Fun and Crazy Holidays in May You'll Want to Celebrate
May is the month when many countries celebrate the arrival of Spring, the anticipation of summer and warm temperatures. May Day, a holiday celebrated around the world (which falls on May 1st) is the traditional spring celebration most often associated in the U.S. with dancing around the Maypole. May is also the month when Mother’s Day and Memorial Day fall in the U.S. and when a variety of religious and secular holidays occur in other countries. However, in addition to these traditional holidays, there are also a number of other unique offbeat holidays that occur during the month. Choose some of the ones listed below to celebrate and make your month more playful and fun.
Fun and Crazy Holidays in May
- May 1: Mother Goose Day
- May 3: National Two Different Colored Shoes Day
- May 5: World Naked Gardening Day
- May 6: International No Diet Day
- May 8: No Socks Day
- May 9: Lost Sock Memorial Day
- May 14: Dance Like a Chicken Day
- May 15: Chocolate Chip Day
- May 20: Be a Millionaire Day
- May 30: My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It Day
May 1: Mother Goose Day
Mother Goose Day was created in honor of the Mother Goose stories and nursery rhymes. The term title Mother Goose goes back to the mid-1600’s and was used to refer to stories like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, and Sleeping Beauty. They became popular in the U.S. in the 1700’s when a story collections by Charles Perrault, the father of fairy tales, was translated from French. He was also credited with first using the title, “Mother Goose,” in this collections which was entitled Stories or Tales or Tales from Times Past, with Morals but was more popularly known by its subtitle, Tales of My Mother Goose. Other authors wrote additional stories over the years, including the Brothers Grimm.
Over the years these favorite bedtimes stories and playful rhymes have been told over and over to each new generation. Enjoy "Mother Goose Day" by reading your favorite Mother Goose stories and rhymes to your children or grandchildren. Or volunteer at a library to read these stories to children in a group activity or one on one. For more information on National Mother Goose Day visit The Official Home of the Mother Goose Society.
May 3: National Two Different Colored Shoes Day
This is a day that celebrates diversity by standing out. Celebrate your uniqueness by wearing two different colored shoes and see what happens. Take a risk and step outside your comfort zone. Use #TwoDifferentColoredShoesDay to post on social media.
National Two Different Colored Shoes Day was originally created by Dr. Arlene Kaiser. Kaiser established this day to recognize human diversity. According to a statement made by Kaiser, “The simple act of wearing two different colored shoes proclaims your individuality. By taking this ‘positive risk,’ you can demonstrate your willingness to be different, and show your appreciation for the unique people in your life.”
May 5: World Naked Gardening Day
Yep, you read that right. Today is the day people all over the world are encouraged to care for their gardens completely unclothed and as close to nature as they can be. If you're shy you can shuck your clothes in your apartment and tend a window box or house plant or two. If you are a bit more adventurous try raking leaves in your back yard. Are you an avid hiker? Get a fellow trekker to help you pull weeds along a favorite trail or path. For the most daring, get a group together and make quick excursions to public parks to participate in covert cleanups. Just make sure to pick parks that won't have people everywhere and move quickly to avoid potential problems. On a serious note this day emphasizes not only our personal connection to our environment but also our society's need to move toward a healthy sense of body acceptance.
May 6: International No Diet Day
International No Diet Day is a time for appreciating our bodies, no matter what their size or shape. It helps us to better understand and accept that people are built differently, which is okay. Anti-diet groups have been created to help and support people who suffer disorders such as anorexia and the effects of being dangerously thin. Other medical disorders can be the result of taking diet pills and surgeries to control weight such as stomach stapling.
International No Diet Day is a great opportunity to re-evaluate your weight goals and perspective and make certain your desire to be thin isn’t placing your health at risk. If you determine that continuing or beginning a diet is the right path for you then wait til tomorrow to start or continue your diet and use today to eat what you want without guilt.
May 8: No Socks Day
Break out the sandals, it’s No Socks Day. Release your toes from the restraints of socks and stockings. Today, no matter what the weather is where you are or what you do today, you can give those unappreciated toes of yours a breath of fresh air. The people who created No Socks Day also say that this day will help the environment by reducing the laundry burden. Celebrating No Socks Day is simple. Just leave your socks and stockings in the drawer and let your toes go free in whatever footwear you choose.
There are also tons of great sports and activities that you can enjoy on this holiday. Dig your toes in the sand and play a game of beach volleyball. Maybe a water sport is more your style. Have you always wanted to try Judo, Karate or Taekwando? Well, today is the day.
The organizers of the day say that although it is required to wash your feet before taking part in this holiday, painting your toenails in entirely up to you.
May 9: Lost Sock Memorial Day
This day was begun in recognition of all the socks that have been sent off to the dryer never to return. Everyone has experienced the grief of a number of lost socks over the years, this is a part of the human experience that we all share. Lost Sock Memorial Day remembers your drawer full of unmatched socks. Each unmatched sock is part of a pair and is missing their other half. We try to rematch lonely socks, but they never seem to fit together just right. Of course, you never throw any of our unmatched socks away. After all, it’s mate might show up one day.
On Lost Sock Memorial Day, spend a little time searching for those missing socks. They spend a moment reflecting and remembering how warm those missing socks were on your feet. Today is the perfect day to toss out all of your unmatched socks. If you haven’t found them by now, you’re never going to find the missing ones.
May 14: Dance Like a Chicken Day
This is a day that gives you a great way to have fun and blow off some steam at the same time. Let your inner child out to be silly today as you celebrate that goofy Chicken Dance. The song, sometimes also known as the Birdie Song, or Dance Little Bird, was composed in the 1950s by Swiss composer Werner Thomas. Originally entitled, Der Ententanz, which means The Duck Dance, it became widely known as the Vogeltanz or Chicken Dance instead. The song was soon choreographed (I use the term loosely) with a series of funny movements that will have you flapping and wiggling to the music. The dance continues to be popular, especially in the U.S., where it is performed at parties, Bar Mitzvahs and weddings.
Think you’re too mature for this holiday? You might be interested to know that in 1994, the Crown Prince of Bavaria attended Oktoberfest Zinzinnati and helped set a world record for the World's Largest Chicken Dance, with 48,000 participants. This achievement was documented in the Guinness Book of Records, 1995-97 editions. If a Crown Prince can dance it, so can you. The current record was set by 74,000 doing the Chicken Dance at a county fair in Akron, Ohio.
To celebrate this holiday, organize a chicken dance-off or a flash mob. See how many people you can get to take part in these activities and maybe gather 100,000 of your closest friends and go for the Guinness Book of World Records.
May 15: Chocolate Chip Day
Today chocolate chips are used in numerous recipes for cookies, cakes, candies, ice creams and a wide variety of other desserts. To celebrate this sweet holiday, find a way to add chocolate chips to every meal. For breakfast, make chocolate chip pancakes or a chocolate chip yogurt parfait (see below). For lunch, how about a peanut butter, banana and chocolate chip sandwich? Finish your day with a good dinner, followed by an easy to make chocolate chip cookie in a mug (see below).
Easy Chocolate Chip Yogurt Parfait
1 cup (1 container) vanilla or coconut yogurt
½ cup granola
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup coconut
1 banana, sliced
1 tbsp chia seeds (can substitute flax seeds; optional)
¼ cup chocolate chips + extra for top
Sprinkle the chia or flax seeds into the yogurt container and carefully mix until well distributed
In a bowl, mix granola, raisins, coconut and chocolate chips together
Spoon ⅓ of the yogurt into the bottom of a tall glass
Place ⅓ of the banana slices on top of the yogurt
Sprinkle ⅓ of the granola mixture over the bananas
Continue to layer ⅓ of the yogurt followed by ⅓ of the granola mix until finished
Sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips on top
Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug
1 tablespoon melted butter or vegetable oil
½ tablespoon granulated sugar
1 ½ tablespoon brown sugar
pinch of salt
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons chocolate chips
Lightly coat the inside of a large mug with cooking spray, butter or vegetable oil.
Mix the butter, egg yolk, granulated sugar, brown sugar and salt together in the mug
Gradually add the flour, stirring to combine
Add the chocolate chips mix in
I have a 1100 watt microwave and microwave mine at 80% for 50 seconds. If you have a 1000 watt microwave try it at 80% for one minute and with a 900 watt microwave try it at 80% for a minute and 10 to 15 seconds. When done the top should look light yellow and it may seem to be still a bit raw but if you carefully press the top it should spring back. Don’t overcook it or it will be dry. If you are like me I often under cook it so it is hot, gooey and still has a hint of raw cookie dough about it.
Eat this cookie warm with a scoop of chocolate chip ice cream or frozen yogurt.
May 20: Be a Millionaire Day
As an anonymous author said, “All I ask is for a chance to prove that money doesn't buy happiness". Maybe a million dollars isn’t as much as it used to be but for those of us who don’t have it, it sounds pretty good. Everyone wants to be able to enjoy today as a card carrying member of the millionaire club. If you are already a millionaire, enjoy the day as you are sitting pretty. If you aren’t a millionaire yet try some of the following strategies as you celebrate the day.
Ways to Celebrate Be a Millionaire Day
Review your investments and look for ways to increase what they earn
Make an appointment to meet with a reputable investment or financial planner to examine your portfolio
Increase deposits to your savings accounts
Increase contributions to your retirement account
Start or add to a 401K or other retirement fund
Review your spending and your budget and devise ways to cut back
Increase what you pay on your mortgage each month and pay off any outstanding bills to save a ton in interest
Go to a casino
Buy a lottery ticket
- If all else fails, raid the monopoly money and carry all the $500 bills in your wallet to make you at least feel like a millionaire
May 30: My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It Day
Maybe at camp you remember singing the children’s song, “There’s a Hole in the Bucket.” It describes an impossible situation. To fix a bucket with a hole, Henry needs to cut straw with a knife, which needs to be sharpened on a stone which needs to be wet with water using the bucket, only it has a hole. Even those not familiar with the song can see the problem right away.
Ways to Celebrate My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It Day
Listen to the song that inspired the holiday and or try karaoke with friends.
Get a cheap plastic bucket and put a hole in the bottom. Give it to someone and tell them to try to do something silly like filling another bucket with the water or water the lawn and see what they do. The most logical thing is to let the water flow out the hole in the bottom but you will be amazed at how many people try to tip the bucket and pour the water from the side before it flows out the bottom. A
Ask people you meet if they know the answer to the Hole in the Bucket riddle. I am weightless, but you can see me. Put me in a bucket, and I’ll make it lighter. What am I? Obviously the answer is: A hole.
You might also want to try to keep things positive by focusing on how things could be worse. Well, unless you’re a bucket anyway.
Watch the Sesame Street Version of There's a Hole in the Bucket
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