May International Days

Here are the UN International Observances for May! Again, I don’t have good reading for every single observance, but I will take suggestions from anyone else who does. I have some books on my TBR that some of these could go with but I’d rather not recommend until I’ve actually read them myself.

2 May

World Tuna Day (A/RES/71/124)

3 May

World Press Freedom Day (UNESCO 26 C/Resolution 4.3)

These are the Top Ten Books I have by journalists or members of the press:

7 May

“Vesak”, the Day of the Full Moon (A/RES/54/115)

This day is actually about Buddha and I had no idea what any of it was about until checking out this day. I absolutely have to get a book on the life of Buddha now. I’m probably going to pick up Karen Armstrong’s book on Buddha because I love her writing and that’s an easy find. If anyone has a good recommendation with an own voices perspective, please pass that along.

8-9 May

Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives During the Second World War  (A/RES/59/26)

Though I have several novels on WWII in general, these specific books are nonfiction and have aspects of reconciliation in them.

9 May (second Saturday of May)

World Migratory Bird Day  [UNEP]

15 May

International Day of Families  (A/RES/47/237)

These are my Top Ten books on families that went through different struggles than mine, for a variety of reasons.

16 May

International Day of Living Together in Peace (A/RES/72/130)

16 May

International Day of Light [UNESCO] (UNESCO 39 C/Resolution 16)

17 May

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day  (A/RES/60/252ITU Resolution 68/2006)

20 May

World Bee Day (A/RES/72/211)

21 May

International Tea Day (A/RES/74/241

On National Tea Day for the UK, Gail Carriger posted some recommendations for learning about tea on Instagram…. they are here. They have all been added to my TBR. I’m so interested in tea and I just don’t understand all the kinds and why some are better for this or that thing. I did subscribe to Sipsby and the whole family is enjoying learning about all the options.

21 May

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development  (A/RES/57/249)

These are my top five books on some cultures outside of my own. These are nonfiction choices and own voices. They can get a little sad because of what’s going on at the time, but I tried to pick books that didn’t leave the reader with an overall sad or depressed impression.

22 May

International Day for Biological Diversity  (A/RES/55/201)

After checking out the intent of this day, I went with some books that have recipes in them and an actual cookbook. The idea is to celebrate and observe that we should not all be eating the same things all the time.

23 May

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula  (A/RES/67/147)

This was the book where I first heard of what obstetric fistulas are:

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

It also led me to this charity that helps women recover: Fistula Foundation.

29 May

International Day of UN Peacekeepers  (A/RES/57/129)

31 May

World No-Tobacco Day [WHO] (WHA Resolution 42.19)

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