May – Fifth Month of the Year
May is the fifth month of the year, has 31 days, and is named after the Greek goddess Maia.
From Third to Fifth Month
There are 31 days in May and it does not start or end on the same day of the week as any other month.
Naming May - Maia’s Month
May 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
May 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's birth flower is the Lily of the Valley and the Crataegus monogyna.
The birthstone for May is the emerald which represents love or success.