Some Interfaith May Inspirations:
Zoroastrianism Ridvan ~ April 30 ~ May 4
Celebrating the creation of sky and the harvesting of the winter crops.
Wicca/Pagan Beltane and Samhain
~ Northern and Southern Hemispheres ~ May 1st
Northern hemishere Pagans celebrate Beltane with maypole dances,
symbolizing the mystery of the Sacred Marriage of Goddess and God.
Southern hemishere Pagans celebrate Samhain (pronounced 'sow'inn').
Samhain, aka Hallowe'en, marks the Feast of the Dead.
Many Pagans also celebrate it as the old Celtic New Year (although some mark this at Imbolc).
Baha'i 12th Night of Ridvan ~ May 1
A Baha'i commemoration of the twelve day period in 1863 when Baha'u'llah declared that he
was God's messenger for this age. Work is to be suspended on days 1, 9, & 12 of the festival.
Sikhism Birthday of Gurū Arjan Dev ~ May 2
Gurū Arjan Dev (1563 – 1606 C.E.) was the fifth of the Sikh Gurūs
Interfaith National Day Of Prayer (USA) ~ May 4
An annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked "to turn to God in prayer and meditation".
Buddhist Visakha Puja ~ Wesak ~ Buddha Day ~ May 10
The most important of the Buddhist festivals. It celebrates the Buddha's birthday,
and, for some Buddhists, also marks his enlightenment and death.
Islam Laylat al-Bara’at or Nisf Sha‘bān ~ May 11
According to Muslim tradition, Allah approaches the earth on this night (the middle day of the eighth month in the Islamic calendar) to call humanity to repentance and grant forgiveness of sins.
Interfaith Happy Mother's Day! ~ May 14 ~
Mother's Day is a day dedicated to honoring and recognizing the sacrifices and accomplishments of mothers. Mothers are recognized by family and friends; regardless of whether they are biological or perceived maternal figures. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation recognizing the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.The day started long before that; we have the origins of Mother's Day on our Celebration page!
Judiasm Lag B'Omer May 14 ~
Jewish observation of the counting of the day - the link - between Pesach and Shavout.Shavuot (Hebrew: שבועות) is the festival of weeks (Pentecost) falling on the fiftieth day after the first day of Passover. Shavuot celebrates the Israelites receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai. It is one of the three "foot festivals", as well as Passover and Succot (Tabernacles), in which the Jewish men used to go by foot to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, Israel.
Shavuot is also called Chag Habikurim, Festival of the First Fruit. This commemorates Jewish inhabitants of Israel bringing their first fruits to the Temple and offered sacrifices.
Baha'i Declaration of the Bab ~ May 23
The Bab was the Forerunner of Baha'u'llah, founder of the Baha'i faith. His mission was to prepare the world for the coming of Baha'u'llah; he declared it in the evening of May 22 1844.
Christianity Ascension Day ~ May 25 ~
Ascension Day marks the last earthly appearance of Christ after his resurrection.
Christians believe Christ ascended into heaven. It is celebrated 40 days after Easter.
While Ascension Day is normally celebrated 40 days after Easter,
the Catholic Church in England and Wales celebrates it on the following Sunday instead.
Islam Ramadan Begins ~ May 27 ~ June 24)
9th month on Islamic calendar, devoted to the commemoration of Muhammad's reception
of the divine revelation recorded in the Qur'an. The event begins when authorities in Saudi Arabia
sight the new moon of the 9th month. It is the holiest period of the Islamic Year lasting 29-30 days. There is strict fasting from sunrise to sunset as well as observed prayer times. Ramadan comes from the word ramadaa, which means 'sunbaked' in Arabic. This is perhaps a reference to the pangs of hunger Muslims feel when fasting.According to Islamic tradition, menstruating women, women who are experiencing bleeding after giving birth, people who are sick (either with short term or long term illnesses), and travelers are exempt from fasting. Pregnant women also have the option of skipping fasts.In Islamic countries, when Ramadan ends and the crescent moon is first seen, people bang drums and give mighty shouts.
Baha'i Ascension of Baha'u'llah ~ May 29 (Begins Sundown 28th)
Anniversary of Baha'u'llah's death in in 1892 near Akka, Israel.
Brief definitions and dates from the Interfaith Calendar by Delton Krueger, Win Calendar,
& ACPE's Religious Holy Days ~ many, many thanks!