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Celebrating May Day

Celebrating May Day

May 1st is a Springtime celebration of flowers and the fullness of Spring! One of the earliest celebrations was called the festival of Flora for the Roman goddess of flowers. May Day is halfway between the Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice after the April rains have passed. Many cultures today have festivals that include Maypoles, flower crowns, and May queens. There’s also a tradition of giving May baskets filled with sweets and flowers. Whatever you do, celebrating May Day is simply paying tribute to the beauty of flowers!

May Day can be honored in your own home in many ways. Ideas include hanging flowers on your front door handle; a pretty flower arrangement on your dining table; or taking flower baskets to friends. I also like to pull out all of my floral linens that are bright and fresh. My favorite ones are the embroidered dish cloths and pillowcases that have flowers on them as well. It makes the items seem more special when they’re reserved for certain occasions.

As you celebrate Spring (and especially flowers today), here’s a sweet poem to remind us of the beauty of the holiday.

May Day by Sara Teasdale

A delicate fabric of bird song
Floats in the air,
The smell of wet wild earth
Is everywhere.

Red small leaves of the maple
Are clenched like a hand,
Like girls at their first communion
The pear trees stand.

Oh I must pass nothing by
Without loving it much,
The raindrop try with my lips,
The grass with my touch;

For how can I be sure
I shall see again
The world on the first of May
Shining after the rain?

Celebrating May Day

Celebrating May Day

Celebrating May Day

Celebrating May Day

Celebrating May Day

Celebrating May Day

Celebrating May Day

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Have a great day!

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