Annual Holidays and Special Days in May
It's time to celebrate the profession of nursing and nurses who do so much for
Hello, I'm Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we'll discuss annual holidays and special days in the month of May.Kick off the month of May by celebrating May Day on May 1, or learning about May Day. It's got two traditional definitions. It can be known as spring, the arrival of our season, or it can be an international labor day of sorts. It celebrates workers across the United States and countries around the globe.The first Thursday of May is National Prayer Day, designated by the United States Congress. In your home school setting, you may or may not pray daily, but you do teach about religion, so let's take the time on the first Thursday of May to talk about prayer.And on May 5, we celebrate a different culture in the country of Mexico. Widely celebrated in the United States, May 5 is Cinco de Mayo, where we take the time to celebrate Mexican heritage and history. Go to the computer and print out some coloring pages, such as a Mexican flag, and the whole family can take their turn coloring it in.The very next day, May 6, is National Nurses' Day. It's time to celebrate the profession of nursing and nurses who do so much for people across this country and the world. You can do some activities with your kids by teaching them simple tasks that nurses do every day, such as taking their pulse.And before you know it, it will be Mothers' Day. Mothers' Day is celebrated on different days in different countries, but in the United States, it's the second Sunday of May. It's time to celebrate Mom, who's also done so much for us. So, if you're looking for an activity to do around the house, think about making Mother's Day cards with your homeschool classroom.The third Saturday in May is Armed Forces Day. This holiday was created in 1949 to celebrate the men and women in uniform who serve in the five U.S. Military branches. And the last Monday in May marks Memorial Day, a very special day celebrated nationally across the United States. It honors those men and women in uniform; it also honors veterans and those who have passed on.And yes, you can certainly put your pen to paper and do quizzes or learn facts about these special days. But you can also take the time to sit down and do something together with your kids, such as writing a letter to a soldier, a current, active service man or woman, or putting together a care package.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.