I bet you did not wake up this morning thinking about how you were going to celebrate this little known holiday.
Surprise! This is exactly what I am going to encourage you to do. Before we do this, I want to provide you with some history of May Day first.
May Day is a public holiday to celebrate the season of Spring, although it is acknowledged differently around the world. According to nationaltoday.com, “It is a day of unity, togetherness, and rebirth; a day for everyone to come together and celebrate life as we know it!”
In the Middle Ages in England, people would celebrate by dancing around a May Pole (which symbolized male fertility) and filling baskets and wreaths full of flowers (which symbolized female fertility.) As time went on and traditions changed, a May Queen might be crowned with a tiara made from flowers.
A May Day basket was common about one hundred years ago when children would surprise neighbors and loved ones with a basket of flowers or small gifts such as candy or a card. They would place the gift on the doorstep, ring the bell and run off, leaving the recipient to discover the surprise.
Here are some ways to celebrate May Day today. You can plant flowers or decorate your front door in bright spring colors. You could go on a nature walk, picnic, and enjoy the outdoors!
But, I am suggesting that we go old school and reignite this long lost holiday. Social distancing won’t allow us to dance around a phallic symbol, so that is out. But, how about we surprise someone with a bouquet of flowers on their doorstep with a note letting them know how much they are missed and loved?
Let’s do this! It will satisfy two needs. Your need for change of scenery will be met when you are able to get out of your house to get and deliver the flowers. Your recipient’s need for happiness and love will be fulfilled when his/her day is brightened by your gesture.