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We’re exploring “the other side,” appreciating the history of Cinco De Mayo, and celebrating nurses this week. Whether you believe in ghosts or you’re skeptical, National Paranormal Day invites you to learn more about the supernatural. Cinco De Mayo means tacos, margaritas, fun, and fiestas but we’re also taking a deep dive into the history of the holiday. Florence Nightingale founded modern nursing and on National Nurses Day, we honor her legacy and appreciate the important role of nurses.
A day for everyone to come together and celebrate life as we know it!
Looking forward to celebrating May Day on May 1, 2023 this year? We know we are! Looking back at past decades, May has had different meanings for diverse cultures and countries. Today, specifically in the United States as other countries, it is a celebration of the season of Spring. We’ve got the best tips to make sure that your May Day is one to remember!
May Day is a public holiday celebrated on May 1 in many different cultures around the world. It is a day of unity, togetherness, and rebirth; a day for everyone to come together and celebrate life as we know it!
When is May Day 2023?A plethora of observances and celebrations take place on May Day on May 1.
History of May DayThroughout the years and decades, there have been different meanings, festivities, and representations of May Day. The meaning of seasonal change has been the most significant one amongst different countries.
May Day is one of the four ancient Celtic cross-quarter days, making it an astronomical holiday as it falls between the March equinox and June solstice. Originating from its Celtic name, “Belthane,” Beltane was a spring celebration that included dancing, singing, special bonfires, and house doors and animals would be decorated with yellow May flowers and ribbons. During this time, in various communities in Ireland, people would visit special wells and the Bethane dew was believed to bring beauty and youthfulness to those around it.
In the Middle Ages, English villages had homes with maypoles from rejoice and celebrations of May Day. Villagers would go into the woods to find maypoles set up from towns and cities. Because maypoles came in different sizes, villages would compete with each other to see who had the tallest one. People would dance around them because the pole symbolized male fertility as baskets and wreaths symbolized female fertility.
In the 19th century, a new meaning of May Day came about. May Day also became known as International Workers’ Day for labor rights and an eight hour work- day in the United States.
As time went on, different cultures created their own traditions in alignment with their beliefs. Europeans and Americans celebrate May Day with flower crowns, maypole dancing, and by making flower baskets to share with loved ones. In Hawaii, May Day is known as “Lei Day”, a celebration of the aloha spirit and the giving of the flower. What a better way to celebrate than with the people you love!
May Day timeline
International Workers’ Day!
May Day also becomes known as a labor holiday called International Workers’ Day.
Labor Day Arises
Labor Day becomes a national holiday in the United States.
May Day International Workers’ Day Rallies
Turkey attempts to ban labor rallies on International Workers’ Day due to violence taking place in the marches and riots.
May Day Demonstrations
Violence erupts amongst police officers and protestors who ignored a government ban on marching in Istanbul, Turkey to Taksim Square.
May Day TraditionsMay Day is marked with rich celebrations of culture and folklore throughout history, welcoming the return of spring! There are many fun traditions that have persisted over time, like creating delightful little baskets with sweets and flowers. These baskets were sometimes left on the doorsteps of unsuspecting neighbors, with the sender yelling ‘May basket!’ and dashing from the scene.
Celebrating spring also includes singing and dancing around a maypole, mostly at schools. This tradition is still alive in some schools, and children decorate the pole with colorful ribbons and other items. Spring flowers are picked and gifted to loved ones, and although all these traditions have become lesser-known today, they are still cherished and enjoyed by many.
May Day By the Numbers12 – the number of working hours originally set in the United States before labor protests.
1886 – the year when workers first took to the streets to reduce working hours.
200,000 – the estimated number of people who were present at the 1886 protests in the U.S.
60 – the number of countries around the world that celebrate the holiday.
3 billion – the number of the population of the world employed in 2015.
240 million – the number of the population of the world unemployed in 2015.
30 million – the number of people who work in slavery conditions today.
$32 billion – the number of dollars generated in profit through cheap labor.
10 – the average age of children working in hazardous conditions around the world.
2030 – the year when the total workforce of the world is predicted to increase to 4 billion.
May Day FAQs
What is the connection between International Workers’ Day and Labor Day?International Workers’ Day was created to honor those who lost their lives at the Haymarket Affair that took place in Chicago. Labor Day was created as a way to distance itself from what happened on May 1 of 1886. Today, people celebrate Labor Day every year.
Why is fertility important to May Day?Spring is believed to be a time when fertility is high amongst men and women because of the temperature change in weather and the feeling of celebration.
What are the best ways to celebrate May Day?There are so many ways to celebrate May Day, big and small! Today, people celebrate May Day by making flower crowns and baskets, planting flowers for the spring, decorating their homes in bright colors to embrace the change, nature walks, picnics, and enjoying the outdoors!
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Maypole Dance, dance away!Celts used to dance around trees with bright ribbons as a way to welcome in good crops and fertility. Today, schools celebrate the Maypole Dance through spring festivals.
Make a May basketThrough the 19th and 20th century, people would leave a paper basket with spring flowers and treats on their neighbor’s doorsteps. The tradition was to knock on the door, yell “May basket!,” and then run.
Gather flowersOn May Day, people in Britain welcome spring by getting flowering trees for their homes. This symbolizes the return of spring.
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It has made a huge impact todayToday, May Day is very popular! It is known as an official holiday in 66 countries and unofficially celebrated in more countries.
It’s connected to astronomyMay 1 is one of the four cross-quartered days, midday between an equinox and solstice. What a time to celebrate!
It has a different name in HawaiiMay Day is known as Lei Day in Hawaii. It’s a celebration of the aloha spirit and giving of the flower.
Roman festivalsMay Day is connected to the festival of Floralia to honor spring. Floralia was the goddess of springtime in Rome.
The meaning of “Mayday” is different from its origin“Mayday!” comes from the French phrase, M’aidez!, which means “Help me!.”
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It’s a significant time of the seasons changingMay 1, as well as the entire month, is a time of flowers blooming, trees returning to life, birds singing, and animals coming out of hibernation. Nature becomes beautiful again!
It promotes unityHow can you have May Day without unity and togetherness? People all over the world celebrate May Day through singing, dancing, flowers, baskets and other traditions. Regardless of race and culture, people come together as one in celebration.
International Workers’ DayIn May 1886, a national strike was organized in the United States to promote an eight hour work day for citizens. A protest in Chicago’s Haymarket Square turned violent and to pay tribute to those involved, the International Socialist Conference made May 1 also known as International Workers’ Day.
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Three Kings Day
Today is dedicated to the people who (we hope) made your childhood memorable — your siblings. They’ve been there for you during the good times. And they haven’t left your side through the bad (even if they created it by getting you in trouble). Of course, there were probably times where you couldn’t stand the sight of each other. What siblings don’t get into fights? Still, National Brothers and Sisters Day is the day to reflect on the best times this May 2.
We all agree about the importance of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. But brothers and sisters know you like no one else ever will.
When is National Brothers and Sisters Day 2023?
The unconditional bond between brothers and sisters is celebrated on National Brothers and Sisters Day on May 2.
History of National Brothers and Sisters Day
Life is short, and it’s easy to get caught up on the little things that may come your way. National Brothers and Sisters Day was created after an unknown woman lost her brother and realized how she never let him know how much he meant to her. Two years after his death, she decided to create a holiday that was all about siblings connecting, reconnecting, and appreciating each other so that others didn’t miss out on what she did: a close relationship with her brother. And thus, National Brothers and Sisters Day was born.
It is meant to be a holiday that is strictly celebrated from the heart where brothers and sisters really take the time to value and cherish each other and the memories they share and to (of course) create new ones. Not to be confused with National Siblings Day, this holiday was created to specifically recognize the bond that only brothers and sisters can have.
So whether you and your brother or sister haven’t spoken in days, months or years, it’s a time to reflect and strengthen bonds. Call your sibling and talk for 10 minutes or go see a movie together. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate this holiday, all you have to do appreciate and continue to grow with your brother or sister.
Brothers and sisters for a lot of people are each other’s first best friends, first sparring partners, and one of their most valued protectors. Each year the holiday is celebrated at the beginning of May — the middle of spring, a time for blooming. It’s the perfect time of the year to water and nurture your relationship no matter how weak or strong it may be.
National Brothers and Sisters Day timeline
December 3, 1993
A Dangerous Woman
Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal both appear in their father's film, "A Dangerous Woman."
April 6, 2004
My Sister's Keeper
Jodi Picoult's famous novel, "My Sister's Keeper" is published, telling the story of a brother and sister trying to support their older sister who is slowly dying from leukemia.
September 24, 2006
Brothers & Sisters
Television comedy "Brothers & Sisters" makes its premier debut on ABC.
January 13, 2015
The first episode of "Schitt's Creek" airs on CBC Television, featuring not only TV brother and sister David and Alexis, but also real life brother and sister, Daniel and Sarah Levy.
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40 Gifts for Sister
Think about what your sister loves to do and get her a unique and special gift that shows you appreciate her.
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National Siblings Day — April 10
Siblings are our best friends and sometimes our worst enemies.
National Brothers and Sisters Day - Survey ResultsData gathered by a top Portland Marketing Agency
AMERICANS WITHOUT SIBLINGS ARE PERFECTLY HAPPY THAT WAY
When asked whether they would prefer to have brothers/sisters or be an only child, 38% of sibling-less Americans said they are perfectly happy without brothers and sisters. Only 12% of Americans with siblings would prefer to be an only child.
WOMEN PREFER TO BE THE YOUNGEST CHILD; MEN WOULD RATHER BE THE OLDEST
35% of women would prefer to be the youngest child, 34% the oldest, 17% the middle child, and 14% an only child. Meanwhile, 40% of men would prefer to be the oldest child, 24% the youngest, 20% the middle child, and 16% an only child.
National Brothers and Sisters Day Around the WorldNational Brothers and Sisters Day Around the World
|Europe||Brothers and Sisters Day||The day honors the relationships between siblings.||May 31|
|India||Raksha Bandhan||A festival where sisters honor their brothers with the tying of a ‘patti’ around their wrists to signify the strong bond between them.||Last day of the Hindu lunar calendar month of Shraavana|
|India||Bhai Bij||The cultural and ritual celebrations of the bond between brothers and sisters.||Subject to change depending on the Hindu calendar|
Traditions for Brothers and Sisters Day 2021Behind every tradition is a great story. Traditions on this day differ for everyone. Sibling pairs who fight like there’s no end yet love each other like crazy all share experiences and inside jokes that only they can understand. These become traditions later on in life, like making that strange concoction that only they know, driving in streets and visiting places that hold meaning only for them, calling each other nicknames that may sound totally bizarre to others, and more.
Although siblings often feel like the other is cramping their style, brothers and sisters spend more time together on this day. They go out to their favorite eatery, take drives together, go to an arcade to revisit childhood memories, and do other activities to show how much they actually adore each other, without getting too mushy about it.
Another popular tradition in the past few years is recreating childhood photos. The outfits and poses from a memorable photograph are re-enacted and posted on social media.
Brothers & Sisters Day By the Numbers33% – the percentage of free time siblings have spent together by the time they reach the age of 11 years old.
10 – the number of hours children spend with their siblings per week.
17 – the number of hours children from large families spend with their siblings per week.
½ – the portion of all siblings who go on to share the same level of educational- and economic success.
14% – the percentage decrease in risk of obesity that drops with each additional sibling in a household.
65% – the percentage of mothers who claim to have a favorite child — typically the oldest one.
70% – the percentage of fathers who claim to have a favorite child.
3½ – the number of times in an hour that siblings aged between 3 and 7 years old get involved in fights.
390 – the number of families who participated in a research study that found younger siblings are more rebellious and aggressive than older siblings.
8 – the average age at which children start being bullied by their siblings.
National Brothers and Sisters Day FAQs
Is today India's 2021 Brothers Day?Is Brothers Day celebrated in India? Though India does not celebrate a Brothers Day, they do celebrate the Hindu Holiday Raksha Bandhan, which acknowledges the bond between brothers and sisters, much like our National Brothers and Sisters Day on May 2!
Can you be an only child and celebrate National Brothers and Sisters Day?Yes, of course. Brothers and sisters don’t always come biologically, they can come in the form of a friend or cousin. You can participate by spending time and making memories with the brother or sister figure in your life. You can even celebrate the day by honoring your favorite brother sister duo.
What's the difference between National Brothers and Sisters Day and Siblings Day?We get this question a lot. While both days were born out of traumatic events and are meant to appreciate your siblings, there is a slight difference between the two. This day is specifically for brothers and sisters, so if you grew up with just sisters or just brothers… sorry but you can skip this one!
When is Sisters Day?National Sister Day, or Sisters Day, is celebrated on the first Sunday of every August. Sisters Day 2021 will be on August 1.
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Call each otherWhat better way to let someone know that you're thinking of them than to take time out and call them? Whether it's FaceTime, or a good old fashion phone call, the gesture goes a long way especially when texting is the norm. So call up your brother or sister anytime of the day and reminisce, we guarantee they will appreciate it.
Spend some quality time togetherPlan to spend time with your brother or sister doing all your favorite hobbies together. Catch a movie, visit your favorite restaurant or your childhood home. Whatever you chose to do, just be present with one another.
Give each other a shoutoutShow your brother or sister some love online by shouting them out on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. It may be less personal for some but it means a lot to most to see beloved pictures along with a sentimental caption.
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Siblings, how many of us have them?89% of Americans have a brother or sister
Would you rather?35% of Americans would rather be the older sibling
Besties for life10% of Americans say they are best friends with their brother/sister
Not so brotherly/sisterly love8% of Americans say that they have physically fought their siblings, drawing blood or leaving marks
Birds of a feather5% of Americans regularly hang out with their brother(s)/sister(s) and share the same friend group
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It's not CommercialThis day may not be as well known as others but there are so many positives to not being a commercial holiday. It keeps the day heartfelt and there is no right or wrong way to celebrate your brother or sister. It is truly all love.
It's FUN!Sharing inside jokes, reflecting on childhood adventures and simply catching up is always fun especially with your siblings. You literally go with the flow on this day with your brother or sister. You might even go on a new adventure that you can look back on for the next National Brothers and Sisters Day.
It's a day to RebuildWe understand that not everyone is close with their sibling and that's another reason why we love this holiday. You don't have to be best friends with each other to celebrate this day, but you can use it as a stepping stone to repairing relationships and we think that's pretty amazing.
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NATIONAL PARANORMAL DAY
Grab your Ouija board and let's start communicating with the great beyond
Do you believe in ghosts? Whether you’re a skeptic or psychic, National Paranormal Day’s the holiday for you. Grab your Ouija board on May 3 and let’s start communicating with the great beyond.
I’m breaking through
I’m bending spoons
I’m keeping flowers in full bloom
I’m looking for answers
From the great beyond
— Peter Buck/Mike Mills/Michael Stipe (R.E.M.)
If you’ve ever experienced something beyond the norm or had an inexplicable otherworldly happening, you’ve stumbled onto the right day. National Paranormal Day is for those fascinated by the unknowable “other side.” If you don’t know your normal from your paranormal, don’t worry — you can still celebrate! Just head online to learn about the movies, documentaries, and science fiction that deal with this subject.
And fear not, we have everything you need.
When is National Paranormal Day 2023?Chill with the paranormal entities hanging out in your room and spot UFOs on National Paranormal Day on May 3.
History of National Paranormal DayJust like any paranormal activity, no one knows the origin of National Paranormal Day. The only thing we do know is that it was created in 2013, and that’s about it. But the truth is out there, and we may find out one day. The universe is packed with all sorts of oddities, dimensions, and great unknowns. Simply put, any occurrence that cannot be explained by logic or science, is more or less classified as paranormal, because it falls outside the realm of the normal. Vampires, ghosts, Bigfoot, and more, there are ever-increasing encounters with the paranormal around the world.
Even something as small as déjà vu can be considered paranormal. People have been experiencing sensations and witnessing the inexplicable for centuries now. However, documentation of these mystifying phenomena only began a few hundred years ago. The man best known for collecting paranormal anecdotes is American writer Charles Fort. Some have even declared him the father of modern paranormalism. He compiled approximately 40,000 notes on paranormal experiences.
These compilations include reports of events such as teleportation, frogs falling from the sky, strange substances, unexplainable explosions, crop circles, levitation, UFOs, and appearances and disappearances of mysterious beings.
Most likely, Fort was also the first person to hypothesize the strange appearances of otherworldly entities and the disappearances of people by alien abduction. As unexplainable as they are, these ideas are becoming increasingly common, with hundreds of reports filed every year regarding extraterrestrial beings. However, no matter how much evidence there is and the number of reports submitted by people who have had firsthand experiences, the absence of empirical evidence makes these events difficult to investigate scientifically.
Paranormal activity has also been an intriguing subject in the entertainment industry. In 1993, “The X-Files” debuted on television and became a cult classic. Before that, “The Twilight Zone” set a benchmark for strange occurrences in 1959. In more recent years, the first movie of the “Paranormal Activity” series was released in 2007 and received worldwide accolades for its unique filming technique.
National Paranormal Day timeline
May 28, 1890
The world’s first Ouija board is created.
The Roswell Incident
The Roswell UFO incident creates a sensation like no other with its speculation of alien activity following a U.S. Army Air Force balloon crash.
Betty and Barney Hill reveal their startling encounter with aliens through hypnosis.
The first installment of “Paranormal Activity” is released in theatres worldwide.
National Paranormal Day - Survey ResultsInfo sourced from a top Dubai Marketing Agency:
MEN ARE SLIGHTLY MORE SKEPTICAL THAN WOMEN ABOUT GHOSTS 18% of women don’t believe in ghosts, compared to 22% of men. 38% of women claim to have seen a ghost, while only 29% of men say the same.
National Paranormal Day Around the WorldThe unseen and the spooky are celebrated around the world with these festive holidays.
National Paranormal Day Around the World
|Germany||Fasching||Germany’s spin on Carnival, making it spooky!||November 11|
|Tyrol, Central Europe||Perchtenlaufen||The day when devil-like creatures run through the streets with bells to frighten off evil winter spirits||End of December/beginning of January.|
|China||Hungry Ghost Festival||Not exactly a spooky day, but a respectful one towards the spirits and ghosts who live among us.||The 15th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar|
|Madagascar||Famadihana||A joyous occasion in which family members exhume the remains of the deceased and dance with them.||Between July and September|
National Paranormal Day TraditionsWhat makes Paranormal Day different from Halloween is that it is more intense and doesn’t require the distribution of candy! It is also a celebration of all things unseen and supernatural, whereas one can dress up as pretty much anything on Halloween.
Paranormal enthusiasts delve deeper into the realm of the unknown; visiting abandoned sites, eerie forests nearby, and other ‘haunted’ places. Parties are also hosted with creepy decor and activities that may or may not lead to encounters with the paranormal like playing with an ouija board.
Horror movies and documentaries on the supernatural are binged and many take to social media to relay their accounts and post evidence of their experiences with ghosts, aliens, and other supernatural entities.
National Paranormal Day By The Numbers1 in 5 – the number of Americans who believe that demons “definitely exist.”
24% – the percentage of Americans who believe that supernatural beings “probably exist.”
13% – the percentage of Americans who believe that vampires definitely exist.
2007 – the year when the movie “Paranormal Activity” was released.
⅓ – the number of Americans who say they have personally experienced the presence of a ghost or spirit.
15 – the number of seasons of the hit television show “Supernatural.”
20% – the percentage of women who are more likely to believe in the supernatural than men.
National Paranormal Day FAQs
What are the best paranormal films to watch on National Paranormal Day?The top five scariest movies based on a recent study that measured the viewers’ heart-rates are:
- “The Conjuring”
- “Paranormal Activity”
What are the most haunted places in the world?According to “Time” magazine, the top five most haunted places in the world are:
- The Amityville House
- Eastern State Penitentiary
- Edinburgh Castle
- Gettysburg Battlefield
- The Myrtles Plantation
What are some of the world’s biggest unexplained mysteries?Some of the most popular unsolved mysteries in the world include The Voynich Manuscript, the Bermuda Triangle, Jack the Ripper, Bigfoot, and Area 51. Google them to find out more!
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Explore a haunted houseYou might already know the haunted houses in your neighborhood, but you can also search for some of the best national ones for some added spook. Try visiting creepy places, armed only with flashlights. Jumping out of your skin from fright is a great way to spend National Paranormal Day!
Visit a graveyard with your friendsThis one is not for the faint-hearted, but they say that to truly have a chance of glimpsing a ghost, go to places where they are most likely to congregate, such as the cemetery. If you're seeking out a particular ghost, then their headstone is a good place to start. Bring some candles to set the mood.
Have a spooky partyEveryone loves Halloween, and National Paranormal Day is the next best thing. Now you can celebrate the ghouls twice a year! They sure do appreciate it. Put on some spooky tunes and boogie on late into the night, or turn down the lights and put on a scary movie at midnight, so that your supernatural guests have time to stop by.
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Ghosts only come out at nightThe darkness of the night definitely adds to the spooky element of ghost hunting, but ghosts can also be seen during the day.
Bigfoot doesn’t existWhile there is no hard evidence to support this, there is a lot of physical evidence of the creature like hair, blood, and even feces.
Only old buildings and mansions are hauntedWhile old Victorian mansions and abandoned buildings can definitely be a hothouse for paranormal activity, there are just as many paranormal activities happening in jails, hospitals, museums, roads, and forests.
Bad for businessMany people believe that a paranormal presence is bad for business, but the booming paranormal tourism industry and thrill seekers say otherwise.
Skeptics vs. believersIt is a myth that skeptics and believers don’t get along. The two groups are welcomed by both sides, with the skeptics participating in investigative groups frequently.
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It’s spooky fun!National Paranormal Day is the only time of the year (well, apart from Halloween) that the spirits and ghosts of those who have passed away come out, and get our attention for a day. Don’t let them spook you!
Paranormal partiesGhosts never need an excuse to party, and neither should you. A great way to create a themed Paranormal Party is to hang white crepe paper strips from the windows and serve marshmallow ghosts (you can draw their eyes on with chocolate sauce) floating in hot chocolate.
Make connections with others — even the deadYou may be scared by the prospect, but National Paranormal Day is a great time to connect with other paranormal enthusiasts or discover your own areas of interest. You can make more connections by showing off your new contacts, or even videos of your unearthly experiences, on social media, using #nationalparanormalday.
STAR WARS DAY
It's party time on Tatooine. May the Forth be with you!
The 1977 release of “Star Wars” changed Hollywood forever. Four decades later we’re still enthralled. Just last December, “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker”, was released in theaters. Following the previous two movies of the sequel trilogy, “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi”, the main Star Wars film franchise has come to a conclusion. So — Happy Star Wars Day this May 4!
It’s party time on Tatooine.
The first organized Star Wars Day took place in Toronto back in 2011. The event included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show, a costume contest, and a showing of fan-made tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes. In late 2012, Disney purchased Lucasfilm and has officially observed the holiday at Disneyland and Walt Disney World ever since.
When is Star Wars Day 2023?May the Fourth be with you! A galaxy far, far away is celebrated on Star Wars Day on May 4.
History of Star Wars DayThe “Star Wars” universe is a massive achievement. It is hard to think of a time when “Star Wars” didn’t exist, given its extraordinary influence and popularity in pop culture. It all started with the book “Dune” by Frank Herbert. First published in 1965, it is widely regarded as the base inspiration for “Star Wars,” given the huge similarities between characters and the storyline of the two. Either way, George Lucas set his story in outer space and took the risk of producing a sci-fi movie in 1977, a time when the genre was pretty much dead in Hollywood. Nobody expected the first “Star Wars” movie to do as well as it did. Backed by a meager $9.5 million for production, it had a limited theatre release and was expected to bomb at the box office. There was no way that this sci-fi opus would be a hit. On May 25, 1977, “Star Wars” (later renamed to “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope”) was released.
Through word of mouth and raving reviews, “Star Wars” enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame and changed the entire landscape of cinema, leaving studios completely bewildered by its success. The world was introduced to the Skywalker-family saga, and beloved characters like Han Solo, Yoda, Chewbacca, and perhaps the darkest villain of all time — Darth Vader. Grossing over $100 million by the end of the summer, the first installment of “Star Wars” won six Academy Awards and a Special Achievement Award for groundbreaking accomplishments in special effects. For its time, and considering the limited budget, George Lucas pulled off a massive feat by creating advanced effects and filming impressive space sequences using only small-scale figures and setups.
The success of the first movie was followed by two sequels, “Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back,” in 1980 and “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi,” in 1983. The franchise branched out into different commercial lines as well.
20 years after the debut film, Lucas released the second trilogy of films, the ‘prequel trilogy.’ With a new cast of popular actors like Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor, “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” was released in 1999, followed by “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones” in 2002, and “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith” in 2005. The storyline wasn’t as acclaimed as that of the original trilogy, but the digital technology and effects of the movies had significantly improved and, subsequently, they were overall box-office successes. The marketability of the franchise became more extensive, with a book series, animated TV series, action figures, video games, and clothing lines created for the new generation of “Star Wars” lovers.
Walt Disney Studios acquired the franchise in 2012, and set forth to produce a third trilogy, the ‘sequel trilogies.’ The seventh film, “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens,” was released in 2015. The universe was further expanded with new characters while staying faithful to the true essence of “Star Wars.” “Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi” was released in 2017, followed by “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in 2019. Several stand-alone movies were also tied-in with the main story, “Star Wars: Rogue One” in 2016, and “Solo” in 2018.
So if you are a newbie to the Star Wars universe, here is the viewing order to watch the movies in:
The original trilogy: “A New Hope” (1977), “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), and “Return of the Jedi” (1983)
The prequel trilogy: “The Phantom Menace” (1999), “Attack of the Clones” (2002), and “Revenge of the Sith” (2005)
The sequel trilogy: “The Force Awakens” (2015), “The Last Jedi” (2017), and “The Rise of Skywalker”
Star Wars Day timeline
May 25, 1977
A New Hope
The world is introduced to Star Wars with the first movie “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.”
May 17, 1980
‘I Am Your Father’
The shocking revelation of the father of Luke Skywalker creates a worldwide sensation.
Star Wars Theme Park
A Star Wars land opens at Disney World at its Hollywood Studios location.
November 12, 2019
Cutest Baby in the Galaxy
TV series ‘The Mandalorian’ airs on television, introducing the world to Baby Yoda.
Star Wars Day - Survey ResultsInfo gained from a top Millennial Marketing Agency:
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Star Wars By the Numbers2,187 – the number of the Detention Center cell in which Princess Leia is held.
$4 billion – the investment by Disney in the Star Wars franchise.
2 billion – the number of lives lost when Alderaan is destroyed by the Death Star.
6 feet, 8 inches – the height of Darth Vader.
1,000 years – the time it takes Sarlaccs to digest their food.
6 – the number of bounty hunters Darth Vader hires to ﬁnd the Millennium Falcon.
20,000+ – the midi-chlorian count in Anakin Skywalker.
2,500+ – the number of Stormtroopers assigned to Imperial Star destroyers.
12 minutes – the total time Darth Vader appears in the first movie of Star Wars.
6,000,000+ – the number of forms of communication known to C-3PO
Star Wars Day FAQs
What day is National Star Wars Day?National Star Wars Day is celebrated on May 4 every year.
Why is May 4th called Star Wars Day?The fact that ‘May fourth’ sounds similar to ‘May the force’ is the sole reason why fans of the “Star Wars” franchise decided that May 4 will be celebrated as Star Wars Day. They wish each other by saying “May the fourth be with you,” instead of “May the force be with you,” like in the movies.
Why do “Star Wars” fans call the day after May 4th ‘revenge’?Taking the “Star Wars” pun further, fans started referring to May 5 as “Revenge of the Fifth,” a play on the title “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.”
Star Wars Day Activities[list="holiday-list holiday-list-celebrate"][*]
Start counting down"Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge," the 14-acre Disney theme park expansion, will open at Southern California's Disneyland Resort on May 31. A second version of the "Star Wars" land will open three months later at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida.
Host a viewing partyInvite friends over for a movie marathon. (Whether you take them through the behind-the-scenes footage or not is up to you.) Hang decorations and prepare nerd-tastic snacks for the occasion.
Dress-up dayCostumes aren’t just for Halloween. Head out in your finest rebel attire, or a themed T-shirt if that’s more your comfort zone.
Why We Love Star Wars Day[list="holiday-list holiday-list-loveit"][*]
Gadgets"Star Wars" creator George Lucas had the vision to imagine light sabers and holograms and various kinds of spaceships. And as generations of tech-savvy sci-fi fans grow up, we all get closer and closer to the day when those ideas become reality.
Cultural landmark"Star Wars" has transcended the motion picture industry — attaining a pop culture importance that few books or films ever reach. Just the four "Star Wars" features Disney has released since 2015 have grossed more than $4.8 billion.
AdventureBy celebrating the fictions we create, we can take a deeper pleasure in our lives. Not only that, but imagining ourselves as the heroes of our own lives puts us in a better position to effect positive changes on the world.
CINCO DE MAYO
It's Cinco De Mayo, which means: tacos, margaritas, fun and fiesta!
Everyone knows what May 5, or Cinco De Mayo, means tacos, margaritas, fun, and fiesta. But did you know that without what happened on this fateful day, the United States may have not existed as we know it today? What exactly happened on this day of seemingly endless partying and celebration? Let’s take a deep dive into Mexican-American history!
When is Cinco de Mayo 2023?Sweet victory is celebrated with great zeal on Cinco de Mayo on May 5 every year.
History of Cinco de MayoLet’s start by clearing the biggest misconception: No, Cinco de Mayo is not the Mexican Independence Day. But, that does not mean it’s less important or notable than it actually is, for the history behind it dawns on the importance of the landscape of North America as a whole.
An economically struggling Mexico was intervened by the French for the second time, who had the hopes to gain control of the Latin American country under the rule of Napoleon III. The French General, Charles de Lorencez, directed his army towards the capital of Mexico City, with the intent to overthrow the president of Mexico, Benito Juarez.
But things didn’t go as planned, as they encountered heavy resistance, culminating at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Even if their forces had half the numbers of their opponents, the Mexican Army, led by Ignacio Zaragoza, managed to successfully win over the French army at Puebla, a city just 70 miles from Mexico City. Four days later, on May 9, Juárez declared Cinco de Mayo a national holiday.
While the battle in itself was not a major strategic win, and the French took control of Mexico in 1864, it served to lift the spirits of resistance forces and helped them to gain an alliance with the Americans to successfully make Napoleon’s forces withdraw. Since it is believed the French would have likely aided the Confederacy at the Civil War, Mexico’s resistance likely changed the history of the United States.
Pro-Union Mexican citizens in the state of California heavily celebrated the victory at the Battle of Puebla viewing it as a victory for the Union’s cause, later formalizing and spreading the annual celebrations across all of California, and Mexican-Americans all around.
Cinco de Mayo timeline
May 5, 1862
The Battle is Won
The Battle of Puebla is held and Mexico triumphs over French forces.
May 27, 1862
The First Celebration
The first Cinco de Mayo parties in the US take place in Columbia, California as residing Mexican miners get news of the battle.
May 5, 1863
Formal celebrations happen for the first time in Sonora and spread to other California cities, like San Francisco and Los Angeles
June 7, 2005
The United States Congress called for the observance of Cinco de Mayo.
Cinco de Mayo Around the WorldCinco de Mayo Around the World
|France||Bastille Day||The holiday marks the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789.||July 14|
|Germany||German Unity Day||Following 30 years of division, the day marks the reunification of Germany.||October 3|
|Malaysia||Hari Merdeka||The holiday celebrates Malaysia’s independence from British colonial rule.||August 31|
|India and Bangladesh||Vijay Diwas||The holiday observes Bangladesh’s victory over Pakistan in the War of 1971.||December 16|
|Spain||Dos de Mayo||Similar to Cinco de Mayo, this holiday honors the French defeat in 1808 by the Spanish forces.||May 2|
Traditions for Cinco De MayoIn Mexico, the majority of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations occur in Puebla, where the battle had taken place. People dress up either as French and Mexican soldiers or in colorful outfits to participate in large parades. Patriotic clothing is sold by vendors for people to wear and stalls selling Mexican food are also found everywhere. Although tacos and margaritas are consumed the most on this holiday, as well as mole poblano, which is the official dish of Cinco de Mayo. The battle is also sometimes reenacted for locals and tourists to witness the Mexicans’ grand victory against the French troops.
Cinco de Mayo is also observed in the United States. Costume parties are hosted for friends and family, with the colors of the Mexican flag (red, white, and green) used in decorations. Mexican folk music is played and danced to. The celebrations are also taken to the streets with large parades and special promotions on Mexican food.
Cinco De Mayo By The Numbers2,000 – the number of Mexican soldiers who defended the town of Puebla against 6,000 invading French forces.
16.7% – the percentage of U.S. residents of Mexican origin.
25.7 – the median age of people of Mexican origin in the United States in 2011.
700,000 – the number of U.S. military veterans of Mexican origin.
42% – the percentage of the world’s production of tortillas that Mexico accounts for.
87 million pounds – the number of avocados purchased for Cinco de Mayo.
$38,884 – the annual median income of households with a member of Mexican origin in 2011.
1925 – the year Corona Extra, Mexico’s best-selling beer, was first brewed.
20 – the types of Mexican cheeses to be feasted on — Oaxaca, a white cheese from Southern Mexico, is the most prominent.
60% – the percentage of Mexican farmers who produce corn, mostly used in the production of tortillas and beans.
Cinco de Mayo FAQs
How does Mexico celebrate Cinco de Mayo?The holiday is not formally observed countrywide, but there is still recognition in some parts. It is a full holiday in the states of Puebla and Veracruz, where battle reenactments and poblano culture displays are held.
Corn tortillas or flour?Both work! Corn and flour tortillas have different uses: flour tortillas tend to be more flexible, perfect to make burritos and quesadillas, while corn tortillas are gluten-free and filled with nutrients. Fun fact, they’re both Mexican in origin.
Who has the best Cinco de Mayo deals?Plenty of chain stores give special Cinco de Mayo offers, regardless if they are Mexican-themed or not. From Del Taco to Taco Bell to your local small family-owned Mexican place, search around and you will find an amazing deal.
How to Celebrate Cinco De Mayo 2023[list="holiday-list holiday-list-celebrate"][*]
Learn about MexicoDiscover the beginnings of Cinco de Mayo and expand your appreciation of our southern neighbors. Take the time to learn more about how their history has helped shape our own and the ways in which they have contributed to U.S. culture.
Dance to Mexican musicTry learning traditional Mexican dances such as Jarabe Tapatío. You can take a class or simply give it a go in your own home. Not only is it fun, but the exercise will help you feel less guilty when you chow down on traditional food later! The bigger the group, the bigger the fun, so invite your friends and have a little dance party!
Cook an authentic mealOne of the best ways to get to know a culture is through food. So why not try creating a traditional Mexican meal at home, either alone or with friends? Skip the standards — you can have those anytime. Instead of guacamole or tacos, try making pozole or tamales. You’ll love making it as much as eating it.
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It’s a hit with beer companiesUp to $600 million worth of beer can be sold on this day and can outsell the Superbowl and St. Patrick’s.
Tequila reaches peak salesThe USA can consume about 127 million liters of tequila and mezcal on May 5.
Avocado?Americans can consume up to 87.3 million pounds of avocados on Cinco de Mayo.
Record-breaking taco headsTaco Bell’s taco head Snapchat filter is the most successful ad campaign ever done in the social platform, at 224 million uses.
New York’s firstCorona became the first brand to gain permission to use the Times Square New Year's Eve ball, turning it into a lime and having it dropped on May 5, 2017.
Why We Love Cinco de Mayo[list="holiday-list holiday-list-loveit"][*]
Good neighborsWhen Mexico celebrates, we celebrate with them. The U.S. would not be what it is today without the support of Mexico’s great citizens. Cinco de Mayo's a great time to revel in all Mexico has to offer and celebrate the country and all it’s added to our own!
FiestasWho doesn’t love a good party? On Cinco de Mayo there are celebrations most everywhere. Someone may invite you to one or you may throw your own. Alternatively, many restaurants, clubs, and organizations host events. It’s a good time to relax, have fun, and enjoy the company of friends and family!
Amazing foodCinco de Mayo's an excellent excuse to enjoy Mexican cuisine and even try your hand at a traditional recipe you haven’t had before. If cooking isn’t your thing, go out to eat! Support your local Mexican restaurant and try something new off the menu.
NATIONAL NURSES DAY
We celebrate Florence Nightingale and recognize the important role nurses play in our lives.
At the end of the 19th century, “The Lady With the Lamp” — or as she is more widely known, Florence Nightingale — founded modern nursing. Thanks to her strict use of hand-washing and hygiene practices while caring for wounded soldiers in the Crimean War, Nightingale and her helpers reduced the death rate from 42% to 2% — ushering in nursing as we know it today. On May 6, we recognize the important role nurses play in our lives by celebrating National Nurses Day.
When is National Nurses Day 2023?The heart of the healthcare sector is celebrated on National Nurses Day on May 6. Often the first and last person a patient sees during a hospital visit, nurses are truly the rockstars!
History of National Nurses DayNational Nurses Day is the first day of National Nursing Week, which concludes on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Yet the week was first observed in the US in October 1954 to mark the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s pioneering work in Crimea.
In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower asking him to proclaim a “Nurse Day” in October of the following year to coincide with the anniversary. Although the President didn’t act, the celebration was observed thanks to a bill sponsored by Representative Frances P. Bolton, and the following year a new bill was introduced to Congress lobbying for official recognition of the celebration.
Twenty years later, in February of 1974, President Nixon proclaimed a National Nurse Week to be celebrated annually in May. Over the next eight years, various nursing organizations including the American Nurses Association (ANA) rallied to support calls for a “National Recognition Day for Nurses” on May 6, which was eventually proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1982.
With over 3 million working nurses in the US today, nurses make up the highest percentage of the US healthcare workforce. Although you might not imagine it, nurses are more likely to sustain a back injury on a shift than construction workers, and they walk an average of 5 kilometers per shift, as caring for others’ health is such an active job!
If you think nurses are only found in hospitals, then think again! The majority of registered nurses (59%) practice elsewhere, such as in a nursing home or on home visits. They work across communities to keep people worldwide happy and healthy, and National Nurses Day is the perfect opportunity to show your appreciation for their important work!
National Nurses Day timeline
The First Hospitals
Buddhist Indian ruler Ashoka ordered hospitals to be built along the routes of travelers.
Britain’s Secret Weapon
The Crimean War begins, where Florence Nightingale would create the blueprint for modern day nursing.
Nursing Arrives Stateside
The Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing is set up in New York, becoming the first school in the United States founded on Nightingale’s principles.
May 6, 1982
A Day to Remember
The first official celebration of National Nurses Day takes place in the United States.
National Nurses Day Around the WorldNational Nurses Day Around the World
|Russia||International Day of the Doctor||One of the oldest and revered professions in the world is celebrated in Russia.||First Monday of October|
|Canada||FND Awareness Day||A day for raising awareness of Functional Neurological Disorder.||April 13|
|South Africa||Pregnancy Awareness Week||This observance aims to strengthen pregnancy education and stress important issues that promote a healthy pregnancy and safe motherhood.||February 10–16|
|Vietnam||Doctors’ Day||Celebrating doctors and their valuable services.||February 27|
|India||National Deworming Day||The day aims at eradicating intestinal worms also known as Soil-Transmitted Helminths (STH), among children in the age group of 1-19 years.||February 10|
Traditions of the DayAlways playing a big role in hospitals, the nursing staff is loved and appreciated on National Nurses Day. The most common tradition for expressing gratitude to registered nurses is throwing them a party — inclusive of all shifts. The celebration is hosted by the medical faculty and staff, with some even having fun decorations and nurse-themed cookies and cupcakes.
Volunteers are also active today, putting themselves in a nurse’s shoes to truly appreciate their work. Nurses spend a lot of grueling hours at the hospital, so their stories and encounters are also brought into the spotlight and documented by social media bloggers and storytellers.
The hospital staff and patients generously give gifts and donations to nurses as a token of gratitude for all their hard work. On a larger level, management and leaders within the healthcare sector present nurses with awards and certificates as a symbol of recognition.
By the Numbers300 A.D. – the earliest date of the first recorded mentions of nurses.
4–5 – the number of miles nurses walk in every shift.
50% – the percentage of nursing students among the total number of healthcare students.
#4 – the ranking of nurse practitioners on a list of ‘25 best jobs of 2019.’
3 million – the number of nurses in the U.S. as of 2016.
19 million – the number of nurses in the world.
41% – the percentage of registered nurses working in hospitals.
10% – the percentage of male registered nurses in the total workforce.
3.24 million – the anticipated increase in the number of registered nurses by 2022.
$35.24 – the median pay of a nurse per hour.
National Nurses Day FAQs
What day is Nurses Appreciation Day?On May 6, we recognize the important role nurses play in our lives by celebrating National Nurses Day.
What week is National Nurses Week?National Nurses Week is from May 6 to May 12 every year. The week-long celebration ends on Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
Is it National Nurses Day in Canada?National Nurses Week celebrations will begin on May 6 and end on May 12. The theme for 2021 is #WeAnswerTheCall.
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Thank the nurses in your lifeNursing is known for being a "behind-the-scenes" profession. A simple "thank you for all you do" could make a nurse's day by showing that you notice their hard work. With more than 3 million registered nurses in the USA, chances are there is at least one nurse out there who would be thrilled to be the object of your gratitude.
Give the gift of caffeineNurses often work long, thankless shifts — standing on their feet for 12 or more hours a day. For a nurse on the run, there's nothing better than a boost of caffeine in the middle of a shift. Head over to your local clinic or hospital with copious amounts of coffee in tow, and tell the receptionist you're there to honor the nurses for National Nurses Day.
Learn about the woman responsible for it allWe've all heard the name Florence Nightingale. But do you know what made her famous? In honor of National Nurses Day, educate yourself about this groundbreaking woman who paved the way for modern nursing. Read an article — or better yet, watch a documentary — about "The Lady with the Lamp." Bonus points if you can recite the Florence Nightingale Pledge afterward!
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She knew six languagesFlorence was fluent in English, French, German and Italian, with good knowledge of Latin and Ancient Greek too.
She trained America’s first nurseLinda Richards attended Bellevue Training School before traveling to London to train under Nightingale at her School of Nursing.
She was named after her birthplaceJust like her older sister, Parthenope, Nightingale’s parents christened Florence with the name of the Italian town she was born in.
Her parents objected to nursingBack then, it was considered a professional for the lower classes, and was linked to prostitution, so Mom and Dad took some convincing.
She owned a stuffed owlNightingale rescued her beloved owl from a group of youths playing in the street, and had her feathery friend stuffed when it died.
Why We Love National Nurses Day[list="holiday-list holiday-list-loveit"][*]
Nurses are the backbone of medical careDoctors may diagnose us, prescribe our medicines, and perform our surgeries, but without nurses, their jobs would be impossible. Nurses are on the front lines every day — administering shots, performing physical exams, nursing wounds, and in many cases, caring for dying patients when the doctor is away. Nurses are there for us during our most vulnerable moments.
Nurses are repeatedly ranked the most trusted professionChances are, nurses know more about you than anyone else in your life. They know your weight (and keep it a secret!), they've seen you naked, and they know all your vitals. But you can trust them. According to polls, more than 80% of Americans think nurses have either "high" or "very high" ethical standards.
Even when they're not working, they're nursing friends and familyIf you're lucky enough to have a nurse in the family, you never have to worry about your health. Even when they're off the clock, nurses are always ready to give medical advice, administer medication, and fix us right up when something is wrong — even if that happens to be in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner.
NATIONAL TOURISM DAY
Tourism is observed during National Travel and Tourism Week in the United States.
National Tourism Day takes place on May 7. This day is observed during National Travel and Tourism Week in the United States, which occurs every first full week of May. National Travel and Tourism Week was first celebrated in May 1983, as President Ronald Reagan signed a Proclamation urging all citizens to observe the week.
National Tourism Day timeline
January 20, 1758
Tour and Tourists
The term ‘tour’ is first used, soon followed by the term ‘tourist,’ referring to participants of tourist events.
An Expensive Hobby
Tourism is mainly for the rich, who have enough money and spare time for traveling.
July 5, 1841
Thomas Cook Company
As the oldest travel company in the world, the Thomas Cook Company initiates organized tourism.
June 3, 1843
First Group Tour
The Thomas Cook Company organizes the first group package tour.
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National Tourism Day Activities[list="holiday-list holiday-list-celebrate"][*]
Send a souvenir from your city or statePick one of the many souvenirs from your local city or state, and mail it to one of your friends abroad. You’ll be amazed at their reactions.
Plan a trip out of countryWith a plethora of travel options at your fingertips, why not plan to travel abroad for a week, or two, or three?
Give the gift of travel.Give a plane ticket to a loved-one, or friend. They say traveling is one of the most enjoyable and enriching activities one can do.
Why We Love National Tourism Day[list="holiday-list holiday-list-loveit"][*]
Tourism opens up people to new experiencesTravel is good for lots of things – if you’re traveling for business, on a one-week family trip, or gave up everything to pursue a nomadic life, traveling can make you a happier person by building self-confidence through new experiences, breaking barriers and allowing you to meet people from all over the world.
Tourism bridges the language barrierPeople who visit foreign countries are encouraged to learn new phrases, words of the native languages of each foreign country they visit. Speaking in foreign tongues helps people attain a whole new outlook in life.
Culture shockCulture shock describes the impact of moving from a familiar culture to an unfamiliar one. It's the surprise of a new environment, with new people and a new way of life.
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