Welcome May! 🙂

Edith Holden begins her May entry with: The name of this month is of
doubtful origin.  Ancient-writers suggest it to be derived from Maia,
the mother of Mercury; to whom the Romans were accustomed to sacrifice
on the first day of the month.  May-day is the name given to the first
day of the month in England, when, in old days the people went out at
dawn to welcome the advent of spring.  May-queens and May-poles were
once general throughout the country.  The last may-pole erected in
London was taken down in 1717.

Illustration: Chaffinch nest, May 1906, from ‘The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady’ by Edith Holden.

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