"A Fading Holiday" TODAY IS "MAY DAY".... What is it?

  • HndsmKansan

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    May 01, 2008 2:39 PM GMT
    So.. today is the holiday called "May Day", (May 1st) a "fading" holiday with a variety of meanings depending on the country in which you reside....

    Many of you may respond with "I've never heard of this before", others may have a clue. I find it intriguing because one MayDay when I was a little kid, my mother fixed "May baskets" and had me deliver them to a number of the neighbors. The tradition was to fix a little hand made basket, fill it with candy or flowers and leave it on the doorstep of a neighbor, ring the bell and run off (they wouldn't know who sent it).

    I'll never forget that year... I thought my mother was nuts, but it really was fun.

    It means a variety of things to different people in various countries. In some its more of an "international workers day" focusing on the social and economic achievements of the Labor movement. In
    some its even called "Laubor Day".

    It also has a history in Christain faith based on the virgin Mary and the celebration of May as her month, hence the baskets of flowers.

    Sadly, its been on the fadout in recent years. I doubt if there will be a May basket at my doorstep
    this May 1st. icon_sad.gif
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    May 01, 2008 6:56 PM GMT
    I celebrated May Day by getting up at 4:30 to greet and dance up the rising sun. Lots of songs, morris dancing, may pole, etc. We even had a hobby horse. Ritual dance is something that's been happening for years, and was geared towards the fertility of the earth (and explaining why we're all so horny now.)

    Really great morning, but boy am I tired.
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    May 01, 2008 7:29 PM GMT
    may day is one of the sabbats of the pagan calendar. it is a welcoming ritual for the Sun. we call it beltane, the day of fire. this was the time of year when people in the northern hemisphere would till the ground and plant their crops. the maypole is a phallic symbol and dancing around it is a celebration of the Sun Father's fertility. it's a very sexual holiday in some circles, the hope being that the sexual union of people will result in a successful ritual that encourages the Lord and Lady to also be fruitful.