Divining & Forecasting

May Eve and May Day was a time to divine the future. Women tried with snails on flour to foretell the man that they would marry.

"When gorse is out of blossom, kissing's out of fashion".

Furze which is also known as gorse is in flower from February to May.

This was also a time to study the weather and weather in the month of May would forecast what was expected to follow in the summer.

‘A wet May and a dry June makes the farmer whistle a tune’

‘A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay’

‘A wet and windy May fills the barns with corn and hay’

May Day in Ireland was a festival to welcome the summer and to protect the family and livelihood of the farm from supernatural forces.
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