture 
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National Day of the VlachsTuesday May 23, 2017Culture 
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Abolition of Slavery*Tuesday May 23, 2017Culture 
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Docaviv**Tuesday May 23, 2017Culture 
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Lag BaOmer*Tuesday May 23, 2017Culture 
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Teacher DayWednesday May 24, 2017Culture 
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Kazi Nazrul Islam day*Wednesday May 24, 2017Culture 
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Hong Kong Arts Festival**Wednesday May 24, 2017Culture 
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Bush Fire International Festival**Wednesday May 24, 2017Culture 
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Maharana Pratap anniversaryWednesday May 24, 2017Culture 
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Africa DayThursday May 25, 2017Culture 
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National Day of Healing*Friday May 26, 2017Culture 
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Kiev (Molodist) - International Film Festival**Friday May 26, 2017Culture 
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Khamoro International Festival**Friday May 26, 2017Culture 
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Children's Day*Friday May 26, 2017Culture 
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Carpet Day*Friday May 26, 2017Culture 
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Border Guard Day*Sunday May 28, 2017Culture 
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Northern Alberta International Children's Festival**Sunday May 28, 2017Culture 
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Anniversary of the Death of President Ali Soilih (click)**Monday May 29, 2017Culture 
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Fall of Constantinople*Monday May 29, 2017Culture 
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Bruges Holy Blood procession*Tuesday May 30, 2017Culture 
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Horse Festival*Tuesday May 30, 2017Culture 
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Band Clash*Tuesday May 30, 2017Culture 
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Brooklyn International Film Festival*Wednesday May 31, 2017Culture 
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Transilvania International Film Festival**Wednesday May 31, 2017Culture 
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Loyalty Day -
Friday May 1, 2020

Culture : Reaffirmation of loyalty to the USA; recognition of the freedom heritage. Parades and ceremonies across the United States.


Labour Day -
Friday May 1, 2020

Culture : This is not a public holiday


Lei Day -
Friday May 1, 2020

Culture : This Festival of the Lei was first held on May 1, 1928, when a pair of local artists in Honolulu encouraged everyone to wear a lei. Festivities were held downtown with hula, music, lei making demonstrations, and exhibits and contests


Maj-kat -
Friday May 1, 2020

Culture : End of April Fools' Day month. Cat is mentioned because cats born in May are supposed to be bad omen. Jokes are performed all over the country.


San Segundo -
Saturday May 2, 2020

Culture :


National Day of Prayer -
Thursday May 2, 2019

Culture : The National Day of Prayer was designated by Congress in 1952 and the president usually signs a proclamation. It stems from President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln, who set the example, as did the Continental Congress in 1775.


Pink Apple Filmfestival -
Thursday May 2, 2019

Culture : Www.pinkapple.ch lasts 2 weeks - in Zurich 2019 edition confirmed


Maggio Fiorentino -
Thursday May 2, 2019

Culture : Lasts 3 weeks in Florence please check dates: http://www.maggiofiorentino.com


Jeonju International Film Festival -
Thursday May 2, 2019

Culture : Www.jiff.or.kr lasts 10 days - in Jeonju 2019 season confirmed


Bravery Day -
Friday May 3, 2019

Culture : Saint George's Day. The feast was established with a decree of Prince Alexander of Battenberg in 1880. On this day, the Bulgarians praise the brave acts of the Bulgarian military men who fought across the battlefields over the years.


Brighton Fringe Festival -
Friday May 3, 2019

Culture : Www.brightonfringe.org/ lasts 3 weeks - 2019 edition confirmed


Aboakyer festival -
Friday May 3, 2019

Culture : Http://www.ghanaweb.com A popular game hunting festival in central Ghana, the Aboakyer Festival used to involve hunting for leopard but the death toll was too great, and the tribe members opted for hunting bushbuck (an antelope) instead. The festival includes traditional dancing, hunting, colorful processions, brass bands and more. in Central Ghana 2019 edition confirmed


Independence Day -
Monday May 4, 2020

Culture : On this day in 1776, Rhode Island, the colony founded by the most radical religious dissenters from the Puritans of Massachusetts Bay Colony, became the first North American colony to renounce its allegiance to King George III. Rhode Island would be the last state to ratify the new American Constitution more than 14 years later on May 29, 1790.


Junkanoo Carnival, -
Saturday May 4, 2019

Culture : The origin of the word junkanoo is rather obscure. It is believed it is tied to West African origins, as the costumes and conduct of the masqueraders bear similarities with the Yoruba Egungun festivals. http://bahamasjunkanoocarnival.com/ in Nassau 2019 edition confirmed


Cinco de Mayo -
Tuesday May 5, 2020

Culture : Defeating the Napoleon III cavalry, Texan general Zaragosa started a military cooperation with Mexico, leading to the supremacy of an army that would win, 14 months later, the battle of Gettysburg, ending the American Civil War. a public holiday in the state of Puebla Battle of Puebla against the French Celebrated by the Mexican communities


Memorial Day -
Tuesday May 5, 2020

Culture : Holocaust Memorial Day is dedicated to the lessons of the past and provides an important opportunity to face any manifestations of hatred


Martyrs'Day -
Sunday May 5, 2019

Culture : Commemorates the Syrian and Lebanese nationalists executed in Damascus and Beirut on May 6, 1916 by Jamal Pasha, the Ottoman wāli. They were executed in both the Marjeh Square in Damascus and Burj Square in Beirut. Both squares have since then been renamed to Martyrs' Square. (Wikipedia)


Eierläset -
Sunday May 5, 2019

Culture : A festival around an egg race, is a long-established spring and fertility custom designed to drive out winter.


Le Feuillu -
Sunday May 5, 2019

Culture : Le Feuillu, aussi écrit anciennement « Folliu », « Folhiu » ou « Foeillu », est une fête qui se rattache à l'antique tradition des « quêtes de mai » répandues dans toute l'Europe. Elle peut également être rapprochée de la « Fête du Fou » (le fou étant dérivé de fagus, hêtre) ainsi qu'à celle des « Maïentzets » ou encore à celle de l'arbre de mai. Cette fête aurait été à l'origine un rite paysan de type païen, probablement d'origine celtique et dont le but est de célébrer le retour du printemps. Au XVIe siècle, Calvin la fit interdire dans les communes genevoises. [Wikipedia]


Glarner Landsgemeinde -
Sunday May 5, 2019

Culture : Public vote in front of the legislative body.


Orthodox St. George's Day -
Wednesday May 6, 2020

Culture :


H.H. the Royal Prince's Birthday -
Monday May 6, 2019

Culture : Colonel H.R.H. Crown Prince Sia'osi Taufa'ahau Manumata'ogo Tuku'aho Tupou (born in 1948) is the current Crown Prince of Tonga. He was appointed on May 4, 1966.


Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Monday May 6, 2019

Culture : Originally Ramadama is the name of the ninth month in the Arab world. It is, above all, a month of fasting. Fasting was not born with Islam. The abstaining from eating and drinking is mentioned in the Old and New Testaments, preceding the prophet Muhammad. Thus, in the Bible, it is mentioned that Queen Esther asked the Jews to fast for three days before asking her husband to spare the Jews. According to the New Testament, Jesus fasted for 40 days in the desert. Referring to this episode, Christianity has a fasting period of 40 days called Lent . Today, the fasting period of practicing Catholics lasts from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday. The start of Ramadan generally depends on local observation of the moon crescent, but others choose the calculation of the new moon or the statement of Saudi Arabia to determine the start of the fasting period. The three main prohibitions of Ramadan are: eat, drink and have sex, It is possible to swallow one's own saliva, but not the water with which mouth was rinsed. Practitioners can go swimming or take a shower, as long as they do not swallow water. Alcohol-based perfume is prohibited. Nail biting is allowed as long as nails are clean. Dates fruit are recommended after breaking of the fast, provided they do not come from Israel. Travelers, pregnant or nursing or menstruating women are allowed to stop fasting. Practitioners usually gain weight during this period. Punishments are particularly heavy year Algeria, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.


Victory Day -
Thursday May 7, 2020

Culture : Dien Bien Phu Victory Day


Teacher Appreciation Day -
Tuesday May 7, 2019

Culture : Teacher Appreciation Week is a week long celebration - to show appreciation for the contribution that teachers bring to education


Parashurama Day -
Tuesday May 7, 2019

Culture : The sixth avatar of Vishnu in Hinduism. Like other avatars of Vishnu, he appears at a time when overwhelming evil prevailed on earth. The warrior class, with weapons and power, had begun to abuse their power, take what belonged to others by force and tyrannize people. Parashurama corrects the cosmic equilibrium by destroying these evil warriors.


Heroes Day -
Friday May 8, 2020

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Parents Day -
Friday May 8, 2020

Culture : Sons and daughters show their love and respect for their parents on this day. Parents’ Day is not a national holiday. Banks and shops are open for business.


Victory Day 1945 -
Friday May 8, 2020

Culture :


National day against torture -
Friday May 8, 2020

Culture : To consolidate the protection of freedoms and human rights in Tunisia as a guarantee for completing the democratic process on a solid basis.


Yom Hazikaron -
Wednesday May 8, 2019

Culture : Traditionally dedicated to fallen soldiers, this commemoration has now been extended to civilian victims of armed disputes


Reykjavík Arts Festival -
Wednesday May 8, 2019

Culture : Http://en.listahatid.is/schedule/2016 lasts 3 weeks - in Reykjavík 2019 edition NOT confirmed


Victory Day -
Saturday May 9, 2020

Culture : WW2 celebration


St Françis Xavier -
Sunday May 10, 2020

Culture : Salvador only


Flower Day -
Sunday May 10, 2020

Culture : A holiday was first introduced by Hajibala Abutalibov, the mayor of Baku, in 2003, when Heydar Aliyev was hospitalized in Cleveland, U.S., with no realistic hopes for recovery. The Baku mayor declared May 10, Heydar Aliyev's birthday, the Flower Holiday to celebrate the president's birthday while thinly veiling it as a neutral holiday.


Festival of Citizenship -
Friday May 10, 2019

Culture : The Festival della Cittadinanza is an event of three days during which the old town becomes the scene of a rich cultural program of exhibitions, performances, conferences, round tables... in Padova


Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Venezia -
Saturday May 11, 2019

Culture : Lasts 6 months http://www.labiennale.org in Venice 2015 edition confirmed


Flag Day -
Sunday May 12, 2019

Culture : This holiday is dedicated to the main symbols of the country which embody the ideas of national unity and are the major attributes of sovereignty and independence in Belarus. [www.belarus.by]


Buddha's Anniversary -
Sunday May 12, 2019

Culture : Sakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born on April 8th, 623 B.C.E. in ancient northern India (now in Nepal) as Prince Siddhartha. It is a holiday observed by Buddhists throughout the world, though the exact date may differ from country to country.


Battle Day -
Sunday May 12, 2019

Culture : Stosswallfahrt - Commémoration de la bataille du col de Stoss


St Isidore (Albacete only) -
Friday May 15, 2020

Culture : Isidore (c.560-636) the Husbandman (or Farmer) is the patron saint of farmers, and Madrid. When a young boy, he became discouraged with his studies and ran away from school, but he came across a steadily dripping stream of water that had worn a deep hallow in a rock, and this He succeeded his brother as the bishop of Seville, but is better known for his writings. inspired him to return to his studies. His brothers Leander, Fulgentius, and Florentian are also saints. Observed in Spain as Feast of Saint Isadore. Also celebrated in Mexican towns whose patron saint is San Isidro. (shagtown.com)


Family Day -
Friday May 15, 2020

Culture : From 2008 onwards


Teachers' Day -
Friday May 15, 2020

Culture :


Day of Mourning -
Friday May 15, 2020

Culture : Annual Remembering the Nakba. In Arabic, the word “Nakba” means catastrophe. This term is used to refer to the Israeli occupation and the displacement of the Palestinian people. Between the years of 1947 and 1948, over 750,000 Palestinians were forced to move from their homes and 531 villages were destroyed.


Shri Shankaracharya -
Friday May 15, 2020

Culture : Shri Shankaracharya jayanti


Mass Graves Day -
Saturday May 16, 2020

Culture : National day of remembrance for the victim’s of Saddam Hussein’s regime who were buried in mass graves (from 2007 on)


Womens' Day -
Saturday May 16, 2020

Culture : May 16 has been celebrated by Kuwaiti women and the supporters of their political rights as a breakthrough in the northern Arabian Gulf country after parliament in 2005 voted 35-23 and passed a bill that gave women the right to vote and to stand as candidates in the legislative and municipal elections. from 2016 onwards


Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville -
Thursday May 16, 2019

Culture : Http://www.fimav.qc.ca lasts 5 days - 2019 edition confirmed


Omar Khayyam Day -
Sunday May 17, 2020

Culture : Omar Khayyam (1048-1131), a Persian mathematician, astronomer and poet, was renowned in his own country and in his own lifetime for his scientific achievements, but is chiefly known to English-speaking readers through the translation by the English writer Edward Fitzgerald of a collection of his Rubaiyat (“quatrains”) in “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam” (1859).


Tokyo Sanja Matsuri (beginning) -
Friday May 17, 2019

Culture : Literally Three Shrine Festival ), or Sanja Festival, is one of the three great Shinto festivals in Tokyo. It is considered one of the wildest and largest. [Wikipedia] 2019 edition confirmed


International Museum Day -
Monday May 18, 2020

Culture : NOT a public holiday


Karneval der Kulturen -
Saturday May 18, 2019

Culture : Www.karneval-berlin.de/ lasts 3 days - 2019 edition confirmed


Vesak - Buddha Purnima - Visakha Bucha -
Saturday May 18, 2019

Culture :


President's Day -
Tuesday May 19, 2020

Culture : President Ho Chi Minh's Birthday


Day of culture and art workers -
Tuesday May 21, 2019

Culture : 2019 edition confirmed


Bergen Festival -
Wednesday May 22, 2019

Culture : Www.fib.no/en/ lasts 2 weeks - 2019 season confirmed


National Day of the Vlachs -
Saturday May 23, 2020

Culture :


Abolition of Slavery -
Saturday May 23, 2020

Culture : Abolition of Slavery Day in French Overseas Territories: May 27 in Guadeloupe, May 22 in Martinique, June 10 in Guiana, Dec. 20 in Réunion Island, April 27 in Mayotte, May 23 in Metropolitan France (where it is not a public holiday) In fact, the second abolition decree was signed in Paris by Victor Schoelcher on April 27, 1848. The first decree had been signed in Paris by the French Revolution on Feb. 4, 1794, but had been cancelled by Napoleon on May 20, 1802.


Docaviv -
Thursday May 23, 2019

Culture : Lasts 10 days - in Tel Aviv Documentary film festival 2019 edition confirmed


Lag BaOmer -
Thursday May 23, 2019

Culture : Marks the hillula (celebration, interpreted by some as anniversary of death) of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a Mishnaic sage and leading disciple of Rabbi Akiva in the 2nd century, and the day on which he revealed the deepest secrets of kabbalah in the form of the Zohar, a landmark text of Jewish mysticism Wikipedia


Teacher Day -
Sunday May 24, 2020

Culture :


Kazi Nazrul Islam day -
Sunday May 24, 2020

Culture : 24 May 1899 – 29 August 1976 -- was a Bengali poet, writer, musician, and revolutionary from the Indian subcontinent. He is the national poet of Bangladesh.Popularly known as Nazrul, he produced a large body of poetry and music with themes that included religious devotion and rebellion against oppression. Nazrul's activism for political and social justice earned him the title of Rebel Poet . His compositions form the avant-garde genre of Nazrul Sangeet (Music of Nazrul). Nazrul and his works are equally commemorated and celebrated in Bangladesh and India, particularly in India's Bengali-speaking states such as West Bengal, parts of Assam, and Tripura. [Wikipedia]


Hong Kong Arts Festival -
Friday May 24, 2019

Culture : Www.hk.artsfestival.org/en Music, danse, opera, theater - lasts one week - 2019 edition confirmed


Bush Fire International Festival -
Friday May 24, 2019

Culture : Www.bushfire.co.sz lasts 2 days - in Mbabane 2019 season confirmed


Maharana Pratap anniversary -
Friday May 24, 2019

Culture :


Africa Day -
Saturday May 25, 2019

Culture :


National Day of Healing -
Sunday May 26, 2019

Culture : Formerly known as National Sorry Day, this day started in 1998, to express regret over the historical mistreatment of Aboriginal peoples.


Kiev (Molodist) - International Film Festival -
Sunday May 26, 2019

Culture : Www.molodist.com in Kiev 2019 edition confirmed


Khamoro International Festival -
Sunday May 26, 2019

Culture : Www.khamoro.cz/ Gypsy festival - lasts 1 week - in Prague 2019 edition confirmed


Children's Day -
Sunday May 26, 2019

Culture : Gyermeknap - Parents take children to fun places or to family nature walks (kirándulás).


Carpet Day -
Sunday May 26, 2019

Culture : Festivities in honor of Turkmen Carpet Day, celebration of best masters of carpet weaving and concerts are held all over the country


Border Guard Day -
Tuesday May 28, 2019

Culture : In tribute to the soldiers who rebuffed invasions of their country


Northern Alberta International Children's Festival -
Tuesday May 28, 2019

Culture : Lasts 5 days - in Edmonton - www.childfest.com in Edmonton 2019 edition confirmed


Anniversary of the Death of President Ali Soilih (click) -
Wednesday May 29, 2019

Culture : Even though this is an official celebration, banks & businesses usually remain open


Fall of Constantinople -
Wednesday May 29, 2019

Culture : Capture of the capital of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire by an invading army of the Ottoman Empire on 29 May 1453. The Ottomans were commanded by 21-year-old Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, who defeated an army commanded by Byzantine Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos. The conquest of Constantinople followed a 53-day siege that had begun on 6 April 1453.


Bruges Holy Blood procession -
Thursday May 30, 2019

Culture : Sanguis Christi


Horse Festival -
Thursday May 30, 2019

Culture : Auffahrtsumritt Beromünster - Procession équestre de l’Ascension à Beromünster


Band Clash -
Thursday May 30, 2019

Culture : Anguilla’s favorite local soca bands battle it out in The Valley’s Landsome Bowl Center (LBCC), each band performs an original test piece http://www.anguilla-beaches.com/anguilla-carnival-events.html 2019 edition confirmed


Brooklyn International Film Festival -
Friday May 31, 2019

Culture : Http://wbff.org 2019 edition confirmed


Transilvania International Film Festival -
Friday May 31, 2019

Culture : Www.tiff.ro lasts 10 days - in Cluj 2019 edition confirmed