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This article was published in the May 2012 issue of The Skyscraper and likely contains some information that was pertinent only for that month. It is being provided here for historical reference only.
If you happen to look outside right now, you might become aware very quickly why May gives us the Full Bloom Moon, or the Budding Moon, if our winter - unlike this year - has been very bad and our plants haven't been able to really dig themselves out of the ground. Also, this Moon is often referred to as the Milk, or the Corn Planting Moon, although smart farmers probably have their seeds in the ground already.
Also, with the beauty of the Earth, our thoughts can sometimes turn to celebrations, such as graduations and weddings. And, although we usually think of the normal wedding time as next month, we might just prepare for June by thinking of the Maasai legend of the Sun and the Moon. They married, and traveled together for a long time; however, the Moon would become tired, and ask the Sun to carry her for three days of their journey. One day, the Sun, tired of this extra work, beat the Moon, scratching her face and pulling out one of her eyes; but, the Moon didn't take this lying down - she fought back, wounding the Sun in the forehead. When the Sun realized he had been wounded, he became embarrassed, and decided to shine so brightly that no one would be able to see his wounds. But, the Moon wasn't embarrassed by her looks, so she didn't add any brightness to her, and you can still see the wounds given to her by the Sun.