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Don't get caught out when the banks are shut for a national holiday; remember to take your camera with you to record the colourful festivals; and book well in advance for a place at that special event.

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1st May

Labour Day: Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bonaire, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iraq, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Yemen, Zaire, Zambia.

May Day: Bangladesh, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ghana, Gibraltar, Mexico, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom.

Women's Day: Cuba, Tanzania.

Workers' Day: Burma, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Romania.

2nd May

King's Birthday: Lesotho.

Still Labour Day in Bulgaria, Slovenia, and Romania.

3rd May

Constitution Day: Japan, Poland.

Vesak Day: South Korea.

4th May

 

5th May

Children's Day: South Korea.
South Korea's day for children and youth. Children have picnics and celebrate with their parents. For working parents this national holiday gives them the chance to have fun with their family in the open air.

Cinco de Mayo: Mexico.

Coronation Day: Thailand.

Liberation Day: The Netherlands.

6th May

Corregidor Day: Philippines.

Martyr's Day: Lebanon, Syria.

Samuel K. Doe's Birthday: Liberia.

7th May

 

8th May

Parent's Day: South Korea.
Three days after Children's Day in South Korea, it's the turn for the young to show their respect for the love received from their parents. Most Koreans buy their parents carnations and many children make paper carnations at school for their fathers and mothers.

VE Day: France.

9th May

Liberation Day: Czech Republic, Slovakia.

10th May

Matsu (Goddess of the Sea): Taiwan.

Independence Day: Micronesia.

Vesak Day: Malaysia, Singapore.

11th May

 

12th May

Independence Day: Israel.

13th May

St. Mary's Day: Colombia.

14th May

Flag Day: Paraguay.

Kamuzu Day: Malawi.

National Unification Day: Liberia.

15th May

Independence Day: Paraguay.

Teacher's Day: South Korea.
Teacher's Day is the last official South Korean celebration in May. Students express their appreciation towards their teachers through letters or flowers.

16th May

 

17th May

Constitution Day: Nigeria, Norway.

Discovery Day: Cayman Islands.

18th May

Battle of Las Piedras Day: Uruguay.

Flag Day: Haiti.

Victoria Day: Canada.

19th May

Ataturk Youth Day: Turkey.

Flag Day: Finland.

20th May

National Day: Cameroon.

Party Day: Zaire.

21st May

Buddha's Day: South Korea.

Navy Day: Chile.

22nd May

Heroes' Day: Sri Lanka.

Sovereign Day: Haiti.

23rd May

Labour Day: Jamaica.

24th May

Bermuda Day: Bermuda.

Culture Day: Bulgaria.

Independence Battle Day: Ecuador.

25th May

Africa Day: Liberia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Independence Day: Eritrea, Jordan.

Liberation of African Continent Day: Gabon.

National Day: Argentina.

Revolution Day: Sudan.

26th May

Constitution Day: Denmark.

Holy Spirit Day: Greece.

Independence Day: Guyana.

27th May

Kataklysmos: Cyprus.

28th May

Waisak Day: Indonesia.

29th May

 

30th May

 

31st May

Regiment Day: Brunei.

Republic Day: South Africa.

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