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GLOBAL DAYS IN MAY 2018

1ST MAY - LABOUR DAY

Labour Day is an annual holiday celebrated all over the world that resulted from the labour union movement, to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. Most countries celebrate Labour Day on May 1st, also known as May Day or International Workers Day.

1ST MAY - WORLD ASTHMA DAY

World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. World Asthma Day takes place on the first Tuesday of May.

Asthma UK is an asthma research charity. They support research to find the causes of asthma, reduce attacks, find new treatments and ultimately find a cure.

The theme of World Asthma Day 2018 is "Never too early, never too late. It's always the right time to address airways disease." The theme calls to both patients and healthcare providers to consider and evaluate symptoms, irrespective of the time when they occur. The idea is to ensure that asthma is controlled and prevented in all possible ways. Click here to visit the Asthma UK website.

6TH TO 12TH MAY - RED CROSS WEEK

Red Cross Week ties in with World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. This is an annual celebration of the their work across the world. During Red Cross Week, people across the UK come together to help raise money for people in crisis.

The Kindness Calendar is a fun way to get involved. If you download the calendar you can choose from a list of kind actions for each day of Red Cross Week, or even add your own.

It could be sending a card to someone to say thanks for helping you out, letting someone go ahead of you in a queue or signing up to do a collection or holding a cake sale. You can use this idea as a family, a team, or individually. Why not double your kindness and get sponsored to do this too? Click here to find out more.

7TH MAY - EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY

Many of the traditional May Day celebrations take part on the first Monday of May, the first May bank holiday. Traditional English May festivities include Morris dancing, a May queen and maypole dancing. Many of the traditions have pagan roots, celebrating springtime and fertility. Click here to find out more about May Day customs.

10TH MAY - ASCENSION DAY

Commemorates the day that Jesus ascended into heaven. Ascension Day is 40 days after Easter, so is always on a Thursday. Click here to find out more about Ascension Day and its traditions.

12TH MAY - WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY

The World Fair Trade Day is an initiative of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) that takes place on the second Saturday of May each year.

This is a worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to sustainable development, especially the economic empowerment of small producers, gender equality in workplaces and responsible production practices. The theme for 2018 is Live Fair, One Product at a Time.

Click here to visit the website and find out more.

13TH TO 19TH MAY - CHRISTIAN AID WEEK

Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of their dignity and lets injustice thrive. But together we have the power to transform lives.

Will you #StandTogether with us this Christian Aid Week to help families like those of ViliaMarcelin and Jocelyne live full lives, free from poverty?

Click here to visit the Christian Aid website.

21ST TO 25TH MAY - WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK

Walk to School Week, taking place each May, is a country-wide celebration of walking. Each year Living Streets puts together a fun themed challenge to take on while walking to and from school. In 2017 400,000 children and their families joined the challenge and got a taste of the many benefits the simple act of walking can bring. Click here to find out more.

21ST MAY – WORLD DAY FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY

Three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension. Bridging the gap between cultures is necessary and urgent for peace, stability and development.

This is held each year on May 21st to help people learn about the importance of cultural diversity and harmony. Cultural diversity is something we should celebrate to affirm that, despite differences in race, religion and family background, people are essentially the same.

22ND MAY - INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIODIVERSITY

Humanity’s fate is tightly linked with biological diversity – the variety of life on earth. We depend on biodiversity for food production, clean water supplies and the lessening of climate change, to name just a few examples.

This year’s theme is Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity, highlighting the progress made in the achievement of its objectives at national and global levels.

25TH MAY - AFRICA DAY

Africa Day commemorates the founding of the African Union. The African Union, comprised of 53 member states, has brought the continent together to address the challenges it faces, such as war, climate change and poverty. Africa Day is a celebration of African unity and culture.

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