INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MAY
Following are some interesting facts that you possibly did not know, and a list of better known holidays and events in May.
May’s birth flowers are the Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.
May’s birthstone is the emerald which is emblematic of love and success.
May was once considered a bad luck month to get married.
May is named after the Greek goddess, Maia, who is identified with the Roman goddess Bona Deam goddess of fertility.
On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was officially opened.
- If the fifth month of the year. It was the third month on early Roman calendars.
- No other month begins on the same day of the week as May.
- In American May is… Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, Jewish American Heritage, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and National Moving.
Saturday, May 4 - The Kentucky Derby is the longest running sporting event in the United States, dating back to May 17, 1875. The race is often referred to as “The Run for the Roses” and has continuously produced “the most exciting two minutes in sports”; uninterrupted, even when coinciding with profound historical events like The Great Depression and World Wars I & II. A total of 15 three-year-old Thoroughbred horses raced one and a half miles in front of a cheering crowd of approximately 10,000 spectators. Aristides was the first winner of the Kentucky Derby.
Sunday, May 12 - Mother’s Day in the United States is annually held on the second Sunday of May. It celebrates motherhood and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures. Many people send cards or gifts to their mother and mother figures. Mother’s Day is not a federal holiday. Organizations, businesses and stores are open or closed, just as they are on any other Sunday in the year.
Saturday, May 18 - In the United States Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. It falls near the end of Armed Forces Week which begins on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May. First observed on May 20, 1950, the day was created on August 31, 1949, to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches, the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths, and flags. Memorial Day is a day for remembrance of those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers. In 1971, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act and established that Memorial Day was to be celebrated the last Monday of May. At Arlington National Cemetery each year Memorial Day is celebrated with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. It is said that about 5,000 people attend the ceremony annually.
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