What happened to May Day?
First, a little history. May Day is rooted in agriculture in Celtic countries (Scotland & Ireland), when you sow the fields and put the cows to pasture. It also marks halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice!
Louisa May Alcott wrote about May Basket Day in the late 1800s book, Jack and Jill. In the 1930's, schoolchildren gave Eleanor Roosevelt a May Basket filled with flowers.
An NPR start found a writing in the Humboldt, Iowa, Independent in May 1976, the local extension home economist reminisced:
"What a gallant occasion Mother made of May baskets. Lists were made and rewritten. It became almost as exciting as Christmas."
Her family used old milk cartons for containers and they made popcorn and Boston cremes for each basket. People in her community returned May baskets to their owners at Halloween.
But what about now? Like May flowers, the tradition of May Baskets has faded away. Maybe its a sign of the the innocence of the times fading away too. Or simple acts of kindness? I am not sure.
I do hope that May Day Baskets make a comeback. Its a great day to remind us all to be kind. See above for the May Basket the kiddos made for me yesterday.
This walk down memory lane has confirmed it. I am an old soul.
Hi, I am Summer, real estate agent in NE Iowa. This blog is about life, of which Real Estate is a part of. Happy reading!