Events & Celebrations

May Observances and Events


To recognize the diversity of cultures and expressions represented at TGen, we’d like to highlight several holidays and observances throughout the month of May.

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
Observed in May, Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month celebrates the cultural legacy and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the United States' history and society.

Jewish American Heritage Month
Honoring the rich history and contributions of Jewish Americans to the fabric of American society, Jewish American Heritage Month, observed in May, celebrates their achievements in various fields and their resilience in the face of adversity throughout American history.

Lei Day - Wednesday, May 1
Celebrated on May 1 in Hawaii since 1929, Lei Day is a cherished tradition honoring Hawaiian culture. It's a day dedicated to the aloha spirit and the iconic lei, symbolizing hospitality, love, and respect. Festivities include lei-making competitions, hula performances, and the crowning of the Lei Day Queen, all celebrating the artistry and communal ties of the Hawaiian people.

May Day - Wednesday, May 1
May Day, celebrated on May 1, combines traditional spring celebrations with International Workers’ Day. It evolved from ancient festivities of spring’s arrival, like maypole dancing, to also commemorate labor movements, notably after the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago. May Day now celebrates both the rejuvenation of spring and the achievements and struggles of workers worldwide.

National Day of Prayer - Thursday, May 2 
Established in 1952 and anchored by a 1988 amendment, the National Day of Prayer is an annual observance in the United States inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation and its leaders on the first Thursday of May. It traces its roots to historical calls for prayer during significant national challenges, including a notable proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. This day reflects America’s rich religious diversity and commitment to religious freedom, with events nationwide encouraging prayer, reflection, and unity. Follow this link to see National Prayer for 2024.

Cinco de Mayo - Sunday, May 5
Cinco de Mayo marks the Mexican Army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It symbolizes Mexican resistance to foreign domination, celebrated mainly in the United States as a day of Mexican cultural appreciation with parades, music, and traditional foods.

Yom HaShoah (Jewish) – Sunday, May 5
Within the Jewish community, Yom HaShoah serves as a day of introspection, offering the chance to teach the younger generation to collectively carry forward the memory of, and pay tribute to, the Holocaust victims. This day also acknowledges the contributions of its survivors and refugees to society. This day of remembrance is typically observed by Jews in synagogues and through various community events.

Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 12
Mother’s Day, established by Anna Jarvis in the early 20th century and officially recognized in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson, celebrates the role of mothers and mother figures. Observed on the second Sunday in May in the United States, it honors mothers’ love and sacrifices with gifts, cards, and acts of kindness.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia — Friday, May 17
On May 17th, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia celebrates the declassification of homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1990. This day  advocates for LGBTQ+ rights through global activities like workshops and rallies to promote acceptance and advance equality for LGBTQ+ individuals.

Memorial Day – Monday, May 27
Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday of May in the United States, honors the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. It is a day of remembrance and gratitude, marked by ceremonies, the laying of wreaths, and the decoration of graves to pay tribute to the fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives for their country.

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