May

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May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the third month to have the length of 31 days.

May is a month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Therefore, May in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of November in the Northern Hemisphere and vice versa. Late May typically marks the start of the summer vacation season in the United States and Canada and ends on Labor Day, first Monday of September.

Background

The month May was named for the Greek Goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May. Conversely, the Roman poet Ovid provides a second etymology, in which he says that the month of May is named for the maiores, Latin for "elders," and that the following month (June) is named for the iuniores, or "young people" (Fasti VI.88).

Roses to Virgin Mary

Mayovka, in the context of the late Russian Empire, was a picnic in the countryside or in a park in the early days of May, hence the name. Eventually, "mayovka" (specifically, "proletarian mayovka") came to mean an illegal celebration of May 1 by revolutionary public, typically presented as an innocent picnic. [1]

Special devotions to the Virgin Mary take place in May. See May devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Eta Aquariids meteor shower appears in May. It is visible from about April 21 to about May 20 each year with peak activity on or around May 6. The Arietids shower from May 22-July 2, and peaks on June 7. The Virginids also shower at various dates in May.

Ancient Roman observances

Under the calendar of ancient Rome, the festival of Bona Dea fell on May 1, Argei fell on May 14 or May 15, Agonalia fell on May 21, and Ambarvalia on May 29. Floralia was held April 27 during the Republican era, or April 28 on the Julian calendar, and lasted until May 3. Lemuria (festival) fell on 9,11, and 13 May under the Julian calendar. The College of Aesculapius and Hygia celebrated two festivals of Rosalia (festival), one on May 11 and one on May 22. Rosalia was also celebrated at Pergamon on May 24–26. A military Rosalia festival, Rosaliae signorum, also occurred on May 31. Ludi Fabarici was celebrated on May 29-June 1. Mercury would receive a sacrifice on the Ides of May (May 15). Tubilustrium took place on May 23 as well as in March. These dates do not correspond to the modern Gregorian calendar.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Mei
Alemannisch: Mai
አማርኛ: መይ
Аҧсшәа: Лаҵара
العربية: مايو
aragonés: Mayo
ܐܪܡܝܐ: ܐܝܪ
armãneashti: Maiu
arpetan:
অসমীয়া: মে'
asturianu: Mayu
Avañe'ẽ: Jasypo
авар: Май
Aymar aru: Llamayu phaxsi
azərbaycanca: May
বাংলা: মে
Bahasa Banjar: Mai
Bân-lâm-gú: 5 goe̍h
башҡортса: Май
беларуская: Май
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Травень
भोजपुरी: मई
Bikol Central: Mayo
български: Май
Boarisch: Mai
bosanski: Maj
brezhoneg: Mae
català: Maig
Чӑвашла: Çу уйăхĕ
Cebuano: Mayo
čeština: Květen
Chi-Chewa: Meyi
chiTumbuka: Mei
corsu: Maghju
Cymraeg: Mai
dansk: Maj
davvisámegiella: Miessemánnu
Deutsch: Mai
ދިވެހިބަސް: މެއި
dolnoserbski: Rozhelony
eesti: Mai
Ελληνικά: Μάιος
emiliàn e rumagnòl: Mâg
эрзянь: Панжиков
español: Mayo
Esperanto: Majo
estremeñu: Mayu
euskara: Maiatz
eʋegbe: Damɛ
فارسی: مه (ماه)
Fiji Hindi: May
føroyskt: Mai
français: Mai
Frysk: Maaie
furlan: Mai
Gaeilge: An Bhealtaine
Gaelg: Boaldyn
Gagauz: Hederlez ay
Gàidhlig: An Cèitean
galego: Maio
贛語: 5月
ગુજરાતી: મે
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: 5-ngie̍t
хальмг: Хөн сар
한국어: 5월
Hawaiʻi: Mei
Հայերեն: Մայիս
हिन्दी: मई
hornjoserbsce: Meja
hrvatski: Svibanj
Ido: Mayo
Igbo: May
Ilokano: Mayo
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: মে
Bahasa Indonesia: Mei
interlingua: Maio
Interlingue: May
ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ/inuktitut: ᒪᐃ
Ирон: Май
isiXhosa: Canzibe
íslenska: Maí
italiano: Maggio
עברית: מאי
Basa Jawa: Mèi
kalaallisut: Maaji
ಕನ್ನಡ: ಮೇ
Kapampangan: Mayu
ქართული: მაისი
कॉशुर / کٲشُر: مٔی
kaszëbsczi: Môj
қазақша: Мамыр
kernowek: Mis Me
Kinyarwanda: Gicurasi
Kiswahili: Mei
Kreyòl ayisyen: Me
Kurdî: Gulan
Кыргызча: Бугу айы
кырык мары: Май
Ladino: Mayo
лакку: Май (барз)
лезги: Май
latgaļu: Lopu mieness
Latina: Maius
latviešu: Maijs
Lëtzebuergesch: Mee
lietuvių: Gegužė
Ligure: Mazzo
Limburgs: Mei
Livvinkarjala: Oraskuu
lumbaart: Magg
magyar: Május
मैथिली: मई
македонски: Мај
Malagasy: Mey
മലയാളം: മേയ്
Malti: Mejju
Māori: Haratua
मराठी: मे महिना
მარგალური: მესი
مصرى: مايو
Bahasa Melayu: Mei
Baso Minangkabau: Mai
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: 5 nguŏk
Mirandés: Maio
мокшень: Панжиков
မြန်မာဘာသာ: မေ
Na Vosa Vakaviti: Me (vula)
Nederlands: Mei
Nedersaksies: Mei
नेपाली: मे
नेपाल भाषा: मे (ग्रेगोरियन)
日本語: 5月
Napulitano: Majo
нохчийн: Май
Nordfriisk: Mei
Norfuk / Pitkern: Mieh
norsk: Mai
norsk nynorsk: Mai
Nouormand: Mai
Novial: Maye
occitan: Mai
олык марий: Ага (тылзе)
ଓଡ଼ିଆ: ମଇ
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: May
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਮਈ
پنجابی: مئی
پښتو: مې
Перем Коми: Май
ភាសាខ្មែរ: ខែឧសភា
Piemontèis: Magg
Tok Pisin: Me
Plattdüütsch: Mai
polski: Maj
Ποντιακά: Καλομηνάς
português: Maio
Qaraqalpaqsha: May
qırımtatarca: Mayıs
Ripoarisch: Meij
română: Mai
Runa Simi: Aymuray killa
русиньскый: Май
русский: Май
саха тыла: Ыам ыйа
Gagana Samoa: Me
संस्कृतम्: मई
sardu: Maju
Scots: Mey
Sesotho sa Leboa: Mopitlo
shqip: Maji
sicilianu: Maiu
සිංහල: මැයි
Simple English: May
سنڌي: مئي
slovenčina: Máj
slovenščina: Maj
ślůnski: Moj
Soomaaliga: May
کوردی: ئایار
српски / srpski: Мај
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Maj
Basa Sunda: Méi
suomi: Toukokuu
svenska: Maj
Tagalog: Mayo
தமிழ்: மே
Taqbaylit: Mayyu
tarandíne: Másce
татарча/tatarça: Май
తెలుగు: మే
tetun: Maiu
тоҷикӣ: Май
ᏣᎳᎩ: ᎠᎾᏍᎬᏘ
Türkçe: Mayıs
Türkmençe: Maý
удмурт: Куартолэзь
українська: Травень
اردو: مئی
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: باھار
vèneto: Majo
vepsän kel’: Semendku
Tiếng Việt: Tháng năm
Volapük: Mayul
Võro: Lehekuu
walon: May
West-Vlams: Meie
Winaray: Mayo
Wolof: Mee
Xitsonga: Mudyaxihi
ייִדיש: מיי
Yorùbá: Oṣù Kàrún
粵語: 5月
Zazaki: Gulane
žemaitėška: Gegožė
中文: 5月