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May Day

Here’s a branch of snowy May

A branch the fairies gave me

Who would like to dance today

With the branch the fairies gave me?

Dance away. dance away

Holding high the branch of May.

Dance away, dance away

Holding high the branch of May.

From Festivals, Family and Food

Today is the first day of May. Happy May Day, everyone! Do you celebrate this day? I’ve never really paid it much mind but this year I’m getting into the spirit. Flowers, dancing… I love it! We homeschool but we’re planning on making a trip to the local Waldorf school to join in the festivities this weekend at their May Faire. But today we will make flower chains for our hair, paper cones for holding flowers to hang our our neighbors door knobs and make a sweet cake, too!

To use as we dance and sing the above verse we made some very simple ribbon wands. Even the littlest one enjoyed picking out colored ribbons for hers. Andrea, of ZieZo Designs showed us how to make another variation here.

You can learn more about May or Beltane customs and traditions here. How are celebrating?

Julie Hunter is a wife and mama, raising 3 spirited girls, two babydoll sheep, angora rabbits and a gaggle of chickens and ducks in the North Carolina Foothills. She spends her days at home, crafting with her children, homeschooling, taking long gathering walks in the woods and knitting Waldorf-inspired toys. You can find her blogging and keeping shop at This Cosy Life.

6 thoughts on “May Day

  1. I wish I was your neighbor, Julie! It must be wonderful living near you. =)

    1. Wouldn’t that be wonderful, Ulla?

  2. I love the variation on the ribbon wands. . . the girls must have had such fun! And I agree with Ulla!

    1. Oh, yes! We had such a wonderful day!

  3. Lovely! Happy May Day Natties!

  4. This looks like so much fun! This year we were preoccupied with other Spring projects. I hope to celebrate next year!

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