All About the Holidays: May Day

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(male narrator) Celebrated every year, usually on May 1, May Day honors the arrival of spring. More popular in the Northern Hemisphere, May Day's origins go back more than 2,000 years to the Romans, who held a five-day celebration each spring called the Floralia, honoring Flora, the goddess of flowers. In the Middle Ages, people in English villages welcomed spring on May Day by chopping down the tallest tree to make a maypole, decorated with colorful ribbons and flowers, which they set up in the middle of town. Young girls would dance around the pole weaving patterns with the ribbons. And villagers made May baskets filled with flowers and goodies to leave secretly on a neighbor's doorstep. When the holiday was introduced in the American colonies, the Puritans of New England rejected it. Eventually, it made a comeback and became popular with schoolchildren. Today girls and boys around the world dance around the maypole, and some still give May baskets as gifts. While May Day celebrations vary from country to country, the day is often marked with parades, festivals, and flowers to welcome the arrival of spring. How do you like to celebrate the start of spring?


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May Day is a celebration of the arrival of spring. Communities host festivals with food and dancing around a maypole. Part of the “All About the Holidays” series.

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