The merry month of May celebrates spring in full swing, and boasts a number of seasonal, foodie, and pop culture days. Here at National Today we love celebrating 51 May holidays!
What is the significance of May holidays?
Did you know that January is named after the Latin word for door? That's because January is seen as the "door" to the new year, and the start of new beginnings. Fittingly, it's named after Janus, the Roman god of beginnings—and the national holidays in January embody this spirit of excitement.
May was named for the Greek goddess Maia, who embodied fertility. The month's most famous holiday — the eponymous May Day — similarly celebrates the bounty of new life, and is chock full of pre-Christian vernal rites. Of course, there are plenty of modern celebrations in May as well, including National Have a Coke Day and Star Wars Day (on May the 4th, of course).
What are some memorable May holiday moments?
May commemorates a few key moments in history. On May 22nd Harvey Milk Day celebrates the birth of Harvey Milk — the first openly gay politician in California and a prominent leader of the American Civil Rights Movement.
Memorial Day, interestingly, was historically placed at the end of May because the dates did not fall near the anniversary of any major Civil War battle — which meant it could serve as a day of remembrance for all veterans.
Are we missing your favorite May holiday?
Are we missing your favorite May holiday? Drop us a line at our holiday submission page! But first, Make sure compile a bit of information about the holiday. Is it celebrated widely? Does it have a track record of media coverage? We'll do our best to get your holiday up.