May 1st, known as May Day, is a celebration of the return of spring. You may have remembered as a child making paper “May Day Baskets” in school and putting paper flowers (or dandelions and violets) in them. Perhaps you put the small basket on a neighbor’s doorstep or gave them to your mother. This is a very old European celebration and most likely had to do with ancient agricultural rituals. On this day there also may be Maypole Dances with bright colored ribbons and a crowning of a “Queen of May”. Most often, baskets of flowers were given anonymously.
While the picture of the flowers are not in a basket and you know where they came from, I still wanted to take time to say “Happy May Day,” hoping spring has returned and that we will have better times ahead.