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  California Strawberry Festival  |  Middle of May

Each year strawberry lovers unite for the premier outdoor event tempting any appetite for fun. This multi-faceted celebration serves up a menu of delectable strawberry delights, along with non-stop entertainment, Strawberryland For Kids, gooey contests for berry lovers of all ages, and more.

Presented by the all-volunteer California Strawberry Festival Executive Board, the tasty tribute to the luscious fruit garnered from the County's bountiful 8,500 berry acres nets proceeds to benefit more than 40 non-profit organizations and scholarships to help brighten futures.

California Strawberry Festival (Oxnard)

  Cinco de Mayo (Mexico)  |  May 5th

The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The Fifth Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexicans over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, but is also celebrated in other parts of the country and in U.S.cities with a significant Mexican population. It is not, as many people think, Mexico's Independence Day, which is actually September 16.

MexOnline.com History of Cinco de Mayo

  May Day  |  May 1st

May Day is an ancient Druidic holiday, and is mainly practiced by the Celts in the British Isles. It involves dancing around a May Pole, creating garlands and bowers of flowers, the playing of bagpipes and drums to traditional Morris dances, and general celebration of the beginning of summer.

'Round the Maypole: Celebrating May Day

May Day is also known as a rallying day for workers' rights.

Andy McInerney, May Day, The Workers' Day

  Memorial Day (USA)  |  Last Monday in May

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). 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. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings.

U.S. Memorial Day History and Information

  Mother's Day  |  Second Sunday of May

Mother's Day is celebrated in many countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Mexico, Canada, China, Japan and Belgium. The day is used by children and husbands to honor mothers and grandmothers for all that they do in raising children.

Mother's Day History

  Victoria Day (Canada)  |  May 24th (25th if 24th falls on a Sunday)

The Sovereign's birthday has been celebrated in Canada since the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901).

May 24, Queen Victoria's birthday, was declared a holiday by the Legislature of the Province of Canada in 1845.

After Confederation, the Queen's birthday was celebrated every year on May 24 unless that date was a Sunday, in which case a proclamation was issued providing for the celebration on May 25.

After the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, an Act was passed by the Parliament of Canada establishing a legal holiday on May 24 in each year (or May 25 if May 24 fell on a Sunday) under the name Victoria Day.

Victoria Day at Canadian Heritage