Welcome to May–a month of sunshine, colorful blooms, and excitement for the summer! When the first of the month, May Day, rolls around, I think of flowers, ribbon poles, and a Renaissance fair vibe. As fortune would have it, I found these ideas encapsulated in a single photograph, below.
As I continued browsing the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog for images of this convivial holiday, I found that May Day festivals are a great source for enjoyable and happy photographs. It also appears that children are the ones who fully embrace the freedom and airy spirit of May Day. I hope you’ll agree that the below images are a wonderful way to celebrate spring!
The image below, in particular, really made me chuckle, and I couldn’t resist sharing it with anyone nearby!
There is a young girl in the above photograph with a sign around her neck that reads “Keep of [sic] the grass”. Were yours eyes drawn to her, too? I relate so much to this spunky young girl and her fascinating costume. I had to wonder–is she part of a performance in which she holds the coveted role of “grass”? It would certainly make sense, given that May Day is a celebration of nature and the greater Earth, and of course grass is a cherished element!
- May 1 isn’t just for flowers- find more May Day photos in our Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.
- Searching for more flower power? Take listen to the Library of Congress National Jukebox offerings of “flower” related tunes.
- Watch a lecture by Jennifer Cutting, who describes and displays some of the folk traditions surrounding May Day (May 1) in Britain and the United States.
- Read a previous post that looks specifically at these Georgia May Day pageant photographs by Jack Delano.