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Happy May Day!

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 10:06 am
by Kitty
💮🌸💮💐Happy May Day, everyone! I will be posting May Day related things all day today. May Day is one of my favorite days, because it makes my mind wander; I think of all the fun festivities that have happened in the past on May 1st, and wish that my town had something like those celebrations. I hear they still go on in some places. :)

I hope your May Day is a very happy day, and if you have any stories to share from personal experience or stories you have heard, they can be shared right here in this thread.

May Day 1939

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 10:15 am
by Kitty
Here is a British Pathe newsreel about the May Day festivities in Elstow, Bedfordshire, England. According to Wikipedia, it was the birthplace of John Bunyan, the Pilgrim who wrote The Pilgrim's Progress. Here is the Wikipedia entry, if interested.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elstow
Now on to the festivities! I wonder what the May Day Queen's name was?
https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=nU62gpI7WgQ

Re: Happy May Day!

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 10:22 am
by Kitty
Here is a cute video of people having fun in NC in 2015. They had to move the party date from May 1st to May 4th due to rain. They didn't give up, though, and it looks like that had a grand time!
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0q12yePbNKM

Re: Happy May Day!

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 12:14 pm
by Kitty
This is the best version that I could find of this song. I think it's well sung by this artist. This is May Day Carol, which has many versions, and is a very old song.

Here are the lyrics. They are a little different in the song than in this link.
http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/folk- ... rol(2).htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nrr72MOOyNQ

Re: Happy May Day!

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 12:34 pm
by Kitty
One wonderful tradition that some people have is making May Day baskets and leaving them on neighbor's doorsteps anonymously. These baskets can have goodies or just flowers in them. I love this beautiful idea.

Re: Happy May Day!

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 1:41 pm
by donnie
I am scarcely aware of May Day, I'm afraid. :oops: But thanks for this nice collection—it's kind of gloomy and rainy here right now, so this is cheery to look at. :D

Re: Happy May Day!

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 2:12 pm
by Kitty
donnie wrote:
Mon May 01, 2017 1:41 pm
I am scarcely aware of May Day, I'm afraid. :oops: But thanks for this nice collection—it's kind of gloomy and rainy here right now, so this is cheery to look at. :D
May Day festivals are a great way to celebrate spring/summer. Glad to bring a little cheer to the dreary day! :)

Re: Happy May Day!

Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 6:57 pm
by Kitty
For the ending of the festivities, if I threw a May Day party, there would be a beautiful cake for light refreshment. It might look something like these.

Re: Happy May Day!

Posted: Tue May 01, 2018 11:54 am
by Kitty
Happy May Day 2018! For my May Day this year, I visited Norman Studios. A super fun and informative blog post will follow soon!

Re: Happy May Day!

Posted: Wed May 02, 2018 10:37 pm
by donnie
A (very) belated Happy May Day!

(I almost typed Happy Mayday, but that’s something different.)