May (Lat. Mains), the fifth month in the Gregorian calendar, consisting of 31 days. Among the Romans it was sacred to Apollo, and almost every day was a festival. On the 9th, 11th, and 13th days was celebrated the festival of the lemuria in memory of the dead, and consequently it was believed that marriages contracted in this month would result fatally. There is also a French proverb: Noces de Mai, noces de mart. From the ancient Flora-lia or festival in honor of Flora, celebrated from April 28 to May 2, is perhaps derived the medueval and modern custom of observing May 1 (Mayday) with festive and floral rites. The druids also were accustomed to light large tires upon the summits of hills on the eve of May. Polydore Vergil says it was usual to adorn not only houses and gates, but also churches, with boughs and flowers. Hall men-tions in his "Chronicle ' that Henry VIII. rode a-Maying with Queen Catharine and many lords and ladies from Greenwich to the high ground of Shooter's hill.