Important National and International Days in May 2021

Important National and International Days in May 2021

“Important days of the months” is the topic which becomes the part of each and every competitive exam. One or two questions is definitely asked from Important Days in every exam whether it is Bank, SSC or Railway. In this article we are providing you with a List of Important Days in May 2021. This “Important Days in May 2021” article will be helpful for all the SSC, Railways and Bank candidates.

Date Day Importance

1 May


International Labour Day or May Day

Labour day or May day focuses to spread awareness about the rights and opportunities of every labour. In India, Labour Day is referred as Antarrashtriya Shramik Diwas or Kamgar Din.

1 May


Maharashtra Day

On this day in 1960, the state of Maharashtra was formed from the division of the Bombay State. Maharashtra Day is also known as Maharashtra Diwas in Marathi.

2 May


World Tuna Day

United Nation established World Tuna Day on 2nd May to spread awareness about the importance of Tuna fish.


First Sunday of May



World Laughter Day

It is celebrated on the first Sunday of May every year. In 1998, World Laughter Day was created by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement.

3 May


Press Freedom Day

Every year Press Freedom Day is observed on 3rd May to evaluate press freedom around the globe and to pay tribute to the journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
4 May Coal Miners Day Coal Miners Day is observed on 4th May every year to honour the coal miners.
4 May International Firefighter’s Day It was instituted on 4th January, 1999 after a proposal via emailed out across the world due to the deaths of five firefighters in a bushfire in Australia.


First Tuesday of May World Asthma Day World Asthma Day is observed every year on the first Tuesday of May to spread awareness and care about asthma in the world. An annual event is organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma.
5 May World Athletics Day This year World Athletics Day is observed on 5th May to raise awareness about sports among youth and to introduce new talent in the field of athletics.
7 May Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti Rabindranath Tagore was born on 7th May, 1861 in Kolkata. He was one of India’s top artists, novelist, author, etc. In 1913, he was honoured with Nobel Prize in Literature.
8 May World Red Cross Day World Red Cross Day is observed every year on 8 May to commemorate the birth anniversary Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross.
8 May World Thalassaemia Day World Thalassaemia Day is observed every year on 8 May in honour of all patients suffering from Thalassaemia.
Second Sunday of May Mother’s Day Mother’s Day was founded by the Anna Jarvis who had given the idea of celebrating Mother’s Day in honour of mothers and motherhood in 1907. Nationally this day was recognised in 1914.
11 May National Technology Day Every year National Technology Day is observed on 11th May to highlight the important role of Science. On this day Shakti, the Pokhran Nuclear Test was held on 11 May, 1998.
12 May International Nurses Day Every year International Nurses Day is celebrated on 12th May to commemorate the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. This day also celebrates the contribution done by the nurses to society around the world.
15 May International Day of Families International Day of Families is observed every year on 15th May. This day provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the issues related to the families
Third Saturday of May Armed Forces Day Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of every May. This day is celebrated to pay tribute to the men and women who served the US Armed Forces.
17 May World Telecommunication Day This day marks the founding of ITU when the first International Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris on 17th May, 1865. Since 1969, it has been celebrating annually.
17 May World Hypertension Day This day is celebrated by World Hypertension League (WHL) on 17th May annually. The day promotes awareness about hypertension.
18 May Worlds AIDS Vaccine Day This day marks the efforts of thousands of researchers, scientists who have contributed to the process of finding safe and effective AIDS medicine. This day is known as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.
18 May International Museum Day The International Council of Museums (ICOM) created International Museum Day in 1977.
21 May National Anti-Terrorism Day National Anti-Terrorism Day is observed every year on 21st May to spread awareness about the violence caused by the terrorists and also in the memory of former Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi who passed on this day.


Third Friday of May National Endangered Species Day Every year on the third Friday in May National Endangered Species Day is celebrated annually to raise awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation. Endangered Species Act 1973, focuses on the protection of wildlife
22 May International Day for Biological Diversity International Day for Biological Diversity is observed on 22nd May every year to increase awareness and understanding of the issues of biodiversity.
26 May Buddha Jayanti or Buddha Purnima


It is believed that on the full moon of the month of Vaishakh, Gautama Buddha was born in Lumbini. He is also known as ‘Jyoti Punj of Asia’ or ‘Light of Asia’. This year Buddha Jayanti or Buddha Purnima is celebrated on 26th May.
31 May Anti-Tobacco Day or World No Tobacco Day Anti-Tobacco Day is observed on 31st May every year to make people educate them about the harmful effects of tobacco on health which causes cardiovascular diseases, cancer, tooth decay, etc.
Last Monday of May National Memorial Day National Memorial Day is observed on last Monday of May. This year it will be observed on 31st May, 2021


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