May Day is a spring festival that celebrates the return of springtime and the approximate halfway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. It is celebrated by dancing around the Maypole—a tree or pole with a circle of colorful, hanging ribbons attached at the top—making May baskets and enjoying fresh, spring foods. Keep reading for May Day recipes and traditions you can share with your family this year.
One of the best ways to celebrate a holiday that’s all about spring is to embrace spring foods and fresh spring produce. Check out some of our favorite recipes below and have a May Day feast with your family. Take it one step further by packing up a picnic and enjoying your meal outside in the fresh, spring air.
A proper May Day celebration isn’t complete without a spin around the Maypole. Originally a tree with colorful, long ribbons hanging down in a circle, the Maypoles of today are generally made of metal or wood. Make your own makeshift Maypole by tying different colored streamers or ribbon from a tree in your yard or neighborhood park. You can even make a travel-sized version by hanging ribbon or streamers from the rim of an umbrella and dancing underneath!
Similar to Easter baskets, May Day baskets can be filled with small treats, gifts or flowers for special people in your life. Traditionally, you would knock on the recipient's door, drop off a basket and run away. If the person caught you, they would win a kiss! Make your own May Day basket by using leftover Easter baskets or take a piece of colorful paper, twist it into a cone and fill it with fresh, spring flowers.
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