Friday, May 1, 2009

May Day

May 1st, often called May Day, just might have more holidays than any other day of the year. It's a celebration of Spring. It's a day of political protests. It's a neopagan festival, a saint's feast day, and a day for organized labor. In many countries, it is a national holiday.
In medieval England, people would celebrate the start of spring by going out to the country or woods—"going a-maying"—and gathering greenery and flowers, or "bringing in the may."

Another English tradition is the maypole. Some towns had permanent maypoles that would stay up all year; others put up a new one each May. In any event, the pole would be hung with greenery and ribbons, brightly painted, and otherwise decorated, and served as a central point for the festivities.

One of the most popularly known May Day traditions is to hang a basket full of spring flowers on a neighbor's doorknob. The trick is you don't want the neighbor to see you. What a nice surprise when they opened the door.
This was a tradition that I always did growing up.

Have a grand Friday,


Sweet Romance said...

Thanks Kathi....some of that I didn't know! What a cute basket of flowers!

Anonymous said...

Me either...thanks so much for sharing that info~~pretty flowers and I love the info on the bamboo sheets, they sound deliciously soft!

Southern Charm Quilts by Melanie said...

when I was little, we once lived in school we would have something called a may pole dance. We walked around in circles with those paper streamer things twisting them around and around. I've never been any where else that celebrated that. It was neat!