Is May an Unlucky Month to Get Married?

Have you ever heard that May is an unlucky month to get married? We talked about May Day earlier today and we’ve still got Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day coming this month. May is both a spring and a summer month depending on where you are located. June may be the most popular month for marriage (the month being named for Juno, Roman goddess of marriage and wife to Jupiter), but I know many people who wed in May. In fact, one lovely couple that happens to be very good friends of mine are celebrating seventeen years of marriage this month – Happy Anniversary Melanie and Andy!

Happy Anniversary Melanie and Andy!

Still, there seems to be some history behind the idea that May is not a good month to get married. According to one source, May was a month for religious ceremony and purification that honored the dead. Honoring the dead and getting married does not seem to go hand in hand.

Queen Victoria, the matriarch of the British Empire, didn’t believe May was a good month for marriage either. According to the Mythic Imagination Institute, Queen Victoria forbade her children from marrying during the month of May because the time was to be reserved for weddings of Gods. The Irish have a saying:

Marry in May and rue the day

The Chinese on the other hand, love to celebrate May Day and the month of May with marriage. May is a tremendously fun month, but it’s so busy around here I can’t imagine planning a wedding for this month, but it has nothing to do with old superstitions about the month. So whether you subscribe to Queen Victoria, Chinese belief or even who the month of May is named for (Maia – the grandmother goddess of fertility and death) – May is still a beautiful month where you can celebrate life, the resurgence of growth and fertility in the fields and the gardens – why not celebrate an anniversary and more.

Were you married in the month of May?

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.