Merry May Day!
While I’m still a bit stunned that we’re now five months into the year, there’s always something magical about May.
The first of May has been celebrated for millennium. The ancient Romans celebrated Flora, their goddess of flowers; and most often the emphasis of May Day celebrations is springtime fertility rites. May Day/Beltane (or the night before) is celebrated as a cross-quarter holiday, half-way between the equinox and solstice. Often a component of dancing and bonfires is included. At one time all the household fires were doused and then relit from the community bonfire. There’s something about that image that really appeals to me. Starting anew after a good Spring cleaning and connecting with community through a shared resource.
I also love the much-later tradition of May Day baskets filled with flowers and left anonymously on neighbor’s doorsteps. I love this vintage image of a robin doing the honors. What’s not to like about a day where custom had you delivering baskets of flowers in secret?
May Day also is celebrated as International Workers’ Day and I’m proud to be a member of a family that has worked hard to promote fair labor practices and workers’ rights. So today is a perfect day to support your local artists, your neighborhood florists, and all the workers of the world.
The April showers have been busy doing their work to bring on the May flowers. It’s still a bit early here and we’ve been having quite a few days with well-below normal temperatures, but my peonies are beginning to green up. It’s always a delight to see what seemed to be dead sticks transforming into something that promises such lush flowers later.
So today let’s celebrate the fresh energy of a new month, and invite in the creative mania that always seems part of this season; and most of all lets welcome in the flowers! Hafiz said it so perfectly:
“Spring and all its flowers now joyously break their vow of silence.”
What are you planning for May? Do tell – you know I love to hear.