May ( /m/ may) is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of seven months with the length of 31 days.

May is a month of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere and spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Therefore May in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of November in the Northern Hemisphere and vice versa.

No other month begins or ends on the same day of the week as May in any year. January of the following year always begins and ends on the same day of the week as May of the current year.

The month May was named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May. Conversely, the Roman poet Ovid provides a second etymology, in which he says that the month of May is named for the maiores, Latin for "elders," and that the following month (June) is named for the iuniores, or "young people" (Fasti VI.88).

In Slovenian, the best-established traditional name for May is veliki traven, the month "of big grass". It is first recorded in the Škofja Loka manuscript of 1466. Numerous other names for the month include majnik, cvetnar, and rožni mesec. The latter two relate to the blossoming of flowers.[1]

Events in MayEdit

Frères Limbourg - Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry - mois de mai - Google Art Project

May, from the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Mai Leandro Bassano

May, Leandro Bassano

Rosa chinensis

Rosa chinensis, the flower symbol of May

Monthlong events in MayEdit

Weeklong events in MayEdit

1st Week of May

  • New Zealand Sign Language Week happens once every year in May, Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand organises NZSL Week with over 500 events happening in New Zealand to help promote the language as well as raise awareness about New Zealand’s Deaf community.

2nd Week of May

  • Bike Week (Bicycle Week) is a yearly international event that advocates the importance of bicycling as a means of transportation. Bike Week takes place during the second week of May or June and is typically an entire week of city-wide cycling supplemented with events.

3rd Week in May

Last Week in May

  • ALIA celebrates Library and Information week in May. Events are organised by libraries around Australia to encourage people to use their local libraries. Children's librarians hold a special event known as National Simultaneous Storytime, where public and school libraries read the same book, at 11 am EST, to children around Australia.[6]
  • International Headband Week runs from the Monday-Friday in the last week of May. People all around the world are encouraged to wear Headbands to work and other social events to promote character building and confidence in the workplace and other social environments.

May moving eventsEdit

First or second Friday

First Saturday

Second Sunday

Second Saturday

Third Saturday

  • The Preakness Stakes is run, second jewel in the triple crown of horse racing.

Last Sunday

Last Monday

  • In the United States, Memorial Day, a public holiday, is on May 30, but observed on the last Monday in May.

May symbolsEdit

Lily of the valley

The Lily of the Valley

See alsoEdit


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