Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Celebrating May Day
Oops! Wrong Mayday!
That Mayday is an international radiotelephone signal word used by aircraft and ships in distress.
The May day I am talking about is the first day of the month of May.
HAPPY MAY DAY!
The next 4 pictures came out of a book called "Victorian Family Celebrations" by Sarah Ban Breathnach. It is a great book with super cute illustrations!
You may be thinking, what exactly do you do on May Day? Well let me tell you what the book says.
On this day children would rise early and venture out into the fields to collect wildflowers. These they would fashion into garlands and baskets of spring blossoms to be delivered in secret to friends and neighbors.
Later the children would gather around a Maypole, a large birch branch erected on the common green to which multicolored ribbons had been attached. Each child would hold on to a ribbon to perform high-stepping dances around the pole. The highlight of the occasion was the crowning with flowers of the "Queen of the May" who would then preside over the festivities of games and a springtime party of cakes and punch to which the entire town was invited.
Pictured below are some darling Victorian children all ready for the day.
"May Queens" around the Maypole...
An indoor May party in 1902.
And...you know me with my postcards! Here are a few that reminded me of May Day.
And I really like the simplicity and sweetness of these forget-me-nots in a ribbon tied paper cone.
Well, that is it for today, I have to go to work now but I hope you have enjoyed your May day tutorial. lol
May you all be crowned Queen (or King) of the May today. So, from my house to yours, my dear blogger friends, Happy May Day!
I am joining the following parties, please come and join us!
TREASURE HUNT THURSDAY with Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours
WHAT'S IT WEDNESDAY with Patti and Ivy and Elephants
HOME with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage
FEATHERED NEST FRIDAY with Courtney
HOME SWEET HOME with Sherry
SHOW AND TELL FRIDAY with Cindy