History Tuesday: Ever wonder where May Day stems from? Then read on! traditionally May Day was an ancient northern spring festival These festivals happened during the Roman Republic era Spring was welcomed with dancing, singing and cake Ever heard of a May pole? Dances to welcome spring were done around these poles As Christianity spread, the holiday became devoted to the Virgin Mary; statues of her were adorned with flowers May baskets (small baskets full of sweets or flowers) were secretly left on doorsteps to welcome spring In 1886, workers in Chicago adopted May Day as International Workers Day This new version of May Day is marked with demonstrations and fights as workers attempt to gain good hours and decent conditions
Interesting, right? We were blessed by some friends with a great May Day basket yesterday and it certainly brightened our day!