Facts About the Month of May

Holidays/ Celebrations
By: jseven    
08-Apr-2011

Introduction:The month of May is a beautiful and vibrant time of the year. May was originally the third month of the Roman calender, but later changed to the fifth month and always had 31 days. It is believed that the word May originated from the word "Maia" the Roman goddess of spring and growth.
The birthstone for May is the Emerald and the flowers are the Hawthorne and Lily of the Valley.

  • 01

    Most Beautiful Northern Month

    May is the most beautiful month of the year in the Northern climates. Temperatures are warm but not hot, and the ice and snow is gone. Trees, grass and flowers begin to bloom and gardeners are busy planting their vegetables. Birds and animals are preparing for new life and spring is in the air everywhere.

  • 02

    Mother's Day

    Mother's Day takes place on the second Sunday of May in America. The first Mother's Day was in 1908, it was recognized by the president and congress and officially became a holiday in 1914.

  • 03

    Armed Forces and Memorial Day

    Two other holiday celebrated in May are Armed Forces day on the third Saturday of May and Memorial Day which is the last Monday of May. Both holidays honor the men and women of the military, but Memorial Day specifically honors those who gave their lives while serving the United States in war.

  • 04

    Cinco De Mayo

    Cinco De Mayo is an American Mexican celebration held on May 5th. The national holiday of Mexico is the anniversary of the Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862.

  • 05

    Important Events In May

    May has several important events that took place and although I cannot list them all, here are a few of them.

    The Empire State Building opened May 1, 1931. The first medical school opened in Philadelphia May 3, 1765. The first postage stamp was issued in England May 6, 1840. Former president Harry S. Truman was born May 8, 1884. The first transcontinental railroad was completed in Utah May 10, 1869.

    Minnesota was admitted to the Union May 11, 1858. Israel became an independent country May 14, 1948. The Homestead Act was signed by President Lincoln May 20, 1862. Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross May 21, 1881. South Carolina became the eight state May 23, 1788. John F. Kennedy was born May 29, 1917.

    The most important events for me are the birth of my granddaughter May 25, 2001 and my mother went to heaven May 20, 2003.







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