May is the fifth month of the year. May contains 31 days and its birthstone is green emerald. People born between May 1st and May 21st and considered to fall under the zodiac sign of Taurus (the Bull) and those born between May 22nd and May 31st are regarded as Gemini (the Twins). May is regarded as being a warm month when flowers are in full bloom. It is a popular time for walking and outdoor activities before the true heat of the summer occurs.
The ancient Romans named the month of May after Maia, the goddess of growth and fertility. May is also a common and acceptable first name for a woman making it (along with April and June) one of the few popular “month” names. In fact, in the year 1900 May was the 24th most common name for a female in the UK. Interestingly, a 2013 UK poll concluded that “Maya,” a name that directly originates from May, was the 53rd most common name given to baby girls!
In America, May is when “Memorial Day” occurs. Memorial Day is a national holiday and most Americans consider it to be “the unofficial start of summer.” It is a time when many Americans barbeque, go to the beach, or take the opportunity to sunbathe. May 5th is “Cinco de Mayo” and this is an important holiday in Mexico since it celebrates the country’s defeat of Spain in a battle. Due to its fine weather, May is a popular month for weddings and it is also the month when American’s celebrate Mother’s Day—a holiday that is intended to honor mothers everywhere.
May is also a time of year when there is a lot of new life around. Mallard ducks and Canada geese usually hatch their ducklings and goslings during this month and animal lovers flock to parks to see the adorable tiny creatures. May is a good month to spend time outdoors but it is also the time to start being mindful of the sun’s rays and use sun tan lotion and sun glasses. Occasionally, May in North America can get very hot at the end of the month and temperatures can soar into the 80s or even 90s!