The day after tomorrow is May Day! Since I plan to post on my Mystic Lands tour tomorrow, I'm going to give a little attention to May Day today.
There was a time early in America's less than recent history when the settlers and immigrants brought their old ways to these shores and popularized what the Puritans considered pagan holidays. The Puritans were a gloomy lot and held a grim view of religion. Pagan customs were a frequent bone of contention and May Day celebrations with their lighthearted dancing around the phallic May Pole was a thing they could not stomach.
Things have probably not changed so much in our country. The offspring of the Puritans are with us still, sounding their shrill alarm about the dangers of serving creation rather than the Creator. And I grew up knowing little about May Day aside from a few silly childhood ditties, now long forgotten, that I learned in kindergarten.
But, happily, one can still find May Day celebrations being held, but I wish we would restore on a wide-scale the merriment of the celebration of the annual renewing of the land as winter gives way to spring.
Happy May Day to all my readers in the Northern Hemisphere. Now go dance and be merry!