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I know we‘re weeks away from May, but I was just thinking about May baskets.  Does anyone here make May baskets?

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      Tuliplady wrote Apr 4, 2012
    • I’ve been doing may baskets for my neighbors the last couple years.  They enjoy getting them, and I have a lot of fun doing them and lurking around the neighborhood at day break.  :)




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      Mary Clark wrote Apr 4, 2012
    • Tulip...I“ve never heard of “may” baskets....tell me about it...




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Apr 4, 2012
    • I haven’t heard of the either. It sounds like a nice thing to do.




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      Tuliplady wrote Apr 5, 2012
    • I really didn’t know much about May day or may baskets.  It’s just something we did as a grade school art project when I was a kid.

      So.... google to the rescue.  Now I knowmore than I ever wanted to about it.

      “May Day occurs on May 1 and refers to any of several public holidays. As a day of celebration the holiday has ancient origins and relates to many customs that have survived into modern times. Many of these customs are due to May Day being a cross-quarter day, meaning that (in the Northern Hemisphere, where it is almost exclusively celebrated), it falls approximately halfway between the spring equinox and summer solstice. May Day has it origins in pagan pre-Christian festivals related to agriculture and fertility, and its celebration involved joy and light-hearted fun in the outdoors as the warmer weather of spring and summer began.

      Today, May Day is celebrated in several European nations and the United States, in cultural expressions ranging from Maypole dancing to foot races, May Baskets, singing, and festivals.”

      “May Day was also celebrated by some early European settlers of North America. The Puritans, however, deemed the festivities pagan and immoral, banning May Day observance in New England. In some parts of the United States May Baskets are made. These baskets are small and usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone’s doorstep. The basket giver rings the bell and runs away. The person receiving the basket tries to catch the fleeing giver. If they succeed in catching the person, a kiss is to be exchanged.”

      In Hawaii, May Day is also known as Lei Day, and is normally set aside as a day to celebrate island culture in general and native Hawaiian culture in particular. It was invented by a poet and a local newspaper columnist in the 1920s, and has since been adopted by state and local government as well as by the residents, and has taken on a sense of general spring celebration. Leonard “Red” and Ruth Hawk composed May Day is Lei Day in Hawai‘i, the traditional holiday song. Originally it was a contemporary fox trot, later rearranged as the Hawaiian hula song performed today.




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      Anonymous wrote Apr 5, 2012
    • Just looked them up and they look a bit hard to do we over here in the UK do sometimes for easter do baskets that look heart shaped when finished.




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      Butterflyrose wrote Apr 9, 2012
    • Tulip, before retiring I would teach my students how to make May baskets and fill them with paper made flowers which they would take home.

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