Wow, it’s May already! I guess the old adage is true, time flies when you’re having fun. That or we are some important busy people.
The celebration of May Day began before the birth of Christ.
May Day was the second most important holiday for the people of the British Isles. They believed that November 1st was the last day of the year; making May 1st the half way mark.
When the Romans took over the Isles from the Druids a celebration continued, but changed a bit. From the end of April through the beginning of May there was a five-day celebration for Flora, the goddess of flowers.
Today Beltane and Roman customs are both seen in the May Day celebration.
During the time of the Puritans the tone of the celebration changed to a day of joy and cheerfulness. It became more of a fun day for the kids. Decorating a May Pole with streamers or ribbons than dancing and singing around the pole is part of the English tradition.
May Day is not highly celebrated in the United States as the Puritans were not fond of the celebration. You may be lucky enough to have someone ring your doorbell and run away leaving a May Day basket on your doorstep. The small basked is traditionally filled with flowers or treats. If you wish to chase after the basket giver, tradition states that a kiss is to be exchanged!
Do you make May Day Baskets?