May Cultural Events

AAPI hertage Month

May is APIDA Heritage Month, Jewish American Heritage Month and more

Happy Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American Heritage and Jewish Heritage Month! As we wind down the semester and prepare for graduation, let us also recognize, celebrate and honor the contributions of our APIDA and Jewish community members throughout the month of May. 

Throughout May Binghamton also celebrates and observes: 

  • Stress-Free Bing (May 1-19) 
  • International Labor Day (May 1)
  • Eid al-Fitr (May 2-3)
  • International Family Equality Day (May 2)
  • National Prayer Day (May 5)
  • Yom Ha'atzmaut (May 5)
  • Mother's Day (May 8)
  • International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (May 17)
  • Harvey Milk Kay (May 22)
  • Memorial Day (May 30)

For more information on May, APIDA and Jewish American cultural heritage events check out the Stress-Free Bing and our diversity events calendars.

in the spotlight

Richard Lui giving a talk at the Innovative Technologies Complex
Richard Lui, the first Asian American male to anchor a daily cable news program as well as author, filmmaker, American journalist and news anchor of MSNBC and NBC NEws, delivers the keynote address at the inaugural Men of Color Summit, April 2, 2022.

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31 Ways to Celebrate in May and Beyond

31 ways to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

This Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, join Asia Society for 31 ways to celebrate the vibrant and diverse traditions and contributions of Asians and Asian Americans. Highlighting live programs virtual and in-person alike our calendar also features a curated selection of on-demand family activities, art breaks, staff recommendations, and more. Since 1979, May has been a dedicated time to celebrate Asian Pacific American heritage, but it wasn't until 1992 that May was officially designated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Selected to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the U.S. in May 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad in May 1869 that was made possible by thousands of Chinese laborers, APAH Month elevates the stories, contributions, and experiences of the Asian and Asian American communities.Tune in for a live program, try a new restaurant, expand your bookshelf, and find inspiration to celebrate Asian Pacific American heritage throughout the month of May and beyond.

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John F. Kennedy once said: “Our attitude towards immigration reflects our faith in the American ideal.” The American ideal is to recognize the rich cultural diversity of our nation and honor the contributions of all immigrants. The U.S. celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month each May. Through traditional and social media, in theaters, museums, and parks, various events are organized to draw attention to Asian American and Pacific Islander culture.

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.

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What is Jewish American Heritage Month?

In 2006, President George W. Bush officially established May as Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) after a campaign led by Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz and with the co-sponsorship of the late Senator Arlen Specter. Learn more about the creation of JAHM in This Week in History.

By the Numbers: Jewish American Heritage Month


Stats on library collections, museums, and media celebrating Jewish Americans

Learn more about International Family Equality Day

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International Family Equality Day

International Family Equality Day (IFED) celebrates the diversity of LGBTQ+ families around the world, and takes place every year on the first Sunday in May.

All over the world, increasing numbers of children are growing up in families where one or both of their parents identify as LGBTQ+. Yet, each of these “rainbow families” has very different lived equality experiences, often depending not only on what country they live in but what street they live on. In some countries, our families enjoy equal rights and social recognition but in far too many others both parents and their children face overt discrimination and have to live under a constant threat of violence.

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Join in celebrating the International Family Equality Day at the beginning of next month and help encouraging rainbow families around the world to be proud of who they are!
On Sunday, May 2, rainbow families across the globe will joyfully commemorate the 10th edition of the International Family Equality Day (IFED) – an LGBTIQ*-awareness day highlighting the value of every type of family and promoting equality for everyone. Having started out small in 2012, IFED has by now become a worldwide movement: Last year, rainbow families, friends and allies celebrated IFED in a record-breaking 62 countries and 152 cities

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