5 More May Celebrations

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Earlier this month, when deciding what May celebration to talk about, I went with May is “Date Your Mate” month. But several other May celebrations that I wasn’t familiar with caught my eye. Here are 5 more that we still have time to celebrate.

1. Lucky Penny Day. (May 23) A day to celebrate and reinforce the belief that a lucky penny will bring good luck to the person who owns it. While I found numerous articles touting it, there was a general acknowledgement that the origin was unknown. To celebrate, get some friends to go on a penny hunt to see who can find the most in a given time. Winner takes all!

Penny2. Tap Dance Day. (May 25) According to Wikipedia, this National holiday was signed into law November 8, 1989. The purpose of the holiday is to celebrate the American art from. The date was chosen because it is the birthday of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson – a significant contributor to tap dance history. Check with dance studios in your area to learn how it’s being celebrated locally.

Mr. Bojangles3. Memorial Day. (May 26) This one is probably already on everyone’s radar. Getting a 3-day weekend is a great way to highlight this time of remembrance for those we have lost and celebrating with loved ones still with us. This brief article 10 No-Cal and Lo-Cal Memorial Day Ideas includes fun ideas that are quick to pull together – including a great game option for your holiday get-together.

Memorial Day Ideas4. Learn About Composting Day. (May 29) This 3-year old holiday creates an opportunity to ‘go green.’ Composting is a chemical-free way to fertilize plants and gardens using food scraps and household items that would otherwise be wasted. To celebrate the day, check out articles that explain why and how to make and use compost. Start with this one from the Tonegreen Blog.

Learn About Composting Day5. National Macaroon Day. (May 31) In case you’re not familiar with this sweet, they’re small unleavened cakes with a moist chewy center and a crispy outer layer. They are generally cookie-size but not considered cookies because they don’t contain flour. It’s thought macaroons originated in Italy centuries ago. The most popular varieties are coconut, almond, and chocolate. I couldn’t find the origin of the holiday, but every article I read agreed that the way to celebrate it is to make a batch or buy some from your local bakery – then eat them. Pretty doable!

Click picture for the Barefoot Contessa's Food Network coconut macaroon recipe
Click picture for the Barefoot Contessa’s Food Network coconut macaroon recipe


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  • I feel newly educated. And I feel compelled to celebrate National Macaroon Day…bring ’em on!

    • Shel Harrington

      That’s why I linked to the recipe, Natine – I was hoping you’d make a batch to share so we could celebrate together!

  • The weirdest thing is that I don’t think I’ve seen a penny lying on the ground in a long time. Does that mean my luck is adversely affected?

    • Shel Harrington

      No, Luanne – that means you’re walking with confidence and your head held high! Watch out for potholes.

  • wow you expanded my awareness of holidays this month…lol!

    • Shel Harrington

      And that’s only the tip of the iceberg, Lin – there just wasn’t room for Sun Screen Day, National Escargot Day, and so many other worthy holidays!

  • My mother will always stop and pick up a penny…she’s convinced they have luck. 🙂
    Ah, macaroons…I always loved the chocolate ones!
    Have a great Memorial Day, Shel!

    • Shel Harrington

      I read about someone who always picked up pennies because they said “In God We Trust” on them – and that’s what I think of every time I see one on the ground now. At first I felt more compelled if they were heads up and looking at me. Now it’s more compelling if they’re face down because the God part is touching the ground and it seems disrespectful. Which makes no sense considering all the other places money goes/touches – I’d go crazy if I gave too much thought to that! (I probably sound crazy having thought of it at all!)

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