Wowza, it’s May already! When I was a little girl about 5 years old we lived in Hawaii and I remember holding beautiful colorful ribbons that were hooked on a pole. This pole was called the May pole and I remember all of us kids held on to the ribbon and walked around it. I didn’t’ know why were we doing it at the time, all I know is that it was fun! We were celebrating something!
Years later I now know why we celebrate. Well first off it’s actually the mid point between spring and summer, thats a bit of a trivia, right!?! May Day, or May 1st, has been celebrated in one way or another throughout history.
Well I went and did some research myself and found that May day means many things, from pagans rituals to factory workers and a few others.
According to ‘mental floss’ from the end of April and beginning of May, the Romans honored their flower and fertility goddess Flora with dances, processions, games, and sundry merriment.
Also for May day, during medieval times, May Day festivities took off in England. At the crack of dawn everyone would “go a-maying,” gathering flowers and greenery and choosing a Maypole. Women would also wash their faces in fresh spring dew to improve their complexions — and men would try to seduce them.
And for the workers a holiday created by socialists and labor organizers in commemoration of the Haymarket Riot of May 4th, 1886.
It’s all quite an interesting read, for those that want to read more check it out at the link above.
May is not only about the May pole it also is the month to celebrate our beautiful Moms all over the world.
Lots’ of celebrating going on!
If you have a Mom in your life or have some one close to you, please go to them give them a big hug and a big kiss and just say thank you, thank you for being them, then get them in the car and join us for a grand International Mothers Day celebration at Grape Day Park.
So make this month a celebration, because we all deserve it!