Administrative Professionals Day
Apr 25 all-day

Where would we be without the secretaries of the world? Spare a thought to all of the paperwork that would never be done, the phone calls that would never be taken and the secretary jokes that would never have been invented and raise a glass to Administrative Professionals Day, the day when administrative professionals the world over can be celebrated in just one day for all the hard work they do all year!

First originated in 1952, Administrative Professionals Day is now observed in a number of countries worldwide and is one of the most celebrated workplace holidays, especially amongst support staff. Treat your Administrative Professionals to traditional gifts such as flowers, chocolates or gift cards, or, if you are feeling particularly appreciated, perhaps an annual bonus or extra time off. One thing is for sure, if the boss forgets this holiday it’ll be at his peril!

School Principal’s Day
May 1 all-day

“You can have great teachers, but if you don’t have a good principal, you won’t have a good school.”
~ Eli Broad

It’s funny in a sad sort of way, the principal is the chief villain in almost every high school show ever, and rarely do we see a positive supportive one represented. This leads us to the rather unfortunate conclusion that Principals are our enemy, and the enemy of every student no matter how studios and responsible. School Principals’ Day sets out to change that, and to raise awareness of just how important the school principal really is to the success of the school.

History of School Principals’ Day
No matter how big or small your school is, you’re going to have a principal. Sometimes you’ll even have more than one, but what exactly do these often mysterious and much-maligned members of the staff actually do? You may be surprised to find out they do far more than terrorize students and administer detentions, suspensions, and expulsions. This was the foundation of what students and parents alike believed them to be, and the Teacher’s Association decided it was time to create a celebration of these hard working heads of school staff, and raise awareness of all that their job entails.

The first thing to understand is that the school is on the principal’s mind, both before the day begins, and long after the school day is over for the students. From the moment they wake till the moment they go to bed the school is on their minds, how to help students be more successful, how to manage students, teachers, and parents expectations.

Throughout their day they meet with the teachers, sharing concerns about students, lesson plans, or goals they’re trying to achieve in their school. Sometimes it’s just to vent, the Principal is everyone’s school counselor. And we do mean everyone! Who do you think your parents see when they’re concerned about your performance, or want to yell about a teacher?

Their work is endless, and they are worthy of honor for the work they do.

How to Celebrate School Principals’ Day
It’s pretty simple really, put together an organized event to show the principal how much you appreciate what they do. You could even keep it simple, just go into their office (not during a class period) and thank them for what they do, and tell them how much you appreciate the efforts they go through to make your school great!

Cinco de Mayo
May 5 all-day

Cinco de Mayo; Spanish for “Fifth of May”) is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. In the U.S. the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16, commemorating the Cry of Dolores that initiated the war of Mexican independence from Spain.

Receptionist Day
May 9 all-day

History of Receptionist’s Day
Before we talk about the History of Receptionist’s Day, we have to take a bit of time to clearly define what a receptionist is. People often conflate the terms secretary and receptionist, and while both are extremely important in the day to day operation of a business, they are in no way the same thing. A receptionist covers a huge amount of areas of work to assist the business they work for, including setting appointments, filing, record keeping, and a myriad of other office tasks all for the sake of keeping things moving. They are the first contact most people have with a company, and the last face they see on their way out the door.

A secretary, on the other hand, does not work for a business at large. A secretary handles many of these same functions, but they are specifically specialized in assisting one individual or at most a small team. A secretary is absolutely vital to the completion of their tasks and is deeply involved in managing their projects, communicating needs between them and their clients, and organizing the whole mess on a day to day basis, usually to exacting standards. Receptionist’s Day recognizes the efforts of the first, those who juggle an entire office worth of paperwork and customers and phone calls and appointment setting and-and-and-and… Their work is simply never done, yet they keep on working.

How to celebrate Receptionist’s Day
If you own an office, give them a paid day off, you know they need it! You can also take a day and do their job for a bit, manage the front desk so you know exactly what they put up with each day. As a customer, you can bring in a basket of healthy fruits and energy boosting snacks, or just bring them a card. Or just say thank you for all they do, you know they don’t hear it often enough!

Mother’s Day
May 13 all-day

It celebrates motherhood and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures. Many people give gifts, cards, flowers, candy, a meal in a restaurant or other treats to their mother and mother figures, including grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers.

Many people send cards or gifts to their mother or mother figure or make a special effort to visit her. Common Mother’s Day gifts are flowers, chocolate, candy, clothing, jewelry and treats, such as a beauty treatment or trip to a spa. Some families organize an outing for all of their members or hold a special meal at home or in a restaurant. In the days and weeks before Mother’s Day, many schools help their pupils to prepare a handmade card or small gift for their mothers.

Accountant Day
May 14 all-day

Let’s face it, for some unthinkable reason most of us avoid accountants like the plague, which is perfectly forgivable throughout the year, with one exception: Accounting Day. It may not be the most cheerful time of the year for those of us who still haven’t filed their tax returns, but this day is not about us.

No, this is the day we pick up the phone and call our accountants to show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication. This is the day business owners spoil their bookkeepers with a petty cash lunch on the house, the self-employed shower their accountants with wine vouchers, the audited give their auditors a pat on the back, and European and American accountants put their differences aside and pay each other compliments on their accounting standards. Let us celebrate this joyous occasion by paying off our accountants’ fees and by making a phone call to say ‘Happy Accounting Day!’, because luckily for us, they’re tax-deductible.

Armed Forces Day
May 19 all-day

Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May.

Many events across the United States take place on Armed Forces Day to honor Americans in uniform who served their country in times of war and peace. Those who are honored on this day include people who serve the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. National Guard and Reserve units may celebrate Armed Forces Day/Week over any period in May because of their unique training schedules. Events and activities may include:

Multi-service military displays in areas open for the public.
Various educational activities that teach children about the armed forces.
“Support the Troops” themed motorcycle rides.
Large parades and other local celebrations.
Certain types of music are also played at Armed Forces Day events, including at memorials and at cemeteries, as a way to respect those in the armed forces who died for their country. For example, buglers have played a bugle call, known simply as Taps, on Armed Forces Day in recent years. Taps is usually sounded by the United States military at events such as flag ceremonies, memorial services and funerals.

No School • Memorial Day
May 28 all-day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.

Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

Best Friend Day
Jun 8 all-day

Life wouldn’t be the same without best friends. They’re the friends that can be counted on to be there at a moment’s notice. The ones who love, laugh, support, and cherish – in both good and bad times. Friends can be celebrated on any day of the year, but what better day than Best Friends Day? The day is largely unofficial, with no clear clue as to its origins, but that doesn’t stop the millions who mark the day each year from enjoying their best friends. Celebrations can be as low key or as flamboyant as desired. A picnic in the park, a get together over coffee, or a nice meal in a favourite restaurant are popular ways to celebrate a close friendship. Should distance keep best friends apart, it’s enough to pick up the phone to wish that special person a very happy Best Friends Day.

World Oceans Day
Jun 8 all-day

66% of the world is covered in a blanket of rich vibrant blue, from its depths once came all life on the Earth and it continues to house an immense amount of life. This blanket is the world’s oceans, and they serve as one of the most popular vacation spots in the world and play a vital role in the economy of countries all over the world. Across the briny deep massive amounts of cargo cross each year, and it still serves as the primary thoroughfare for trade. World Ocean’s Day celebrates the ocean and the important role it plays in our lives.

History of World Ocean’s Day
In 2008, the UN gathered and uniformly created World Ocean’s Day. First proposed in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro during the Earth Summit. The Ocean has been an incredibly important part of human history, and the holiday was established with the intent of celebrating our connection to the sea and raise awareness about the various dangers it faces. There are nearly 200,000 identified species that live in the ocean, but the number of actual species that reside there is likely in the millions.

Even with that being the case, there are still problems with over-fishing, and the subsidies that are given for fishing in countries all around the world are causing depletion of the game species. This has led to efforts to restore the fishing industry being undermined, and the industry bringing in $50 billion a year less. This is just one of the many factors that should have us all celebrating World Ocean’s Day and raising awareness about all the issues our big blue’s face.

How To Celebrate World Ocean’s Day
Start it off by a visit to your nearest ocean, and restore your own personal connection to the sea. Bring your family, and while you’re at it, bring information about the ocean and what people really need to know about it to make visiting it a joy for years to come. You may also consider organizing a fund-raiser to aid preservation and restoration efforts at your local beach. After all, with all the plastic waste coming off our beaches thanks to careless beach-goers, our ocean is awash with litter.