Saturday, May 1, 2010
Happy May Day!
May Day (May 1) is a spring festival celebrating human fertility and the renewal of nature. The festival originated with the celebration of the Roman goddess Flora and spread to other countries of the Roman Empire. May Day was especially popular in England during medieval times. Activities centered around the maypole, a tree collected from the woods and brought to the village to celebrate the upcoming summer.
This holiday has long since faded away but as a child I remember celebrating May Day at school with processions of little girls dressed in white dresses with flowers in our hair and adorning the statue of Mother Mary with a beautiful flower crown.
At home I would make tiny bouquets of wildflowers tied with a ribbon and leave them on doorsteps of elderly neighbors as a surprise gift. May Day is a quaint old fashioned holiday from days gone by. It does make me smile to remember. On an upbeat note - our town is reviving the Maypole with a celebration and dance today - of course I am working so will miss it - nice to think it is making a comeback!
Hope you enjoy the flowers of May in my yard - early mountain laurel, more azaleas, bluebells, lily of the valley and more!
I am participating in Scenic Sunday , Straight Out of the Camera Sunday and Today's Flowers. Be sure to stop by and visit them!