Monday, May 1, 2023

Amazing May Fun Facts and Details You Can’t Overlook

May flowers in bloom

May is an amazing month, and there are plenty of reasons to love it.  

Keep on reading to discover May fun facts, holidays, and things to do and see to make this month merry.

One glorious reason for my May joy is the plants, shrubs, and trees in the U.S. southwest where I live, display a bright array of blooms this time of year.

The month of May is an ideal time to visit a botanical garden, nature preserve, national park, or recreation area, because most are less crowded than when children are on summer break. 

Temperatures during the morning hours are usually in the low seventies and by afternoon low 80's, and mild temps make hiking, biking, running, and exploring the natural world enticing.

May Happenings and Things to Do

Flowers are bursting forth

Temps are grand

Moderate weather makes outdoor exercise appealing

Easy to keep it informal for gatherings on deck, patio, or back yard and at a picnic, cookout, or camping.

May is National Mental Health Awareness month. The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) joins with the national movement to raise awareness about mental health and fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. 

#TwoDifferentColoredShoesDay is May 3 so get creative and mix and don't match.

Send a thank you note to acknowledge a teacher, mentor, coach, or guide for National Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as National Teacher Day, on the Tuesday of the first full week in May.

Explore the history of Cinco de Mayo, and eat Colorful Tasty Tucson Tacos to celebrate this festive day

Taco Recipe good to serve for May Holidays

Make Mother's Day a delicious occasion by preparing one of these appetizing  brunch recipe ideas.

Vegan Brunch and Lunch Recipe Roundup

Update what you know about Greek mythology and the goddess, Maia. She is a symbol of spring, growth, and nurturer of Earth and growing plants. Most believe that's how the month of May got its name.

Those born in May have two birth flowers, Lily-of-the-Valley and Hawthorn flowers. Hawthorn flowers are a sign of hope, while the Lily-of-the-Valley represents the return of happiness and sweetness.

Lily of the Valley is a May Birth Flower

Hawthorne Flowers are May Birth Flowers

May has two Zodiac signs, Taurus (those born from 4/20 to 5/20) and Gemini (those born between 5/21 and 6/21). People born under the sign of Taurus are said to be ambitious and smart, yet trustworthy. Those born under the sign of Gemini are said to be passionate, adaptable, and smart.

Taurus the Bull is a May Birth Zodiac Sign

Gemini is a May Birth Zodiac Sign

May 11 is Eat What you Want Day so splurge and eat your favorite food without guilt or fear of judgment.

Wear Blue jeans in May as they were invented in May of 1873 after Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis obtained a patent for the pants on May 20th. 

May 24 is National Asparagus Day, and production of this crop in the U.S. is concentrated between three states: California, Washington, and Michigan. Asparagus tastes best in the spring, making it the perfect cookout veggie.

Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday that's observed on the last Monday of May. The day honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

Some celebrate traditional holidays, and some enjoy the quirky or unusual ones. No matter what occasions or traditions you follow in May, make them happy and/or meaningful ones.

What May holidays, special occasions, or pastimes do you enjoy most?

Please share comments below.

Which fun facts and May activities appeal to you? 

Which hemisphere do you live in and how do you celebrate special days that fall in the month of May? I'd love to know.

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  1. I loved reading this post, Nancy! It was so informative and fun. I love lily of the valley, and I'm a Gemini (June). Thank you for sharing all the awareness days. I especially got a kick out of Two Different Colored Shoes Day!

    1. Thanks so much April for your visit, comment, and support. Have a smashing day.

    2. I went to the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, CA. The acres of glorious ranunculus were a riot of color. I've never seen anything like it. I highly recommend if visiting Southern California in the spring.

    3. I love Lily of the Valley!! My anniversary is in May so it's special to me. National Bee day is May 20th too! Thanks for the visit. Have a great day. XO- MaryJo @

    4. Happy Anniversary and thanks for sharing that's it's National Bee Day on May 20.That's a world wide celebration to remind people that bee population is under threat, and find ways to protect bees and other pollinators. Have a great day!

  2. This is a reply to Beth L's comment-that sounds fascinating. I've never been to Flower Fields in Carlsbad, CA during spring. Will definitely put it on my bucket list. Have a glorious day.

  3. Lovely post Nancy- I enjoyed the interesting information and of course the suggestions for a vegan brunch!

    1. Wish you lived closer. I'd invite you to mine. Have a lovely day and be well.

  4. Nancy, I just wanted to pop back and let you know that I am featuring this post at the May edition of Hearth and Soul which goes live on Sunday 7th May. Hope to see you there! Thank you again for sharing this excellent and entertaining resource.

    1. Thanks so much April for this honor. I'm thrilled and delighted. Will Check May edition of Hearth and Soul Link Party which goes live on Sunday 7th May. Have a beautiful May day.

  5. We just went to the botanical gardens this week! I love May.

    1. Wonderful. Thanks for the visit and comment and please come back again.

  6. That taco recipe looks amazing. I have the ingredients on my shopping list for Tuesday--that is "old ladies day" at Eureka Natural Foods. 10% off for seniors.

    1. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Tucson Tacos are what's on the menu for our Mother's Day. Yum, yum.

  7. Thank you for sharing this post in the Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 65.

    1. Thanks Carol both for your comment and hosting Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 65. Wishing you a beautiful day.