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May is one of the most gorgeous months of the year. All winter long we’ve been hibernating from the cold and waiting for the sun to come out from behind the clouds. The bees are buzzing, the flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping… it’s time to celebrate May!

May Customs

Going back to ancient times again, May 1 was a day for outdoor festivities and celebrations. In Rome, May 1 fell at a time when was considered sacred to the goddess Flora who was responsible for flowers. Please back then celebrated the day by marching in flower-deck parades (not unlike the colorful floats we see in modern-day parades).


In the U.K., British people also observed some magnificent May Day customs. They put up maypoles in their village parks and, on the morning of May 1, all the kids in each village would go to the woods, gather “mayflowers” (hawthorn blossoms) and decorate the maypole. The girls would wear their prettiest dresses, each hoping to be elected the May queen. Once a queen was chosen, she danced around the Maypole with her “royal subjects.”

 

 


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