Friday, May 01, 2009
May Day Lore & Legend
May 1 — May Day
Most modern May Day festivities are born from ancient spring rites that are related to human and crop fertility.
The dance around the maypole remains an enduring event. In Great Britain, the custom of “bringing in the May” involves gathering “knots,” or branches with buds, on the eve or early morning of May 1.
In England, a favorite branch is hawthorn. In North America, we are more likely to find forsythia, lilac, or pussy willow branches.
Or, fill a basket with flowers!
(Happy May Day and Beltane)
"It's May! It's May!
The lusty month of May!...
Those dreary vows that ev'ryone takes,
Ev'ryone makes divine mistakes!
The lusty month of May! "