Remember, during the cold war, when Russia tried to intimidate us by trotting out their grim soldiers, menacing tanks and latest big guns on May Day?, They were rippling their muscles, and hoped we’d quake in our boots. Another negative associated with May Day is the phrase, “May Day,” frequently used as a distress signal.
Originally, May Day was a good day celebrated every May 1. Its origins go back to pre-Christian times. It was a fun day, a celebration of springtime when people took hold of streamers fixed at the top of a Maypole. They would circle the pole reveling in the first blooms of flowers, feasting on the arrival of good weather.
There aren’t many Maypoles around now, but you can revive another aspect of May Day, and it is the May Day Basket. Decorate little boxes or zip-bags with cheery doodles and insert a couple of coffee treats. If you were really living the tradition, you will leave your “May basket” at your friend’s front door or on his desk and disappear quickly. If the recipient happens to see you and catch up with you, they plant a kiss or a big hug on you.
It sounds a little silly, but it is a welcome contrast to earthquakes, rampant radiation, unstable governments and bitter political wrangling.
Happy May Day!