May 2023 Calendar

Time to bloom. Our May 2023 marketing briefing includes a printable calendar of popular holidays and occasions, consumer insights, and marketing resources.

July Calendar featured cherry pie

Photo offered for free use by Alice Wu on Unsplash

May 2023 Holidays & Observances

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month#asianpacificamericanheritagemonth
Jewish American Heritage Month#jewishamericanheritagemonth
1MInternational Workers' Day#intworkersday
May Day#mayday
2Tu🌎World Tuna Day#worldtunaday
National Teacher Day#thankateacher
World Asthma Day#worldasthmaday
3W🌎World Press Freedom Day#WPFD2021
4ThInternational Firefighters' Day#InternationalFirefightersDay
Star Wars Day#starwarsday #maythe4th
World Password Day#worldpasswordday
5FCinco De Mayo#cincodemayo
Visakha Puja - Buddhist#VisakhaPuja
Space Day#spaceday
🌎World Portuguese Language Day
6SaNational Nurses Day#nursesday
Free Comic Book Day#freecomicbookday
8M🌎Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During the Second World War#worldwar2remembrance
Lag B'omer - Jewish#lagbomer
9TuEurope Day#europeday
10W🌎International Day of Argania#argania
National Receptionist Day#nationalreceptionistday
12FNational Limerick Day#nationallimerickday
🌎International Day of Plant Health
13Sa🌎World Migratory Bird Day#migratorybirdday
14SuMother's Day#mothersday
15M🌎International Day of Families#familyday
16Tu🌎International Day of Living Together in Peace#dayoflivingtogetherinpeace
🌎Vesak, The Day of the Full Moon - Buddhist#vesak
🌎International Day of Light#internationaldayoflight
Love a Tree Day#loveatreeday
17W🌎World Telecommunication and Information Society Day#wtisd
Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia#IDAHOT2021
🌎UN Global Road Safety Week (May 17 - 23)#roadsafetyweek
18ThGlobal Accessability Awareness Day#GAAD
19FEndangered Species Day#endangeredspeciesday
National Bike to Work Day#btwd
20Sa🌎World Bee Day#worldbeeday
21Su🌎International Tea Day#teaday
🌎World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development#culturaldiversity
National Memo Day#nationalmemoday
22M🌎International Day for Biological Diversity#dayforbiologicaldiversity
23Tu🌎International Day to End Obstetric Fistula#daytoendobstetricfistula
Declaration of the Báb - Bahá’í#declarationofthebáb
24WNational Scavenger Hunt Day#nationalscavengerhuntday
25Th🌎Week of Solidarity With the Peoples of Non-Self Governing Territories (May 25 - 31)#WorldDayforCulturalDiversity
Shavuot - Jewish#shavuot
Ascension Day - Christian#ascensionday
26FHeat Awareness Day#nofryday
28SuHamburger Day#hamburgerday
Pentecost - Christian#pentecost
29M🇺🇸Memorial Day#memorialday
🌎International Day of UN Peacekeepers#internationaldayofunpeacekeepers
Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh - Bahá’í#AscensionofBaháulláh
Paperclip Day#paperclipday
31W🌎World No-Tobacco Day#notobacco
🇺🇸United States Federal Holiday
🌎United Nations Observance

About May

May is the 5th month of the year and the last month of spring.

Top Consumer Spending Events

May is a busy retail month with consumers planning, shopping, and prepping for Mother’s Day, Graduation Season and Father’s Day. 

View the planners below for insights and resources:

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

4th largest consumer spending event of the year //Mother's Day occurs annually on the second Sunday of May and falls on May 14th in 2023. It began being celebrated in the United States in the early 20th century at the initiative of Anna Jarvis who held a memorial for...

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Graduation Season

Graduation Season

A top annual consumer spending event //Spring issues in graduation season as folks begin searching for gift ideas and plan gatherings to celebrate their high school and college graduates.Consumer Insights The National Retail Federation's (NRF) annual graduation gift...

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Father’s Day

Father’s Day

7th largest consumer spending event of the year //Father's Day occurs annually on the third Sunday of June and falls on June 8th in 2023. It was first celebrated in the United States in 1910 at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington by Sonora Smart Dodd. Her father, the...

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May Symbology

It’s always someone’s birthday. Help your customers make their gifts more meaningful by featuring May symbology.

  • May’s birthstone is the emerald.
  • Its birth flowers are the lily of the valley and common hawthorn.
  • The zodiac signs for the month of April are Taurus (bull)  until May 19 and Gemini (twin) May 20 onwards.

Printable May 2023 Calendar

Click to download and print a PDF of the May calendar with all holidays and occasions listed above.

If you embed on your site, we simply ask for credit and a link back →  May Calendar by Annum. 

Regarding the Holidays and Occasions We Have Chosen

Our goal in creation of these calendars is to make marketing planning easier. So, in order to keep things simple we have chosen to focus on the top 12 consumer spending events as identified by the National Retail Federation; U.S. Federal Holidays; significant religious, ethnic, and cultural holidays that represent the diversity of the U.S. population as identified by ADL; and popular hashtag holidays that provide an opportunity for a natural business tie-in.

If you are interested in finding more occasions to commemorate here are a few resources:

Note that Bahá’í, Jewish, and Islamic holidays begin at sundown the previous day and end at sundown on the date listed.

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