Thursday, May 01, 2008

Happy May Day!

Whenever the calendar turns from April to May, I'm reminded of being a kid and making (and distributing) May baskets. I remember making little baskets out of cupcake papers and using pipe cleaners as handles and then filling them with candy, dropping them off at friends' houses, ringing the doorbell and running away before we could get kissed.

Please tell me that's not just a North Dakota tradition!

Do kids still make May baskets? Do you remember any stories about May baskets from your childhood?

It turns out May Day is not the only holiday celebrated on May 1. A quick visit to InfoPlease and we find out that it's a celebration of Spring. It's a day of political protests. It's a neopagan festival, a saint's feast day, and a day for organized labor. In many countries, it is a national holiday.

What are you doing to celebrate this May Day?


At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jodee, I just got back delivering May baskets with my 8 year old. It sure doesn't feel like a May day however with the wind. As I am typing this email my doorbell is alive with kids ringing it and running away. The tradition is still alive in Fargo at least!


At 10:04 PM, Blogger Jodee Bock said...

Fantastic, Melissa! It's great to hear that these traditions are alive and well! Keep up the great work!

At 8:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right here, May day is celebrated as Labour Day and its a public holiday !

Its a day to give tribute to all those working and contributing to the economy.

At 11:06 AM, Blogger Jodee Bock said...

Lifegoals: Where are you? We in America have Labor Day in September which sounds like your May 1 day. It's great that we recognize the importance of those working and contributing to the economy!

At 7:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as you're celebrating holidays.........don't forget Recess At Work Day on June 19th -


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