May I offer you a brief column about May? I think I may.
Today our neighbour’s neighbour celebrates an unlikely victory against French forces in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
It’s Cinco de Mayo for our Mexican friends, and a time for celebrating Mexican nationalism and an unlikely victory over the powerful imperial machine that was 19th Century France.
Of course, Cinco de Mayo is in many ways a day for Mexican celebration for those living outside Mexico. Far more important to Estados Unidos Mexicanos is their Independence Day, celebrated on Sept. 16.
But whether or not you’re into secular Mexican fiestas, May is still a month for much celebration.
Perhaps most notably, Victoria Day is on May 21 in recognition of Queen Victoria’s birthday on May 24. The first of the summer long-weekends is, however, not just a time to acknowledge Empress of India and sovereign over all the 19th Century British Empire (who turns 193 this year). Victoria Day is used as the official date to celebrate the current Commonwealth’s sovereign (a position currently occupied by beloved Queen Elizabeth II)
In honour of Her Majesty’s birthday, as well as her Diamond Jubilee, Prince Charles and wife Camilla will be in Canada May long weekend, including Saskatchewan.
Aside from the long weekend and all the royal excitement to accompany it, May is a happy-joy time in other regards. For example, sons and daughters across Canada will no doubt be either preparing for or forgetting about the annual celebration of the women who brought them all into this world.
May 13 is Mother’s Day, and an excellent opportunity to buy one’s original old lady a Lily of the Valley, with is the birth flower of May.
Interesting to note, May is named after the Greek goddess Maia, who is a mythological character associated with earth and fertility. With that in mind, it makes sense Mother’s Day is celebrated during this particular month.
Several notable figures, both alive and dead, celebrate birthday’s during this time of Taurus and Gemini.
For example, Mark Zuckerberg turns 28 on May 14, John C. Reilly turns 47 on May 24, and author G.K.Chesterton turns 138 on May 29.
Most importantly, perhaps, my good friend and fellow Augustana University alumni Brock Davis turns 33 on May 12. Earlier this week, my other friend and the second most famous ‘Brad’ in Swift Current, Brad Brown, turned 28 on Thursday.
Other dates of recognition include Mental Health Week from May 7-13. Next week is apparently also International Bicycle Week.
Monday is Victory in Europe Day, which commemorates the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany on May 7, 1945, and the end of the Second World War in Europe. The war, of course, didn’t entirely end until Japan surrendered later in the year.
With a month typically associated with the green hue of new life budding after the long, cold months of winter, it is perhaps fitted the birthstone of May is the bright crystal emerald.
Finally, I offer you, my loyal readers, a belated sentiment in honour of Friday, which nerds worldwide know as Star Wars Day — May the fourth be with you!
Carter Haydu can be reached at 691-1265.