May Holidays 2023

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May Holidays Around The World

May Holidays Around The World 2023
Holidays In May Around The World 2023

In this definitive guide, you will have access to a complete and official list of May holidays 2023 around the world.

After completing the careful analysis of the national holiday calendars of all 193 countries recognized by the United Nations (UN), we found 157 public and religious holidays distributed in 75 countries.

In May 2023, we can celebrate exactly 149 national holidays and 8 religious holidays in different countries, these special days become great opportunities to plan culturally enriching trips!


Holidays in the First Half of May 2023

In the first half of May 2023 you will find exactly 100 public holidays with confirmed celebrations in 69 countries around the world.

See the complete list with the date of each special day and the respective countries:

Holiday Name Country Western Date Holidays in the First Half of May 2023
  • Labor Day
    Many Countries Many Countries * Mon, May 1st
  • May Day
    Germany Germany Mon, May 1st
  • Early May Bank Holiday
    United Kingdom United Kingdom Mon, May 1st
  • Spring and Labor Day
    Russia Russia Mon, May 1st
  • May Day
    Colombia Colombia Mon, May 1st
  • International Labor Day
    Vietnam Vietnam Mon, May 1st
  • Labor and Solidarity Day
    Turkey Turkey Mon, May 1st
  • Workers' Day
    South Africa South Africa Mon, May 1st
  • May 1st
    Sweden Sweden Mon, May 1st
  • International Labor Day
    Ethiopia Ethiopia Mon, May 1st
  • May Day
    Ireland Ireland Mon, May 1st
  • Independence Movement Day
    South Korea South Korea Mon, May 1st
  • Agriculture and Labor Day
    Haiti Haiti Mon, May 1st
  • Workers' Day
    Nigeria Nigeria Mon, May 1st
  • Early May Bank Holiday
    England England Mon, May 1st
  • International Labor Day
    Indonesia Indonesia Mon, May 1st
  • May Day
    Ghana Ghana Mon, May 1st
  • Unity Day
    Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Mon, May 1st
  • May Day
    Finland Finland Mon, May 1st
  • Constituent Assembly Convocation Day
    Latvia Latvia Mon, May 1st
  • Workers' Day
    Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Mon, May 1st
  • May Day
    Yemen Yemen Mon, May 1st
  • Day off for Hung Kings Festival
    Vietnam Vietnam Tue, May 2nd
  • Constitution Memorial Day
    Japan Japan Wed, May 3rd
  • Day off for Liberation Day
    Vietnam Vietnam Wed, May 3rd
  • Constitution Day
    Poland Poland Wed, May 3rd
  • Youth Day
    China China Thu, May 4th
  • Greenery Day
    Japan Japan Thu, May 4th
  • Coronation Day
    Thailand Thailand Thu, May 4th
  • Wesak Day
    Malaysia Malaysia Thu, May 4th
  • Independence Restoration Day
    Latvia Latvia Thu, May 4th
  • Buddha Purnima (Vesak)
    India India Fri, May 5th
  • Children's Day
    Japan Japan Fri, May 5th
  • Patriots' Day
    Ethiopia Ethiopia Fri, May 5th
  • Children's Day
    South Korea South Korea Fri, May 5th
  • Liberation Day
    Netherlands Netherlands Fri, May 5th
  • Martyrs' Day
    Syria Syria Sat, May 6th
  • Martyr's Day
    Lebanon Lebanon Sun, May 7th
  • Liberation and Resistance Holiday
    Lebanon Lebanon Sun, May 7th
  • Defender of the Fatherland Day
    Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Sun, May 7th
  • Mothers' Day
    Lithuania Lithuania Sun, May 7th
  • Spring Bank Holiday
    United Kingdom United Kingdom Mon, May 8th
  • Public Holiday
    Russia Russia Mon, May 8th
  • Spring Bank Holiday
    England England Mon, May 8th
  • Public Holiday
    Belarus Belarus Mon, May 8th
  • Day off for Defender of the Fatherland Day
    Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Mon, May 8th
  • WWII Victory Day
    France France Mon, May 8th
  • Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III Holiday
    Cayman Islands Cayman Islands Mon, May 8th
  • Victory Day
    Many Countries Many Countries ** Tue, May 9th
  • Mothers' Day
    El Salvador El Salvador Wed, May 10th
  • Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day
    Thailand Thailand Thu, May 11th
  • Mothers' Day
    Latvia Latvia Sun, May 14th
  • Discovery Day
    Cayman Islands Cayman Islands Mon, May 15th

* Labour Day: On Monday, May 1st, 2023 this public holiday will be celebrated simultaneously in Afghanistan, Argentina, Mexico, China, Spain, France, Italy, Brazil, Philippines, Greece, Poland, Chile, Costa Rica, Egypt, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Ukraine, El Salvador, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, Belgium, Guatemala, Malaysia, Ecuador, Honduras, Iceland, Panama, Romania, Venezuela, Kenya, Norway, Austria, Hungary, Jordan, Lebanon, Belarus, Uganda, Estonia, Latvia, Rwanda, Syria, Zambia and Lithuania.


** Victory Day: On Tuesday, May 9th, 2023 this public holiday will be celebrated simultaneously in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan.


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Holidays in the Second Half of May 2023

In the second half of May 2023 you will find exactly 49 public holidays with confirmed celebrations in 33 countries around the world.

See the complete list with the date of each special day and the respective countries:

Holiday Name Country Western Date Holidays in the Second Half of May 2023
  • Martyrdom of Imam Sadeq
    Iran Iran Tue, May 16th
  • 17 May Constitution Day (1814)
    Norway Norway Wed, May 17th
  • Ascension Day
    Many Countries Many Countries * Thu, May 18th
  • Flag Day (University Day)
    Haiti Haiti Thu, May 18th
  • Ascension Day of Jesus Christ
    Indonesia Indonesia Thu, May 18th
  • Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day
    Turkey Turkey Fri, May 19th
  • Navy Day
    Chile Chile Sun, May 21th
  • Victoria Day
    Canada Canada Mon, May 22th
  • Ascension Day
    Colombia Colombia Mon, May 22th
  • Unity Day
    Yemen Yemen Mon, May 22th
  • May Day (Labor Day )
    Jamaica Jamaica Tue, May 23th
  • The Battle of Pichincha Holiday
    Ecuador Ecuador Wed, May 24th
  • May 1810 Revolution (National Day)
    Argentina Argentina Thu, May 25th
  • Independence Day
    Jordan Jordan Thu, May 25th
  • Africa Freedom Day
    Zambia Zambia Thu, May 25th
  • Africa Day
    Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Thu, May 25th
  • Bridge Public Holiday
    Argentina Argentina Fri, May 26th
  • Shavuot
    Israel Israel Fri, May 26th
  • Buddha's Birthday
    Hong Kong Hong Kong Fri, May 26th
  • Day off for The Battle of Pichincha
    Ecuador Ecuador Fri, May 26th
  • Buddha's Birthday
    South Korea South Korea Sat, May 27th
  • Whit Sunday
    Many Countries Many Countries ** Sun, May 28th
  • Derg Downfall Day
    Ethiopia Ethiopia Sun, May 28th
  • Mother's Day
    Haiti Haiti Sun, May 28th
  • Pentecost
    Estonia Estonia Sun, May 28th
  • Memorial Day
    United States United States Mon, May 29th
  • Whit Monday
    Many Countries Many Countries *** Mon, May 29th

* Ascension Day: On Thursday, May 18th, 2023 this public holiday will be celebrated simultaneously in Germany, France, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, Iceland, Norway, Austria and Finland.


** Whit Sunday: On Sunday, May 28th, 2023 this public holiday will be celebrated simultaneously in Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, Iceland, Norway and Latvia.


*** Whit Monday: On Monday, May 29th, 2023 this public holiday will be celebrated simultaneously in Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Iceland, Bahamas, Norway, Austria and Hungary.

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National Holidays In May 2023

National Holidays In May 2023
Holidays In May 2023

Looking For Some Country To Visit During Local Holidays?

There are countries that are best visited during local holidays, when they provide unique experiences to enrich your cultural background and cannot be experienced at any other time of the year!

To make planning your next trip easier, we've listed all countries that have national holidays in May 2023 in the following regions or continents:

In Americas

In May 2023, you will find exactly 29 national holidays with confirmed celebrations in 19 countries in the Americas (North and South America).

In Europe

In May 2023, you will find exactly 66 national holidays with confirmed celebrations in 26 countries across Europe.

In Asia-Pacific

In May 2023, you will find exactly 40 national holidays with confirmed celebrations in 20 countries across the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.

In Africa

In May 2023, you will find exactly 14 national holidays with confirmed celebrations in 10 African countries.

Key Facts To Know!

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May 2023 Religious Holidays

May 2023 Religious Holidays
May Religious Holidays 2023

Do You Want To Plan A Pilgrimage Trip To The Holy Places?

Embark on a transformative spiritual journey as you visit holy sites and engage in rituals that have been practiced for centuries by believers in each religion.

In May 2023, we can celebrate exactly 8 religious holidays in different countries around the world.

You can plan your pilgrimage trip to holy places during the following religious holidays:

Holiday Name Type Western Date Religious Holidays in May 2023
  • Buddha Purnima (Vesak)
    Buddhist Buddhist Fri, May 19th
  • Ascension of Jesus
    Christian Christian Thu, May 18th
  • Pentecost
    Christian Christian Sun, May 28th
  • Savitri Pooja
    Hindu Hindu Fri, May 9th
  • Lag BaOmer
    Jewish Jewish Mon, May 8th
  • Yom Yerushalayim
    Jewish Jewish Thu, May 18th
  • Shavuot
    Jewish Jewish Thu, May 25th
  • Dhul-Qa'dah starts
    Muslim Muslim Sun, May 21th

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Celebrating Holidays In May 2023

Celebrating Holidays In May 2023
Celebrating May 2023 Holidays

Whether you celebrate these special days with family, friends or quietly at home, we recommend that you slow down a bit and take some time to reflect deeply.

Try to remember only the good times of past celebrations and how much they mean to you and the people you love (even when some important people are gone and missed forever).

It's never too late to go back to celebrating days like this with those who care about you, understand that life is a breath and it goes by too fast.

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