May Day is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night.  – it has traditionally been an occasion for celebration. As Europe became Christianized, the pagan holidays lost their religious character and either changed into popular secular celebrations, as with May Day, or were merged with or replaced by new Christian holidays. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Day

May Day is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night. – it has traditionally been an occasion for celebration. As Europe became Christianized, the pagan holidays lost their religious character and either changed into popular secular celebrations, as with May Day, or were merged with or replaced by new Christian holidays. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Day

The custom of hanging May Day baskets on your neighbours door - super cute and perhaps builds up brownie points for when they kick a ball into the neighbours garden or shout and scream at night

The custom of hanging May Day baskets on your neighbours door - super cute and perhaps builds up brownie points for when they kick a ball into the neighbours garden or shout and scream at night

Maypole Dancing at Bishopstone Church, Sussex - geograph.org.uk - 727031.jpg

Maypole Dancing at Bishopstone Church, Sussex - geograph.org.uk - 727031.jpg

Feast of Beltane  Long ago, Celts celebrated Beltane, which was a calendar feast that welcomed summer. Bonfires figured largely into this celebration, and some activities included dancing around the fire, burning effigies of witches(?), and herding cattle in between bonfires. Fire was seen as a purifying source. In recent years, neopagans have begun to celebrate Beltane once more.

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Feast of Beltane Long ago, Celts celebrated Beltane, which was a calendar feast that welcomed summer. Bonfires figured largely into this celebration, and some activities included dancing around the fire, burning effigies of witches(?), and herding cattle in between bonfires. Fire was seen as a purifying source. In recent years, neopagans have begun to celebrate Beltane once more.

http://www.personal.utulsa.edu/~marc-carlson/holiday/belt2.html This link is to custom and traditions of May Day- Beltane

May Day Celebration

http://www.personal.utulsa.edu/~marc-carlson/holiday/belt2.html This link is to custom and traditions of May Day- Beltane

May 1st, often called May Day, just might have more holidays than any other day of the year. It's a celebration of Spring. It's a day of pol...

May 1st, often called May Day, just might have more holidays than any other day of the year. It's a celebration of Spring. It's a day of pol...

maypole pictures | Dancing the Maypole – A History of Beltane/May Day, part three ...

maypole pictures | Dancing the Maypole – A History of Beltane/May Day, part three ...

May Day, also known as International Worker's Day, commemorates the 1886 Haymarket Riots in Chicago and is often celebrated by anarchists, socialists and labor organizations alike. The posters below come from Russia, Cuba, Palestine, Mexico, Turkey and the United States and span from 1894 to current day.  Source. This poster dates somewhere between 1920-1940 and was displayed as part of an exhibit on Russian constructivist art.    Source. A 2012 American May Day poster.    Source. The…

May Day, also known as International Worker's Day, commemorates the 1886 Haymarket Riots in Chicago and is often celebrated by anarchists, socialists and labor organizations alike. The posters below come from Russia, Cuba, Palestine, Mexico, Turkey and the United States and span from 1894 to current day. Source. This poster dates somewhere between 1920-1940 and was displayed as part of an exhibit on Russian constructivist art. Source. A 2012 American May Day poster. Source. The…

Beltaine was celebrated when the Hawthorne Tree would start to blossom; it symbolizes Sexuality and Fertility. The Blossoms are the quintessential decorations of the Maypole.

Beltaine was celebrated when the Hawthorne Tree would start to blossom; it symbolizes Sexuality and Fertility. The Blossoms are the quintessential decorations of the Maypole.

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