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Yes, it’s May, it’s May, the lusty month of May and what better way to start off a month that’s supposed to be warm than a bit of celebration.
From fertility rites to labor rights, there’s plenty of fascinating facts about this most festive month.
- May is generally thought to have been named after Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility.
- The Roman poet Ovid had another idea: May, he said, was named for the maiores (the elders) and June for the iuniores (youth).
- No month of the year either begins or ends on the same day as May.
- According to old superstitions, you should not buy a broom, wash blankets or get married in May: “Marry in May and you’ll rue the day”.
- In many countries, May 1 is considered Labor Day after a 19th century U.S. movement to establish an eight-hour work day (as opposed to 10 hours or more). Today, many parades, speeches, and protests occur on May 1 in various nations — but oddly not in the U.S. where the rallying originally began.In the nursery rhyme “Here we go gathering nuts in May,” the word “nuts” was probably a corruption of “knots” meaning bunches of flowers.
- Mother’s Day is also celebrated this month.
- The birthstone associated with this month is the Emerald, which signifies rebirth, youth and is thought to grant the wearer foresight. This rare and highly precious stone is mined primarily in Afghanistan, Brazil, Colombia and Zambia.
- May was once considered a bad luck month to get married. There is a poem that says “Marry in May and you’ll rue the day”.
- Lily of the Valley is the traditional flower for this month, a symbol of sweetness.
- Some people believed that if you got up on May 1st and washed your face in the May dew, it would remove all freckles and pimples, giving you a great complexion.
And so it goes.
May May be Snug and awesome 🙂