May Day ’23 | Whitney Beth Photography | Utah Family + Senior Photographer
It’s time for my yearly reminder about May Day! One of the most looked over and underrated holidays! Full disclosure – May Day antics are typically supposed to be anonymous, but for the sake of education that is not the case with me.
May Day occurs on May 1st. There are a handful of traditions surrounding this holiday, but the most popular and universally known is the act of leaving flowers on doorsteps anonymously, knocking/ringing the doorbell and then running away. In short it’s a way to spread a little cheer and color and welcome in Summer. Which if you’re in Utah, you’ll know that we have been waiting for spring and warm weather for SO LONG!
May Day originates as an early European holiday and marks the halfway point between the spring equinox and summer solstice. If you ever watched Tuck Everlasting, the May Pole and ribbon dance were in celebration of this day. If you google it so many countries have their own traditions for this day.
I grew up ding dong ditching flowers to all my neighbors and loved it! It was even better to come home to our own bouquet of flowers someone left on the porch for us. My whole goal with this holiday is to bring it back, or at least to my neighborhood. My boys love the excitement of being sneaky, leaving flowers and running away. I want them to have the same fond memories that I had growing up.
Which leads to this post. In order to truly appreciate this holiday, people need to know what it actually is! I hope that by spreading the word more people become aware and even participate in it!
If you end up leaving flowers, let me know! I’d love to hear about your day!
Here are some pictures from last year’s adventure! I usually scope out the clearance flowers from my grocery store and then hit up trader jo’s and make miniature bouquets.