Interesting Facts about May

The birth stone for May is emerald which represents love and success.

The birth flower for May is Lily of the Valley which represents the return of happiness and sweetness.

May was once considered a bad luck month to get married. There is a poem that says “Marry in May and you’ll rue the day.”

May is a special time for Star Wars fans worldwide and always a good reason to re-watch the movies. May the 4th is celebrated as Star Wars day, due to the way the date sounds similar to “May the Force.”

May Holidays and Observances

 Mother's Day falls on Sunday, May 9th this year. Mother's Day celebrates motherhood and is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures.

May has Ember Days this year on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday May 26th, 28th and 29th. Ember days are religious holidays that are typically set aside for prayer and fasting. According to folklore Ember Days are excellent days for destroying unwarranted growth - regardless of the moon phase or sign.

Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 31st this year. Memorial Day is annual day where Americans honor those who have lost their lives serving in the United States Military.

Historical Events

The Golden Gate bridge is an icon in San Francisco and is known throughout the world as an engineering wonder. The city of San Francisco began looking for an engineer to build the bridge in 1919; however, the bridge did not open to the public until 1937. The bridge itself took just over 4 years and 4 1/2 months to build. The Golden Gate Bridge is 1.7 miles long, still holding the 15th spot for longest suspension bridge, and 90 feet wide.

On May 27, 1937 the bridge opened to pedestrian traffic, followed by motor traffic the next day. On opening day more that 200,000 crossed the Golden Gate Bridge paying $0.25 per person. While there are no longer pedestrian tolls, the current toll to cross the bridge for motorists sits at $8.70 a whole $8.20 more than the $0.50 it cost to cross when the bridge opened in 1937.


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