Every month has its own history and traditions. May is no different. Enjoy this last month of spring.
#7 – “May Day” Is May 1st
This ancient springtime festival is celebrated in many countries in the Northern Hemisphere. People turn out in droves to celebrate cultural food, dancing, and singing.
The first known celebration took place during the Roman Republic era honoring Floralia, the Roman goddess of flowers. As the pagan holidays lost their religious focus, May Day became a secularized holiday.
#6 – May 1st is “Lei Day” In Hawaii
Garlands or wreaths are often made with native Hawaiian flowers and leaves. Poet, don Blanding, suggested a holiday to honor the lei’s importance in Hawaiian culture. Writer, Grace Tower Warren suggested May first, coining the term: “May Day Is Lei Day.”
#5 – May 21st “Victoria Day” In Canada
Yep! Canada still honors Queen Victoria’s birthday on this date.
#4 – May 13th is “Mother’s Day”
The second Sunday of May is always Mother’s Day. The idea grew out of the ancient Greek and Roman’s annual spring festival to the mother of their gods. It is the third and last month of spring.
#3 – May Was Named After The Greek Goddess “Maia”
Maia was the ancient Greek goddess of fertility. The Romans called the month Maius. It was first called “May” in the 1400’s near the end of the Middle Ages.
#2 – A Fun May Math Fact
In any given year, no month ever begins or ends on the same day of the week as May does.
#1 – “Marry In May And You’ll Rue The Day”
There was a time that it was thought to [marry] in May was considered bad luck. No one is really sure why but here are a few ideas.
In ancient Rome, the festival of Lemuria lasted just about the entire month. This festival honored the dead, and it was (understandably) believed to be in bad taste to look for a spouse and celebrate the dead at the same time;
In 1840, an article appeared in a region in Southern France suggesting it was bad luck to marry in May