Happy May Day!
Yes, today, 1st May is May Day in the UK.
May Day was seen as the first day of summer and had its roots in ancient celebrations of fertility. It was celebrated with special processions, plays and pantomimes, pageants, Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen. There would also be a Maypole, a tall wooden pole that was painted or decorated with crests, greenery and flowers. Later in history, this Maypole was hung with ribbons and people would dance around it, weaving the ribbons in different patterns.
People would also “bring in the May”, i.e. collect flowers and branches to make garlands and wreaths, and at the Tudor court, there'd be a special May Day joust.
Does your community celebrate May Day with any traditions? Do share!
Here are some videos of the ways May Day is celebrated in different places in the UK...
Also on this day in Tudor history...
Image: The painting "Queen Guinevere's Maying" by John Collier, depicting Guinevere on a white horse. She's holding branches of white blossom.