1. The month May was named for Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility.
2. In any given year, no month ever begins or ends on the same day of the week as May does.
3. May’s birthstone is the emerald which is emblematic of love and success.
4. 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”.
5. The United Kingdom celebrates May as the National Smile Month.
6. On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was officially opened.
Days in May~ Celebrations
Since this month is flying past us, I will only post days after May 16th.
- May 16: Mimosa Day
What would brunch be without them?
- May 17: National Bike To Work Day
We can’t promise you won’t arrive to the office slightly sweaty, but we can give you permission to skip the gym after completing your cycling commute.
- May 17: National Pizza Party Day
Party is a relative term, by the way. You and a pizza is definitely a party.
- May 18: International Museum Day
On this day, the entire planet celebrates museums and all the amazing things they have to offer. We recommend checking for events and activities in your area: Hundreds of thousands of museums join the party every year.
- May 20: Eliza Doolittle Day
Today is a good day to channel your inner Eliza (either before or after the etiquette lessons).
- May 22: National Maritime Day
A Presidential Proclamation issued in 1933 made this day an official holiday dedicated to recognizing the maritime industry. It is set to coincide with the date in 1819 that the American steamship Savannah set sail on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power.
- May 22: World Goth Day
They’ll act like they don’t want/need/care about having a day in the calendar, but come on, everyone wants to be celebrated.
- May 23: World Turtle Day
- May 24: International Tiara Day
Who’s a pretty princess? Anyone who wants to celebrate Tiara Day.
- May 25: National Tap Dance Day
The perfect day to put on your dancing shoes.
- May 25: Towel Day
To honor author Douglas Adams, fans carry around a towel all day. The tradition is a nod to a passage in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy about the importance of towels: “A towel, [The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.” Good enough for us.
- May 30: Loomis Day
This is a day to honor Mahlon Loomis, an oft-forgotten Washington D.C.-based dentist who received the first U.S. patent on a wireless telegraphy system in 1872—before Guglielmo Marconi, who is credited with inventing the first radio, was even born.