I can’t believe it’s already May 1st and Morris Men are prancing about. It’s at least 20 years since I saw a Maypole and sadly crowning a May Queen is often seen as no longer politically correct’. Which is a shame as traditions are being lost which date back to our pre-Christian, pagan festivals – celebrating fertility, abundance and marking the start of summer.
May Day replaced both the Gaelic festival of Beltane and Floralia – the festival of Flora (the Roman goddess of flowers). One way Flora was honoured was by wearing floral crowns, made from the many blooms to be found wild at this time of year. But I recently stumbled across another faded tradition thanks to Lou’s blog, where the revival of the May Day posy is underway. ‘May Day Posies’ are small posies of flowers left on friends or neighbours’ doorsteps to celebrate Spring (originally May baskets left hanging on doorknobs).
So here’s my posy, made from small Spring blooms from my garden. Hopefully a lovely treat for my friend who needed cheering up. And I enjoyed looking at these tiny blooms close up before I played ‘knock and run’.
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