Posted by: christinelaennec | May 1, 2011

Happy May Day!

May Day bouquet

This morning I did something I haven’t done for many years – crept out of the house and made a May Day bouquet.  I always loved May Day as a girl, and planned ahead for my secret operation.  I would get up early and make several of these bouquets, which I left on the doors of nearby neighbours.  I think my mother must have started us on this tradition.  She told me that May Day had always been celebrated in her hometown of Redding, California.  They even danced around the May pole!

I always felt there was something quasi-magical about May Day, as if I might really see the fairies in the garden on that morning.

And it is a very special day.  Its roots go back to the pre-Christian festival of Beltane.  You may not have noticed, but we are now exactly six months from Hallowe’en, or Samhain.  Beltane is a festival of rebirth and fertility, which some say the Christians re-focused on the celebration of Easter.  However, the Christian church clearly didn’t manage to replace Beltane with Easter, since May Day continues to be celebrated some two thousand years later.  Carin has written a very informative post about the festival of Beltane here, if you want to find out more.

Happy May, everyone!

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  1. I think the May Day bouquet is a beautiful tradition. Happy May to you, too, Christine!

  2. Happy may day to you! What a lovely tradition. I hope someone leaves you a bouquet as well!! Or that the fairies do some chores for you!!

  3. I just love that it is now May. My 7-year-old son and I just laughed when we realized it was May 1st today. We were that happy.

  4. what a kindhearted thing to do. the pokes of flowers are absolutely delightful!

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  6. May Day blessings Christine. There must have been a few of us up and about at dawn this morning. I love your wee posies – how lovely for your neighbours to find those. We made lemon curd muffins for our neighbours. xxx

  7. Someone will have a very pleasant surprise. It’s a tradition that should be revived

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  10. Hi Christine,

    What a sweet person you are. If I’d opened my door to find such a beautiful surprise I’d have a smile on my face for a week….and I’d do an kindness in return.
    You make a difference to the world.

    vickixx


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