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May is the month for celebrations

There are plenty of reasons to love May. Flowers are blooming, the days are getting longer, and you can finally begin entertaining outdoors again. Whether it's Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Public Service Recognition Week, World Press Freedom Day, or National Buttermilk Biscuit Day, there's something official to celebrate every single day of the month.

May 1 alone, for example, is celebrated for many different reasons in different parts of the world, including May Day — an international Labor Day in recognition of the rights of workers.

We've compiled a list of a few more items that might be of interest to you this month. National Mental Health Awareness Month The past two years have been a significant challenge for just about everyone, straining both personal health and wellness and widespread healthcare systems. Clearly this doesn’t sound like it belongs on the list of reasons to celebrate. However, “awareness” is the priority here. How can you check in with your own mental health? How can you prioritize mental health in the work you do, in the conversations you have, and in the way you connect with those around you? Make time to check in with those you love and build each other up — filling each other’s tanks with fuel for the challenges ahead. Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a rich heritage thousands of years old and have both shaped the history of the United States and had their lives dramatically influenced by moments in its history. Join IFT in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success. With so many ups and downs in the news and in our daily lives, it’s important to make time to celebrate good things whenever we can.

Please join IFT in uplifting the important work our members do during following days of recognition.

Finally, on May 30, we celebrate Memorial Day by honoring and mourning the members of the military who have passed while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

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