If you’re looking for an excuse to market your business next month, look no further than these monthly designations and events for the month of May 2010. What creative ways can you build a promotion around one of these events for your business?
We’ve provided listings for the United States, Canada, and for the International Community.
Special Note: May 21st is International Virtual Assistants Day. If you have a virtual assistant, be sure to honor them on this day in a special way.
Four health organizations have designated May 2010 as their special month. To get more information on the conditions and organization observances, please visit their Web sites:
Arthritis Awareness Month: www.arthritis.org.
National Hepatitis Awareness Month: www.HepatitisFoundation.org.
National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month: www.nof.org.
National Stroke Awareness Month: www.stroke.org.
Other designations for the month of May include:
Bark in the Park, Lincoln Park, Chicago. A 5k event for people and their dogs, 3,500 attend to observe Be Kind to Animals Week. www.barkinthepark.org.
Motorcycle Safety Month. Dedicated to safe riding practices and courses. By Springboard Training, Box 588, Olney, MD 20830.
National Bike Month. By the League of American Bicyclists, 1612 K St., Ste 800, Washington, DC 20006.
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Since 1983, emphasizes the president’s fitness challenge. Visit www.fitness.gov.
Older Americans Month. By Presidential Proclamation since 1963, formerly Senior Citizens Month. 1, Kentucky Derby. Thoroughbred horse race held since 1875. 700 Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY. 40208.
2-8, Be Kind to Animals Week. Observed since 1915. American Humane, 63 Inverness Dr. E, Englewood, CO 80112.
4, National Teacher Day. To honor them for their leadership. By the National Education Assn., 1201 16th St. NW, #710, Washington, DC 20036.
5, Cinco de Mayo. Marks Mexican defeat of the French in 1862. Widely celebrated in the U.S.
6-12, National Nurses Week. Includes National Nurses Day, May 12, which is also the birthday of Florence Nightingale. American Nurses Assn., 1777 T St. NW, Washington, DC 20009.
8, Military Spouse Appreciation Day. First proclaimed in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan.
9, Mother’s Day. To honor mothers of all ages and those who have passed on. First held in 1907 and recognized by Congress in 1914.
9-15, National Police Week. By Presidential Proclamation 3537 in 1963, Includes Peace Officer Memorial Day, May 15.
10-14, National Etiquette Week. To rally people to act with courtesy and kindness. www.etiquetteleadership.com.
12, National Receptionists Day. To recognize more than a million front-line personnel in the U.S. www.nationalreceptionists.com.
14-23, Lilac Festival. At Highland Park, Rochester, NY. Free admission, entertainment, 400,000 attend. www.lilacfestival.com.
15, Preakness Stakes. Middle Jewel in thoroughbred horse racing crown. Held since 1873.
16-22, National Transportation Week. By Presidential Proclamation since 1960.
17, Armed forces Day. Celebrated annually since 1936, by Presidential Proclamation.
21, International Virtual Assistants Day. To recognize their dedication and professionalism. Web: www.oivac.com.
22-28, National Safe Boating Week. By the National Safe Boating Council and the U.S. Coast Guard. Visit www.safeboatingcouncil.org.
27-30, Mudbug Madness. At Riverfront, Shreveport, LA. Celebration of Cajun heritage and foods. 150,000 attend. www.mudbugmadness.com.
28-30, Riverfest. Riverfront Park, Little Rock, Arkansas, 33rd annual, 247,000 attend. Visit www.riverfestarkansas.com.
May 7-24, In Ottawa, ON, the huge tulip festival. International Pavilion features food, culture and entertainment of more than 25 countries. Web: www.tulipfestival.ca.
12, Nurses Day in Canada. Web: www.cna.ca.
22, Canadian Immigrants’ Day. To recognize the contributions made by immigrants to Canada and to discuss immigration policy.
24-Oct. 11, Upper Canada Village. Visitors see the world of the 1860s. Costumed interpreters bring history to life in Morrisburg, ON. For more information, call 800-437-2233.
24, Victoria Day. Holiday celebrates the birth of Queen Victoria in 1819.
1, International: May Day. Widely observed as a workers’ holiday, particularly in Europe.
4, China: Youth Day. Holiday since 1919 when students protested imperialist aggression.
5, Thailand: Coronation Day. Holiday honors King Bhumibol Adulyadej, crowned in 1946.
7, E l Salvador: Day of the Soldier. National holiday marks founding of the armed forces in 1824.
8, Slovakia: Liberation Day. Celebrates liberation of Czechoslovakia from the Germans in 1945.
9, Russia: Victory Day. Commemorates Allied victory over Nazi Germany in 1945.
May 14-July 30, Norway: Midnight Sun at North Cape with 24 hours of sunshine every day.
18, Haiti: Flag and University Day. A holiday.
18, Uruguay: National holiday commemorates battle for independence from Spain in 1811.
19, Turkey: Youth and Sports Day. Marks start of the movement for independence in 1919.
22, Yemen: National Day. National holiday celebrates the reunification of Yemen in 1990.
24, Belize: Commonwealth Day. A holiday.
25, Jordan: Independence Day. Marks 1946 treaty for independence from Britain.
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