May Day – what better time than now to have a pictorial celebration of our penchant for dressing up in outlandish costumes and have a wild old time?
May Day wears a coat of many colours, being associated with everything from pagan (or neo-pagan) fertility rituals – the Celtic Beltaine or the Roman Flora, via the adoration of the Virgin Mary, to the International Worker’s Movement and the secular joys of annual Bank Holiday weekend.
May Day, the time of maypole and Morris and crowning the Queen of the May… of Mary’s Month and the adorning of statues with crowns of flowers; of May Baskets left anonymously on neighbours’ doorsteps, and Oxford’s May Morning revellers.
May Day, waking Jack-in-the-Green, the Kettle Bridge Clogs and the Padstow Obby-Oss (Hobby Horse).
May Day, the start of Summer; a celebration of rebirth, growth and fertility; a time to look ahead and feel optimistic.
Whatever you’re planning to do, have a very happy May Day and bank holiday weekend…