Friday, May 1, 2009

Happy May Day



I love the May Day tradition of leaving little baskets of flowers for friends and family. When I was in kindergarten, I remember making paper cones and filling them with flowers. I would attach ribbon to the cones, and leave them hanging from doorknobs on May 1st.
Gone are the May Day picnics, parades, maypole dances, and all of the other wonderful traditions surrounding this day. I wonder why this holiday fell out of favor? It is perhaps the loveliest way to celebrate Spring.

9 comments:

Carolee said...

Nice to know someone else misses these traditions (just blogged about it myself, ad nauseum, haha)..

I think we need a revival! :)

~ Carolee

adrienne said...

I love seeing the maypole dance, but we always tangled it all up when we tried it in school!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

I love this day too. I miss celebrating it in France, with a bouquet of muguets!
Happy May Day to you!

Anything Goes Here said...

When I was in grade school we did the whole maypole thing on the playgound. Someone always "messed up".

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

It is a shame. I move we bring it back.

Cha Cha said...

I love May Day, too! Great question - why did it fall out of favor?

Heidi said...

Our elementary school gym teacher had a maypole that she brought out for us to play, I loved it!
:)Heidi

Tumble Fish Studio said...

I agree. I miss May Day. We used to make little gifts out of the green plastic boxes strawberries used to come in. We'd weave in colored paper strips and fill the basket with candy and flowers. I loved finding the surprises our nice neighbor ladies would leave us. I'd leave one for you if I lived nearby. Happy May Day!
marsha

hope505 said...

Thank you for posting that memory...I, too, made the cones and filled them with flowers and candy for my friends. That was in Iowa.

I thought of it a couple times this year...next year, I'm giong to do it!