Oh! fragrant is the breath of May
In tranquil garden closes,
And soft yet regal is her sway
Among the springtide roses.

—William Hamilton Hayne, American poet (1856–1929)


In the Northern Hemisphere, May acts as the bridge between spring and summer, hinting at warmer weather for those still stuck in spring’s grasp, while heating things up for those already well on their way.

  • May is named for the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants
  • May’s full Moon traditionally goes by the name “Flower Moon.”


May’s birthstone is the emerald
May’s birth flowers are the Hawthorn and the Lily-of-the-Valley.

  • Taurus: April 21 to May 20
  • Gemini: May 21 to June 20


  • May Day (May 1) is a holiday rich in history and folklore, celebrating the return of spring!
  • May 5 is Cinco de Mayo (“The Fifth of May”). This day celebrates the victory of the Mexicans over the French army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862.
  • May 10 is Mother’s Day—don’t forget!
  • May 27 is Memorial Day

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