May 1, 2011

Happy May Day!

May Day is observed on May 1st and is a celebration of the arrival of spring.

It is believed that the May Day holiday originated in Roman times as a festival of flowers. Although it isn't widely celebrated in the United States, it is pretty popular in other countries.

Maypole dancing is a form of folk dancing that has its participants dancing around the pole, weaving in and out with the streamers that are attached to it. There are actually several kinds of May Dances, which vary by country. Many believe that the dance itself is a fertility ritual. It's still practiced today in many parts of the world, especially Scandanavian countries. 

Let's celebrate Spring!

Hens and Chicks

 Our hens and chicks are growing along the rock wall.


The first lettuce and beet seeds have sprouted in the garden and the chives and rhubarb are off to a great start.

I started some seed potatoes in containers indoors and they look wonderful.

Robin's nest

Mama robin has returned for the second year to build a nest under the roof of our porch.

The heavy rains unearthed some interesting bottles and a silver spoon from the banks along our brook.


Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

What wonderful treasure you found by the brook...Happy day to you also.

Blessings Kelsie

~mel said...

Your spring sure is looking a LOT greener than mine. WOW on how big your rhubarb is already. Mine is just starting to poke through the ground. I wonder if they still do the May Pole dance at school like I did 30+ years ago in grade school ~ it was always a big deal.

Ruta said...

I remember doing the May Pole dance in kindergarten (40+ years ago).
I think we had snow last week and today feels like summer...hope everyone is having a good day!

*The Old Geezer said...

Happy May to you too Ruta :-)

God bless you and have a great Mother's Day :-)