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May is a lovely month – it’s spring in the northern hemisphere with flowers and warmer weather. In the southern hemisphere, it’s autumn and a cool respite from the hot southern summers. But all over the world, May is a month that celebrates important historical events and some amazing facts.
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May is named after Maia, the goddess of fertility. Its birthstone is a beautiful dark green stone called the emerald and the zodiac signs for the month of May are Taurus (April 20th to May 20th) and Gemini (May 21st to June 20th).
Historically, in the USA, May is the month that the Empire State building opened in 1931. It’s also the month that San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937. On May 20th 1932, brave Amelia Earhart flew across the Atlantic Ocean solo. She was the first woman to do so! Over the ocean in May, Great Britain was formed from a union between England and Scotland in 1707. And in 1937 on May 12th, George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London after his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated. King George reigned until his death in 1952. Then his daughter Elizabeth, the current reigning monarch, became queen. Something wonderful happened in South Africa on May 10th 1994 – former political prisoner Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as president of South Africa. Go May!
What about special days in May? The first Sunday in May is World Laughter Day. Get ready for a month filled with joy! If you want to raise awareness about the importance of tuna fish, you can on May 2nd. And if you want to celebrate body acceptance and body shape diversity, May 6th is the day for you – it’s called International No Diet Day. Anti-Tobacco Day closes the month on the 31st by educating people on the harmful effects of smoking.
To end off with, here are some wacky facts about this month. In history, May was called ‘the month of three milkings because you could milk your cow three times in one day. It was also bad luck to get married in May, wash blankets or buy a broom. So, don’t do any of those things this month!
respite = répit
a goddess = une déesse
a birthstone = une pierre porte-bonheur
Taurus = Taureau
Gemini = Gémeaux
current = actuel
former = ancien
to raise awareness = sensibiliser quelqu’un à quelquechose
tuna fish = du thon
a shape = une forme
harmful = néfaste
wacky = dingue
to milk = traire
a broom = un balai
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