May Day is an old European festival that falls on the 1st of May, a date that marks the halfway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. It celebrates the return of spring, a season of rebirth and hope. Festivities include dancing, making decorations out of flowers and branches and lighting bonfires. Be inspired to celebrate May Day with your friends in independent living with these four fun ideas.
Leave Flowers on Their Doorstep
A popular May Day tradition is to anonymously leave flowers on someone’s doorstep. Fruits and handwritten cards can be fun additions on top of the flowers to make your friend’s day. Do not worry about having to be too careful when delivering the gifts, however! The only penalty is to give a kiss to the person who caught you in the act, which can hardly be considered a punishment. Either way, flowers and a potential kiss are great ways to celebrate the return of spring with your friends.
Are you and your friends looking to indulge in some physical activity? Dancing around a maypole may be perfect for you. Traditionally, each dancer takes a ribbon tied to the maypole and slowly wraps the ribbon around and down the pole as they dance around each other. They then reverse their steps to unwind the ribbons from the maypole.
Crafting a maypole is also a simple and fun-filled activity. It can be as easy as attaching an empty paper towel roll to a cardboard base, and then decorating it with lots of colorful decorations such as flowers and lace. Finally, glue your choice of ribbons to the top of the pole and you have yourself a homemade maypole.
Crown a May Queen
The May Queen is thought to be a personification of the holiday or spring itself. She wears a white dress symbolizing purity and a crown to announce her status. She is in charge of leading the May Day celebrations and also to start them by giving a speech before the dancing commences. Nominating a May Queen from your group of friends can be a fun way to get everyone together and prepare the nominee for her big day!
Since May Day is a celebration of spring, why not go outside and take in what nature has to offer? Try picking flowers and gathering fallen sticks to make rustic decorations for your house. Twigs can be weaved into garlands that go nicely on the front door, and freshly picked flowers can perk up your living room when displayed in a vase. Alternatively, try making flower crowns for your friends to celebrate spring together.
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