May is the month of the flowers, the month of two Bank Holidays and also the month in which important celebrations take place.

Spring has sprung

Here are 6 interesting facts about the month of May that you might not know:

- The month May was named after the Greek goddess of fertility Maia.

- The Anglo-Saxon name of May was Tri-Milchi, in recognition of the fact that with the lush new grass cows could be milked three times a day. It was first called May in about 1430. Before then, it was called Maius, Mayes or Mai.

- The month of May was considered an unlucky month particularly for getting married. - ‘Marry in May and you’ll rue the day!

- On another side, May is the time when flowers emerge and crops begin to sprout so it is historically a time of great celebrations such as Garland Day or Arbor Tree Day.

- Nowadays, we celebrate May as the National Smile Month.

- May is also a month of celebrations for foodies and food connoisseurs as it hosts the National Vegetarian Week, the UK Coffee Week, the British Sandwich Week, the National BBQ Week and the Coeliac Awareness Week.