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By Jim Rhodes
In my last post, I observed that April was National Poetry Month. This is the sort of thing that piques my curiosity. A quick Google search revealed that April was also – among other things – Alcohol Awareness Month – no surprise to me given that a great many famous poets were also famous drinkers.
So now we’ve moved on, and we start this month honoring May Day. As you probably know, the May Day festival has ancient roots, having evolved from ancient pagan and Roman rituals celebrating the return of the springtime rutting season. Maidens danced lasciviously around a tall erect pole, wrapping it with multi-colored ribbons. The holiday, alas, has since been hijacked by humorless socialists for their dismal street marches in cities around the world. Of course, it also gives Europeans another excuse to take a day off from work just a few weeks after the four-day Easter weekend.
A few days later we have Cinco do Mayo, which originated as a commemoration of the Battle of Puebla in 1862, in which Mexico defeated the invading French army of Napoleon III. The battle has long since been forgotten, and now Cinco do Mayo serves as an opportunity to try to drink your body weight in margaritas within 24 hours.
The month wraps up with Memorial Day when Americans honor their war dead. The holiday was originally called Decoration Day, and was started in the 1860s by widows of Civil War soldiers who paraded to the cemeteries to strew flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers. Now it’s just a three-day weekend to launch the summer vacation season.
I’m sure you’ll be happy to know there are no fewer than 37 things being honored, commemorated or recognized in May. A large proportion of them are health related. It’s the dedicated awareness month for asthma, allergies, brain tumors, celiac, cystic fibrosis, hearing, hepatitis, high blood pressure, lupus, mental health, osteoporosis, sight saving, skin cancer, sleep disorders, speech, stroke, teen pregnancy and tuberous sclerosis. No doubt my mailbox will be soon be stuffed with fund raising appeals from all the above. May is also Helping American Youth Month and Senior Citizens Month. On a happier note, May is Teaching and Joy Month.
Personally I’m looking forward to July, which is said to be Tickling Month. Cootchie cootchie coo!