The name of the month of May originates from the name of the Roman goddess of Spring and fertility-Maia.
The first of May is the Celtic pre-christian festival of Beltane- the first day of Summer, and it is known as Calan Mai here in Wales. The Anglo-Saxon name for May was Tri-Milchi (three milkings) because the new lush green grass meant that the cows could be milked three times a day.
Traditional days in May
May 1st- May Day, Beltane and Calan Mai .
May 29th- Oak apple day.
Folk sayings about May.
"A swarm of bees in May
Is worth a load of hay;
A swarm of bees in June
Is worth a silver spoon;
A swarm of bees in July
Is not worth a fly."
'A wet May makes a load of hay,
A cold May is kindly and fills the barns finely'
A beautiful start to the month, and a day that epitomizes May, with blue skies and bird song, a multitude of flowers and butterflies and lambs leaping in the fields. It seems as though there was a mass emergence of cabbage white butterflies today fluttering along the hedgerows and flowering banks. Found a blackbirds nest with four newly hatched bald chicks, and watched the father busily collecting worms for his hungry brood.
In May- W.H. Davies.
Yes, I will spend the livelong day
With Nature in this month of May;
And sit beneath the trees, and share
My bread with birds whose homes are there;
While cows lie down to eat, and sheep
Stand to their necks in grass so deep;
While birds do sing with all their might,
As though they felt the earth in flight.
This is the hour I dreamed of, when
I sat surrounded by poor men;
And thought of how the Arab sat
Alone at evening, gazing at
The stars that bubbled in clear skies;
And of young dreamers, when their eyes
Enjoyed methought a precious boon
In the adventures of the Moon
Whose light, behind the Clouds' dark bars,
Searched for her stolen flocks of stars.
When I, hemmed in by wrecks of men,
Thought of some lonely cottage then
Full of sweet books; and miles of sea,
With passing ships, in front of me;
And having, on the other hand,
A flowery, green, bird-singing land.