May is the fifth month of the year. It is also the third month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the third month to have a length of 31 days.
May is considered a special month in many countries worldwide, including Nigeria when Children's Day, Mothers' Day and Women's Month are celebrated.
May Day is a public holiday celebrated internationally on May 1st of every year. This holiday celebrates the social and economic achievements of the international labour movement. It coincides with various events that took place in Chicago during May 1886, including protests, strikes and worker demonstrations. World Press Freedom Day is celebrated annually on May 3rd. Catholics also celebrate May as the month of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Although this is outside the scope of the topic, it was fascinating to learn about the origin of 'Mayday!' since we talking about 'May.' This is an international distress signal used when a person or vessel is in grave and imminent danger and requires immediate assistance from fellow sailors or other vessels nearby. The call comes from radiotelephony as "mayday" or "m'aidez" (French for 'help me'). The use of this phonetic word as a distress signal became increasingly widespread after World War II when it was made mandatory by an international treaty.
The origin of Mayday could be traced to Frederick Mockford, a senior radio officer at Croydon Airport in London.
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