Sunday, May 1, 2016

Happy May Day 2016

This Northern Hemisphere festival is a traditional spring holiday. May Day is an ancient observation related to Floralia which was a festival for Flora the Roman goddess of flowers, the Celtic festival of Beltane, and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night. Rites and celebrations include the raising of and dancing around a Maypole, the crowning of a May Queen, gifts of May baskets (little baskets of candy and spring flowers), festive picnics, and bonfires (in certain counties in Ireland). It is a day to celebrate spring and the fastly approaching summer. Flowers, sunshine, and sweet treats for all!

by Johanna Wright

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