Fun May Facts
Submitted by Glenda Bonham
The month May was named for Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility.
In any given year, no month ever begins or ends on the same day of the week as May does.
In Hawaii, May 1 is celebrated as Lei Day. Leis are garlands or wreaths that are often made with native Hawaiian flowers and nuts. Nowadays, they are given as a symbol of greeting, farewell, affection, celebration, or honor, in the spirit of aloha. Lei Day originated in 1927, when poet Don Blanding proposed a holiday to recognize the lei’s role in Hawaiian culture.
May’s full Moon, the Full Flower Moon, occurs on the 29th, at 10:20 A.M. (EDT). It’s the time flowers tend to spring up and blos- som. Some Native American tribes called it the “Corn Moon”, for they believed it to be the best time to plant corn.
May was once considered a bad luck month to get married. There is a poem that says “Marry in May and you’ll rue the day”.
May’s birthstone is the emerald which is emblematic of love and success.
Be sure to keep your floors dusty, your sheets dirty, and stay single this month. Superstition says that you shouldn’t buy a broom or wash a blanket in May. Why? Because, “Brooms bought in May sweep the family away.”
I’m pretty sure all these superstitions only started because it’s so much easier to rhyme words with May than any other month. It’s probably why there isn’t a saying like, “Marry me in January, and I’ll be your huckleberry.”
Ugh. That was awful. I’m sorry.