Saturday, April 30, 2011

May Day



Hopefully you are still in the festive mood even though the royal wedding frenzy (didn't you just love the dress, the pageantry and the KISS?) is settling down and are ready for May Day. It is a cornucopia of holidays. Traditionally the day has been a celebration of Spring with parades, rallies and even political protests. It is also a saint's feast day and a Labor Day holiday in many countries. Modern May Day ceremonies in the U.S. vary greatly from region to region. In our area the May Day Parade and Pageant was created by the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater. This Minneapolis event attracts over 35,000 people each year.
In some parts of the U.S. May Day baskets are made and filled with candy treats and/or flowers. A May Day basket is usually secretly placed on a neighbor's doorknob or at a home of a loved one. The doorbell is rung by an anonymous donor. The basket demonstrates the gift of giving without receiving. Imagine our surprise when we heard the doorbell ring and found this basket filled with lots of candy at our door. What a great start to the day!
With Cinco de Mayo trailing close behind May Day check back on the blog this week for several Mexican recipes just in time for May 5th.

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