Greetings everyone as we approach our spirituality conference in Canada. Please take the opportunity to visit this site and register today for an exciting and fulfilling pre-conference and conference time. HYPERLINK “http://www.spiritualityandsocialwork.ca/” http://www.spiritualityandsocialwork.ca.
As we approach May, I researched some information that may be quite interesting to you.
May Day can refer to various labor celebrations conducted on May 1 that commemorate the fight for the eight hour day. May Day in this regard is called International Workers’ Day, or Labor Day.
May Day is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night. May Day falls exactly half of a year from November 1, another cross-quarter day which is also associated with various northern European pagan and neopagan festivals such as Samhain. May Day marks the end of the uncomfortable winter half of the year in the Northern hemisphere, and it has traditionally been an occasion for popular and often raucous celebrations, regardless of the locally prevalent political or religious establishment.
The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian, with the festival of Flora, the Roman Goddess of flowers, and the Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic countries. It is also associated with the Gaelic Beltane. Many pagan celebrations were abandoned or Christianized during the process of conversion in Europe. A more secular version of May Day continues to be observed in Europe and America. In this form, May Day may be best known for its tradition of dancing the Maypole and crowning of the Queen of the May.
In the Roman Catholic tradition, May is observed as Mary’s month, and in these circles May Day is usually a celebration of the Virgin Mary. In this connection, in works of art, school skits, and so forth, Mary’s head will often be adorned with flowers. Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the giving of “May baskets,” small baskets of sweets and/or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbors’ doorsteps.
Roodmas was a Christian Mass celebrated in England at midnight on May 1.
I look forward to seeing you in Calgary. Please think about coming to our planning meeting where we can set priorities for the coming year. Consult the schedule for the exact time and place of our annual planning meeting.
Blessings to you all,