Happy May Day Everyone!
When I was a little girl attending Catholic School we had a wonderful May Day Celebration each year in honor of Jesus' mother, Mary. We had May Crowns, May Poles, May Baskets, singing, dancing, and prayers. I loved those teeny-tiny purple flowers that we wove together for our own crowns.
Around the world, many cultures and countries celebrate the 1st Day of May in a multitude of ways. There are certainly religious celebrations, but also festivals to celebrate the working people. Smaller villages and communities celebrate the fertility of their soil, or the bloodlines of their livestock. The First of May is celebrated with carnivals in Finland and Estonia, Ireland and Italy. Bulgarians celebrate with lizards and snakes and certain rituals to protect people from the like. So interesting! Hawaiians celebrate this day as "Lei Day" and celebrate their island culture.
Now, who doesn't love celebrating the culture of Hawaii I ask you??
I did hear that there is trouble on May Day in certain countries where the labor parties are not getting the respect they deserve. Let's get it together people!!
But I love May. It has Mother's Day, and the bittersweet last days of the school year. We celebrate Memorial Day and my birthday too. This May brings a new celebration to our family - Mike and Maria's wedding, and we can't wait!!
May has always heralded the coming of summer with the bloom of spring still upon us. It is such a breath of fresh air. In that vein, my mom and I visited the Desert Botanical Garden here in Phoenix. Such a great place, and the butterflies were all a-flutter.
Love that place and my mom too. Here she is sporting one of her best looks.
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there and a very Happy May Day to all!!