May Day, May Day

According to the internet, May Day (celebrated and observed on May 1) is “…an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival and usually a public holiday; it is also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures” I’m not sure about all that but I do seem to vaguely remember May Day – like Arbor Day and Flag Day – as holidays I celebrated in elementary school.

I like “obscure” holidays – holidays without “shopping events” attached. They make me nostalgic for the “Good Olde Days.”

May Day 4My memories of May Day do involve a maypole. A maypole is a tall wooden pole erected as a part of May Day folk festivals, around which a maypole dance often takes place. Since these are childhood memories, they are a little fuzzy but I do seem to recall boys went clockwise and girls went counterclockwise, weaving in and out to create a bright braid on a pole on the playground. I really don’t remember the significance of it all and do remember we had some recess time left after the “special” May Day assembly on the playground.

May Day 1When I searched for “vintage” black and white May Day maypole images, I found these. While I don’t remember my childhood May Day celebrations looking exactly like these (how come some of these look like a virgin will be sacrificed at the end?), they did make me smile when I viewed them.

may day 3

May Day 2I also remember the ribbons for the maypole being brightly colored, which I think is hard to see in these images. Maybe the black-and-whiteness of the images help add to the pagan ritual feeling of the pics?  Anyway, I hope you have/had a great May Day! Happy Spring!

May Day Celebration

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