"Month of May" Page
"And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make
fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and
like a spring of water, whose waters fail not."
April showers Bring May Flowers
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Mary, Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow?
with cockle shells and little maids all in a row.
The Birds will come back and will build their nests.
So grab your binoculars and "Bird Watching" books.
May is one of the most beautiful months of the year in the North Temperate Zone. The snow and ice have
melted, and summer's intense heat has not yet begun. The first garden crops begin to sprout in May. The trees
and grass are green, and wild plants are in bloom. Wild flowers that blossom in different parts of the United
States include the jack-in-the-pulpit, anemone, hepatica, forsythia, dogwood, and blue, yellow, and white violets.
Many birds have built their nests, and mother birds are sitting on the eggs, which will soon hatch.
There are several stories about how the month of May was named. The most widely accepted explanation is that it
was named for Maia, the Roman goddess of spring and growth. Her name seems to be related to a Latin word that
means increase or growth. The ancient Romans held ceremonies in Maia's honor on May 1 and again on May 15.
May customs - Even in ancient times, May 1 was a day for outdoor festivals. In Rome, May 1 fell at a time that
was sacred to Flora, the goddess of flowers. The Romans celebrated the day with flower-decked parades. The
English also observed many beautiful May Day customs. Maypoles were erected in village parks. On the morning of
May 1, the village youths went to the woods and gathered "mayflowers," or hawthorn blossoms, to decorate the
Maypole. The girls wore their prettiest dresses, each hoping that she would be elected May queen. The
queen danced around the Maypole with her "subjects."
Special days - In most states of the United States, the last Monday in May is observed as Memorial Day, or
Decoration Day. It is a legal holiday in memory of those who died while serving the United States in war. The
graves of war heroes are decorated with flowers. Memorial Day was first observed in 1866.
Two special days in May have been designated by Presidential proclamations. Mother's Day, first observed in
1908, was recognized officially by Congress and the President in 1914. It is celebrated in honor of the nation's
mothers on the second Sunday in May. The third Saturday of the month is Armed Forces Day, when the United
States honors the men and women of the military services. In 1950, the Armed Forces Day celebration combined
the Army, Navy, and Air Force tributes, which had been held at separate times.
The Kentucky Derby, the most famous horse race in the United States, takes place on the first Saturday
in May at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky.
Many Mexican Americans celebrate May 5, which they call Cinco de Mayo. This day, a national holiday in Mexico,
is the anniversary of the Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862.
May symbols: The hawthorn and the lily of the valley are considered the flowers for May.
The birthstone is the emerald.
| May 2011
May was the third month according to the early Roman calendar, and March was the first. Later,
the ancient Romans used January 1 for the beginning of their year, and May became the fifth
month. May has always had 31 days. Flower: Lily of the Valley Birthstone: Emerald
Christian Family Week & May Day & 1776 - Illuminati Founded
Rosh Chodesh Sivan
Golda Meir's Birthday 1898 - 1978 & National Scrap Book Day & Teacher's Day
National Day of Prayer & Cinco de Mayo & Liberation Day in The Netherlands & Halfway Point of Spring
Tchaikovsky's Birthday 1840-1893
VE Day (1945) & Red Cross Day & Mother's Day
Florence Nightingale's Birthday
Armed Forces Day
Memorial Day Observed
Events that were in May 2010 and June 2011:
June 11th, 2011 is Jesus Day. Find out What is Jesus Day?
June 11th, 2011 is also the March for Jesus
Both are Celebrated the Saturday before Pentecost Sunday each year
Penecost is June 12th, 2011
Global Day of Prayer! is a 10-day prayer event that begins on Ascension Day on June 2nd, 2011
It continues on and ends on June 12th which is Pentecost 2011, and here is another link for Global Day of Prayer
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