April 30, 2013
Does anyone else remember how we celebrated May 1st when we were kids? In my rural community, May 1st was marked by children gathering flowers and making May baskets. The idea was to hang this basket of flowers on someone's door, ring the bell or knock on the door, and then run away so the person wouldn't see who had left flowers for them. It was great fun! I remember thinking that I was so clever to have fooled the adults yet again. I understand now that in reality, the adults were playing along with me in this game each year.
I can also remember seeing maypoles adorned with their bright ribbons when I visited Germany many years later. I don't recall exactly what days in May I was there, but it seemed that every little town had its own maypole still decorating the town square; they looked very festive! I think it's really cool that we still have remnants of those ancient holidays that the Druids celebrated. Though the world is vastly different today, it's quite calming to me that we still do some of the same things our ancestors did. Happy May Day!
North Oak Branch