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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures, & Folklore About the Month of May


Did you know that many historians believe the month of May was named for Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility?
During Roman times, a spring fertility festival called Bona Dea was held in Maia's honor.


Did you know that the emerald is the May birthstone?

Emeralds are one of the most valuable of the twelve birthstones, second only to the diamond. In fact, some quality emeralds are even more costly than comparable weight diamonds. The emerald is considered to be a symbol of success and love.


Did you know that May is the last full month of the spring season?

Summer officially begins on June 21st. The mean temperature for the month of May in the contiguous United States is just over 61 degrees F, while average precipitation is just under three inches.


Did you know that May is Older Americans Month?

Originally designated as Senior Citizens Month by President Kennedy in 1963, May was renamed Older Americans Month in 1980 by President Carter. The celebration is intended to honor America's growing elderly population. Over the next forty years, the number of people over the age of 65 living in the United States is expected to increase from 12% of the population to more than 21%, a total of 86.7 million people.


Did you know that construction of the Empire State Building was completed on May 1, 1930?

The building was the tallest free-standing structure in the world until 1967, and the tallest building in New York City until 1972, when construction of the World Trade Center dwarfed it. In the aftermath of the 9-11 tragedy, the Empire State Building is once again the Big Apple's tallest building.


Did you know that Mother's Day has been officially celebrated in May since 1908?

First recognized by Congress in 1908 and then by Presidential proclamation in 1914, Mother's Day honors the more than 83 million mothers now living in America. In the United States, the holiday is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. In the United Kingdom, Mother's Day is known as Mothering Day or Mothering Sunday, and is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of the Lenten Season.


Did you know that the first Memorial Day was observed in the United States on May 5, 1866?

Originally known as Decoration Day, referring to the decorating of soldiers' gravesites, Memorial Day today is legally celebrated on the last Monday in May. A day often known for its white sales and family picnics, Memorial Day is intended to honor America's fallen war heroes and their families. Memorial Day is also considered by many as the unofficial begining of Summer





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