Flowers, flowers, showers and more flowers; loads of May-ness everywhere you go!
April showers, bring May flowers. As April fades into May, a gentle pitter-patter of rain falls upon a sea of umbrellas, as people gather for a May Day Parade.
May Day Parade, on the first day of May in 1909 in New York City. Courtesy of Bains News Service.
Isn't ironic how this photo was taken in front of the "United Hat Stores?"
Sepia Saturday celebrates May Day as it's theme this week.
What's that, some of you haven't even heard of May Day before?
Absolutely not funny, but it's true, there are many who have no idea what this ancient northern hemisphere of spring festivals is all about. Follow along for a glimpse of how many before us, have celebrated this public holiday. Just so you know, May Day springs forth through so many cultures.
In most places, all May Day Celebrations offered,
Parades, banners, flowers, balloons and dancing through the streets just in celebration of spring blooming within our world.
This photo presents the crowning of Dorothy Zimmerman as May Queen at the Neighborhood House in Washington D.C. May 1925. photo courtesy of National Photo Company Collection.
Always during these most happiest of parades there would be a crowning of the May Queen in most every one's May Day festivals.
Is it just me, or do you also wonder what this gentleman is thinking?
Most intriguing are the May Day Baskets, that arrived secretly, and usually left anonymously on a neighbor's doorsteps.
Ever so quietly they would tip-toe up the walk and place the small May Day Basket of sweets and or flowers before their door, and quickly run away after ringing the bell.
But on some special occasions they weren't left so mysteriously.
Photo courtesy of Library of Congress, Washington D.C. April 30 1927.
Mrs. Coolidge, wife of Calvin Coolidge the President of the United States from 1923 - 1929.
Such as the case of Mrs. Coolidge receiving a basket of flowers and a kiss, in celebration of May Day. The children, Nan Norton, Elizabeth Ann Taylor, and Margaret Cooley presented this basket of flowers as part of the ceremonies for "May Day is child health day."
Isn't it sad, how today so many of us seldom celebrate May Day?
How will you celebrate it?
So many little simple acts of kindness, and traditions seem to fade away, just as this young lad's long ago job, has withered away.
Meet Abe Singer, a 14 year old helper at Wax Florists at 143 Tremont Street. Don't you wish he was coming to your house with these packages! Photo dated as 1917.
How many sparkling faces like this darling delivery boy pictured here, have you seen bring flowers to your door?
Not very many I'm sure!
But a most common tradition for May Day Celebrations besides flowers and parades and a crowning, were the MAY POLES, and all the happy dancers circling the strikingly decorated poles. Mostly in school yards.
Sometimes the poles were imaginary. It was the May Pole Dance itself, that brightened the grounds and delighted the people gathered at the White House lawn in Washington, D.C.
Whether you celebrate the festival of Flora, or reach as far back as the Germanic festival of Walpurgis, or perhaps you celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary, or possibly ventured over to Cawsand Square with Morris dancing during the May Day Bank holiday after snapping photos of the Flower Boat Ritual....
isn't it just more about our togetherness?
Photo courtesy of Jack Delano, photographer May 1941 in celebration of a May Day pageant in Siloam, Green County, Georgia.
No matter what country you are from, or what May Day Celebrations you traditionally share, in the end, it's just about sharing a togetherness of love and spirit during a time of much freshness as spring enters our lives......
What ever you may do to celebrate, your devotion will lead the way.
Please check out the other May Day offerings at Alan's Sepia Saturday blog, where more posts blossom as you read this