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Interesting Things About the Month of May

Margaret Minnicks has been writing for HubPages for a long time. She is an expert about a variety of subjects she writes about.


May is the fifth month of the year and is named after the Greek goddess Maia who looked after plants. It has 31 days like six other months, including January, March, July, August, October, and December.

May is known for several things. It is said that this is the month when plants really start to grow. This is probably why people say, "April showers bring May flowers."

Events Recognized in May

The month of May seems to be important for all members of the family with days to celebrate. It is the end of the school year with the Junior and Senior Proms happening during the month.

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated when the entire family can take part in the festivities. It is always celebrated on May 5 because that's what the name means in Spanish.

Sometimes teachers are not appreciated and rewarded for the hard work they do. They will be honored on May 7 for their contribution to the field of education on National Teacher Day.

Mother's Day comes in May. It is not always on the same date, but it is always on the second Sunday in May. That's the day when mothers all over the world are honored. Restaurants will be full that day when families give their mothers a day off from cooking.

National Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. It is a federal holiday observed annually to pay tribute to the men and women who currently serve in the United States Armed Forces.

Memorial Day or Decoration Day is the only federal holiday that is celebrated in May. It is the day to remember the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. Memorial Day is observed every year on the last Monday in May.

As you can see, May is not lacking in activities and events for you to take part in.

May Flower is the Lily of the Valley


The Lily of the Valley is a beautiful delicate looking flower that people love. It has a sweet aroma.

From the photo, you can see six white tepals at the base are in the shape of a bell. The plant has a small orange-red berry that is about 5-7 in diameter that contains a few large whitish to brownish colored seeds.

Those who are born in May tend to love the Lily of the Valley flower.

May's Birthstone is the Emerald Representing Love and Success


The birthstone for May is the precious and beautiful emerald. It is said to represent love and success.

When people think about emeralds, they often think about the color green. While green is the primary color, there are other hues ranging from yellow-green to blue-green. Yellow and blue are the normal secondary hues found in emeralds.

The entire month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Pay attention to your own mental health as well as the mental health of others.

Days To Celebrate in May

Date in 2021Celebration

May 1

May Day

May 4

National Teacher Day

May 5

Cinco de Mayo

May 9

Mother's Day

May 15

Armed Forces Day

May 31

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the last Monday in May.

Memorial Day is the last Monday in May.

US Presidents Born in May

Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy are the only two US Presidents born in May. Truman was born on May 8, 1884, in Lamar, Missouri. He was the 33rd President of the United States. Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was the 35th President of the United States

May is the only month where no US president died. At least one president died in the other 11 months.

Do April Showers Really Bring May Flowers?

May flowers come as a result of April showers.

May flowers come as a result of April showers.


For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What is celebrated on May 5 every year?
    • Mother's Day
    • Memorial Day
    • Cinco de Mayo
    • Indy 500
  2. What is celebrated on the second Sunday in May every year?
    • Indy 500
    • May Day
    • Cinco de Mayo
    • Mother's Day
  3. What is celebrated on the last Monday in May every year?
    • Mother's Day
    • Indy 500
    • National Teacher Day
    • Memorial Day
  4. What is the flower for May?
    • Red rose
    • Carnation
    • Lily of the Valley
    • Daisy
  5. What is the birthstone for May?
    • Ruby
    • Pearl
    • Opal
    • Emerald

Answer Key

  1. Cinco de Mayo
  2. Mother's Day
  3. Memorial Day
  4. Lily of the Valley
  5. Emerald
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Zia Uddin from UK on January 01, 2019:

Nice facts on May. Didn't know May represented the emerald and the Lily flower of the valley, very interesting to learn these things. I scored 83% percent on the quiz too.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on April 28, 2018:

Louise, I read that Mother's Day is celebrated there in March. I see that Father's Day is in June as it is here in the US. May is one of my favorite months because of the pleasant weather.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on April 28, 2018:

May is a nice month of the year. Though here in England we celebrate Mother's Day in March. Father's Day is in June. I find May quite pleasant weather wise though, it's not too hot and winter is out of the way.

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