Monday, April 30, 2012

Happy May Day!

Darby here today as the May Queen. The first day of May is May Day.  If you are not familiar with this holiday... a little history...May Day began as a festival to honor Flora, the Roman Goddess of flowers.  It became a more secular event  known for the tradition of dancing around the Maypole and crowning the Queen of May.  May first was the first day of summer in ancient cultures with June 21 being the summer solstice or Midsummer.

When Mom was a child (a lonnng time ago) she would make baskets of flowers to hang on the doors of her elderly neighbors.  At school they would form a procession and place a crown of flowers on the statue of Mother Mary.  A very quaint old fashioned holiday but we sure could use more of these nowadays!  Enjoy our garden flowers in honor of May!


Purple iris

Yellow iris
 Have your beans got any cool memories of May Days in their past?  Happy May Day to all our friends!

These came up for the first time this year - cool colors!



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