The First of May is a holiday in a lot of different cultures throughout Europe. It is called a cross-quarter day, as it is equidistant between the solstice and equinox. Observances center around the coming of summer, spring’s renewal, and fertility. In England, traditions include dancing around the May Pole, Crowning the May Queen, and Morris Dancing. It is also associated with Beltane, a Gaelic holiday celebrated in Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man, which is the beginning of the pastoral summer and includes the lighting of bonfires on hillsides. A lot of neopagans focus on celebrations of fertility in their revelry.
I couldn’t be more happy that it’s May Day. It means that April is finally over. I’m not much of a superstitious person, but I generally think that there’s some really bad juju in the month of April. Unpleasant stuff has a tendency to happen for me and my family in the month of April. Oh, and then there’s the taxes. So, today is a chance for me to start over personally, put all the negativity out to pasture, and do a little dancing, with or without the May Pole. Also, my birthday is this month.