May 2

by Barrett Bartels May 02, 2017

May 2

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!



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