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.
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.
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.
WHAT ARE THE 10 FACTS ABOUT MAY?
- In any given year, no month ever begins or ends on the same day of the week as May does.
- 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.
- 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”.
- According to an analysis by Google, ‘may’ is the 55th most commonly used word in English.
- No US President has ever died in May. It is the only month that can make such a claim.
- In Hawaii, May 1 is celebrated as Lei Day. Leis are garlands or wreaths that are often made with native Hawaiian flowers and leaves.
- 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.
- The Indianapolis 500 car race is held each year during this month.
- 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.” 🙂
- May is traditionally devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Roman Catholic traditions.
WHAT ARE THE US HOLIDAYS IN MAY 2020?
|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|
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!