When I was a little girl growing up in the Midwest, I looked forward to May Day (May 1st, an international holiday) with great anticipation. After a cold snowy winter, the days were warmer and the plants were starting to bloom. But best of all, my brother and I got to make May baskets and deliver them to our friends.
A May basket is a small basket that is filled with flowers or treats. On May 1st, children hang them on friends’ doorknobs, then ring the bell and run away. The recipient of the May basket chases after the giver and tries to give them a kiss. My friends and I never actually caught each other because we didn’t want anything to do with that kissing business, but we had a lot of fun chasing each other and sharing the treats in the May baskets.
Since I’ve grown up and moved to the West coast, I’ve learned that the May basket tradition is localized primarily to the Midwest and East coast. I think giving the baskets has become less common over the last few decades as well, but in my opinion, it is a tradition (more…)