May Day - New Hampshire Celebrates Spring

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Real Estate Agent with BHG The Masiello Group

      

       spring in New HampshireThe end of winter is here and Southern New Hampshire has come alive with the Colors of Spring! 

      May Day is one of the world's principal festivals.  Like many holidays, May Day has a pagan connection.   The Saxons and Celts called the holiday Beltane.  Bel was the Celtic god of the sun and Beltane was known as the "day of fire."

      For the Druids, who lived in the British Isles, Beltane was an important holiday.  May 1st signified when the year was divided into half; with the other half of the year ending on November 1st, with Samhain.  Celebrations consisted of setting a fire.  Cattle were driven through the fire to purify them, and sweethearts ran through the smoke for good luck.

     The Romans came to occupy the British Isles and they brought with them the worship of Floria, the goddess of flowers. The festival known as Floralia began on April 28 and ended on May 2nd.  Thereafter, the rituals of Beltane and Florialia were merged.    

   The Saxons celebrated the holiday beginning on April 30th. They participated in games and celebrating of the end of winter.  Peasants bearing torches would march to the hilltops and ignite wooden wheels which they pushed down the hills and into the fields.   Apparently, the Catholic Church outlawed the holiday, but the peasants continued to celebrate until the late 1700's.  Villagers wore costumes and animal masks and they were lead by Diana, the goddess of the Hunt and Herne, the horned god.  The night became known as Walpurgisnacht ... the night of the witches.  The Celtic celebrations also included a hunt.  Later, Diana and Herne came to be seen as fertility gods.  Diana became the Queen for May Day and Herne became Robin Goodfellow.

       During the middle ages, patrons celebrated the Feast of St. John, known as the Summer Solstice and May Day.  Celebrations included choosing a May Queen and raising a Maypole.  The single women and men danced around the maypole until they became "entwined."  There were festivals and feasts.  In the 1644, the Puritan Long Parliament stopped the May Day celebrations. When the Stuarts returned, the festivities of May Day were reinstated. 

      In modern times, the celebration of May Day is associated by some as being part of the working class struggle for an eight hour day.  On May 1, 1886, there were national strikes in the United States and Canada.

     Today, May Day is still celebrated, but is not considered a major holiday in America.  May poles are erected  and adorned with colorful streamers.  Men, women and children dance around the may pole and as they weave up and down, they celebrate the beginning of spring!  

      Here are some pictures I took celebrating the arrival of spring!

                        

     Celebrate Spring ~ Have a joyous May Day

                                 New Hampshire is a great place to Live... and It is a Great Time to Buy! 

    Find out why  New Hampshire recently was chosen as the Most Livable State in America! and the Third Healthiest State in America.

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Disclaimer:   Information herein may come from various sources, some of which may not be reliable and may change without any notice.  Joan Whitebook does not guarantee or is any way responsible for the accuracy of the information in this blog and information provided is without warranties of any kind, either express or implied.  Information on this blog represents the opinions and ideas of the author; comments by others may not express the views of the author.
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Hi Joan: Thanks for the history lesson - I was just talking with someone about May Day and we couldn't remember what it was about - now I know! Thanks.

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May 04, 2009 08:56 AM #21
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Hi Joan.  What gorgeous photos.  You have a natural eye for beauty.  Enjoy the season!

May 04, 2009 01:04 PM #22
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 Matt -- May Day used to be a lot of fun!  I wish we could bring it back to life. 

Kathryn ~  Thanks for the compliment on the photos.  It was a lot of fun taking pictures of the beatuful flowers and trees.  At is a beautiful time of year.. although it really gets my allergies going.

May 05, 2009 06:42 AM #23
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Sabrina Kelley
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This is a great post and I almost missed it due to AR taking the newest commented posts off the roster.

I look for the posts that garner the most comments because they are usually the best well written and most educational as well as truly informative. Debi brought to my attention in one of her recent posts and I would love to hear more feedback on the issue.

In Grammar school we used to celebrate May day and the big kids got to braid the May Pole. Too bad that died out because it was always a very colorful highlight toward the end of the school year.

May 05, 2009 09:21 PM #24
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Joan Whitebook
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Sabrina -- I am not exactly clear on what is going on with AR.. I would give them a call or do a post on this to start discussion on this topic.  It is getting more and more difficult to find the posts that one wants to read.   I am glad that you found my post and thanks for taking the time to comment.  P.S.  I'll be looking for your post re: AR and taking the newest commented posts off the roster... I bet, like myself, a lot of folks are not even aware of this.

May 06, 2009 08:28 AM #25
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 Joan my friend, you take the most gorgeous photos. They bring back amazing memories for me of driving thru Vermont & New Hampshire many years ago.

May 06, 2009 02:53 PM #26
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Marti~  Thanks for stopping by and thank you for the compliment.  I enjoy taking photos of all the beauty around New Hampshire in the spring!  Glad you enjoyed them and thanks for the wonderful header, above.  It makes my page look so nice. 

May 06, 2009 05:44 PM #27
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Joan, absolutely great information on May day. I'm coming to you now for all the history on the holidays. Like Marti I thought you took a great photo there.

May 06, 2009 06:24 PM #28
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Joan I love the flowering tree,  you take lovely shots.  I am so happy that I am now seeing a variety of spring colors. 

May 06, 2009 10:29 PM #29
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Gary - Thank your for stopping by.  I love the spring and think it would be great to have a May Day festival to celebrate.  The trees and flowers are simply awesome this time of year and signify a time of renewal and fresh perspectives!

Jennifer ~  I am sure that you are enjoying the return of spring as well.  Hope you are doing well and that the housing market is blooming!

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Joan~

I am reBlogging this one! It made me happy just to read it. I want to visit...and thanks for the inspiration! Happy Spring.

May 07, 2009 07:56 AM #31
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Joan, I love learning about the history of holidays. thanks so much for an informative blog post.

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Hi Joan:  Thanks for the history for May Day.  I also really enjoy your slide show. I bet Spring is such a welcome sight in New Hampshire.

May 09, 2009 08:52 AM #33
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Joan Whitebook
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janeAnne ~  I thank you for the compliment and for reblogging this post.  It is so inspirational to celebrate spring and all the beauty in nature.

Janice ~  Hope you are enjoying the beginning of spring and some yoga.  It is interesting to know how and why some of the holidays came into being.

Sylvia~  I know when I lived in California, my friends would "miss" the seasons.  I thought the slide show would give eveyone a bit of a glimpse of spring in New Hampshire.

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Joan, Thanks for the history lesson on May Day. Interesting. And beautiful picture! I love Springtime.

May 13, 2009 08:20 AM #35
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Sandy  - hope all is going well and thanks for stopping buy.  Spring is beautiful in New Hampshire.

May 13, 2009 12:14 PM #36
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I loved your slide show, Joan. I remember we had a "maypole" on the playgrounds in elementary school but I never knew why it was called that since we used in during all the other months, too.

May 19, 2009 10:37 PM #37
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Hi Jim -- I had a lot of fun taking the pictures and putting together the slide show.  It certainly is interesting to learn about the holidays, festivals and traditions. 

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I haven't seen a maypole in years. Thanks for the history lesson on May Day.

May 29, 2009 09:36 AM #39
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Russell  -- I think we should bring this holiday back!  It is a lot of fun and I remember everyone had a great time dancing around the maypole.

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