If you need a May 2018 calendar that’s easy to print, you’re in the right place! Below are printable calendars that include various holidays and celebrations as listed. You can view your preferred calendar on this page or print it in JPEG or PDF form.
We recommend the JPEG option if you’d like to add this calendar to another page, but the PDF is perfect for printing on an 8.5×11 sheet.
Here’s a list of calendars for you to download or print:
The blank calendar has no pre-selected holidays, which makes it the perfect customizable option. No extra or unwanted events to get in the way!
Federal Holidays Calendar
There’s only one federal holiday in May, but it’s an important one.
- May 28: Memorial Day. On the last Monday of May, Americans remember the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Many people take the opportunity to visit cemeteries and memorials and volunteers often line up to place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
Unique Holidays Calendar
There’s no shortage of unique holidays to celebrate in May. Here are our favorites:
- May 4: Star Wars Day. Originating out of a play on words (“may the fourth be with you”) Star Wars fans across the globe celebrate their favorite science fiction film on this day. Celebrations include light sabers, film viewing events, and elaborate costumes.
- May 5: Cinco de Mayo. This holiday originated in the Mexican state of Puebla to commemorate the Mexican army’s defeat of French occupiers. However, Americans now see it as an excuse to party, with fiestas, pinatas, and tequila!
Catholic Holidays Calendar
After the celebratory nature of April, May is relatively quiet for Catholics, but not without reason to celebrate.
- May 13: Ascension. Forty days after Easter, Catholics celebrate Ascension, though we’ve used the United States date here, as most American dioceses push the celebration back to the following Sunday. On this day, Catholics celebrate the risen Christ’s bodily ascension into heaven.
Jewish Holidays Calendar
There’s only one Jewish holiday in May, but it’s an exciting one that lasts more than a day!
- May 19-21: Shavuot. Shavuot, which means weeks in Hebrew, has two meanings: it marks the vital wheat harvest in Israel, and it commemorates the giving of Torah to the nation of Israel at Mount Sinai. The holiday is one of three biblical pilgrimage festivals and is celebrated in Israel and the diaspora.
Mormon Holidays Calendar
The winding down of spring and the beginning of summer marks an important occasion for Latter Day Saints.
- May 15: John the Baptist’s Visit. On this day in 1829, Mormons believe John the Baptist appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and conferred upon them the Aaronic Priesthood.
Muslim Holidays Calendar
May marks the beginning of one of the most widely-celebrated events in the Muslim world.
- May 16: First Day of Ramadan. Ramadan is a month of fasting observed worldwide by Muslims. It commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad and is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Fasting from dawn to sunset is obligatory for adults, except those who are suffering from illness, the elderly, and those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Fasting is often done alongside increased charity and prayer.
Protestant Holidays Calendar
- May 3: National Day of Prayer. The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May. It was designated by the United States Congress and in 1982 a conservative evangelical Christian organization called the “National Prayer Committee” was formed. The original language of Congress urges people to turn to God in prayer and meditation.
- May 13: Mother’s Day. Protestant churches in the United States recognize and celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May, founded by Anna Jarvis in the 1800’s. Jarvis wished this celebration to be a family-specific one in which children honored and appreciated their mothers, as opposed to a celebration that honored motherhood in general.
- May 20: Pentecost Sunday. On this date in May, Protestant Christians celebrate the descent of the promised Holy Spirit upon the followers of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem. Many believe this event represents the birth of the Church, and celebrate as such.