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 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 ...

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...

The Life of a Legend: President Abraham Lincoln Infographic. Get details about Abraham Lincoln's genealogy & family tree, discover facts about his life & more in this Infographic from GenealogyBank.com.

The Life of a Legend: President Abraham Lincoln Infographic. Get details about Abraham Lincoln's genealogy & family tree, discover facts about his life & more in this Infographic from GenealogyBank.com.

Occupy May Day Strike Poster, inspired by London Matchgirls Strike of 1888 (by Molly Crabapple & John Leavitt)

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Occupy May Day Strike Poster, inspired by London Matchgirls Strike of 1888 (by Molly Crabapple & John Leavitt)

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