Worldwide Weekly Holidays, Events & Festivals - WEEK 24, 2019

Perpetual Traveller's Weekly Edition of Holidays, Events & Festivals on a global scale!

In date order...

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17 JUNE

Global
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
Observed annually this day highlights the urgent need to curb the desertification process. It also aims to strengthen the visibility of the drylands issue on the international environmental agenda.

Argentina
Commemoration of General Don Martín Miguel de Güemes
In 2006, Argentina declared Martín Miguel de Güemes a “national hero” and created a public holiday in his honour to be held every 17 June. He was one of the key leaders of the war for independence against Spain and was a native of the province of Salta in the northeastern parts of Argentina. Is a public holiday and a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Azerbaijan
Day of National Salvation of the People
Celebrated to commemorate both the end of a civil war that went on within the country and the return of democracy to the people. Is a public holiday and a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Bermuda
National Heroes Day
This is a holiday honours those on its list of official national heroes. This list contains a diverse array of men and women who have contributed to their territory’s welfare in a variety of ways. It’s not only war heroes and political figures, but also others who exemplified courage and other positive character qualities that they used in their country’s best interests. It begins auth a carnival-like festival. Is a public holiday and a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Cyprus
Orthodox Pentecost
Known in Cyprus as a Katacklismos, this national holiday is also observed by the more than 250 million Orthodox believers around the world. Aside from Easter, Pentecost is the highest feast on the Orthodox calendar. Is a public holiday and a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Greece, Romania, Ukraine
Orthodox Holy Spirit Monday or Whit Monday
Is a public holiday and a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. Is celebrates the Christian belief of the Holy Spirit’s descent on Jesus Christ’s disciples.

Iceland
Icelandic Republic Day
Commemorates the foundation of The Republic of Iceland on 17 June 1944. This date also marks the end of Iceland's centuries old ties with Denmark. Is a public holiday and a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Paraguay
Chaco Armistice Day
Also called Chaco Peace Day and known in Spanish as 'Día de la Independencia Nacional', this holiday commemorates the end of the Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia in 1935. Chaco Armistice is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

18 JUNE

Cambodia
King's Mother's Birthday
Is the celebration of the birth of Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, which occurred on June 18th, 1936. As her given name at birth was “Paule Monique Izzi,” she is still sometimes referred to as “Queen Monique.” Is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

Turkey, Istanbul
Future Travel Experience EMEA
These outstanding shows will collectively provide the perfect platform to bring together the world’s airlines, airports, vendors, startups, OEMs, government agencies, destination partners and various other key travel industry stakeholders. They will gather in Istanbul to learn, network and collaborate on how technology, design and innovation can enhance end-to-end customer experiences and revenue opportunities at every step of the journey, and see the newest hub airport in the world first-hand. 

19 JUNE

Global
International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
Is a United Nations observance day to raise awareness for the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence.

United States, Texas
Emancipation Day
Known also as Juneteenth, is an annual observance holiday to remember when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. This day is an opportunity for people to celebrate freedom and equal rights in the United States. iIs a public holiday in some areas, where it is a day off and schools and most businesses are closed. In other areas, Juneteenth is a normal working day.

19 - 20 JUNE

Netherlands, Amsterdam
Blockchain Expo Europe 
Blockchain Expo World Series is made up of 3 conferences throughout the year, Global, Europe and North America. The World’s largest Blockchain Conferences and Exhibitions focus on the future of enterprise technology. Two days of top-level content from leading brands, embracing and developing cutting edge blockchain technologies.

United States
Cruise Ship Interiors Expo will be launching on June 19-20, 2019 in Miami, FL. 
A one-of-a-kind trade show and conference for interior designers, architects, and outfitters to source and discover the most cost-effective and innovative products and services for the cruise industry. Co-located with Marine Catering Expo, the exhibit hall will showcase the most stunning and innovative products and services from industry leading companies. The conference, running concurrent to the 250+ exhibition will deep-dive into cruise industry's current state, sustainability in design and operations, future design trends from art, lighting, color through as well as operation processes and passenger flow. Carnival Cruise Line, P&O, Seabourn, Holland America, MSC Cruises and other high-caliber speakers confirmed. Register online to receive your free badge to all sessions and networking receptions.

20 JUNE

Global
World Refugee Day
This is a United Nations' (UN) day that is observed each year. This event honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.

Austria
Corpus Christi 
A Christian observance that honors the Holy Eucharist. It is also known as the Feast of the Most Holy Body of Christ, as well as the Day of Wreaths. Is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

21 JUNE

Global
International Day of Yoga
It is because of yoga's holistic approach to body and mind that the UN decided to dedicate June 21 to this ancient tradition. "Yoga is a sport that can contribute to development and peace. Yoga can even help people in emergency situations to find relief from stress.” said Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General.

23 JUNE

Global
Public Service Day
The UNs’ Public Service Day recognizes that democracy and successful governance are built on the foundation of a competent civil service. The day aims to celebrate the value and virtue of service to the community.

Global
International Widows' Day
This day was introduced to address poverty and injustice faced by widows and their children in many countries. It was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2010 and is observed annually. 

Until 30 JUNE

Belarus, Minsk
European Games – Multi-sports
The European Games is an international multi-sport event in the Olympic tradition contested by athletes from European nations. The Games were envisioned and are to be governed by the European Olympic Committees, which announced their launch at its 41st General Assembly in Rome, on 8 December 2012.

Until 13 JULY

Africa, Cameroon
African Cup of Nations – Football (Soccer)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches will be organized by the Confederation of African Football to decide the participating teams of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the 32nd edition of the international men’s football championship of Africa.


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10 JUNE

Australia
The Queen's Birthday
Is a public holiday but the date varies across states and territories. Australia celebrates this holiday because it is a constitutional monarchy, with the English monarch as head of state.Queen's Birthday is a public holiday in 12 territories, where it is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Ireland, Dublin
MONEYCONF 
Every year since 2015, the world’s leading bitcoin, cryptocurrency and fintech experts have gathered at MoneyConf. MoneyConf is organised by the team behind the world’s largest tech conference, Web Summit. Web Summit has grown to become the “largest technology conference in the world”.

Portugal
Portugal Day
Officially known as Dia de Camões, de Portugal e das Comunidades Portuguesas ('Day of Camões, Portugal, and the Portuguese Communities'), commemorates the death of Luís de Camões on June 10, 1580. Businesses typically closed. 

Qatar
Eid al-Fitr Public Sector Holiday 
It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

11 JUNE

Hawaii
Kamehameha Day
Kamehameha the Great was the monarch of Hawaii between 1782 and 1819. He is well-known and respected for uniting and establishing the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1810. Kamehameha Day is a public holiday in Hawaii, where it is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

12 JUNE

Brazil
Valentine's Day
Is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

Global
World Day Against Child Labor
Observed to raise awareness of the plight of child laborers world-wide. Hundreds of millions of girls and boys around the world are affected.

Kosovo
Peace Day
Is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

Philippines
Independence Day
Known in the Philippines as 'Araw ng Kasarinlan', or 'Day of Freedom', this day commemorates the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain on 12 June 1898. Is a public holiday and the day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Russia
Russia Day
In the past few years, Russia Day became an occasion for national pride, when many people pay tribute to prominent Russians. But many others still see this holiday as an extra day off. Russia Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

12-13 JUNE

United States, New York
Future of Fintech
FOF is a one-of-a-kind gathering of the world’s largest financial institutions, best fintech startups, and most active venture investors.

13 JUNE

Global
International Albinism Awareness Day
It is a UN effort to stop the brutalities against people with albinism.

Spain
The Day of Saint Anthony of Padua (Romería de San Antonio)
Commemorates St Anthony's death on June 13, 1231. It is a public holiday in the city of Ceuta on June 13. This saint was venerated in Ceuta, which was a Portuguese colony in 1415. San Antonio is a public holiday in Ceuta, where it is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

13-14 JUNE

Germany, Berlin
UNCHAIN 
A 2 day conference featuring the world‘s leading cryptocurrency and blockchain entrepreneurs. The main goal is to connect these experts with leading industrial players from all over the globe – by discussing and exploring the full potential of a decentralized economy.

13-16 JUNE

United States, California
US Open – Golf
The United States Open Championship, commonly known as the U.S. Open, is the annual open national championship of golf in the United States. It is the second of the four major championships in golf, and is on the official schedule of both the PGA Tour and the European Tour.

United States, Tennessee
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
A large music festival which was named by the Rolling Stones magazine as one of the 50 Moments that Changed Rock & Roll.

14 JUNE

Falkland Islands
Liberation Day
It is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Global
World Blood Donor Day
Safe blood supplies are a scarce commodity – especially in developing countries. This day is an occasion to raise awareness of the problem and thank donors worldwide. It is held anually. Many events are held around the world on June 14 to mark World Blood Donor Day. These include football matches, concerts and mobile blood donation clinics. In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) called upon communities world-wide to symbolically "paint the world red" by coloring, covering or lighting monuments and landmarks.

14 -16 JUNE

United Kingdom, Derby
Download Festival
A mayor British rock festival which has hosted some of the genre’s biggest names.

14-30 JUNE

Belarus, Minsk
European Games – Multi-sports
The European Games is an international multi-sport event in the Olympic tradition contested by athletes from European nations. The Games were envisioned and are to be governed by the European Olympic Committees, which announced their launch at its 41st General Assembly in Rome, on 8 December 2012.

15 JUNE

Global
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
The day aims to focus global attention on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders. It also seeks to understand the challenges and opportunities presented by an ageing population, and brings together senior citizens, and their caregivers, national and local government, academics, and the private sector to exchange ideas about how best to reduce incidents of violence towards elders, increase reporting of such abuse, and to develop elder friendly policies.

15-16 JUNE

France
24 Hours of Le Mans
Is the world’s oldest active sports car race held since 1923. 

15 JUNE - 13 July

Africa, Cameroon
African Cup of Nations – Football (Soccer)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches will be organized by the Confederation of African Football to decide the participating teams of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the 32nd edition of the international men’s football championship of Africa.

17 JUNE

Paraguay
Chaco Armistice Day
Also called Chaco Peace Day and known in Spanish as 'Día de la Independencia Nacional', this holiday commemorates the end of the Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia in 1935. Chaco Armistice is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

19 - 20 JUNE

United States
Cruise Ship Interiors Expo will be launching on June 19-20, 2019 in Miami, FL. 
A one-of-a-kind trade show and conference for interior designers, architects, and outfitters to source and discover the most cost-effective and innovative products and services for the cruise industry. Co-located with Marine Catering Expo, the exhibit hall will showcase the most stunning and innovative products and services from industry leading companies. The conference, running concurrent to the 250+ exhibition will deep-dive into cruise industry's current state, sustainability in design and operations, future design trends from art, lighting, color through as well as operation processes and passenger flow. Carnival Cruise Line, P&O, Seabourn, Holland America, MSC Cruises and other high-caliber speakers confirmed. Register online to receive your free badge to all sessions and networking receptions.

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03 JUNE

New Zealand - Queen's Birthday 
Is public holiday celebrating the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II who is not only Queen of Great Britain but also Queen of New Zealand. In New Zealand, the Queen's Birthday holiday occurs on the first Monday in June.The Queen's actual birthday is but in April.

04 JUNE

Global - Last day of Ramadan 
Ramadan (also known as Ramzan, Ramadhan, or Ramathan), observed by Muslims worldwide, is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The word itself comes from the Arabic root “ramida” which roughly translates as “Scorching Heat”. Fasting was made obligatory on all adult Muslims in the Second Year of Hijri (Migration from Makkah to Madinah of Muslims). The only people exempted from keeping a fast are the ones who are travelling, aged, pregnant, diabetic, chronically ill, menstruating or breast feeding. Many children endeavour to complete as many fasts as possible as practice for later life.

04-07 JUNE

Norway - Nor-Shipping Conference
Conference gather a diverse array of ocean stakeholders to discuss and reveal key trends, requirements and commercial possibilities that will mould the development of the ocean space. Speakers are carefully selected based on their ability to deliver insights, expertise and vision within their chosen field, ensuring delegates take away real value from every session.

05 JUNE

Global / China - World Environment Day 
The biggest annual event for positive environmental action takes place every 5 June. 
World Environment Day 2019 will be hosted by China, with a theme of "Air Pollution". Environment Day 2019 will urge governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together to explore renewable energy and green technologies, and improve air quality in cities and regions across the world. 

Denmark - Constitution Day
Commemorates the anniversary of Danish constitution signing in 1849. Is not a national public holiday, government offices, banks and educational establishments are closed and most shops are closed by law. Private companies are flexible. We still would recommend avoiding any meetings with colleagues or clients from Denmark on this day.

Sweden - Rock Festival
One of Sweden's biggest rock and metal festivals, having showcased roaring lineups each summer since 1992. It attracts approximately 33,000 visitors from upwards of fifty countries and takes place on five stages installed on a sprawling grass field at the edge of the Baltic Sea, near the scenic Swedish hamlet of Solvesborg. The festival is focused on hard rock and metal of the dramatic, virtuosic sort — typified by reigning superstars of the big-hair era such as Aerosmith, The Scorpions, Judas Priest and Motley Crew. And key to its longevity is an atmosphere of camaraderie, cleanliness, and hospitality.

06 JUNE

South Korea - Memorial Day
Is a public holiday to commemorate those who died during the Korean War and other conflicts.

Sweden - National Day
This public holiday commemorates the election of King Gustav Vasa in 1523. It is day off work.

06-10 JUNE

Bulgaria - Meadows In The Mountains Festival
Like no other festival in the world, is nestled in the stunning heart of the Rhodope Mountains near Bulgaria’s Greek border, Meadows in the Mountains is set in an otherworldly and jaw-dropping setting that is unmatched anywhere on the planet. This electronic music festival offers a diverse musical experience split across four stages each with their own distinct feel.

07 JUNE

China - The Dragon Boat Festival
Referred to as the Duanwu Festival, celebrated in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and elsewhere around the world. The people of China generally receive a three-day break from work in order to celebrate with friends and family. The Dragon Boat Festival is one of the busiest travel holidays in China. During this time, people visit cities to enjoy the various festivities associated with the holiday. It is common to see impressive crowds in cities such as Beijing and Guangzhou. The Duanwu Festival is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calendar. Because of this, the holiday is often called the ‘double fifth’ festival.

Indonesia - Lebaran (Hari Raya Idul Fitri)
This Indonesian Pul,ic holiday celebrates the conclusion of the fasting month of Ramadan. Lebaran is a series of public holidays that allow Indonesians to spend time with their friends and family members. 

Malta - Sette Giugno
A Maltese national holiday that commemorates the riots of 1919, in which four Maltese nationals died when fired upon by British soldiers. Maltese keep Sette Giugno every year as an occasion for remembering the fallen and reflecting on their history and identity as a distinct people. Tourists can join in these commemorative events as well as engage in “ordinary” tourist activities. However, as Sette Giugno is a national holiday, be aware that banks and many shops will be closed. Tourist areas sometimes have more open, however, and restaurants are generally not affected.

07 JUNE - 07 JULY

France - Women’s World Cup – Football (Soccer)
The FIFA Women’s World Cup is an international football competition contested by the senior women’s national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the sport’s international governing body.

08 JUNE

Global - World Oceans Day
On World Oceans Day people around the planet celebrate and honor the body of water which links us all, for what it provides humans and what it represents. The World Oceans Day celebration is directed by an annual theme, which seeks to create awareness to specific issues of aquatic concern each year. World Oceans Day provides opportunities of direct involvement - beach cleanups, educational programs, art contests, film festivals, sustainable seafood events, and other planned activities to help raise awareness to the cause of oceans in our lives. The Ocean Project thus launched a World Oceans Day official website which details the cause, purpose and the aim of the event while also listing a series of events for interested Ocean lovers worldwide.

09 JUNE

Europe - Pentecost
Christian observance holiday commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus Christ's disciples, according to the Christian Bible. Many Christians in the United Kingdom celebrate Pentecost, which is also known as Pentecost Sunday, Whitsunday, or Whit Sunday.

08 - 10 JUNE

Israel - Shavuot
A two-day Jewish festival of both historical and agricultural importance. The word Shavuot (or Shavuos) means “weeks.” It celebrates the completion of the seven-week Omer counting period between Passover and Shavuot. There is a tradition of staying up all night studying Jewish texts in what is called a tikkun, the Book of Ruth is read, traditionally dairy foods are eaten and in order to mark the agricultural history of Shavuot, some decorate their house and synagogues with a floral theme. Shavuot is not a public holiday and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours. 

10 - 12 JUNE

Romania, Cluj - Techsylvania
A leading technology event in Eastern Europe, built to revitalize the local tech community through high-quality information delivered by worldwide experts in the IT&C industry. Developers, IT executives, leading companies, entrepreneurs gather every year since 2014 for top-notch networking and lots of insights. The place where all these happen is in the heart of Transylvania, Cluj, a town well-known for its technological incline in the past few years. 

10 - 12 JUNE

Ireland, Dublin - MoneyConf 
Every year since 2015, the world’s leading bitcoin, cryptocurrency and fintech experts have gathered at MoneyConf. MoneyConf is organised by the team behind the world’s largest tech conference, Web Summit. Web Summit has grown to become the “largest technology conference in the world”.

12 - 13 JUNE

United States - Future of Fintech
A one-of-a-kind gathering of the world’s largest financial institutions, best fintech startups, and most active venture investors.


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27 MAY

United Kingdom - Spring Bank Holiday
Spring Bank Holiday is a day off work or school to enjoy. Most people just enjoy a nice day off of school or work. Some people take a short vacation or visit family. It is a public holiday so businesses, schools, and offices are closed.

United States - Memorial DayA federal holiday observed in honor of those who died serving the United States military. It is also seen as the start of the summer season. All non-essential government offices are closed including schools, people usually have the day off work, and some local businesses may not be open as well. Armed Forces Day honors those who currently serve in the military and Veterans Day honors men and women who have previously served in the United States Military.

28-29 MAY


Greece - 5th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum
The event offers ample opportunity to network with key cruise line decision makers and industry experts, gain valuable insight on trends affecting the region’s future and discuss infrastructure projects. As always, the Forum will provide a platform for national and regional government representatives to outline planned policies and discuss with the industry future needs for the region’s Sea Tourism development.

30 MAY

Ascension Day - Global  Observance
France - Airports and railway stations remain open on this holiday but most buildings are closed.
Indonesia - Schools, offices, and most businesses are closed on this day.
Norway - This day is a national holiday with government and most businesses closed.
Sweden - This day is a national holiday with government and most businesses closed.
Known as Ascension Thursday or Holy Thursday commemorates the ascension of Jesus into heaven on the fortieth day of Easter celebrated by a feast. The end of easter season is marked by Ascension Day and its ten days before Pentecost. In the Catholic church the day if referred to as The Ascension of the Lord. This day is not a national holiday but rather an observance nationally recognized by Christians.

31 MAY

India - Jamat Ul-Vida
A holy festival for the Muslim population. The day is spent reciting the Holy Quran, performing special prayers, and doing good works in return for blessings. This restricted holiday allows government and businesses to remain open. Muslim people believe this day is when God enters the Mosque and listens to the Friday prayers.

01 JUNE
Global - International Day for Protection of Children
Observed in many countries as Children's Day on 1 June since 1950. It was established by the Women's International Democratic Federation on its congress in Moscow (4 November 1949). Even though Children's Day is celebrated globally by most of the countries in the world (almost 50) on 1 June, Universal Children's Day takes place annually on 20 November. First proclaimed by the United Kingdom in 1954, it was established to encourage all countries to institute a day, firstly to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and secondly to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world's children.

Indonesia - Pancasila Day
Pancasila Day is a new official public holiday in Indonesia, having been declared such by the sitting president Joko Widodo in 2016. June 1 was chosen for the observance because it is the day on which Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno, gave a famous speech in 1945, wherein he outlined five principles by which the new nation ought be governed.

Kenya - Madaraka Day
Independence or Self-Governance Day is a national holiday celebrated to commemorate the day in 1963 that Kenya attained independent self-governance after decades as a British colony.

01-02 JUNE

Brazil - Festival Path
The biggest and most diverse festival of innovation and creativity in Brazil that promotes inspiring encounters between the creative community, transforming the way your thinking, acting and relating with various themes. All this through multiple formats such as: lectures, shows, films, workshops and more activities (gastronomic fairs, maker, games and startups, literary sessions, yoga, parties, art exhibition and more!). Everything happens simultaneously, and out of automatic, in several points of Av. Paulista - São Paulo (SP), including Club Homs, Hotel Tivoli Mofarrej, Hotel Maksoud Plaza, Theater Gazeta and Mirante 9 de Julho - a circuit that can be done all by foot.

Japan - ITADAKI annual music festival
Takes place outdoors over the course of two days in Yoshida, jewel of Shizuoka Prefecture. The summertime event showcases the best of Japan’s alternative music scene including performances in hip hop, indie rock, pop punk, jazz and more!

02 JUNE

Italy - Republic Day
Also known as Festa della Repubblica in Italian (Festival of the Republic), is a national holiday in Italy that celebrates the day when Italians voted to abolish the monarchy in 1946 so their country could become a republic. Republic Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed. In 2019 it falls on a Sunday. Due to this, some businesses may choose to follow Sunday opening hours.

03-04 / 7 JUNE

Indonesia - Lebaran (Hari Raya Idul Fitri)
This Indonesian Pul,ic holiday celebrates the conclusion of the fasting month of Ramadan. Lebaran is a series of public holidays that allow Indonesians to spend time with their friends and family members.

Until 04 JUNE
Global - Ramadan
Ramadan (also known as Ramzan, Ramadhan, or Ramathan), observed by Muslims worldwide, is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The word itself comes from the Arabic root “ramida” which roughly translates as “Scorching Heat”. Fasting was made obligatory on all adult Muslims in the Second Year of Hijri (Migration from Makkah to Madinah of Muslims). The only people exempted from keeping a fast are the ones who are travelling, aged, pregnant, diabetic, chronically ill, menstruating or breast feeding. Many children endeavour to complete as many fasts as possible as practice for later life.

Until 16 JUNE

Austria - Vienna Festival
The Vienna Festival offers five weeks of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts covering everything from the classics to the avant-garde.



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21 MAY
Global - World Day for Cultural Diversity
This dialogue and Development Day celebrates not only the richness of the world’s cultures, but also the essential role of intercultural dialogue for achieving peace and sustainable development. The United Nations General Assembly first declared this World Day in 2002, following UNESCO’s adoption of the 2001 Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, recognizing the need to “enhance the potential of culture as a means of achieving prosperity, sustainable development and global peaceful coexistence.”

21-29 MAY

United kingdom, London - Chelsea Flower Show, formally known as the Great Spring Show
A garden show held for five days in May by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London since 1912. It is the most famous flower and landscape gardens show in the United Kingdom, and perhaps in the world. The show is attended by members of the British Royal Family and attracts visitors from all continents. Highlights to the Chelsea Flower Show include the avant-garde show gardens designed by leading names with Floral Marquee at the centrepiece. The Show also features smaller gardens such as the Artisan and Urban Gardens.

22 MAY

Global - International Day for Biological Diversity
Also known as the World Biodiversity Day, this is a United Nations–sanctioned international day for the promotion of biodiversity issues. In this larger initiative of international cooperation, the topic of biodiversity concerns stakeholders in sustainable agriculture; desertification, land degradation and drought; water and sanitation; health and sustainable development; energy; science, technology and innovation, knowledge-sharing and capacity-building; urban resilience and adaptation; sustainable transport; climate change and disaster risk reduction; oceans and seas; forests; vulnerable groups including indigenous peoples; and food security. The critical role of biodiversity in sustainable development was recognized in a Rio+20 outcome document, "The World We Want: A Future for All".

United States - National Maritime Day
The day is held in honor of the maritime industry and is celebrated across America in sea ports and marinas with picnics, tours, memorials for those lost at sea, career fairs, and other ceremonies related to the maritime industry. National Maritime Day is not a national federal public holiday but rather an observance day celebrating the maritime industry and what is does.

22-23 MAY

Israel - Lag BaOmer
The day celebrates the death and life of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai who was a Mishnaic sage back in the 2nd century. Worldwide practicing Jews will hold parties, dance, listen to music and get haircuts on this day. Many on this day will take a pilgrimage to the town of Meron in northern Israel to the tomb of Bar Yochai. Others will celebrate the holiday by lighting of bonfires. Private vehicles are not allowed to travel to Meron on Lag B'Omer or on the days immediately preceding or succeeding. The best option is to come by bus. Buses run to and from Tzfat every 15 minutes throughout the day.

23 MAY

Global - World Turtle Day
Sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, the purpose of World Turtle Day is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive.

23-26 MAY

Monaco - Grand Prix
A Formula One motor race held each year on the Circuit de Monaco. Run since 1929, it is widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world and, with the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, forms the Triple Crown of Motorsport.The circuit has been called "an exceptional location of glamour and prestige".

24-27 MAY

South Korea - Haeundae Sand Festival
Where Sand Sculpture Meets Music. An eco-friendly festival based on sand. Fourteen sand sculpture artists from eight countries, including South Korea, the U.S., Japan, China, Belgium, Canada, Italy and the Netherlands, will create 20 works under the theme of music. Each sand sculpture will have a theme song to offer both visual and auditory stimulation.

25 MAY

South Korea - Busan Port Festival
Celebrated to promote Busan Port, one of the world's top-5 seaports. The first Busan Port Festival was held on May 31, 2008, as a part of the Ocean Day celebration and since then become an annual festival. People can learn about Busan Port's rich history and future during the festival days. Also, the Busan Port Festival contributes to an increasing City's global presence.

26 MAY

United States, Indiana - Indianapolis 500 -Mile Race
Better known as the Indy 500, is an automobile race held annually at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in Speedway, an enclave suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. It is contested as part of the IndyCar Series, the top level of American Championship Car racing, known as "Indy Car Racing". The name of the race is often shortened to Indy 500, and the track itself is nicknamed "the Brickyard", as the racing surfacing was paved in brick in the fall of 1909. The event, billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, is considered part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, which comprises three of the most prestigious motorsports events in the world, also including the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The official attendance is not disclosed by Speedway management, but the permanent seating capacity is upwards of 250,000, and infield patrons raise the race-day attendance to approximately 300,000.

27 MAY

United States, Indiana - Memorial Day
This is a federal holiday observed every year. It honors those who died serving the United States military. It is also seen as the start of the summer season. All non-essential government offices are closed including schools, people usually have the day off work, and some local businesses may not be open as well.

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19 May - Buddha Purnima - Public HolidaySouth Korea, Macau, India, Bangladesh, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia
Buddha Purnima is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar and the most important festival celebrated with great enthusiasm. Although the Buddhists regard every full moon as sacred, the moon of the month of Vaisakh has special significance because on this day the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment (nirvana), and attained parinirvana (nirvana-after-death of the body) when he died.

19 May - Sri Lanka - Vesak Poya

Every full moon (one a month) is a public holiday in Sri Lanka. Each of the full moons have its own name and they are days to commemorate key events in Buddhism.





16 - 18 May - Israel, Ginosar - Jacob's Ladder

This Folk Festival takes place twice per year in May and in December. Beginning on Thursday evening and continuing until late afternoon on Saturday, it includes activities for all the family on six different stages or activity centers.

15 May - Spain - Patron Saint of Madrid
This regional holiday is celebrated in Madrid annually. Traditionally, people of Madrid take a pilgrimage to Sand Ididro's meadow to celebrate the day by drinking water from his holy fountain. Celebrations of the day begin on a Friday before the 15th, and finish on the following Sunday.


14 May Paraguay - National Holiday
A public holiday. Schools and most businesses are closed.

13 - 15 May - Cambodia - King's Birthday
To mark the holiday, the King makes offerings to monks and those less fortunate in society. It is a public holiday and many government buildings are covered in lights and pictures of the King, while people will fly the flag of Cambodia from their houses.

13 May Philippines -Special Non-Working Day
A National and Local Elections day is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

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12 May - Hong Kong - Buddha's Birthday
In Hong Kong, Buddha's Birthday is a public holiday celebrated on the 8th day of the 4th month in the Chinese lunar calendar.

11 May - Bolivia, Santa Cruz - Life in Color
What initially began as a college tradition has transformed into a world-renowned live concert, featuring spectacular DJs, soaring aerial acts, stilt-walkers, contortion acts, fire shows, and cannons to deliver the famous “Paint Blast,” along with many other unforgettable live performances. LIFE IN COLOR has grown immensely each and every year in attendance, strength of line-up, and production.

09-13 May - China, Hong Kong - Cheung Chau Da Jiu Festival
The Cheung Chau Da Jiu Festival if an annual Taoist celebration of Buddha's birthday, held in Hong Kong. It attracts thousands of international revelers each year. For the festivities, da jiu, baked buns are used to create mountains, which then the attendees climb and eat. The celebrations also involve an outstanding array of vegetarian cuisine, dancing, colorful floats, and the annual bun-snatching and paper effigy burning ceremony.

09 May - Victory Day
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine
A public holiday in Russia and other countries celebrate the victory over Nazi Germany and the end of the Second World War (also referred to as 'The Great Patriotic War' in Russia).

09-13 May - China, Hong Kong - Cheung Chau Da Jiu Festival
The Cheung Chau Da Jiu Festival if an annual Taoist celebration of Buddha's birthday, held in Hong Kong. It attracts thousands of international revelers each year. For the festivities, da jiu, baked buns are used to create mountains, which then the attendees climb and eat. The celebrations also involve an outstanding array of vegetarian cuisine, dancing, colorful floats, and the annual bun-snatching and paper effigy burning ceremony.

8 May - Victory in Europe Day
Czech Republic, France, Slovakia, Ukraine
Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day or VE Day) is commemorated on 8 May. It is a national holiday in France known as 'Victoire 1945' or 'La fête de la victoire' and the day is also celebrated as a holiday in several other countries in Europe.

08-09 May - Israel - Independence Day
Yom Haatzmaut is Israeli Independence Day, a day of great celebration held every year in late April or early May – on the day (in the Hebrew calendar) which, in 1948, Israel declared its independence.
05 May - 04 June - Ramadan - Global
Ramadan (also known as Ramzan, Ramadhan, or Ramathan), observed by Muslims worldwide, is one of the Five Pillars of Islam
The word itself comes from the Arabic root “ramida” which roughly translates as “Scorching Heat”. Fasting was made obligatory on all adult Muslims in the Second Year of Hijri (Migration from Makkah to Madinah of Muslims). The only people exempted from keeping a fast are the ones who are travelling, aged, pregnant, diabetic, chronically ill, menstruating or breast feeding. Many children endeavour to complete as many fasts as possible as practice for later life.

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Mexico, Puebla 05 May - Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is one of two days which mark Mexico’s independence from foreign rulers. Mexico’s official independence day (el Dieciseis de Septiembre ) is celebrated on September 16th. Cinco de Mayo is considered a day of great importance, but is a public holiday in Puebla only. It marks the day when in 1862 President Benito Juarez sent troops to face an invading French army that was marching toward Mexico City.

Latvia 04 May - Restoration of Independence Day
May also be called the 'Declaration of Independence Day' and is known locally as 'Latvijas Republikas Neatkarības atjaunošanas diena'' and commemorates Latvia's independence from the USSR in 1990. If the day is on the weekend, then the following Monday is a holiday. 

Japan, Port Messe, Nagoya
03 May - Wekfest

Designed as an event providing opportunities for car builders to share their experiences with like minded individuals. A place where inspiration is drawn and achievements celebrated. 50 Euro, domestic & import aftermarket and restoration type vehicles on display. Over 70+ awards for exhibiting competitions. International media coverage from U.S, Malaysia, U.K., France, Canada & more. Industry leading vendor's row with over 60+ exhibiting related businesses. Official industry models and top social media influencers.

Poland 03 May - Constitution Day
Known as 'National Third of May Day', the annual celebrations involve parades and marches in most major cities. Constitution Day marks the declaration and adoption of Poland's first constitution on 3rd May 1791, which was the third declaration in the world, after that of America.

South Korea, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
03 May - Boseong Green Tea Festival 

The Boseong Green Tea Field is one of the must-visit places in Korea. The activities involve hands-on experiences, like picking the leaves, making tea, and sampling green tea snacks. There are also tea exhibitions and sales, and every year additional attractions such as movie screening are included.

Thailand, Yasothon03-07 May - Yasothon Bun Bang Fai
Bun Bang Fai, or the Rocket Festival in English, is an annual celebrated by the Lao in Thailand. While the celebration takes place in various locations throughout the country, the festival in Yasothon is one of the biggest and most vibrant. It features thousands of handcrafted rocket launches into the sky, a parade, live music, dance performances and more, all displaying the beauty and uniqueness of the Lao culture.

3-17 May - UK, London - Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 74th session

Spain, Madrid
02 May - Community Festival 

This regional holiday is celebrated annually. Known as 'Comunidad de Madrid' in Spanish, this holiday celebrates a rebellion against the French in the War for Independence.

US, West Palm Beach, Florida
02-05 May - Sunfest Music and Arts Festival

With more than 275,000 visitors recorded, SunFest is Florida's largest waterfront festival. The music-orientated event includes 3 stages for live performances from the world's most noted performers. Additional 'Sun Festivities' include floating bars, Battle of the Bands, and TGI5k Marathon, with an ending show of fireworks.

US, Fort Worth, Texas
02-05 May - Fort Worth Mayfest

Tracing its roots all the way back to the 1973 Trinity River Festival, it’s a traditional town fair-style event with carnival games, rides, live music and other performances and, of course, food and drink available for sale. Tickets tend to be very affordable, and the festival goes for multiple days across the shores of the Trinity River. The festival has also featured 5k and 10k runs, petting zoos, gift markets and athletic activities like paddle-boarding, and it has an adorable mascot in River the Mayfest Raccoon.
Global
01 May - May Day / International Workers' Day 

May Day is a public holiday usually celebrated on 1 May. It is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival and a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the festivities. The holiday may also be known as Labour Day or International Workers Day and is marked with a public holiday in over 80 countries.

US, Honolulu, Hawaii01-02 May - Lei Day Celebration 
May Day is a statewide celebration of the aloha spirit and the giving of the flower lei, known globally as the symbol of Hawaii. It is an irreplaceable part of their culture, and great care is taken into creation of the lei. Each Hawaiian island has its own lei used for celebrations, reflected by their own flowers. The celebration is held in the Kapi'olani park. On the first day, the lei are created. On the second day, there is a lei competition for the public. The celebrations include festivals and music shows.

Japan01-05 May - Golden Week: A cluster of national holidays Imperial Accession Day - 1 May; Constitution Memorial Day - 3 May; Greenery Day - 4 May; Children’s Day - 5 May
It is the longest vacation for most of the Japanese workers. The length of the holiday depends on how the weekend and the national holidays connect, resulting in a week, sometimes even 10 days off. A festive atmosphere spreads all over Japan once Golden Week starts as there are a lot of events going on during this holiday. Golden Week is the time for Japanese people to go back to their hometowns or travel around. Because of this, you will run into traffic jams and crowds at the major transportation hubs. Roads and trains from Tokyo will be crowded at the beginning of Golden Week period as people living in Tokyo usually go back to their hometown or travel to some other parts of Japan. On the other hand, roads and trains to Tokyo will be packed at the end of the Golden Week period as everybody goes back to Tokyo.

United States 01-05 May - Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally 
The biannual event is spread across seven venues of Panama Beach. The Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally is a fest for all those who love bikes, mud, tattoos, and competition. With demos by the industry's best, live music, ladies' pageant competitions, and even karaoke, this event is not to be missed by any motor enthusiasts.

Paraguay, Asunción
30 April - Life in Color

The world's largest Paint Party with music, fire-spinning and tons of colored paint.

Japan
30 April - Showa Day 

Known in Japan as 'Shōwa no Hi', it is part of a Golden Week. Showa Day honours the birthday of Emperor Hirohito, the reigning Emperor before, during, and after World War II (from 1926 - 1989).


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Denmark27 April - General Prayer Day
Store Bededag, also known as Great Prayer Day or General Prayer Day, is a special Danish festival celebrated on the fourth Friday after Easter Sunday. The earliest date it can fall on is 17 April and the latest is on 21 May. Great Prayer Day is basically a collection of minor Christian holy days consolidated into one day.

Netherlands27 April - Koninginnedag or King's Day
A national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Celebrated to mark the birth of King Willem-Alexander. Koningsdag is known for its nationwide vrijmarkt ("free market"), at which many Dutch sell their secondhand items. It is also an opportunity for "orange madness" or oranjegekte, for the national colour, when the normally strait-laced Dutch let down their hair, often dyed orange for the occasion.

Netherlands, Amsterdam 27 April - Loveland Van Oranje Festival

All hail the King of the Netherlands. Instead of dropping on all fours and kissing his feet, you’ll show love for the Head Honcho by getting crazy at the Loveland Van Oranje. A wide-open grassy space allows for high-energy techno music, non-stop dance parties and nothing but positive vibes in Amsterdam.



Global26 April - Orthodox Good Friday  
Orthodox Good Friday takes place on the Friday before Orthodox Easter Sunday. The first ceremony takes place on Good Friday where the "Epitafios", an imitation of the Christ's funeral bier, is decorated with many flowers by the local women. The "Epitafios" is then paraded through the streets of the villages or the neighbourhoods of the cities. In some areas, the ceremony is also accompanied by the burning of effigies of Judas Iscariot.


Australia25 April - Anzac Day
Anzac Day is commemorated on 25 April and is arguably Australia's most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first key military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.If Anzac Day falls on a weekend in Australia, it is generally not moved to a weekday; though in 2015, it fell on a Saturday and the Monday was a state public holiday in Western Australia and a government holiday in ACT.

Iceland25 April - First Day of Summer
This holiday is celebrated on first Thursday after 18 April. This means it always falls between 19 April and 25 April.Known in Icelandic as 'Sumardagurinn fyrsti', this holiday is an Icelandic flag day and marks the arrival of the first day of summer.

Italy25 April - Liberation Day
Celebrated on 25 April, Liberation Day (Anniversario della Liberazione or Festa della Liberazione) commemorates the liberation of Italy by Allied troops at the end of the Second World War.

Portugal25 April - Freedom Day
A national holiday, with official commemorations. It celebrates the 1974 Revolution that ended the dictatorship and started democracy. It also commemorates the first free elections that took place a year later on 25 April 1975.

Vietnam25 April - Hung Kings Temple Festival
Each year, the key ceremony takes place at the Hung Temple on Nghia Linh Mountain in Phu Tho Province, some 85km northwest of Hanoi. A procession starts at the foot of the mountain and stops at every temple on the ascent before pilgrims offer prayers and incense to the Hung Kings when they reach the Hung Temple.

Tankwa Town, South Africa24-30 April - AfrikaBurn Festival
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, often known as Jazz Fest, is an annual celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. Use of the term "Jazz Fest" can also include the days surrounding the Festival and the many shows at unaffiliated New Orleans nightclubs scheduled during the Festival event weekends.
Turkey
23 April - National Sovereignty and Children's Day 
National Sovereignty and Children's Day (Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı) is a national holiday in Turkey, always celebrated on 23 April.The holiday commemorates the first opening of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey at Ankara in 1920.

Spain, Newfoundland, Canada and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil 23 April - St. George's Day
St. George's Day is celebrated annually, as this is the generally accepted date of St. George's death. St. George's Day is a regional holiday in the Aragon region of Spain and a provincial government holiday in Newfoundland, Canada. It is also a holiday for government and schools in the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

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Brazil
21 April - Tiradentes Day
It commemorates the execution of Brazilian national hero Joaquim Jose da Silva Xavier, who died for the cause of liberty. This is a government holiday where the whole country gets to join in on the holiday.

Sri Lanka
19 April - Bak Full Moon Poya
Every full moon (usually one a month) is a public holiday in Sri Lanka. Each of the full moons have its own name and they are days to commemorate key events in Buddhism. These full moon days are known as Poya. The Poya dates will change each year and certain Poya dates may be a day before or after the date of the full moon. If there are two Poya days in a month, then the name of the second will be preceded by the word Adhi (Sinhalese: half). This National Holiday celebrates the Buddha's second visit to Sri Lanka to make peace between two warring local chiefs, who were also uncle and nephew

Uruguay
19 April - Landing of the 33 Patriots Day
A national public holiday is usually celebrated on 19 April, but may be moved depending on what day of the week it falls. It commemorates the return of Juan Lavelleja and his 33 exiled Uruguayan fighters in 1825, who took an oath to free Uruguay from Brazilian control.

Global
19 April - Good Friday
The following countries observe the Orthodox calendar in which Good Friday may occur on a different date: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Lebanon, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine. Good Friday is a day of mourning, which takes place on the Friday before Orthodox Easter Sunday. During special Good Friday services Christians meditate on Jesus's suffering and death on the cross, and what this means for their faith. In some countries, there are special Good Friday processions, or re-enactments of the Crucifixion.

Venezuela
19 April - Independence Declaration Day
Known in Spanish as 'Declaración de la independencia', this public holiday commemorates the declaration of a local junta in Caracas in 1810.

Costa Rica
17 Apr - last day of the Holy Week Holiday
The holiday commemorates the Battle of Rivas made famous by the heroic actions of the National Hero, Juan Santamaria.

Global
17 April - Global Information Ethics Day
Honours the unique contributions made by information professionals by promoting their critical roles in the global information community. Celebrated to encourage information professionals to promote the services they provide to their users, customers and management within their organizations and to external communities.

Indonesia
17 April - National Holiday
This holiday is taking place to allow people to vote in the presidential elections.

Cambodia
15 April - Khmer New Year

Khmer New Year, also known as Cambodian New Year is usually a three day public holiday in Cambodia. In Khmer, it is called 'Chaul Chnam Thmey', which means 'enter the new year'. Khmer New Year is full of tradition and rituals with a three days of celebration, each have their own name and associated traditions.

Thailand
15 April - last day of Songkran Festival

The most famous aspect of the Songkran celebrations is the throwing of water. Indeed, Songkran is often known as the Thai Water Festival. The custom originates from spring cleaning aspect of Songkran. Part of the ritual was the cleaning of images of Buddha. Using the 'blessed' water that cleaned the images to soak other people is seen as a way of paying respect and bring good fortune.

Russia, Moscow
16-18 April - 19th International Exhibition "Equipment and Technologies for Oil and Gas Industry

Neftegaz is Russia's largest trade show in the Oil and Gas category in the Exhibition Space, International Recognition and Market Coverage nominations: The world-class event ranks in the top ten of the world's petroleum shows and bears the logos of UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and RUEF, the Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs. The most effective platform for business networking of Russian and foreign professionals of the oil and gas industry, launch of new products, learning about global trends and industry prospects.

Spain
14-21 April - Semana Santa (Holy Week), Sevilla
The parade-like processions of Catholic brotherhoods (or fraternities), many of which date back to the Middle Ages or Baroque period. The celebrations vary by region: Those held in Málaga and Seville are among the most extravagant, while those in Valladolid and Zamora tend to be more somber. The thing that attracts travelers around the world is the fantastic floats (a.k.a. Pasos) - elaborately decorated with artful sculptures depicting scenes from the Passion of Christ or the Sorrows of Virgin Mary some of which are created by famous Spanish artists, and have been used by brotherhoods for centuries. With marching bands providing musical accompaniment, it’s quite the spectacle.


Lao
13-16 April - New Year
Usually a three day public holiday, it is called 'Songkran' or 'Pii Mai'. New Year celebration in Lao last for four days, though the traditions and customs are similar to Songkran, Thai New Year.

South Korea
13 Apr / 10 May - Taean Tulip Festival
Selected as one of the world’s top five tulip festivals, Taean Tulip Festival showcases about 1.2 million tulips of 300 different species. Visitors can see tulips in various stages of development, thanks to the advanced system introduced in the Netherlands. In addition to tulips, visitors can see lupine, foxglove, lilies and other advanced breeds of spring flowers. Taean World Tulip Summit presents also world famous landmarks like Namdaemun (National Treasure No. 1) based on a theme of Bangpai-kite as well as the Eiffel Tower from France, a windmill from The Netherlands, and a pyramid from Egypt. In particular, daffodils and lilies are newly planted in the large area as friends of tulips. Through the festival, visitors can enjoy pretty flowers.

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India
Ugadi - 06 Apr 2019
Each family member comes in front of the headstone and bows three times with their right fist held cupped in their left hand. Some families will then eat the food at the grave site, akin to having a picnic with their deceased relatives. It is said to bring good luck to eat the food that was offered to the deceased . Some families may also set off firecrackers to scare off evil spirits and to alert the deceased relatives that they are there to pay their respects.

India
Gudi - 06 Apr 2019

Gudi Padwa, also known as Gudi Padva, is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra. This means it usually falls in late March or early April in the Gregorian calendar and generally takes place on the same day as Cheti Chand in Gujarat and Ugadi, which is celebrated as the Telugu and Kannada New Year in the Deccan region of India. On Gudi Padwa, it is customary to visit friends and family, do some spring-cleaning and dress up in new clothes.

India
Cheti Chand - 06 Apr 2019

The festival of Cheti Chand is celebrated with fairs, feasts and processions of icons of Jhulelal and other Hindu deities. It is also celebrated by the Sindhi dispora around the world.

Liverpool, United Kingdom
The Grand National - 06 Apr 2019

It is the most valuable jump race in Europe, with a prize fund of £1 million in 2017. An event that is prominent in British culture, the race is popular amongst many people who do not normally watch or bet on horse racing at other times of the year.

Senegal
Independence Day - 04 April 2019
This day is the National Day of Senegal and celebrates independence from France on 4 April 1960. The day is marked by a parade by the armed forces in Dakar, the capital of Senegal.

Taiwan
Children's Day - 04 Apr 2019
Children's Day celebrations focus on honouring model students around Taiwan and by numerous parent-children activities sponsored by government and civic organizations. Thus, the day not only focuses on children but also aims to strengthen the bond between parents and their children. International Women's Day is observed in several countries on 8 March. In Taiwan, 8 March is a commemorative day but not a non-working public holiday.

China, Hongkong, Macau, Taiwan
Ching Ming Festival - 04 Apr 2019
Ching Ming, Qingming, the Remembrance of Ancestors Day or Grave-Sweeping Day.
Each family member comes in front of the headstone and bows three times with their right fist held cupped in their left hand. Some families will then eat the food at the grave site, akin to having a picnic with their deceased relatives. It is said to bring good luck to eat the food that was offered to the deceased . Some families may also set off firecrackers to scare off evil spirits and to alert the deceased relatives that they are there to pay their respects.

UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Malaysia, Indonesia
Isra and Mi'raj - 03 Apr 2019
Celebration of Isra and Mi'raj include prayers during the night and many Muslim cities will keep their lights on all night.

Argentina
Malvinas Day - 02 Apr 2019
Malvinas Day was first introduced in 2001. It replaced the June 10th "Sovereignty over Malvinas Islands" Day, which until then had commemorated the appointment of Luis Vernet as governor of the Islands by Buenos Aires in 1832.

Cyprus
Greek Cypriot National  Day- 01 Apr 2019
Also known as 'EOKA Day', this holiday commemorates the start of the insurgence against the British in 1955. Shops and businesses may be closed. People may attend church services to remember the efforts of the EOKA to secure Cyprus' independence and special events take place in schools, so that children are made aware of the island's struggle for freedom.

Malta
Freedom Day - 31 Mar 2019
The holiday marks 31 March 1979 which was the date on which the British military finally withdrew from Malta and its sister island Gozo. The main events of the activities commemorating this date take place at the Freedom Day Monument at Vittoriosa and at the War Memorial in Floriana. In the afternoon the Grand Harbour hosts a competitive regatta.

United Kingdom/Ireland
Mother's Day - 31 Mar 2019
(also known as 'Mothering Sunday') is celebrated in the United Kingdom and Ireland on the fourth Sunday in Lent. It is not a public holiday. Nowadays, Mother's Day is a celebration of the role of the mother, similar to the American tradition, and children will give their Mother's a card and gift; younger children making their mother breakfast is a common activity. Mother's Day is the third most popular holiday for greeting cards, behind Christmas and St. Valentine's Day.

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Trinidad and Tobago
Spiritual Baptist Day - 30 Mar 2019
Spiritual Baptists are sometimes referred to as 'shouters', as during services, they shout, clap, sing loudly and ring bells. During the time of the prohibition on their religion, the Spiritual Baptists dropped the name Shouter Baptists in order to gain more respect for their religion. The ordinance was repealed on 30 March 1951, leaving the Spiritual Baptists free to practice their religion as they wish. This holiday was first observed in 1966 to mark the repeal of the prohibition and the struggle for religious freedom.

Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town International Jazz Festival- 29/30 Mar 2019

Affectionately referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering,” the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is one of the largest jazz-oriented events in the world and the single largest music event on the continent. It’s the flagship event for espAfrika, a global event company, and the celebrated, annual music festival appeals to devotees of jazz in a traditional sense and mainstream audiences alike. Crucially, for a proudly South African event, the festival highlights native South African artists and international marquee stars in equal measure.

Madagascar
Martyrs' Day - 29 Mar 2019
Also known as Commemoration Day or Insurrection Day, this holiday memorializes those who died in the Revolt of 1947 against the French. Martyrs' Day is a time to remember those who sacrificed their lives in the rebellion for their country's freedom. 29th March was first declared as a day of mourning by President Tsiranana in 1967. A national museum dedicated to the Uprising was inaugurated in 2012 by President Andry Rajoelina at Moramanga.

Central African Republic
Boganda Day - 29 Mar 2019
Boganda's rule proved to be short-lived; he died in a plane crash on 29 March 1959 under suspicious circumstances and did not live to see his country gain full independence from France on 13 August 1960, with his cousin David Dako becoming the country's first President. On Boganda Day all banks, official government offices, businesses, and schools are closed.

Myanmar
Armed Forces Day - 27 Mar 2019
In 1886, Myanmar (then called Burma) came under British control. From the earliest days of colonisation, there was a strong feeling of resentment against the rule of the British.

Bangladesh
Independence Day - 26 Mar 2019
The holiday is marked by memorial ceremonies to remember those who lost their lives in the war for independence. In the evening, the main public buildings in the capital, Dhaka are lit up in the national colours.

Mali 
Martyrs' Day 2019 - 26 Mar 2019
Martyrs' Day is a public holiday in Mali observed on March 26th. Also known as Democracy Day, it commemorates the protesters who were died during demonstrations against President Traoré in March 1991 during the 1991 Malian coup d'état.


Greece
Independence Day - 25 Mar 2019

To mark Greek Independence Day, towns and villages throughout Greece hold flag parades, where school children march dressed in traditional Greek costume and carry Greek flags. A military parade takes place in Athens which is attended by the president of Greece and other officials. Crowds gather along the route and show their patriotism by waving flags. A traditional dish popular on Independence Day is 'bakaliaros' which is salted cod, fried in a beer batter, served with 'skordalia', a garlic aioli usually made with potato and olive oil.



New Zealand
Otago Anniversary Day - 25 Mar 2019
The Holidays Act 1981 specifies each locality observing a Provincial Anniversary Day to celebrate the founding days or landing days of the first colonists of the various colonial pro.


Argentina
Truth and Justice Memorial Day - 24 Mar 2019
The commemoration was sanctioned as Law 25633 by the Argentine National Congress on 1 August 2002, and promulgated by the Executive Branch on 22 August of the same year. However, it was not implemented as a public national holiday until 2006. The day is marked by peaceful rallies and marches by those who lost loved ones during the dirty war.

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Sri Lanka
Madin Full Moon Poya - 22 Mar 2019

These full moon days are known as Poya. The Poya dates will change each year and certain Poya dates may be a day before or after the date of the full moon. On Poya days, shops and businesses will usually close and the sale of alcohol and meat is forbidden.

India
Holi - 22 Mar 2019

Holi was originally a festival to celebrate the start of Spring, good harvests and fertility of the land. The first mentions of it date back to a poem from the 4th century. The festival begins on the night of the full moon. Fires are lit on street corners to cleanse the air of evil spirits and bad vibes, and to symbolize the destruction of the wicked Holika, after whom the festival was named. The following morning, the streets fill with people running, shouting, giggling and splashing.

Tunisia
Independence Day - 22 Mar 2019

The holiday was established to celebrate the anniversary of Tunisia's independence from France on 20 March 1956 and is Tunisia's national holiday.


Israel
Purim - 21 Mar 2019

Purim is characterized by public readings of the Book of Esther, giving mutual gifts of food and drink, giving charity to the poor, and a festive meal. Other customs include drinking wine and the wearing of masks and costumes. On Purim day, typically toward evening, a festive meal called Seudat Purim is held, often with wine as the prominent beverage; consequently, drunkenness is not uncommon at this meal.



Japan
Vernal Equinox - 21 Mar 2019
The vernal equinox (or spring equinox) marks the beginning of astronomical spring. In modern Japan, the day still maintains its older traditions as visiting family graves and holding family reunions is a common way of celebrating the equinox.

Namibia
Independence Day - 21 Mar 2019
The country officially gained independence on 21 March 1990 changing its name to Namibia and adopting its current flag. Sam Nujoma was sworn in as the first President of Namibia at a ceremony attended by Nelson Mandela of South Africa, who had only been released from prison the month before.

South Africa
Human Rights Day - 21 Mar 2019
In recognition of the events on this day, the United Nations has declared that 21 March each year is 'The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination'. Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.

Albania
Novruz- 20 Mar 2019
Novruz celebrates the Persian New Year, and the beginning of Spring. Novruz means 'New Day'. Like a lot of spring festivals, this idea of purification and starting again is key. Indeed, before Novruz, activities based on renewal like spring cleaning, planting trees, make new clothes and painting eggs are popular.


Global
St. Joseph's Day - 19 Mar 2019
Saint Joseph's Day, 19 March, has been the Feast of St. Joseph in Western Christianity since the tenth century. St. Joseph's day always falls in Lent, so meals on his day are always associated with meatless dishes. In Italy a tradition is to serve food that contains bread crumbs as these represent saw dust since St. Joseph was a carpenter. In Valencia, Spain, St. Joseph's Day is celebrated as Fallas, a city-wide celebration that lasts for five days.


Aruba
National Flag and Anthem Day - 18 Mar 2019

The Aruban national anthem is called "Aruba Dushi Tera" (Aruba Sweet Land). It is a waltz composed as a result of a collaboration by three of Aruba's most celebrated artists: Juan Chabaya Lampe, Rufo Wever and Hubert Booi. This official holiday is celebrated with cultural, sports and musical events across the island and there is a national celebration in the evening at Plaza Betico in Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba.



Mexico
Birthday of Benito Juárez - 18 Mar 2019
It is a reflection on his importance to Mexico, that Benito Juárez is the only Mexican to have his own national holiday. Indeed, the period of his leadership is known in Mexican history as 'La Reforma' (the reform), and marked a political and social revolution with major constitutional consequences. All schools will close, as will banks and government offices. Many stores will be closed, but most supermarkets will remain open.

Bangladesh

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Birthday - 17 Mar 2019
This holiday may also be known as 'Father of the Nation's birth anniversary' and it commemorates the birthday of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who is regarded as the father of the nation of Bangladesh.

Ireland
St. Patrick's Day 2019 - 17 Mar 2019
Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration to commemorates the death of Saint Patrick which is the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, Irish traditional music sessions (céilithe), and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.[6] There are also formal gatherings such as banquets and dances, although these were more common in the past. St Patrick's Day parades began in North America in the 18th century but did not spread to Ireland until the 20th century.[14] The participants generally include marching bands, the military, fire brigades, cultural organisations, charitable organisations, voluntary associations, youth groups, fraternities, and so on. However, over time, many of the parades have become more akin to a carnival. More effort is made to use the Irish language, especially in Ireland, where the week of St Patrick's Day is "Irish language week".

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