|May Day Flower Cones by Over the Crescent Moon|
This tradition involved decorating some sort of small container, to which often would be added the flowers picked on one's morning stroll. Then, the giver would leave the basket on a neighbor's doorstep, knock or ring, then run away. If the recipient saw, pursued, and caught the basket giver, a kiss was to be exchanged. Aside from this possible result, giving a gift freely without expecting anything in return was the true intent of this practice, as well as celebrating the arrival of Spring!
Though I have not given you much notice, dear readers, if you would like to read more about how one person created May baskets for mere pennies using cone hats, Victorian pattern paper, and lace, then head on over to the post on Over the Crescent Moon.
For a description of how the Victorians observed May Day traditions, The Cup That Cheers has created a lovely post on the subject. Dances, May poles, hobby horses, feasts, and much more filled the day with glorious merrymaking.
No matter what (if any) celebrations you have planned, do take time to smell the flowers. Happy Spring!