Growing up on the east coast May Day was a big deal where all of our friends and families would put May baskets on each other’s doors.
Since moving to California many years ago, I don’t see much of this today, but for me, I like to keep the tradition alive. I have bought these darling baskets and I will be hanging them on my friends’ and neighbor’s doors.
So what is May Day?
May Day, also called Workers’ Day or International Workers’ Day, Is a day commemorating the historic struggles and gains made by workers and the labor movement, observed in many countries on May 1. In the United States and Canada a similar observance, known as Labor Day, occurs on the first Monday of September.
And what are May Baskets?
People would leave a basket or paper cone with spring flowers and sweets on each other’s doorsteps, usually anonymously.
This tradition was popular throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, especially with children or loved ones. The custom was to knock on the door, yell “May basket!” and then run. If the recipient caught the giver, he or she was entitled to a kiss.
The May Day basket is still a cherished tradition for some Americans though it’s less known today. To make a simple May basket, you can use an actual basket or simply take a colored piece of paper and fold it into a cone; then fill it with wildflowers! ( put them in a baggie with a wet paper towel first) If you don’t have colored paper, even a rolled-up paper plate would do.
You could also fill a real basket with little gifts such as flower seed packets, cookies, or candy. If you don’t have a basket, an empty milk carton or seed pot would also do the trick.
Here are the steps I used to make my May Day Baskets
Here are some joyful May Day traditions marking the return of spring and the renewed gift of life.
May is a beautiful month full of promise and joy for all of us. Take a good look at the garden to see what is popping up and enjoy all of the spring splendor.