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Special Days in the Month of May

May 05, 2014

May is one of the most gorgeous months of the year. All winter long we’ve been hibernating from the cold and waiting for the sun to come out from behind the clouds. The bees are buzzing, the flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping… it’s time to celebrate May!

Why May?

There are a few stories about how the month of May was named. The most popular explanation is that it was named for Maia, the ancient Roman goddess of spring and fertility. In Latin (which is the language those old ancient Romans spoke), “Maia” is connected to a word that means increase or growth. The Romans held special ceremonies in Maia’s honor on May 1, and again in the middle of the month, on May 15.

May Customs

Going back to ancient times again, May 1 was a day for outdoor festivities and celebration. In Rome, May 1 fell at a time that was considered sacred to the goddess Flora, who was responsible for flowers. People back then celebrated the day by marching in flower-decked parades (not unlike the colorful floats we see in modern-day parades).

In the U.K., British people also observed some magnificent May Day customs. They put up maypoles in their village parks and, on the morning of May 1, all the kids in each village would go to the woods, gather “mayflowers” (hawthorn blossoms) and decorate the maypole. The girls would wear their prettiest dresses, each hoping to be elected the May queen. Once a queen was chosen, she danced around the Maypole with her “royal subjects.”

Special Days

There are quite a few special days North Americans observe during the month of May – some serious and others that are kind of silly and fun. Check them out!

American Bike Month: Biking fun means biking safe. Get the goods on proper hand signals for bicycles.

Asparagus Month: It’s lean, green and mean! Even though we have a feeling most kids out there don’t really like or want to taste asparagus, we’re here to tell you it’s not only yummy, it’s also extremely good for you! We’ve posted a delicious asparagus recipe you can make yourself or with your parents’ help in celebration of Asparagus Month. Check it out!

Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month: While asthma and allergies are two different things that affect some people, sometimes they can sometimes have some similar symptoms. Learn more about these two conditions on Kidzworld.com:

 

Flower Month: Because May is flower month, we want to give you some tips on how to grow and maintain perfectly happy plants!

National Egg Month: Some people call eggs nature’s most perfect food. They’re a great source of protein, as well as 11 essential nutrients. Best of all, they’re dead-easy to make – even in the microwave. Check out our kid-friendly, super-fast, yummy-yummy egg recipe and get cracking!

National Duckling Month: If you’ve ever watched the show Friends, you probably remember that Chandler and Joey kept a chicken and a duck as pets in their New York apartment. Now, the city is NOT the place for a duck – ducks prefer to be waddling around inside, sleeping in the sunshine and paddling on a crystal-blue lake with their duck friends. But if you ever find yourself having to take care of a duckling like Chandler and Joey did, we’ve got some tips for you.

National Hamburger Month: Most kids love hamburgers. But do you know where this yummy food came from?

National Physical Fitness & Sports Month: We know it’s still May and school’s not out yet for the summer, but it’s not too early to start planning your schedule for July and August. This year, we encourage you to make sure your summer calendar is filled with fun activities you can do outdoors.

National Strawberry Month: Strawberries taste delicious when you buy them from the store, but imagine planting and growing your own! Find out how.

Teacher Appreciation Week: 1st Week In May: If you’re thinking about possible careers for you future, why not consider teaching? You’ll be helping a whole new generation of kids learn about the world around them.

National Pet Week: 2nd Week In May: We know a few famous pet lovers who’ll be celebrating during the second week in May. Find out all about celebrities and their pets!

National Backyard Games Week: Last Week In May: A fun and colorful way to add beauty to your backyard is to make your own garden stepping stones.

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"Unrung" wrote:I'm saying your idea isn't practical. You can make a case that only under the dictatorship of a benevolent leader can society function optimally but I see little reason to believe that this is possible long-term. There are plenty of history books for this. I have said nothing about a benevolent dictatorship working long-term, only that it would be the most effective solution to bringing order to a "chaotic country". It's not necessarily the case that dictatorships cannot shift into other political systems, or that an autocracy cannot shift into something like a constitutional monarchy.
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Myshkin
Myshkin posted in Debating:
"AlphaT" wrote:But that very rarely happens lol what "AlphaT" wrote:Historically, dictatorships fell when the same standard that made the dictator so powerful could not be maintained by his successors. I am not talking about dictatorships, I am talking about single dictators that, if found to be bad, can be deposed by assassination (or otherwise ousting them), and that dealing with this one single individual is much easier than dealing with the majority of a population if they are tyrannical. 
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Unrung
Unrung posted in Debating:
"Myshkin" wrote: "Unrung" wrote: This makes sense in theory, but historically, most dictators have been far from benevolent. I don't see the relevance. I'm saying your idea isn't practical. You can make a case that only under the dictatorship of a benevolent leader can society function optimally, but I see little reason to believe that this is possible long-term.
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Chocolate ftw. It's perf
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