Happy 1st May!
For many around the world today is a day of fun and rest and a day off work. For the rest of us, it’s just another normal work day (down here in NZ we don’t celebrate May day but we do have a Labour Day in October in our spring).
Traditionally 1st May celebrates spring (and an official wave goodbye to winter), it’s the pagan festival of Beltane and there’s a good deal of Morris dancing and maypole dancing happening (well, it did in the north of England where I grew up!). I remember going to spring festivals and fairs as a child and carrying freesia flowers to church for the May procession and wishing wishing wishing I’d get picked as the May queen (fyi; never happened.) I remember day trips out to the seaside and walking huddled half over along a freezing seafront pretending it was warm and sunny, eating candy floss and breathing bracing sea air. It’s also a day set aside for International Workers Day and for, oddly, chimney sweeps, as it’s one guaranteed day they could take off and have fun. I’m so glad I’m not a chimney sweep- one day of fun? Like, for a whole year? Yikes.
Down here in the middle of autumn it’s hard to think about spring shoots, we’re busy harvesting the rest of our veggies and wondering what to do with a glut of green capsicum (answer: soup). It’s getting cold now and I’ve got the heater blowing warm air as I write this. I’m chasing a deadline and would be working regardless of whether it’s a day off for workers or not. This worker needs to get the book finished on time.
So, are you celebrating May day? What are you doing? If not, what would be your perfect way to spend a day off work?