According to folklore the month of May seems to be incredibly
unlucky, for example Kittens born at this time grow into
unlucky melancholy cats!
And to marry in May is notoriously unlucky, and to do it dressed
in green is sheer madness!
"Married in May and kirked in green
Both bride and bridegroom won't long be seen.
O' marriages in May
Bairns die in decay"
And the May weather is considered to unreliable for shorn
sheep, which may take cold and die.
"Shear your sheep in May
You'll shear them all away"
Thunder during this month presages a poor summer and a bad harvest.
"Thunder in May
Frightens the summer away"
According to a Devon legend the sharp frosts that occur at this time of year
are the revenge of a beer brewer called Frankin who was put out of business by
the rising popularity for drinking cider.
He pledged his soul to the Devil in return for frosts on each of the 'Frankin's days'
around the May 21st hoping that these would kill the apple blossom and
ultimately ruining the cider crop.