May 2018 - Intercultural calendar

The list provides an overview of the most important holidays of the largest religious and ethnic groups in Vienna as well as traditional holidays, public holidays and international commemoration days of the United Nations and other organisations in May.

Public holidays

1 May: Labour Day
International day in honour of working people.

Traditional holidays

13 May: Mother's Day
Day in honour of mothers

International Days of the United Nations and other organisations

17 May: International Day against Homophobia
The day was created in 2004 to coordinate international awareness-raising activities with regard to homophobia and transphobia and to demand respect for LGBT people.


29 May: Vesak
This day commemorates the birth, the Enlightenment under a pipal tree at Bodh Gaya and the passing of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha. Even Buddha's death is regarded as a joyful event as it stands for the attainment of Nirvana. Customs: sending greeting cards, light and flag festivals, pilgrimage and mass releases of caged birds.


6 May: St. George's Day (orthodox, on the Julian calendar, on 23 April on the Gregorian calendar)
A spring festival, dating back to pre-Christian spring festivals, also celebrated by Muslim Roma. In Austria St. George's Festival (Djurdjevdan) is mostly celebrated by the Roma who have immigrated from Macedonia and the Kosovo. Saint George is the patron saint of the Roma.
10 May: Ascension Day (Catholic, Protestant, also a public holiday)
Celebration commemorating the Ascension of Christ into heaven on the 40th day after Easter and the mission into the world.
17 May: Ascension Day (orthodox)
20 May: Pentecost (Catholic, Protestant)
Pentecost celebrates the day when the Holy Spirit came to the disciples in the forms of tongues of fire and rushing wind 50 days after Easter. Pentecost is also regarded as the "birthday of the church".
21 May: Pentecost Monday (Catholic, Protestant, also a public holiday)
27 May: Pentecost (orthodox)
31 May: Corpus Christi (Catholic, also a public holiday)
Roman Catholic celebration ten days after Pentecost in recognition of the Eucharist, the Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ. The altar sacrament is visibly carried.


16 May: Beginning of Ramadan
During the month of Ramadan Muslims fast daily from sunrise to sunset. All physically mature and healthy Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours. No smoking or marital relations are allowed. Depending on different traditions, the actual beginning and end of Ramadam may vary by one or two days.


20 May: Shavuot
The Feast of Weeks is held in commemoration of the revelation of the Law on Mount Sinai, God's most important gift to His people: the Torah, the document establishing the covenant between God and His people.
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