May takes its name from the Greek goddess Maia, who was associated with fertility and growth. In ancient Rome, May was a month of great importance, with festivals held to honor various deities, including Maia and Flora, the goddess of flowers.
May 1st was also a significant day in many cultures throughout history. The Celts celebrated Beltane, a festival marking the beginning of summer and the fertility of the land. In medieval Europe, May Day was a time of revelry and merrymaking, with villagers dancing around maypoles and crowning a May Queen.
In more recent history, May has been associated with significant events and movements. In 1886, on May 4th, labor unions in the United States staged a general strike to demand better working conditions and an eight-hour workday. This event, known as the Haymarket Affair, played a significant role in the labor movement.
In the United States, May was officially designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in 1992, to recognize the contributions and achievements of these groups throughout history.
Flower: Lily of the Valley and the common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), also known as “may blossom”
Zodiac signs: Taurus (until May 20) and Gemini (May 21 onwards)
Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 - Beltane (Pagan/Wiccan)
1 - Early May Bank Holiday (UK)
1 - May Day
5 - Cinco de Mayo
5 - Vesak (Buddhist)
5 - Penumbral Lunar Eclipse 1:23 pm EDT3
5 - Full Moon 1:34 pm EDT
12 - Last Quarter 10:28 am EDT
14 - Mother’s Day
18 - Ascension (Christian)
19 - Bike to Work Day
19 - New Moon 11:53 am EDT
20 - Armed Forces Day
22 - Victoria Day (Canada)
25 - Ascension (Orthodox Christian)
26 - Shavuot (Jewish)1
27 - First Quarter 11:22 am EDT
28 - Pentecost (Christian)
29 - Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’í)
29 - Memorial Day
29 - Spring Bank Holiday (UK)
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Posted by Amber Lotus Publishing on 3rd May 2023