- May’s birthstone is the emerald which is emblematic of love and success.
- The May birth flower is the Lily of the Valley and the Crataegus monogyna.
- It is native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe, and in the southern Appalachian Mountains in the United States, but has been naturalized throughout the temperate climactic world.
- The “mayflower” Epigaea repens is a North American harbinger of May, and the floral emblem of both Nova Scotia and Massachusetts. Its native range extends from Newfoundland south to Florida, west to Kentucky in the southern range, and to Northwest Territories in the north.
- The zodiac signs for the month of May are Taurus (until May 20) and Gemini (May 21 onwards).
MS is unpredictable and can cause symptoms such as extreme fatigue, lack of coordination, weakness, tingling, impaired sensation, vision problems, bladder problems, cognitive impairment and mood changes. Its effects can be physical, emotional and financial. Currently there is no cure, but each day researchers are learning more about what causes MS and are zeroing in on ways to prevent it.
Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month aims to raise awareness about this condition.
Funding raising activities during May and also throughout the year raise help the Canadian MS Society to:
- support MS groups throughout Canada
- provide funding assistance and equipment
- provide information and reference materials for those affected by multiple sclerosis including friends, family and health professionals
- provide support programs directed towards the children of those with multiple sclerosis
May is National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. It’s time to learn about and bring awareness to this devastating disease.
When you have cystic fibrosis any hour of any day can suddenly swing and how you felt is no longer how you feel. Good days can become bad days, and the moments you want can be hard to have. But, if when you can get the care or medication you need, your quality of life can improve allowing you to do the things that are important to you.
Take some time this month to educate someone about CF or encourage people in your community to get involved. It only takes a few minutes to make a difference.
Administrative Professionals’ Day (also known as Secretaries’ Day or Admin Day) is a day observed yearly. In some countries, it falls within Administrative Professionals’ Week. The day recognizes the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals. Typically, administrative professionals are given cards, flowers, chocolates, and lunches.
Canada Book Day is celebrated on the same day as World Book and Copyright Day, a yearly event organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright.
Canada Book Day was organized by the Writers’ Trust of Canada, a national organization whose mandate is to represent writers and support Canadian English-language literature. The Trust no longer organizes this event.