- This article is about the month of May. For other uses, see May (disambiguation).
is the fifth month
of the year
in the Gregorian Calendar
, with 31 days
. It may have been named for the Roman goddess Maia
or more likely for the Roman goddess
of fertility, Bona Dea
, whose festival was held in May.
In Japan, there is the so-called May sickness, a kind of sickness where new students or workers start to be tired of their new schoolwork or jobs. It is due to a Japanese custom that all schoolyears and fiscal years start on April 1st.
Events in May
- In many countries, May Day is May 1. This is celebrated as Labor Day in many countries.
- In the Irish calendar, May 1 is Beltane (Bealtaine) -the first day of Summer and a public holiday is held on the first Monday in May.
- In the United Kingdom, May Day is May 1, but a public holiday is held on the first Monday in May.
- In Wetern Europe May 8 is day of victory in WWII. In Eastern Europe it is celebrated in May 9.
- In Europe May 9 is day of Europe
- In the US, Canada and Australia, Mother's Day is the second Sunday in May.
- In Canada, Victoria Day is observed on the Monday on or before May 24. In Quebec, it is known as Patriotes Day (Journée nationale des patriotes).
- In the US, Memorial Day, a public holiday, is on May 30, but observed on the last Monday in May.