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Happy May Day!

Modern-day May Day blends multiple cultural and historical traditions…

MayDay-1950_Porter_School_Memphisimage credit: Porter School Memphis 1950

MayDay-Collierley School Dipton UK
image credit: Collierley School Dipton UK

Traditional ‘maypole’ dances are associated with the
seasonal branch of May Day’s heritage and these
festivities remain popular, especially in Europe.

Beltaine, a Celtic celebration of rebirth and the
turning of the seasons, typically falls on or about May 1.

Beltaine’s celebrations mark joyful gratitude
for the onset of fertility and the growing season.

Animals can be turned out to pasture, flowers bloom,
and creative power stirs throughout the world.


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In the United States, May Day took another twist
in the late nineteenth century.
According to the Industrial Workers of the World,
“On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers
in 13,000 businesses across the United States
walked off their jobs in the first May Day
celebration in history.” 
Click here for an eye-opening historical perspective.

Happy May Day

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May Day opens the warm and sunny part of the year, in Celtic tradition.
Spring cleaning is born of clearing out and refreshing the home at this time.
‘Purify’ your whole house using herbal cleaners with mint or citrus or pine.
Try rosemary, grapefruit, thyme, lime, or lavender in your soaps and lotions.
Enjoy this opportunity to reset your hearth, in whatever ways
prepare you best for the growing season ahead!

image credit: http://friskychile.blogspot.com/2013/03/spring-cleaning.html

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