10 May Events, Holidays & More For Your Family To Recognize

From celebrating teachers and mothers to honoring those who died while serving in the U.S. military.

By Macaroni KID May 1, 2022

Maybe we love May. Actually, there's no maybe about it. The grass is green, spring is fully in bloom and the kids can practically taste the end of the school year!

We have 10 occasions, events and holidays happening this month that you can recognize with your family, from celebrating teachers and mothers to honoring those who died while serving in the U.S. military:

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National Foster Care Month

May marks the month when we recognize families making a meaningful difference in the lives of the more than 407,000 children in foster care throughout the United States. Find out more about the important work of fostering children. May 1-31

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 

Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures are so rich in culture and diversity because they are represented in more than 30 countries — including the entire Asian continent and the Pacific Islands — and encompass more than 100 different languages. 

Above is a link to a story we love called Lotus & Feather read by Michelle Yeoh, inspired by the true story of a crane that rescued a Chinese village. The author, Ji-li Jiang, grew up in Shanghai before moving to the U.S. in 1984. May 1-31

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Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental illness affects more than 50 million people in the U.S. and 17% of youth aged 6–17 experience a mental health condition. Visit NAMI for resources and ideas on how to mark this month, including signing a petition, advocating for change, telling your own story, and more.

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Eid al-Fitr

This Islamic festival marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk each day. It is a time for Muslims to gather with friends and family to show gratitude toward God following the previous month of reflection. May 1-2

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National Teacher Appreciation Week

They work hard every day educating our kids. This is the week to show them your thanks. We have a fun free printable your kids can complete about their teacher to show their thanks. May 2-6

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Screen-Free Week

It's time for the annual observation where children, families, schools, and communities around the world swap digital entertainment for the joys of life beyond the screen. This is a week that gives children—and adults— a chance to power down and reconnect with the world around them. Visit to learn how you can get involved. May 2-8

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Cinco de Mayo

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday meant to mark the day the Mexican Army beat the French Army in the 1800s. In the United States, however, the day has turned into a giant celebration of Mexican-American culture, music, and cuisine. Check out our delicious recipes for guacamole, pico de gallo, and homemade chips! May 5

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Free Comic Book Day

Visit a participating local bookstore to get a free comic book as part of this national giveaway day! May 7

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Mother's Day

It doesn't matter if the appreciation of the work you do comes in the form of a sticky hug, a handmade card, breakfast in bed, or an expensive gift. Know that you are loved today, and every day. May 8

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Memorial Day

Today we remember those who died serving in the U.S. military. May 30