Friday, May 1, 2009

Happy May Day

Happy May Day!
So what is the history of May Day anyways?
May Day occurs on May 1 and refers to Haymarket incident or any of several public holidays.
In many countries, May Day is synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, which celebrates the social and economic achievements of the labour movement. As a day of celebration the holiday has ancient origins, and it can relate to many customs that have survived into modern times
May Day was also celebrated by some early European settlers of the American continent. In some parts of the United States, May Baskets are made. These baskets are small and usually filled with flowers or treats and left at some one's doorstep. The basket giver would ring the bell and run away. The person receiving the basket would try to catch the fleeing giver. If they caught the person, a kiss was to be exchanged.
Growing up I always like the part about leaving the basket of flowers on the doorstep and running off. However, we'd always pick the flowers out of the neighborhood yards! Somehow if I found a flower treat on my doorstep today I wouldn't mind them being picked out of my yard!
How about you?

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