Printable May 2020 Calendar

MAY

May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and its predecessor Gregorian Calendar and the third of seven months to have a length of 31 days. Late May typically points the start of the summer vacation season in the United States which ends on Labor Day, the first Monday of September. May is the last month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Therefore, May in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of November in the Northern Hemisphere. In May, the winter season in the Southern Hemisphere and the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere are about to begin.

Printable May 2020 Calendar
Printable May 2020 Calendar

WHAT DOES MAY MEAN TO US?

In May, warm and smooth weather spurs people on to participate in nature activities, concerts, and open-air events.  May is also the time that moms around the world get showered with love for Mother’s Day. But, without question, the most popular holiday in May in the U.S. is Memorial Day, the national holiday that is also known as the unofficial start to summer.

There are also lesser-known observances celebrated relatively by lesser-crowded in May apart from those. There are month-long observances like National Photo Month, week-long observances like Youth Traffic Safety Month, and the Star Wars “May the Fourth” holiday revered by sci-fi fans the world over.

WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF MAY?

The month of May (in Latin, Maius) was named for the Greek Goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May.

Conversely, the Roman poet Ovid presents a second etymology that the month of May is named for the maiores, Latin for “elders” and that the following month (June) is named for the iuniores, or “young people”. Mayovka, in the context of the late Russian Empire, was a picnic in the countryside or a park in the early days of May, hence the name. Eventually, “mayovka” (specifically, “proletarian mayovka”) came to mean an illegal celebration of May 1 by revolutionary public, typically presented as an innocent picnic.

Moreover, special devotions to the Virgin Mary occur in May.  As the important astronomical events, Eta Aquariids meteor shower appears in May. It is visible from about April 21 to about May 20 each year with peak activity on or around May 6. The Arietids shower from May 22 – July 2, and peaks on June 7. The Virginids also shower at various dates in May.

Blank May 2020 Calendar
Blank May 2020 Calendar

HOW CAN I PRINT A CALENDAR FOR MAY 2020?

If you download a May 2020 calendar, you will be able to use it in many different ways such as scheduling your month, to mark your important days and to put some goals to the upcoming days.

By using a blank May 2020 calendar, you definitely will feel more comfortable as you may see your near future clearer! If you want to take a look at the special days of the last month, you can download the April 2020 calendar, if you want to plan next month in advance you can download and print the June 2020 printable calendar. After you downloaded your May 2020 calendar template, you will see that the empty and ready-to-fill month is waiting for you. You can save your May 2020 calendar in PDF or JPG format on your computer or you may easily print it through a printer attaching with your computer, as well.

May 2020 Calendar
May 2020 Calendar

WHAT ARE THE 10 FACTS ABOUT MAY?

  1. In any given year, no month ever begins or ends on the same day of the week as May does.
  2. The two flowers of May are the hawthorn and the lily of the valley and May’s birthstone is the emerald which is emblematic of love and success.
  3. 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”.
  4. According to an analysis by Google, ‘may’ is the 55th most commonly used word in English.
  5. No US President has ever died in May. It is the only month that can make such a claim.
  6. In Hawaii, May 1 is celebrated as Lei Day. Leis are garlands or wreaths that are often made with native Hawaiian flowers and leaves.
  7. In Old English May is called the “month of three milkings” referring to a time when the cows could be milked three times a day.
  8. The Indianapolis 500 car race is held each year during this month.
  9. Superstition says that you shouldn’t buy a broom or wash a blanket in May. Because, “Brooms bought in May sweep the family away.” and “Wash a blanket in May, wash the family away.” 🙂
  10. May is traditionally devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Roman Catholic traditions.
May 2020 Calendar Printable
May 2020 Calendar Printable

WHAT ARE THE US HOLIDAYS IN MAY 2020?

Date Day Holiday
May 1 Friday Kentucky Oaks 2020
Law Day 2020
Loyalty Day 2020
Lei Day 2020
May 2 Saturday Kentucky Derby 2020
National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Day 2020
May 4 Monday Kent State Shootings Remembrance 2020
Rhode Island Independence Day 2020
May 5 Tuesday Cinco de Mayo 2020
May 6 Wednesday National Nurses Day 2020
May 7 Thursday National Day of Prayer 2020
May 8 Friday Truman Day 2020
Victory in Europe Day 2020
Military Spouse Appreciation Day 2020
May 10 Sunday Mother’s Day 2020
Confederate Memorial Day 2020
May 11 Monday Confederate Memorial Day observed 2020
May 12 Tuesday Lag BaOmer 2020
Primary Election Day 2020
May 15 Friday Peace Officers Memorial Day 2020
National Defense Transportation Day 2020
May 16 Saturday Armed Forces Day 2020
Preakness Stakes 2020
May 19 Tuesday Lailat al-Qadr 2020
May 20 Wednesday Emergency Medical Services for Children Day 2020
May 21 Thursday Ascension Day 2020
May 22 Friday National Maritime Day 2020
Harvey Milk Day 2020
May 24 Sunday Eid al-Fitr 2020
May 25 Monday Memorial Day 2020
Jefferson Davis’ Birthday 2020
National Missing Children’s Day 2020
May 29 Friday Shavuot 2020
May 31 Sunday Pentecost 2020

 

MOTHER’S DAY (THE SECOND SUNDAY OF MAY)

Mother’s Day is a holiday celebrated on the second Sunday of May each year. It is a day that commemorates motherhood and appreciates all mothers and mother-figures including grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers as well as their contribution to society.

WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF MOTHER’S DAY?

Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 in Grafton, West Virginia when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother Ann Reeves Jarvis. Anna Jarvis began a campaign to make Mother’s Day a national holiday and she succeeded in 1914 when the U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May a Mother’s Day.

HOW TO CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY?

Nowadays Mother’s Day is celebrated in more than 150 countries around the world, some at different dates. Many countries, including the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, and many European countries, celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May. On the other hand, in many African countries, it is celebrated on 21 March.

It is a wonderful day to remember our mothers who have an important place in our lives and to offer our gratitude and love to them. If you want to do something special to this day, do not forget to put a mark on your May 2020 calendar printable this day!

WHAT ARE THE DATES FOR MOTHER’S DAY FROM 2015 TO 2025?

Year Date Day of the week
Mother’s Day 2015 May 10, 2015 Sunday
Mother’s Day 2016 May 8, 2016 Sunday
Mother’s Day 2017 May 14, 2017 Sunday
Mother’s Day 2018 May 13, 2018 Sunday
Mother’s Day 2019 May 12, 2019 Sunday
Mother’s Day 2020 May 10, 2020 Sunday
Mother’s Day 2021 May 9, 2021 Sunday
Mother’s Day 2022 May 8, 2022 Sunday
Mother’s Day 2023 May 14, 2023 Sunday
Mother’s Day 2024 May 12, 2024 Sunday
Mother’s Day 2025 May 11, 2025 Sunday

 

MEMORIAL DAY (THE LAST MONDAY OF MAY)

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States of America that is observed on the last Monday of May. As this is a Federal holiday, most federal and state offices and also schools will be closed and there will be no mail deliveries on this day. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in military service for the United States.

WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF MEMORIAL DAY?

Memorial Day was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of Gen. John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former Union sailors and soldiers. During that first national commemoration, former Union Gen. and sitting Ohio Congressman James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.

This event was inspired by the local observations of the day that occurred in many American towns within three years of the Civil War. In 1873, New York was the first state to appoint Memorial Day as a public holiday. In 1971, once the congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, then established that Memorial Day was to be commemorated on the last Monday of May.

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY?

Memorial Day is a day for remembrance of those who have died in service to their country, the United States of America. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day before, as the holiday was concentrated on decorating the graves of those who had fallen in the Civil War. Today Memorial Day is celebrated across the United States. It is widely accepted as an important holiday that remembers those that died for the country and serves to remind people of the real meaning of war.

HOW TO OBSERVE MEMORIAL DAY?

There are many formal ceremonies is held on Memorial Day. Most of these are organized in local communities which are announced by local Veterans of Foreign Wars office or local city government agency. Although many cities have a claim to have already observed Memorial Day, President Lyndon Johnson officially declared Waterloo N.Y. as the birthplace of Memorial Day in May 1966.

As Memorial Day is always observed on Monday, this creates a three-day time break as also called Memorial Day weekend. The Memorial Day weekend is seen as the unofficial start of summer, and it is a popular holiday enjoyed with outdoor events and picnics.

WHAT ARE THE DATES FOR MEMORIAL DAY FROM 2015 TO 2025?

Year Date Day of the week
Memorial Day 2015 May 25, 2015 Monday
Memorial Day 2016 May 30, 2016 Monday
Memorial Day 2017 May 29, 2017 Monday
Memorial Day 2018 May 28, 2018 Monday
Memorial Day 2019 May 27, 2019 Monday
Memorial Day 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday
Memorial Day 2021 May 31, 2021 Monday
Memorial Day 2022 May 30, 2022 Monday
Memorial Day 2023 May 29, 2023 Monday
Memorial Day 2024 May 27, 2024 Monday
Memorial Day 2025 May 26, 2025 Monday

Conclusion

As the old idiom says “April showers bring May flowers”, in May do not stick on the mood which makes you think you are late for achieving your goals. You are in a mood of spring and spring is tricking you to break the diets and slow down the exercises.

It usually happens. We may have difficulty in keeping on track, but we should continue to be planned and aware that, a period of discomfort can provide the basis for a period of happiness and joy, as the meaning of the idiom above says. Keep on using the printable calendar, download a new May 2020 calendar template and plan your days as you wish. Remember, this is the month that open-air activities, festivals, weddings and trips begin and you need to schedule everything well to catch all of them with ease. It is not late, just download a May 2020 calendar with holidays and enjoy your May!