12 May Fun Facts about the month of May
- The month of May was named for Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility.
- In any given year, no month ever begins or ends on the same day of the week as May does.
- 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”.
- The United Kingdom celebrates May as the National Smile Month.
- On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was officially opened.
- The zodiac sign for May are Taurus (April 20 – May 20) and Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
- The birth flower for May is the Crataegus monogyna and the Lily of the Valley.
- 14th MAY is MOTHERS DAY in some countries. Zimbabwe is one such country (this Sunday in case you forgot)
Mother’s Day Facts
Mother’s Day originated in the United States in the early 1900s. Although there are older traditions that celebrate similar holidays, they are not considered to be the origins of Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day is meant to honor mothers and their influence in society, maternal bonds and motherhood itself.
The first Mother’s Day was celebrated in 1908. Anna Jarvis honored her mother Ann Jarvis with a memorial. Ann Jarvis had started a committee in 1868 to establish ‘Mother’s Friendship Day’. Her motivation had been to reunite families after the Civil War. She died in 1905, before Mother’s Day became a holiday.
In 1912, Anna Jarvis trademarked both ‘Mother’s Day’ and ‘the second Sunday in May’. She also created Mother’s Day International Association.
Mother’s Day became a recognized holiday in 1914 in the United States.
By the 1920s it had become so commercialized already that Anna Jarvis was disappointed.
The holiday was then adapted into many other countries.
In the 1800s attempts were made to celebrate mothers in various parts of the U.S. but none of them reached beyond their local areas.
Approximately 122 million phone calls are made to moms on Mother’s Day in the United States.
In most countries and languages, the word for mother begins with ‘m’.
The most common flower for Mother’s Day is the carnation; pink and red for mothers who are alive and white for those who have passed away.
A legend states that carnations were made from the tears of Jesus’ mother when she wept at his feet when he was crucified.