The Story Of May

May is named after the earth goddess, Maia, and began to be called May in 1430. Before then it was called Maius, Mayes, or Mai. May is the time when grass and crops begin to sprout in even the coldest climates. In fact, the Anglo-Saxon name was Tri-Milchi, in recognition that cows could be milked three times a day because of the lush green grass.

Some cultures have centuries old May-day traditions that include singing around the May-pole, or giving flowers to neighbors. In the modern world, May 1st is a national holiday in more than 80 countries, often associated with International Worker’s Day.

May seems to play large in some old superstitions, too, including:

  • Avoid marrying in May: “Marry in May and you’ll rue the day.”
  • Never wash blankets in May: “Wash a blanket in May/Wash a dear one away.”

Important May Dates:

12 May – Mothers Day

The recent Mothers Day was created through Anna Jarvis as a day for every family to tribute its mother.  Mothers Day is considered modern holiday. Mothers Day was produced at the beginning of 20th century. It should not be puzzled with early pagan and Christian customs honoring mothers, and with 16th century commemoration of Mothering Sunday, which is known as Mothers Day in the UK.

20 May – Victoria Day

The Victoria Day a Canadian statutory holiday is commemorated on last Monday earlier than on 21th May, 2012 in admiration of both Queen Victoria’s birthday and present reigning Canadian sovereign’s birthday.

22 May – World Goth Day

World Goth Day is the only day where Goths get to have a day of their own committed to embrace their outer and inner Goth. It is the day to go get your Goth on! Wear black and unleash your inner Goth for Goth Day and make your Goth presence known to the rest of the world.

28 May – World Hunger Day

World Hunger Day is observed on May 28th 2013 organized by Britain´s the Hunger Project UK. It is a known fact that 870 million people do not have enough food to eat. Even today, 90% majority of deaths occurs only because of hunger and poverty related illness.

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