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May Day Celebrations

Almost everyone we ask agrees that Spring is their favorite holiday. Why wouldn't it be? The weather is fabulous, nature is in full bloom, and this season is home to some of the wackiest, prettiest holidays and traditions. From Easter to St. Patrick's Day, almost every spring holiday has a long winded history filled with various traditions worldwide.

May Day is an ancient holiday, originating in a pagan fertility festival celebrating the end of the cold winter season and a return to planting and prosperity.  It is celebrated in different forms all over the world.  In the UK, the holiday is known as Beltane, an ancient Gaelic festival, filled with dancing, feasting, and rituals to ensure good luck in the coming season.  Walpurgis Night is a German festival celebrated the night prior to May Day with a huge bonfire to ward off evil spirits.

May Day is a bountiful celebration of this spring spirit.  When you think of May Day, you probably think of little girls with flowers in their hair, holding ribbons and skipping circles around a giant May Pole.  Today, American May Day traditions include anonymously leaving May baskets filled with flowers on friends' doorsteps, and parades.


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