Today is the day to celebrate the First of May.

May 1 is in many parts of the world a day to celebrate.  In some countries, May Day recognizes the role of labor and the worker.  Elsewhere, it is an opportunity to celebrate.  In England during May they would dance around a pole called the Maypole. It is a dance that some believe was celebrating spring and the nearness of summer.  Others speculate that the origins of the dance stemmed from ancient pagan fertility rites.  Maypole dancing was described by the Puritans as ‘a heathenish vanity’ and was accordingly banned (Wikipedia). Today, you can dance all you want and not have to worry about being burned at the stake as a “heathen.”  Isn’t progress wonderful?
In the USA, Memorial Day (usually at the end of May) celebrates the sacrifices of our soldiers and veterans to help keep America and the world safe. We also celebrate the end of May as the beginning of summer.  It is a time when beaches, parks and outdoor venues open their gates. Students see May as the “end” of school; a time to graduate, look for a real job and of course attend graduation or prom parties.  Have you noticed how graduation now seems a much bigger deal than it did years ago?  High School teens have elaborate graduation parties, rent tuxes, expensive gowns, limousines and go to places I could not afford until I was in my forties.  Time keeps marching on and customs all over the world keep changing.  This May will never be like last May for any of us.
What customs do you have in your life associated with May?  How have they changed over the years? Were the changes for the better or worse? What is special about May this year for you?  

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tony Trinh
    May 01, 2012 @ 07:50:18

    What is special about this May for me, is that I am finally where I always wanted to be since I first visited. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. First time being here on my epic journey of life. Customs here have to do with Liberation Day/Reunification Day. The fall of Saigon which led my parents to meet in a refugee camp in the US and eventually had four children, myself being the youngest. And now I'm here, 37 years later trying to do something great.

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  2. John Persico
    May 01, 2012 @ 19:27:43

    Thanks Tony for the comments. Sounds like this is a very special day in your life and one you will never forget. I hope you are able to do something great and achieve your goals. Remember the journey is sometimes more important then the destination. Your efforts will eventually bear fruit but you may not see it for awhile.

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