It’s human nature. When one holiday passes, we’re quick to scan the calendar for when our next one will be, paying special attention to those holidays that mean a day off from work. But what if you can’t wait a whole month for Memorial Day? Just do a quick search on the internet and you can find lots of other observances and minor holidays to celebrate in the interim. Some last a day, some just a week, some get a full month, but many are thought-provoking while others are funny and, no doubt intentionally, ridiculous. For example, May 16-20 is National Bike to Work Week. All that extra bicycling may have led to the creation of Cover the Uninsured Week, which follows from May 21-28. Melanoma Monday is always the first Monday in May. I’m all for increased awareness of any serious disease but it is unfortunate that their big day sounds like a Bangles song. My personal favorite is May 4th’s Respect for Chickens Day. It turns out that chickens don’t at all mind winding up deep-fried and served up with cole slaw as long as we don’t take them for granted. May 4th is also Star Wars Day (May the fourth be with you…get it? Imagine Obiwan with a lisp.) The very next day is Martin Z. Mollusk Day in Ocean City. Basically it’s Groundhog Day but with a hermit crab (which, FYI, is not a mollusk) in place of Punxsutawney Phil. May eleventh is Eat What You Want Day which, without knowing it, I observe every day. Tuba Day and No Pants Day share the first Friday in May. Be wary of anyone celebrating either but turn and run if you see anyone celebrating both! So you see, there is no dearth of people, places and events to celebrate. Just don’t expect your boss to green light your leave request for National Sea Monkey Day (May 16).
May is also Get Caught Reading Month so be sure to visit your local library or your book shelves at home and read in plain sight.