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What is May Day Anyway?

May Day May Pole Vintage Image via AnAppealingPlan.com for FB cover

According to history…. “During medieval times, May Day festivities took off in England. At the crack of dawn everyone would “go a-maying,” gathering flowers and greenery and choosing a Maypole.

Women would also wash their faces in fresh spring dew to improve their complexions — and men would try to seduce them. (Many poems about May Day festivities have made it into the scholarly canon of English Lit., and thus college classrooms — and almost all of them are not-so-subtle efforts to seduce a virgin.)

Children hung flower baskets from door-handles, whether to fend off evil spirits or spread joy.

And there were games, contests, dressed-up cows, sports, jesters, and wild costumes. A Queen of May was appointed to preside over festivities.”

History then goes on towards “a negative spin” which I am choosing to omit. Lets keep it a happy joyous day, all hall the Queen!

Don’t you agree? Happy May Day however you choose to spend it.

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