May Day is an ancient ritual dating back centuries related to Celtic and German cultures. Today, it is a holiday in some locations of the world with festivals, singing and dancing.
May Day ceremonies in the United States vary greatly from region to region. In my hometown of Baldwinsville, New York, the Chamber of Commerce places May Baskets along the roads around the Four Corners filled with Spring flowers with other baskets being hung from street light poles.
After a long winter, the colors and smells of the trees, lawns and flower beds coming back to life in May are a very welcome sight indeed.
Do you have any May Day activities where you live?
In Denmark and many other European countries May 1 is the International Labour Day, a day of political festivities and demonstrations and talks about the rights of workers on the labor market.
I think it is great that your town uses such a nice gesture for May Day. What a wonderful spring tradition. I don’t think most kids today have ever really heard about May Day. I remember learning about a May Pole in the youngest grades of elementary school, but that was about it!
Although we don’t have special May Days here in Romania (excluding the Labour Day 😉 ), we still enjoy the nature reborn, our eyes are still impressed by the colors of the hundreds of flowers and our skin is getting brand new Sun tan. So everyday is a joy, after all.