Yesterday was May Day! Traditionally, May Day is celebrated all over the world in different ways but clearly the arrival of spring and the ushering in of a new growing season is the common denominator. A dear friend of mine shared this yesterday, “The Celts of the British Isles believed May 1 to be the most important day of the year, when the festival of Beltane was held. This May Day festival was thought to divide the year in half, between the light and the dark.” I thought that was especially apt as I believe we are all hoping to move out of the shadow cast by this pandemic and into the brighter, more hopeful days.
In the past, I’ve enjoyed making May Day baskets and dropping them off at friends and neighbors homes. This year, I didn’t do that but we did have a small flower focused celebration in honor of May Day and our daughter’s last day of high school classes.
Our board included goat cheese with flower petals mixed in, wildflower honey, rose pickled grapes, and several other cheeses. It was a small effort but was a lovely, and easy, way to mark the day.
I hope that you were able to celebrate in some way whether is was the children dancing around a May Pole, delivering, or receiving, the gift of blooms, or making a flower crown!