Saturday, May 1, 2010

MAY DAY! MAY DAY!

Oddly enough, "May Day" has two distinct connotations - one, a joyous
celebration of new life, and the other, a call of distress.
The celebration of May Day (the first of May) has ancient roots. It's been observed by people all over the world for different reasons, but in general, it signifies "bringing in the may" - welcoming the second half of the year by gathering flowers, appreciating nature, and celebrating new life. The custom of dancing around a May Pole is pretty much a thing of the past but in some countries, children continue that tradition as a rite of Spring.

'Mayday' is the internationally recognized voice radio signal for ships and people in serious trouble at sea. Made official in 1948, it is an anglicizing of the French m'aidez, 'help me'.
Whether you choose to dance around a May Pole or simply enjoy what nature has to offer, have a wonderful May Day and may none of you be in distress today.

3 comments:

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

HAPPY MAY DAY TO YOU-KADY
I do remember doing the May pole thingy when I was going to the one-room school from 1st thur 5th grades--and I remember doing the little cones and filling them with the wild violets ---
Have a great day
Hugs, Di

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

we did a dance around a pole in school when I was in 3rd or 4th grade..it was a school program..it was so much fun.;) have a great rest of your may day.:)

Carol said...

Interesting bit of information. Thanks:)