With temperatures soaring in the high 70s here in the East Coast it feels like we've bypassed spring and gone straight to summer.
Although May Day originated as a pagan practice it has long been Christianized with various May devotions dedicated to Mary the mother of Christ.
Most secular practices include dancing around a May pole and crowning a May queen.
It's too bad that the practice of anonymously leaving May baskets of treats and flowers among neighbors' door fronts has faded away.
We suppose in this day of "if you see something strange, report it," a covert run to ring the bell and steal away before being discovered could just be too dodgy or dangerous.
What a shame that is indeed. Some cities still celebrate the tradition with parades and festivities. We hope you find one nearby and have some fun on this clear bright day.
May Day is also International Workers' Day or Labour Day, celebrating labourers and the working classes.
In 1904, all Social Democratic Party organisations and trade unions of all countries were called upon to celebrate the legal establishment of the eight hour day, for the class demands of the proletariat, and for universal peace.
wonder | wander | women are proud and happy to celebrate our immigrant roots and heritage on this day.
We give thanks in gratitude for our ancestors who risked life and limb to give up all they knew for adventurous journeys to strange lands.
We are grateful to carry on this tradition for our future generations. Immigrants, we get the job done!
Especially in regards to Maydays of distress and disruption. We stand together and we stand strong.