May Day has a rich history in many countries, honored in different ways down through the ages, and differently from one country to the next. In some places, it is a day of political protests, while in others it's a neopagan festival. In some, it's a saint's feast day. But the common thread is a celebration of Spring throughout the northern hemisphere. To help you make May Day special in your family, we're offering you this collection of family-friendly spring celebration activities, crafts, and tidbits.
1. Celebrate May Day outdoors
- Create an annual family picnic – or even a neighborhood block picnic, if you and your neighbors like to do things together.
- Start doing a yearly May 1 hike through the woods at your family's favorite park.
- Take to the skies with a family go-fly-a-kite day, as long as you are already at that favorite park.
- For a more active family, the annual outdoor event could be a friendly, competitive sporting activity, such as touch football, disc golf, ultimate frisbee, or a softball tournament.
2. Plant some great memories – in a garden!
3. Get crafty with your May Day activities
- Rather than just fly a kite, as suggested above, consider also making homemade kites.
- Create a May basket – a tradition still celebrated in some parts of the US. A May basket is one that is filled with treats and-or flowers, and then sneakily left upon someone's doorstep. As you or your kids put the flowers down on the porch, ring the bell and run away. Here is an optional addition to the May basket tradition that may work best when giving the basket to a relative or close friend; when the person sees the basket on their doorstep, they give chase and, if they catch the runaway giver, they give the giver a kiss.
- Create a tabletop version of the Maypole. This tabletop twist to the traditional Maypole is one that makes a great shared activity with kids six and older.
- You can also add a Hawaiian twist to your May Day celebrations. In May Day in Hawaii is also celebrated as Lei Day – a day to celebrate native Hawaiian culture. What a great excuse to make Hawaiian Leis with your kids! Two good websites that show you how to make a Hawaiian Lei: Ehow.com and the TheCraftingChicks.com.
- If spring reminds you mostly of flowers, maybe the right craft for you and your family is to make craft flowers. This is a particularly good idea if weather doesn't permit going out to enjoy flowers on May Day.
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