While few things can compete with the beauty of an elaborately ribboned May Pole, there are those of us who do not live near a group of people we can practice with, are not open with our beliefs, or simply don’t have the land to erect a pole on. If any of these situations apply to you, don’t worry! There’s no need to let today pass by unmarked!
Instead of fielding awkward questions from the neighbors (“Is that a Festivus pole you’re dancing around?”), consider leaving May Day baskets for those you care about. Left either in front of a loved one’s door or hanging from their door knob, a May Day basket is usually a simple paper cone stuffed with fresh picked flowers and occasionally some sweets. This is not really the sort of thing you go to a florist’s for, as half of the point of the basket is that you thought enough of the person to hand pick a personal selection of flowers yourself.
This is a classic American tradition that was celebrated by everyone from school children to Presidents’ wives, and thankfully has yet to be gobbled up as a new commercial holiday.
If you’re interested in learning more about the history of the May Day basket or getting some ideas for how to put one together, we’ve provided a few links for you courtesy of NPR, Country Living, and Skip to My Lou.
Happy Beltane, Arkansas!