Interesting Things About the Month of May
May is the fifth month of the year and is named after the Greek goddess Maia who looked after plants. It has 31 days like six other months, including January, March, July, August, October, and December.
May is known for several things. It is said that this is the month when plants really start to grow. This is probably why people say, "April showers bring May flowers."
Events Recognized in May
The month of May seems to be important for all members of the family with days to celebrate. It is the end of the school year with the Junior and Senior Proms happening during the month.
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated when the entire family can take part in the festivities. it is always celebrated on May 5 because that's what the name means in Spanish.
Sometimes teachers are not appreciated and rewarded for the hard work they do. They will be honored on May 7 for their contribution in the field of education on National Teacher Day.
Mother's Day is always the second Sunday in May. This year, it is celebrated on Sunday, May 10, 2020. That's the day when mothers all the world are honored. Restaurants will be full that day when families give their mothers a day off from cooking.
National Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. It is a federal holiday observed annually to pay tribute to men and women who currently serve in the United States' armed forces. In 2020, it falls on May 16.
Then on Monday, May 25, Memorial Day is celebrated as a federal holiday. Memorial Day or Decoration Day is the only federal holiday in May. It is the day to remember the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. Memorial Day is observed every year on the last Monday in May.
As you can see, May is not lacking in activities and events for you to take part in.
May Flower is the Lily of the Valley
The Lily of the Valley is a beautiful delicate looking flower that people love. It has a sweet aroma.
From the photo, you can see six white tepals at the base to form a bell shape. The plant has a small orange-red berry that is about 5-7 diameter that contains a few large whitish to brownish colored seeds.
Those who are born in May tend to love the Lily of the Valley flower.
May's Birthstone is the Emerald Representing Love and Success
The birthstone for May is the precious and beautiful emerald. It is said to represent love and success.
When people think about emeralds, they often think about the color green. While green is the primary color, there are other hues ranging from yellow-green to blue-green. Yellow and blue are the normal secondary hues found in emeralds.
Days To Celebrate in May
Date in 2020
Cinco de Mayo
National Teacher Day
Armed Forces Day
US Presidents Born in May
Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy are the only two US Presidents born in May. Truman was born on May 8, 1884, in Lamar, Missouri. He was the 33rd President of the United States. Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was the 35th President of the United States
May is the only month where no US president died. At least one president died in the other 11 months.
Do April Showers Really Bring May Flowers?
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