When I was a little girl (no jokes about the dark ages here)…we celebrated “May Day” on May 1st at our schools. At our May festival we would dance around a May Pole (flag pole) festooned with ribbons. A May Queen would be crowned and we would have parties and games to celebrate Spring. It was a blast.
For those of you who don’t know, May Day (May 1st) is celebrated in many places around the world. According to Wikipedia, the traditions and stories surrounding May Day vary from place to place. There is, however, one thing that is similar in most celebrations – the use of Flowers!
One of the most popularly known May Day traditions is to buy flowers for someone you love. In Europe, this is a tradition that still reigns.
When my Mom had finished her first round of chemotherapy, I promised to take her to Europe to celebrate. We arrived in Belgium a few days prior to May 1st and on May Day we found ourselves surrounded by beautiful flowers. Mom and I celebrated by buying the traditional May flowers called the Lily of the Valley and we enjoyed them in our hotel room for our entire trip. It was a May Day to remember.
Why do I share this with you? Stop and thank your family, friends and clients this May Day. Send them a note, drop off a little basket of flowers…but just say hello. I think it is a shame that we have let one of the sweetest of holidays disappear in the United States. But it is always a good time to remember those who make our lives a little sweeter. I count all of you in my bouquet!