May Holidays

What is the month when the weather is often beautiful, great movies come out, and television shows are exciting? That would be the month of May and it is the fifth month of the year. At one time, however, it was the third month of the year.

In the Roman calendar, May was the third month of the year as the first month began in March, and the last month ended in December as a Roman calendar year consisted of only ten months. The belief was that May was named after the Roman goddess, Maia, but other theories state that May likely was named after the Latin word, maiores which means seniors. Maia was the goddess of fertility; as a similar Roman goddess, Bona Dea as the Romans held the festival Bona Dea during May.

May was referred to as the month of Maius by the Romans until the 1400s. In the 1400s, which was around the Middle Ages, the month was called May from thereon.

Fun Facts About May

May is the third and last month of the spring in the Northern Hemisphere and fall in the Southern Hemisphere as May is the mirror image of November.

It was considered bad luck to get married in May, which explains the poem that includes the verse ‘Mary in May and you’ll rue for the day.’ However, over time, that belief dissipated, and plenty of weddings do occur in May nowadays. There is no such thing as good or bad luck when it comes to the time of year of getting married.

May is the month when the Indianapolis 500 car race is held, and the same goes for the Kentucky Derby, which the most famous horserace. That is held on the second Saturday of May. That is why car racing and horseracing enthusiasts love the month of May.

Did you know that May was also known as the ‘month of three milkings’ in Old English? That is because farmers were able to milk cows three times a day. Therefore, May was the month when they provided plenty of milk which was a time that people were always looking forward to having during the long winter months.

 

Famous May Birthdays 

  • There were many famous and notable May birthdays. Let’s start with Bing Crosby, who was born on May 3rd, 1903. Bing Crosby was a celebrity who was turned away at a Canadian hotel because he and those in his group were dressed in denim. Once the hotel realized he was a celebrity, they allowed Bing and his group to stay. And designers at Levi Strauss and Co. created a denim tuxedo jacket which is why Bing Crosby was known for the influence behind the Canadian Tuxedo.
  • Another notable May birthday was of the writer, actor, and director, Orson Wells. He was also remembered for providing entertaining and innovative radio, film and theatre content.
  • American chemist, inventor, and violinist Leopold Godowsky Jr. was born on May 27, 1900. He created the first color transparency film that was practical, Kodachrome, with Leopold Mannes.

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