May Day in Britain

England has been ushering in the gloriousness of spring with a special celebration called, “May Day” for over two thousand years.
May Day has usually been associated with springtime fertility (think new flowers and baby animals) and also, as a time to give labourers a day off after the planting season. And although now it is a bank holiday, it used to be—and still is for many—a communal holiday celebrated in small towns and villages across England, and around the world as well.

The festivities have tended to included decorating of homes with flowers and branches and dancing around the Maypole in the centre of town, as well as appointing a May Queen to preside over the festivities.

We love the idea of celebrating today’s holiday. It’s the perfect way to usher in the new season. And of course, we recommend dedicating your very own May Queen, either yourself, or a special little girl who deserves a bit of extra attention this year.

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