History for Kids: May Day
What is May Day?
May Day is May 1st and is a celebration of the arrival of spring. It is believed that the holiday originated in Roman times as a festival of flowers.
Today, children celebrate this day by making small baskets filled with treats or flowers to give secretly to friends and neighbors. It is a common custom (and lots of fun) to leave the basket on the doorstep of a friend, ring the doorbell and run away. If the friend sees you before you get away, you owe them a kiss!
May Day Paper Basket CraftSupplies:
I'm a Little Basket:A May Day Song Sung to the tune of I'm a Little Teapot.
I'm a little basket,
Look at me-
Filled with treats
And pretty as can be
Hang me on a friend's door on May Day
Then ring the bell and run away!
Credit: Elizabeth McKinnon