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EVE May Day Posies

May Day

Among Celtic people the celebration of May was called Beltane, meaning “bright fire.”  The root word “bel” means bright, whether associated with fire or with a light such as the sun.  This festival occasion was designed as a celebration of the return of life and fertility to a world that has passed through the winter season. 

Now we go round the Maypole High(Mulberry Bush tune)Now we go Round the Maypole high,Maypole high, Maypole high,Now we go round Maypole high,Let colored ribbons fly. See lasses and lads go tripping by,Tripping by, tripping by, See lasses and lads go tripping by,Let colored ribbons fly. In rainbow hues make garlands gay,Garlands gay, garlands gay,In rainbow hues make garlands gay,Let colored ribbons fly.
 

The children will have a May Day celebration at school later in the month with music and a May Pole, but we wanted to let our kids have an experience of sharing flowers as a celebration of Spring. 

May flower customs

Hundreds of years ago, May Day (May 1st) marked the first day of summer and a celebration of flowers. Even today, many cultures celebrate May Day and the changing seasons through the exchange of flowers. It was common at one time to leave flower bouquets (May Day baskets) anonymously at the front doors of your neighbors.  http://rhythmofthehome.com/spring-2011/spring-flower-seasonal-crafting/   has some simple bouquets.  We will had supplies ready for these and the hand held tussie-mussies.  Posies, nosegays and tussie-mussies date back to the sixteenth century.  These miniature, handheld bouquets are filled with aromatic herbs and flowers.  These dainty ‘talking bouquets’ became popular because they held hidden messages based on the symbolic meaning of the plants. 

Many flowers were picked the morning of our EVE event.

  The children came over after school and got to work on their posies. 
 

The flowers and herbs smelled great! 

Posies ready to deliver. 

 The gallant Sweet William is the center of this posy.

 We only bought some daisies, carnations and a dozen roses.  The rest were picked locally.

Daisy – for cheer & innocence
Pink Carnation- for encouragement
Yellow Rose- for friendship
Lemon balm- for health
Rosemary- for remembrance
Oregano – for happiness, health & money
Dandelion- wishes come true
Sweet William- forever lovely & gallantry
Sweet pea- for tenderness
Thyme- for starting a new project
Hawthorn – the May flower, protection
Ivy- for fidelity, love & friendship
Honeysuckle- for generous affection
Periwinkle- for sweet remembrances
Clover – good luck, good education


 

Bibliography: 
Festivals Family and Food by Diana Carey and Judy Large 
Tussie-Mussies the language of flowers by Geraldine Adamich Laufer 
Beltane springtime rituals, lore & celebration by Raven Grimassi 
Garden Witchery by Ellen Dugan

 

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Comments on: "EVE May Day Posies" (3)

  1. Rhonda — Your blog is lovely!

  2. Thanks for sharing your blog Rhonda! I love it. 🙂

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