Posted on May 01, 2015
Happy May Day and In Home Elderly Care
The month of April has drawn to a close and we are another month further into the spring season. May 1st is called May Day in many cultures and is celebrated with dancing, festivals and flowers. May Day marks the midway point between a solstice and an equinox and is a celebration of spring.
May Day is an ancient holiday that originated to celebrate the re-birth of springtime and has been considered in many countries as a national holiday. Some use May Day as a day of political protests, a day for honoring organized labor, and a day for feasting and celebrating. In the United States, May Day is primarily used to celebrate nature.
A traditional way to celebrate May Day is to create maypole by digging a deep hole for a long piece of wood or a branch that’s about ten feet tall. Fresh flowers attached to the pole and some ribbons can bring on extra springtime feel. Have friends and family weave ribbons that are attached to the top in a maypole dance. These dances can be researched online if not already familiar and can be fun to participate and watch!
In some cultures, it is common to start a bon fire to celebrate May Day. It was believed that the fire could ward off evil spirits and protect them as they entered the new spring season. While it might not be safe to create an actual bonfire, a simple campfire in a portable fire pit could represent the tradition and still be warm and festive.
As with many holidays, May Day is a reason to go out dancing. It is tradition to dance in spring. Pair up the dancing and try some new moves with fresh May punch. This punch is made with fresh strawberries, white wine, soda water and lemonade to taste. May punch can also be made substituting the wine with white grape juice. Traditionally the punch is poured over woodruff and shared with friends to ring in May Day.
A wonderful way to celebrate May Day is to bring some bright flowers into the home. Spread the floral sunshine with loved ones by way of May Day baskets. Traditionally a basket of flowers are left anonymously on neighbors’ doorsteps for them to discover. If caught, they can claim a kiss! A fun spin for children is to create a May Day “basket” with a plastic cup filled with popcorn, puffed cheeseballs or other dry snack treats mixed with candy. The fun is in the surprise, so don’t get caught!
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