The Months of the Year
Naming May - Maia’s Month
May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and consists of 31 days. It is named after the Greek goddess, Maia who is also identified with the Roman goddess of fertility, Bona Dea.
- Old English - Maius
- Latin name - Maius mensis - Month of Maia
- Old French - Mai
History of May
Position in the Year
May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendar and consists of 31 days. It is commonly associated as a month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn (fall) in the Southern hemisphere. It is said that this is the month when plants really start to grow.
May does not start or end on the same day of the week as any other month.
Its birth flower is the Lily of the Valley and the Crataegus monogyna.
The birthstone for May is the emerald which represents love or success.