May Day for kids
May 1st is May Day. How will you be spending your Bank Holiday?
by Steven McKinnon, Mindful Mum, April 27th 2012
- What is May Day?
- The traditions of May Day
- How to celebrate May Day with your child
- Make your own garland
- Watch a May Day video
Celebrated each year on the first day of May, May Day is a spring festival and public holiday.
It is known as a time for love and romance, and for celebrating the coming summer season.
In Britain, May Day is celebrated mainly in rural areas with Morris Dancing, crowning May Queens, and dancing around a Maypole. Many places will hold spring markets, complete with music, parades and revelry.
It is also traditional for children to make flower garlands and wear them during celebrations.
Another tradition is for girls to wake up extra early on May Day to wash their faces in the morning dew, as it is said that doing this will keep them beautiful for the rest of the year!
If you’re looking for an idea on how to spend the May Day holiday with your child, why not help them make their own garland?
What you’ll need:
- You’ll have to brave the outdoors for some suitable leaves; you want ones of the same kind, with good, sturdy stems. Be careful not to pick poison ivy leaves!
- When you’ve found your leaves, break off the stems and put them to the side.
- Place the leaves so that they overlap and push your stems through them, ‘pinning’ them together.
- Do this until your chain of leaves is long enough to fit around your child’s head. When it’s at a suitable length, place it around your child’s head and use a stem to fasten the first leaf with the last one, making a crown.
- You can now add flowers by picking them and placing them underneath the stem pins!
Photography: Martin @Flickr