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GLOBAL DAYS IN MAY 2017

1ST MAY - LABOUR DAY

Labour Day is an annual holiday celebrated all over the world that resulted from the labour union movement, to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. Most countries celebrate Labour Day on May 1st, also known as May Day or International Workers Day.

1ST MAY - EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY

Many of the traditional May Day celebrations take part on the first Monday of May, the first May bank holiday. Traditional English May festivities include Morris dancing, a May queen and maypole dancing. Many of the traditions have pagan roots, celebrating springtime and fertility. Click here to find out more about May Day customs.

2ND MAY - WORLD ASTHMA DAY

World Asthma day takes place on the first Tuesday in May. The aim is to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.

If you have asthma and need to use an inhaler, please make sure that your parents have told us about it, and that you have an inhaler (that is in date) at school. As a parent of two asthma sufferers, I know how scary it can be if an attack gets out of control.

Asthma UK’s is the leading asthma charity in the UK. There are over five million people with asthma in the UK, and they can offer support and guidance. Click here to find out more.

7TH TO 13TH MAY - RED CROSS WEEK

The Red Cross is a humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis, whoever or wherever they are. In countries with a predominantly Muslim population, the organisation is known as the Red Crescent. May 8th commemorates the birthday of Henry Dunant, founder of the organisation. It lies in the middle of Red Cross Week, a time for fund-raising. Click here to find out more.

13TH MAY - WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY

This is a worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, climate change and the economic crisis that affects the world’s most vulnerable people. ‘Be an Agent for Change’ is the theme for this year’s celebration.   Did you know that a third of the world’s population lives on less than two dollars a day! Click here to visit the website and find out more.

14TH TO 20TH MAY - CHRISTIAN AID WEEK

We know Jesus challenges us to love our neighbour. At Christian Aid, they believe he meant our global neighbour too. Christian Aid has a vision – an end to poverty – and they believe that vision can become a reality. Click here to visit the Christian Aid website.

16TH TO 20TH MAY - WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK

Join thousands of children across the country celebrating the benefits walking brings. Walking to school makes children feel healthier and happier, while reducing congestion and pollution outside the school gates. Yet less than half of primary school children currently walk to school. Click here to find out more.

21ST MAY – WORLD DAY FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY

Three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension. Bridging the gap between cultures is necessary and urgent for peace, stability and development.

This is held each year on May 21st to help people learn about the importance of cultural diversity and harmony. Cultural diversity is something we should celebrate to affirm that, despite differences in race, religion and family background, people are essentially the same.

22ND MAY - INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIODIVERSITY

Humanity’s fate is tightly linked with biological diversity – the variety of life on earth. We depend on biodiversity for food production, clean water supplies and the lessening of climate change, to name just a few examples. This year’s theme is Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism.

25TH MAY - ASCENSION DAY

Commemorates the day that Jesus ascended into heaven. Ascension Day is 40 days after Easter, so is always on a Thursday. Click here to find out more about Ascension Day and its traditions.

25TH MAY - AFRICA DAY

Africa Day commemorates the founding of the African Union. The African Union, comprised of 53 member states, has brought the continent together to address the challenges it faces, such as war, climate change and poverty. Africa Day is a celebration of African unity and culture. Children across Africa have made films to show you what life is like in their own countries. Click here to visit the website.