The flower for May is Lily of the Valley.

This month was named after the Greek Goddess of Fertility, Maia.

May’s birthstone is the emerald which is emblematic of love and success. The emerald is a green type of beryl. Its color ranges from light to rich green; the more saturated hues are more valuable, especially if pure- or blue-green. Natural emeralds are flawed, with fractures or other materials mixed in, called inclusions, which may appear as needles, columns, or cubes of minerals or bubbles of gas or liquid. Sometimes oil or resin is added to fill fractures and improve appearance. The emerald was a favorite gem of Cleopatra. It symbolizes rebirth and fertility and was thought to grant foresight, cure various diseases, soothe nerves, improve memory, and ensure loyalty.

People born in May fall under two zodiac signs: Taurus (till May 20 ) and Gemini (after May 21).

-May 1st is known as May Day and is probably best known now for the medieval tradition of “dancing the maypole dance,” a custom that continues to be practiced. Fair young maidens circle the decorated pole weaving together patterns of ribbons in the process. Hawthorne and lily of the valley are traditional flowers used for garland. Similar ribbon dances were performed in pre-Columbian Latin America and were later incorporated into Hispanic ritual dances. The pole is thought to represent the sacred nature of trees, while the decorations of flowers, wreaths and ribbons are thought to symbolize the feminine.

The giving of May Baskets has sadly faded since the late 20th century. Small baskets of sweets and flowers would be left anonymously on doorsteps to the delight of neighbors.

-On the first Saturday in May, the Kentucky Derby takes place, this year on May 4th.

-Cinco De Mayo celebrates the victory of the Mexicans over the French on May 5th.

-Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May - 05/12 this year.

-Armed Forces Day is celebrated the third Saturday of May which is 05/18 this year.

-Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May which is 05/27 this year.

Source: part from The Old Farmer's Almanac

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