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May 1st, 2013 at 2:10 pm

May Day

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While looking for blog topics for this month, I came across “May Day.” I don’t know about any of you, but I had never heard of this holiday before. I read up on it and thought I’d share some information about this under-celebrated day of fun!

May Day is held on May 1st and is essentially a day to celebrate the spring season. In early times, people would hold May Day celebrations that involved dancing around the maypole, the crowning of a “Queen of the May,” and the giving of May baskets. Tradition states that May baskets are filled with flowers or treats, and are left on someone’s doorstep anonymously. The giver leaves the basket, rings the bell and runs away. If the receiver catches the giver, they get a kiss.

May Day baskets usually have a “nature” theme to them…filling them with fresh flowers, seed packets, flower bulbs, etc. is a nice way to encourage the new growth of spring. For kids, candy is a good choice, and you can even make the candy into flowers or bugs (check out the sample ideas below). Add a pretty, personalized tag to complete the basket.

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