Category: May 22



    The International Being You Day on May 22 invites you to celebrate being you. During this day, you are invited to explore what it means to truly be you, beyond the projections of society and the need for perfection. It is your day to discover the beauty of you and your unique capabilities. The invitation also creates the possibility to celebrate everyone’s differences.


    Explore, Discover, Celebrate – International Being You Day

    In short, the International Being You Day is created for YOU, to celebrate YOU! What if, just for a day, you could ditch the judgment and have gratitude for yourself. What if you could start going from having a life run on autopilot to one of curiosity, joy, gratitude and presence.

    The focus of Being You Day includes:

    • Empowering you to know that your dreams of what is possible are way more valuable than fitting in.
    • Inviting people to embrace their unique capacities and get away from comparison and judgment as the deciding factors for happiness.
    • Inspiring people to use lightness, joy, and laughter as their guide to who they can choose to be, instead of all they should and should not’s of our age, race, cultures, and families.

    HOW TO OBSERVE Being You Day

    Set out on the adventure of Being You! Your invitation to explore International Being You Day is here:

    1. Do something today that you have always wanted to do but never dared to do! (What if your one day becomes today?)
    2. Tune in to to watch live interviews and videos about how to step into being even more of … you.
    3. Give yourself a judgment break! What if May 22 could be a day when you did not judge yourself for ANYTHING?
    4. Make a video or write a post about something you uniquely be or can uniquely do. What would people be surprised to know about you? #beingyouday.
    5. Write down 3 things that are DIFFERENT about you, that you are grateful for, and post that on social! Tag #beingyouday.
    6. Create your own “How to Be More of Me – Your Go-To List”– start a list of what gives you a sense of ease and joy and makes you relax into yourself.

    Invite others to join the movement on May 22nd. When you celebrate, use #BeingYouDay on social media.


    In 2011, Dr. Dain Heer wrote a book called Being You, Changing the World. (A truly innovative toolbox for the seekers of the world.) Over the years, it became a bestseller; it was translated to over 17 languages and turned into a series of seminars and workshops with over 100 trained facilitators.

    It is becoming a being you movement, created by people’s demand to be themselves, their greatness, and their difference.

    With the international BEING YOU DAY on May 22, we create a space to explore, discover and celebrate each individual’s uniqueness, beyond right or wrong and the judgment.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first International Being You Day to be observed on May 22, 2021, and annually thereafter.

    “What if you, truly being you, are the gift and change this world requires!” Dr. Dain Heer

     About Dr. Dain Heer

    Dr. Dain Heer is an author, change-maker, speaker and co-creator of Access Consciousness, one of the largest personal development companies practiced in 176 countries. Heer has traveled the world for more than twenty years, sharing his unique insights on happiness, relationships, getting over the yuck and everything in between!

    Growing up in the ghetto in Los Angeles, Heer was exposed to constant abuse however he never chose to be a victim. In his talks and workshops, he uses a set of tools and provides step by step energetic processes to get people out of the conclusions and judgments that are keeping them stuck on a cycle of no choice and no change- leading them into moments of awe that they have the power to change anything.

    Keep up to date with Dain on Instagram and Facebook @dainheer. More at

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    Every year on May 22nd, the International Day for Biological Diversity seeks to increase awareness and understanding of biodiversity issues.

    The term biodiversity stems from two different words: biological and diversity. It refers to the variety of life on Earth. The three types of biodiversity include:

    • Genetic diversity
    • Species diversity
    • Ecosystem diversity

    Biodiversity is very important for many reasons. It supplies the earth with clean water and oxygen. Biodiversity also enables plants to grow, which produces food for humans and animals. Other benefits of biodiversity is that it keeps pests and diseases in check and protects against flooding. It also helps to regulate the climate. Together, all of these benefits are known as ecosystem services.

    The health of the earth suffers when biodiversity decreases. It’s also true of humans. The less biodiversity, the poorer our health becomes. Some even believe that pandemics are related to the loss of biodiversity. Now more than ever, we need to spread awareness for the importance of biodiversity.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalDayForBiologicalDiversity

    Scientists, conservationists, and environmentalists hold an array of events on this day. These events include seminars, conferences, and roundtable discussions. The UN Secretary and the UN President give special messages to the general public. The UN also highlights stories and videos that discuss the importance of biological diversity.

    To participate:

    • Think about ways biodiversity affects your life.
    • Watch a movie that features biodiversity issues, such as Seven Worlds One Planet, River of Gold, Call of Life, and No Vacancy.
    • Learn ways you can help to protect the earth.
    • Donate to a conservation organization like The Nature Conservatory or The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    Spread awareness for this day on social media with #InternationalDayForBiologicalDiversity or #IDB.


    The UN General Assembly created the International Day for Biological Diversity in 1993. The original date was December 29th. Due to the busy holiday season, many countries could not focus their time and energy on planning events for this day. In 2000, the UN General Assembly changed the date to May 22nd.

    Some of the most recent themes have included:

    2020: Our Solutions Are In Nature
    2019: Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health
    2018: Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity
    2017: Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism
    2016: Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and Their Livelihoods
    2015: Biodiversity for Sustainable Development




    On May 22nd, National Craft Distillery Day adds spirits to the small-batch revolution. Recognizing the diversity of distilled spirits, the industry followed in the footsteps of the craft brewers and began creating a market for themselves.


    History of Distilling

    Spirit distillation has a long and influential history going back to the Greeks. Some scholars trace the earliest recorded wine distilling recipes back to Anaxilaus of Thessaly. Despite this, Rome expelled him for practicing magic in 28 B.C. The Greeks also took this idea and learned if they boiled wine in an open container, the hot alcohol vapor escaped first. Next, they captured the alcohol vapor.

    When they slowly heated the wine in a vessel with a small mouth covered by a bowl, the alcohol collected as a condensed vapor inside the bowl. Then the Greeks discovered with the addition of a downward-slanted tube the vapor cooled and collected in the receiving vessel. Thus, the word “distill” comes from the Latin verb destillare, meaning “to drip down.”

    Craft Distilleries

    Years of invention and discovery led to the spirits we drink today. Much like the boom of craft breweries in the 90s, today’s small craft distilleries complement large distilleries with artisan-crafted spirits. From gin and whiskey to bourbon, rum, and vodka, craft distillers infuse unique qualities into their products while using locally sourced ingredients. Focusing on their craft and bringing a subtle character to their final spirit, distilleries set themselves apart from the competition. And the competition grows!

    HOW TO OBSERVE National Craft Distillery Day

    Celebrate National Craft Distillery Day with a glass of handcrafted spirits and support your local craft distillery by using #NationalCraftDistilleryDay. While visiting a local distillery and enjoying your favorite spirit, recognize them with a tag on social media. Also, take home your favorite and one for a friend. Use #NationalCraftDistilleryDay to share your favorites on social media.


    N. Scott Distillery LogoDistiller Nicholas Strauser, Connie Strauser, and Brandy Strauser-Sobanski of N Scott Distillery founded National Craft Distillery Day on May 22, 2019, in recognition of the growing movement of craft distilleries. The celebration also includes the introduction of their signature recipe, that starts with a unique Bourbon mash, Gentleman’s 1864. The first drop of handcrafted spirits flowed off the artisan still at N. Scott Distillery on May 22, 2017. This marked the day that Las Vegas’s first family-owned and operated distillery, N Scott Distillery, joined America’s other craft distilleries producing fine handcrafted spirits.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Craft Distillery Day be observed annually on May 22nd beginning in 2019.



    On May 22nd, World Paloma Day recognizes the national drink of Mexico. This refreshing cocktail made with tequila and grapefruit soda is definitely worth celebrating!


    The growing reputation of the Paloma in the United States may be related to its sparkling personality. The vibrant flavor and bright citrus notes combined with a light, energetic flare makes the Paloma a celebration drink.

    However, where and when the Paloma began is a bit of mystery. In 1938, the first grapefruit soda came on the scene in the United States. From there, the soda made its way to Mexico in 1955. Whoever first mixed tequila, lime, and grapefruit soda brought together an undeniably beautiful and delightful beverage.

    The Paloma’s shimmering character is just one reason it is the most popular cocktail in Mexico. Easily mixed in large batches to serve in a pitcher for company, the Paloma complements a summer cookout, as well as a more formal affair.

    HOW TO OBSERVE World Paloma Day

    On World Paloma Day, order a Paloma tonight, mix one up yourself or make a pitcher to share with friends. To enjoy at home, try this recipe:

    2 oz Cenote Blanco Tequila
    1⁄2 oz Fresh lime juice
    Grapefruit soda, to top

    Garnish – lime wedge or grapefruit wedge
    Add tequila and lime juice to a highball glass filled with ice.
    Fill with grapefruit soda, and stir briefly.

    Use #WorldPalomaDay to share on social media.

    Always drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive. Designate a sober driver.


    Cenote Tequila

    Cenote Tequila founded World Paloma Day in 2019 to celebrate the growing popularity of Mexico’s signature drink, the Paloma.

    In 2019, the Registrar of National Day Calendar proclaimed the first World Paloma Day to be observed on May 22nd annually.

    About Stoli Group

    Part of SPI Group – one of the world’s leading premium spirits businesses – Stoli Group was established in 2013 as the division responsible for the management, distribution and marketing of SPI’s global spirit portfolio.

    Stolichnaya, Stoli, the bottle shape, the label/s are trademarks, depending of the country, of ZHS IP Americas Sàrl, ZHS IP Europe Sàrl or ZHS IP Worldwide Sàrl.




    National Solitaire Day | May 22
    National Solitaire Day | May 22


    On May 22, National Solitaire Day recognizes a card game that has been around for more than 200 years.


    Also known as Klondike, the classic version of the game uses a standard deck of 52 playing cards. The object of the game is to clear the board by creating a stack of cards from low to high in each suit. If the player completes each suit, the player wins the game of Solitaire.

    It wasn’t until 1990 when Microsoft included Solitaire in Windows 3.0 that the game truly went viral. Microsoft Solitaire successfully helped teach computer users how to use a mouse and, in the process, ended up becoming one of the most played video games in history.

    “…For the past 30 years, Microsoft Solitaire has been providing great entertainment to hundreds of millions of players in every corner of the world, and we’re happy to announce that May 22 of each calendar year will officially be designated as National Solitaire Day, recognizing the day Microsoft first included Solitaire in Windows,” says Paul Jensen, Studio Manager for Microsoft Casual Games.

    In 2012, Microsoft evolved Solitaire into the Microsoft Solitaire Collection. These changes feature five of the top Solitaire games in one app. Since then, the game has been played by over 242 million people.

    Microsoft Solitaire Collection is available as a free download from the Windows, iPhone, and Android App Stores.

    HOW TO OBSERVE National Solitaire Day

    There’s no need to be particularly productive to celebrate the day – just play some Solitaire! Either on a computer, laptop, tablet, phone, or “go retro” and play using real cards. And use #NationalSolitaireDay to post on social media to share in the fun of this classic card game.


    Microsoft founded National Solitaire Day on May 22, 2018, to celebrate one of the most played computer games. In 2015, Microsoft Solitaire celebrated its 25th anniversary. National Solitaire Day continues that celebration with an annual event recognizing the contributions Microsoft Solitaire has provided in the computer age of the game.

    30th Anniversary Details

    May 22nd, 2020 marked the 30th Anniversary of Microsoft Solitaire. With a worldwide appeal, Microsoft Solitaire Collection hosts tens of millions of players per month, from over 200 countries, in 65 different languages. Even after 30 years, Microsoft Solitaire remains among the most played games on the planet. Within this vast and diverse audience, players complete over 100 Million hands of Solitaire every day! Inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame in 2019, it is incredible to see what has transpired from a simple game that came with the Windows 3.0 operating system. 30 years later, Microsoft is excited to celebrate this major milestone with fans across the globe.

    In 2018, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on May 22nd, annually.

  • World Goth Day – May 22


    Every year on May 22nd World Goth Day celebrates the Goth scene. The day also provides the opportunity to make Goth’s presence known to the rest of the world.

    When you see a person with pale skin wearing dark clothing, you might associate them with the Gothic subculture. Usually shortened as Goth, this subculture began in England in the 1980s. Goths are known to find beauty in things that other people consider dark. Because of their love for the dark side, some people misinterpret them as being evil. This is not the case, however, as Goths are not immoral.

    Unfortunately, Goths are very misunderstood. Other people might consider them depressed or a loner. However, this is not how Goths usually view themselves. They love to laugh, although not everyone understands their sense of humor.

    In the entertainment industry, there is an entire Gothic genre. Some of the most famous Goth characters in film and television include:

    • Eric Draven (The Crow)
    • Abby Sciuto from NCIS
    • Tina from Glee
    • Wednesday Adams of The Adams Family
    • Frederick from Frasier
    • Robin Daggers from How I Met Your Mother

    Goth has also heavily influenced the music scene, especially punk bands. Some of the most famous Goth bands include Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, London After Midnight, and the Cure. Common elements in Goth music include scything guitars, high-pitched basslines, and deadpan vocals. Besides music and film, the Goth subculture is also found in literature, fashion, and art.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldGothDay

    Goth parties, art and fashion shows, and concerts are popular events on this day. If you would like to take part in this day, you don’t have to dress in Goth. (Although you might find it fun to do so!) Here are some other ways to participate:

    • Read classic Gothic literature, such as Dracula, Jane Eyre, or Wuthering Heights.
    • Watch a movie featuring Goth characters, such as Edward Scissorhands or Beetlejuice.
    • Listen to Goth music.
    • Host your own Goth-themed party.
    • Make a donation to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, which campaigns against image-based prejudice.

    No matter how you choose to celebrate the day, spread awareness by sharing #WorldGothDay on social media.


    In May 2009, a radio station in Great Britain was discussing music subcultures. From this discussion, Goth music DJs, Cruel Britannia, and Martin Oldgoth created World GothDay. They decided the day would fall on May 22nd. World Goth Day began in the United Kingdom and is now celebrated throughout the world.




    May 22nd is the day we recognize National Vanilla Pudding Day. Enjoy it with a delicious dish of cold, creamy vanilla pudding.


    The puddings we enjoy as desserts today are not what was commonly known as pudding at ancient dinner tables. Most medieval puddings were meat-based and seasoned with herbs and spices. Even sweetened cooks usually served them hot. Toward the end of the 18th century, people more than likely made puddings from grains or day-old bread with nuts, fruit, or meats. They used these puddings to stretch meals for a large family.

    The creamy pudding we are more familiar with today is related to the custard, minus the eggs.

    Necessity may be the mother of invention, but spouses who are chemists are the inventors. When you are Alfred Bird and your wife is allergic to eggs, that is very true. In 1837, Bird invented an egg-free custard powder using flavored cornstarch.

    My-T-Fine produced the earliest packaged pudding in the United States in 1918. This and other puddings like them still required cooking on the stove. The instant version came along in the mid-1940s.  On its own or as an ingredient in a larger recipe, pudding can be enjoyed in various flavors.

    HOW TO OBSERVE Vanilla Pudding Day

    You can celebrate by enjoying vanilla pudding on its own or making another dessert. A few suggestions include:

    • Layer fresh fruit and pound cake to make a trifle.
    • Poke holes in a cake and pour the pudding over the top to make a poke cake.
    • Use vanilla pudding to make a parfait.
    • Make a pudding pie.

    We even have a few recipes for you to try.

    Homemade Vanilla Pudding
    Moms Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Strawberry Delight Cake
    Dessert Pizza

    What are your favorite ways to use vanilla pudding? Share your recipes using #VanillaPuddingDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this dessert holiday.



    Each year on May 22nd we observe National Buy a Musical Instrument Day. The day is all about playing music. If you are a musician, it might be time for a new instrument.  Maybe you can learn to play a second or third one. If you have never played an instrument before, this celebration may be the motivation you need.


    Wander into any music shop and the person behind the counter will be passionate about the instruments. It will not matter if the instrument is brass, strung, percussion, or a woodwind. Their enthusiasm for any patron’s interest in music will show. And no matter your age, a musical instrument will bring joy to your life. String together a few notes on a keyboard or take some music lessons. Add a new instrument to your repertoire.

    National Buy A Musical Instrument Day also reminds you that playing music comes with huge benefits.

    • Playing music boosts brain function and improves math skills.
    • It’s a social activity that also teaches discipline, teamwork, how to take criticism (and compliments),  while building confidence, too!
    • Regularly playing a musical instrument is a great cardio workout for the lungs and can improve your posture.
    • Many musicians turn to music for relaxation.

    Make it a family affair, too. Grandpa can play his ukelele while the grandkids play the drums, trombone, and flute. Together they can all make terrific music!

    HOW TO OBSERVE Buy A Musical Instrument Day

    National Buy a Musical Instrument Day gives you permission to explore your way to a new musical instrument. No matter your age or musical experience, May 22nd is the day to go instrument shopping. What better way to celebrate than by adding music to your life? While you are shopping, give a shout-out to your favorite music shop using #BuyAMusicalInstrumentDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this musical holiday.

    We were unable to find any information supporting National Buy a Musical Instrument Day was originally May 18th in honor of Meredith Willson, the writer, and composer of The Music Man. While the plot of The Music Man and Willson’s hometown inspiration for the book, musical, and film has a delightful kinship to this day, at this time we are unable to confirm the origin of this day.


    May 22nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


    The Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia to England starting the first successful transoceanic voyage from the U.S and launching the country’s maritime service.


    Orville and Wilbur Wright obtain U.S. patent No. 821,393 for their flight control technique. The patent is considered the first airplane patent.


    Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand hosts the first-ever Rugby World Cup.


    Talk show host Johnny Carson hosts his final episode of The Tonight Show.


    President Donald Trump visits the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and becomes the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Wailing Wall (also known as the Western Wall or Buraq Wall).

    May 22nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Mary Cassatt – 1844

    The French-trained American painter and print-maker is known for her impressionist paintings.

    Arthur Conan Doyle – 1859

    The British writer authored The House of the Baskervilles, The Lost World and the popular Sherlock Holmes series. In 1927, Doyle published photographs of two girls surrounded by “verified” fairies. He claimed that fairies and gnomes existed and the pictures supplied the photographic evidence.

    Ted Kaczynski – 1942

    In 1996, the FBI arrested Kaczynski in connection with 18 years of bombings across the United States. Dubbed the Una-bomber, his bombings killed three people and injured several others. He pled guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

    Dustin Moskovitz – 1984

    In 2004, Moskovitz co-founded The Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum and Chris Hughes.



    Each year on May 22nd, National Maritime Day recognizes the launch of the maritime industry in the United States. The celebration also honors America’s Merchant Marines for their contributions and sacrifices for our country. Special acknowledgment is given to ships and seafarers that have held a prominent place in our nation’s history.


    As one of the oldest industries, its time-honored traditions compose a full and rich history. Celebrations and ceremonies around the country recognize the people our maritime nation depends on. Each year the Department of Transportation holds a national ceremony in Washington D.C. at the Department of Transportation headquarters.

    While the holiday commemorates a transatlantic event, U.S. maritime industry encompasses nearly every state in the nation with workers transporting vessels on lakes, rivers, and oceans. Employment opportunities aren’t limited to shipyards either. The maritime industry also calls for workers with expertise in fishing, aquaculture, processing, diving, and transportation, just to name a few.

    HOW TO OBSERVE National Maritime Day

    Join a celebration near you. Learn more about maritime history and the people who work in the industry. Share your knowledge and experiences, too. You can also read a book, watch a documentary or visit a maritime museum.

    • The Forgotten Heroes by Brian Herbert
    • Patriots and Heroes by Gerald Reminick
    • The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World by Lincoln P Paine
    • The Men Who Sailed The Liberty Ships – a documentary by PBS
    • Council of American Maritime Museums list of maritime museums by state

    Give a shoutout to someone you know in the maritime industry using #NationalMaritimeDay to post on social media.


    On May 20, 1933, Congress approved Public Resolution No. 7 designating May 22, 1933, as National Maritime Day commemorating the first successful transoceanic voyage from the United States. On May 22, 1819, the steamship The Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia to England. For more information on the observance, events visit

    Maritime FAQ

    Q. How many ships are on the ocean from day to day?
    A. Worldwide there are more than 90,000 commercial ships. You can get a visual of ships in real-time by visiting

    Q. What do you get when you cross the Titanic with an ocean.
    A. About halfway.