Friday, April 29, 2016

30 Days of Idea Starters for Writers - Calendar Days - May's Crazy Holidays & Special Occasions

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

It’s time again for Calendar Days. These are just fun to read. They’re also a great way to jumpstart our creativity when looking for ideas for articles and blog posts. They’re also a fun writing prompt idea. 

In addition, calendar days are great conversation starters for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, especially when two contrasting holidays fall on the same date. Here are some that tickled my funny bone this month:

May fourth is one of my favorite funny holidays - Star Wars Day. Anyone know why it's that particular day? May eighth is No Socks Day, followed by May ninth, which is Lost Sock Memorial Day. Did someone lose a sock when they went without? May fourteenth is International Migratory Bird day and National Archery Day - better watch out! Finally, I love that May twenty-seventh is National Don't Fry Day and Sunscreen Awareness Day. Do you think they're trying to tell us something?

May Holidays, Special Days & Downright Crazy Days
May is:
Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Foster Care Month
National Get Caught Reading Month
World Stroke Month
Older Americans Month
National Lyme Disease Awareness Month
National Egg Month
National Strawberry Month
National Barbecue Month
National Chamber Music Month
National Recommitment Month
Date Your Mate Month
Get Caught Reading Month
National Military Spouse Month
National Photograph Month
National Bike Month
National Hamburger Month
National Blood Pressure Month
National Salad Month

Weekly Celebrations
Week 1:
Nurses Week
Week 2:
Wildflower Week
Week 3:
National Police Week
National Bike Week
Week 4:
Emergency Medical Services Week

Daily Celebrations
May 1
Lei Day
New Home Owners Day
May Day
Loyalty Day
Executive Coaching Day
National Lemonade Day
National Loyalty Day
National Infertility Survival Day
Silver Star Service Banner Day
Save the Rhino Day
School Principals Day
National Mother Goose Day

May 2
National Melanoma Monday
National Life Insurance Day
National Truffle Day
Baby Day
Brothers and Sisters Day

May 3
National Paranormal Day
World Asthma Day
National Teacher Appreciation Day
National Raspberry Pop Over Day
National Lumpy Rug Day
Two Different Colored Shoes Day
World Press Freedom Day

May 4
Bird Day
National Bike to School Day
National Weather Observers Day
National Orange Juice Day
School Nurse Day
Petite and Proud Day
National Candied Orange Peel Day
National Renewal Day                         
National Star Wars Day 
Fire Fighter’s Day

May 5
National Day of Prayer
Cinco de Mayo
World Password
National Day of Reason
National Astronaut Day
Password Day
National Hoagie Day
Oyster Day
National Cartoonists Day

May 6
National Beverage Day
National Military Spouse
National Tourist Appreciation Day
Space Day
Appreciation Day
No Pants Day
International Tuba Day
National Provider Appreciation Day
National Nurses Day
Beverage Day
No Diet Day
No Homework Day

May 7
National Tourism Day
National Train Day
National Start Seeing Monarchs Day
National Scrapbook Day
National Barrier Awareness
Free Comic Book Day
Join Hands Day
National Roast Leg of Lamb Day

May 8
Mother’s Day
National Coconut Cream Pie Day
National Have a Coke Day
Iris Day
Free Trade Day
V-E Day
World Red Cross Day/World Red Crescent Day
No Socks Day

May 9
Lost Sock Memorial Day
National Butterscotch Day
National Women’s Checkup Day

May 10
Windmill Day
Stay Up all Night Night
One Day Without Shoes Day
World Lupus Day
National Shrimp Day
National Lipid Day
Confederate Memorial Day (North and South Carolina)
Clean Up Your Room Day

May 11
Eat What You Want Day
National School Nurse Day
Third Shift Workers’ Day
National Receptionists Day
Donate a Day’s Wages to Charity Day
Root Canal Appreciation Day
National Twilight Zone Day

May 12
Fatigue Syndrome Day
National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
National Odometer Day
International Nurses Day
National Limerick Day
National Nutty Fudge Day

May 13
Leprechaun Day
Friday the 13th
National Apple Pie Day
National Fruit Cocktail Day
National Blame Someone Else Day
National Frog Jumping Day
Top Gun Day

May 14
International Astronomy Day
International Migratory Bird Day
National Archery Day
National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
National Chicken Dance Day
Fair Trade Day
Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day
National Train Day
National Miniature Golf Day

May 15
National Chocolate Chip Day
Police Officer’s Memorial Day
Straw Hat Day

May 16
Love a Tree Day
Accounting Day
Drawing Day
National Sea Monkey Day
Wear Purple for Peace Day
International Virtual Assistants Day
National Biographers Day

May 17
World Hypertension Day
National Pack Rat Day
National Walnut
National Cherry Cobbler Day
World Telecommunications Day
World Baking Day

May 18
Golf Day
National Cheese Souffle Day
International Museum Day
National No Dirty Dishes Day
National Visit Your Relatives Day

May 19
Boy’s Club Day
National Devil’s Food Cake Day
Notebook Day
National May Ray Day

May 20
National Bike to Work Day
National Endangered Species Day
National Pizza Party Day
National Pick Strawberries Day
National Be a Millionaire Day
Weights & Measures Day

May 21
National Memo Day
National Armed Forces Day
National American Red Cross Founder’s Day
Rapture Party Day
National Learn to Swim Day
National Wait Staff Day
I need a Patch for that Day

May 22
Harvey Milk Day
National Vanilla Pudding Day
National Buy a Musical Instrument Day
National Maritime Day

May 23
National Lucky Penny Day
National Taffy Day
Turtle Day

May 24
National Escargot Day
National Scavenger Hunt Day
Tiara Day
Brother’s Day

May 25
Towel Day
National Brown-bag Day
Senior Health & Fitness Day
National Tap Dance Day
National Missing Children’s Day

May 26
Sally Ride Day
World Lindy Hop Day
National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

May 27
National Cellophane Tape Day
National Grape Popsicle Day
National Don’t Fry Day
National Heat Awareness Day
Sun Screen Day

May 28
Hamburger Day
National Brisket Day
International Jazz Day
Amnesty International Day

May 29
Learn About composting Day
National Paperclip Day
Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day
Indianapolis 500
Biscuit Day

May 30
National Memorial Day
National Water a Flower Day
Water a Flower Day
National Hole in My Bucket Day
Loomis Day

May 31
National Macaroon Day
Web Designer Day
National Speak in Sentences Day
World No Tobacco Day
National Save Your Hearing Day

Now let's do a little brainstorming for May. What are some of your favorite days from the list and how do you propose using them?



  1. I always love these posts. Thank you for your dedication. Praying for you and all that will attend the BRMCWC. My son comes home that week so I will not be attending.

  2. Love this! What a kick in the pants for getting the creative juices flowing. Thanks, Edie.

  3. At the elementary school where I work, we're observing "May the Fourth be with you" day...a twist on the title you listed as Nat'l Star Wars Day. Cute, huh?