May, the fifth month
of the calendar year and a time of a few traditional celebrations, the first of which is May Day. There are actually a few different reasons that people historically celebrated May 1st -
For Romans, a way of honoring their flower and fertility goddess Flora.
Celtic Druids observed it as Beltane with bonfire rituals to ward off bad luck , disease and witchcraft.
Early Christians celebrated May Day with the May pole and the festival was associated with the Italian Earth Goddess Maia, but by the middle ages, "Maia was well-blended with Maid Marian. Robin Hood and his forest-dwelling bandits would also show up to bolster the merriment."After 1886, May Day
was adopted by socialists and labor organizations to commemorate the riots in Chicago that eventually led to the 8 hour work day!
Post WWII," the United States counteracted Soviet-influenced May Day rallies by designating May 1st as Loyalty Day, a day during which all Americans, even disgruntled workers, are to remember their vows to the Nation."MAYDAY! as a distress call-
no it doesn't have anything to do with overindulging in some pagan ritual and asking for assistance to get ready for work the next day- it is actually attributed to a possible shortening of the French phrase "venez m'aider", meaning "come help me", the last two syllables of which sound similar to "Mayday".May has two zodiac symbols-
if you're into that- Taurus and Gemini- I am a Gemini, which means I have a birthday fast approaching- no gifts please... thanks.
And do you remember playing the game "Mother May I?"
In which "mother" stands with her back to the group as each player takes turns asking "Mother may I______? You asked to take baby steps or giant steps in differing directions, or asked to hop like a frog 2 steps forward. Mother may then say "No you may not, but you MAY do _____" Ah simpler times.....By the way-
do you know who is in the picture at the top of this article? If you do, you either have children who played Pokemon- or, well... the alternative is too horrifying to think about-
her name is May and she uses her Combusken's Fire Spin
and her Squirtle's Bubble
to create a combination of fire and water. WOW.
(Hat tip to David Clark for some of the info on May Day.)