National Day of Reason - May
Thu, May 2, 2024

National Day of Reason

National Day of Reason is an annual American holiday dedicated to all atheists, skeptics, and others who do not believe in the existence of a higher power represented by God. The holiday is the antagonist of the Day of Prayer. It is celebrated on the first Thursday in May.


The history of this holiday begins in 1952, when H. Truman officially approved the Day of Prayer. This day had direct religious overtones and was aimed at introducing more people to the Christian (in the aspect of the American confession – Catholic) faith. However, at the time, most Americans did not practice any religion, so the holiday was not widespread initially. The National Day of Reason was established by the efforts of atheists and skeptics.

It is not necessary to read prayers and believe in God today, but it is necessary to do right and good deeds. For example, supporting orphanages. It is not necessary to think about the fact that the deed will be counted in the next world. The main thing is that it is done in the present moment and is of benefit to society. That is all that is needed.

Interesting facts

  • Christianity reaches over 2.5 billion believers and is one of the top 3 most popular religions in the world along with Buddhism and Islam.
  • Believers consider prayer to be a verbal thread that allows us to connect the earthly world with the divine world, where God is.
  • Around 15% of the world do not identify themselves as belonging to any faith. At the same time, about 4% call themselves atheists.

How to celebrate

Wish a happy holiday to people you know who are not believers. Chat online with atheists and people who simply do not believe in God. Why did they make the decision to give up religion?

When is National Day of Reason celebrated in 2024?

National Day of Reason is observed on the first Thursday of May each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday May 2 2024
Thursday May 1 2025

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