Holidays Calendar for May 5, 2016

May 5 is Constitution Day in Kyrgyzstan. It marks the anniversary of the adoption of the country’s first post-Soviet constitution on May 5, 1993.

Liberation Day is a public holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands celebrated annually on May 5. It marks the liberation of the Netherlands from Nazi occupation during the Second World War.

Coronation Day is a public holiday in Thailand that commemorates the coronation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) in 1950. It is celebrated annually on May 5.

Children's Day in the Republic of Korea (South Korea) is celebrated annually on May 5. It was founded in 1923 by Bang Jeong-hwan, a pioneer of Korean juvenile literature and a children's rights activist.

Children's Day (Kodomo no Hi) is the final holiday of the Golden Week in Japan. It has been celebrated as a national holiday since 1948.

Patriots' Victory Day is an Ethiopian public holiday that marks the end of the Italian occupation. It commemorates those who died during the occupation and honors veterans of the resistance movement. The holiday is celebrated on May 5.

Indian Arrival Day is a holiday celebrated in some Caribbean countries and Mauritius. All countries holds celebrations on various days, in Guyana the holiday is observed on May 5.

Senior Citizens' Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Palau celebrated annually on May 5. This holiday focuses on celebrating senior citizens as the link to the country's traditions and national heritage. It is dedicated to people who are 55 years old and older.

The Feast of the Ascension is one of the ecumenical feasts (universally celebrated) of Christian churches. In the Armenian Apostolic Church it is also known as the Feast of Holy Ascension or Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ.


Laylat al-Mi'raj (Isra and Miraj) is observed on the 27th day of the Islamic month of Rajab. It is considered to be one of the most important events in the Islamic calendar. This day is observed as an official public holiday in some countries.


International Midwives' Day, also known as International Day of the Midwife, is an annual observance held on May 5 in more than 50 countries around the world.

Arbor Day, also known as Tree Planting Day, is a holiday celebrated in many countries. Each country selects its own date depending on the suitable tree planting season. For example, the Dominican Republic celebrates its Arbor Day on May 5.

Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held in the United States and some localities in Mexico on May 5. It commemorates the Battle of Puebla that ended in a Mexican army's unlikely victory over a larger and better equipped French army.

May 5 is annual celebration of International Day of the Portuguese Language and Culture. The celebration was introduced in the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), that includes 9 members and 6 associate observers.

Yom HaShoah, known as Holocaust Remembrance Day or Holocaust Day, is observed in Israel on the 27th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan. It commemorates the approximately six million victims of the Holocaust.


The first Thursday of May is National Day of Prayer in the USA. All Americans regardless of their confession are called to turn to God in prayer and meditation on this day.


On May 5, Denmark celebrates Liberation Day. It is the anniversary of the end of the occupation of Denmark by Nazi Germany. Liberation Day is not a public holiday, but special events are held on the occasion.

Martyrs' Day is a remembrance day in Albania observed annually on May 5. It honors the memory of those who gave their lives for the country's liberation during the Second World War. May 5 marks the anniversary of the death of Qemal Stafa in 1942.

May 5 is National Hoagie Day. This type of sandwich has several names, but one thing remains common: bread and different kinds of fillings used to make it.

National Day of Reason is a secular celebration, annually observed on the first Thursday in May. This legal celebration was established for all atheists, humanists and secularists, who can't celebrate National Day of Prayer. The dates of both days coincide.


In Germany, Father's Day (Vatertag) coincides with the Feast of Ascension. This holiday is also referred to as Men's Day (Männertag) or Gentlemen's Day (Herrentag). The latter name is used mainly in East Germany.


This Day in History

  • 2011 Died: Claude Choules, English-Australian who was the last combat veteran of WWI and the last veteran to have served in both world wars.
  • 2008 Died: Irv Robbins, Canadian-born American businessman best known for co-founding the Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor with Burt Baskin.
  • 1995 Died: Mikhail Botvinnik, Soviet and Russian chess Grandmaster and three-time World Chess Champion. He is one of the greatest chess players of all time.
  • 1988 Born: Adele (Adele Laurie Blue Adkins), English singer and songwriter. In 2013, she received an Academy Award for her song Skyfall.
  • 1985 Died: Donald Bailey, English civil engineer who is best known for having invented the Bailey bridge, a type of portable, pre-fabricated, truss bridge.
  • 1981 Born: Craig David, English singer-songwriter whose best known songs include 7 Days, Walking Away, Rise & Fall (featuring Sting), Unbelievable.
  • 1977 Died: Ludwig Erhard, German politician who served as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) from 1963 to 1966.
  • 1972 Alitalia Flight 112 crashed into Mount Longa near Palermo, Italy, while approaching Palermo International Airport. All 155 people on board were killed.
  • 1964 Born: Don Payne, American screenwriter and producer. He wrote several episode of The Simpsons as well as a number of feature films.
  • 1961 Mercury-Redstone 3, or Freedom 7, was launched. It was the first United States human spaceflight, piloted by astronaut Alan Shepard.
  • 1959 Born: Peter Molyneux, British video game designer and programmer who is best known for creating the Fable series and other popular games.
  • 1950 Bhumibol Adulyadej was crowned King Rama IX of Thailand at the age of 22. By that time, he had already been reigning for almost four years.
  • 1949 Ten European countries signed the Treaty of London, also known as the Statute of the Council of Europe. As of 2013, it has been ratified or acceded to by 47 countries.
  • 1945 The Prague uprising began during the Second World War. It was an attempt by the Czech resistance to liberate Prague from Nazi occupation.
  • 1943 Born: Michael Palin, English actor, comedian, television presenter, and writer. He is known as one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python.
  • 1939 Born: Ray Gosling, English journalist, broadcaster, writer, and activist. He created numerous programs for BBC Radio 4 and Granada Television.
  • 1936 Addis Ababa was captured by the Italian forces as a result of the so-called March of the Iron Will. It marked the end of the Second Italo-Ethiopian War.
  • 1921 Died: Alfred Hermann Fried, Austrian journalist, publicist, and pacifist who was awarded the 1911 Nobel Peace Prize, along with Tobias Asser.
  • 1920 Italian-born American anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were arrested for alleged robbery of a shoe factory and murder.
  • 1919 Born: Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek colonel and politician who was the leader of the junta that ruled Greece after the 1967 coup until 1974.
  • 1911 Born: Andor Lilienthal, Hungarian and Soviet chess Grandmaster. In his long career, he played against ten male and female world champions.
  • 1892 Died: August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist known for his significant contributions to organic chemistry, which earned him several awards.
  • 1891 Carnegie Hall (then Music Hall) in New York City officially opened. The first public concert was conducted by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Walter Damrosch.
  • 1859 Died: Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet, German mathematician who is primarily remembered for his contributions to mathematical analysis.
  • 1846 Born: Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish novelist, journalist, and philanthropist who was awarded the 1905 Nobel Prize in Literature for his outstanding merits as an epic writer.
  • 1821 Died: Napoléon Bonaparte, French military and political leader who was Emperor of the French from 1804 to 1814 and briefly in 1815. He died in exile on Saint Helena island.
  • 1818 Born: Karl Marx, German philosopher, sociologist, economist, and socialist. His best known works are The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital.
  • 1809 Mary Dixon Kies became the first woman to be granted a United States patent, which was for a technique of weaving straw with thread and silk.
  • 1762 Russia and Prussia signed the Treaty of Saint Petersburg, ending the Seven Years' War. Two years later, they would enter into a defensive alliance.
  • 1705 Died: Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Hungary and Croatia and King of Bohemia. His reign is known for the rivalry with King Louis XIV of France.