Monday, May 01, 2017

It's May Day!

When is May Day and what does it mean? - Originally, May Day was an ancient pagan holiday celebrating the start of summer. In Gaelic traditions, it is known as Beltaine (or the Anglicized "Beltane"). As time went on, different groups adapted the celebration to their specific cultures or beliefs. Europeans and Americans often celebrate in a more secular manner with diversions like maypole dancing and flower crowns. . .

May Day is also a labor holiday in many areas of the world, and that part of its history is a thornier story. May Day has shared a date with International Workers' Day since the 1880s.

1 comment:

Jeff Meyerson said...

I keep hearing Julie Andrews in my head, singing, "It's May, it's May, the lusty month of May," from CAMELOT.