Make the Most of May Day

Favorite Quotes to Celebrate May Day

May Day
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When you think of May Day, you think of fun activities such as dancing, picnics, and parties. But the significance of May Day is much greater than mere merriment. Read this article to understand the history, origin, and evolution of May Day as a holiday.

May Day is celebrated on the first of May around the world. While it is a Northern Hemisphere spring holiday, it is coincides with International Workers’ Day.

Whether the beauty of spring season in May or the importance of labor, May Day is a fine time for celebration and good thoughts.

May Day Is a Celebration of the Spring Season

May Day is the birth of a new beginning after the bitter cold, and is a precursor to summer. It is the time for renewal and abundance, when nature regenerates. Poet and playwright William Shakespeare wrote about the beauty of May Day when he said, “As full of spirit as the month of May, and as gorgeous as the sun in Midsummer.”

Spring parties include outdoor barbecues, picnics, dancing, and singing. May Day is a perfect holiday break to unwind after a long and bitter cold. With the sun shining brightly, birds chirping merrily, and new leaves budding on once barren trees, who can help falling in love with the spring? As Percy Bysshe Shelley, a famous English poet eloquently puts it:

"And Spring arose on the garden fair,

Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;

And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast

Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest."

May Day Has Its Roots in Paganism

It is said that May Day traditions originated from Beltane, a Celtic festival. Many May Day customs stem from pagan beliefs practiced during Beltane.

Some of these are Maypole dancing, the Morris dance, and dancing around bonfires. Due to the sweeping influence of Christianity, several customs eroded over time. But some of them are now being revived to make the holiday more secular. Picnics, lunch parties, singing, and dancing are now commonly observed on May Day.

Make Merry on May Day

Spring calls for celebration, as it is the season of birth and new beginnings. With a carpet of lush, green grass growing in the lawns, and the birds back to their chirping, you can't help but feel happy.

Make your May Day celebrations an affair to remember. Organize outdoor picnics, camping trips, and nature trails with your family. Or simply head out to the countryside to admire nature in all its majesty. These May Day quotes will add to your celebratory mood. Share them with friends and relive the best moments of your life this May Day.

Helen Hunt Jackson

O May, sweet-voice one, going thus before, Forever June may pour her warm red wine Of life and passions,--sweeter days are thine!

Denis Florence McCarthy

Ah! my heart is weary waiting, Waiting for the May: Waiting for the pleasant rambles Where the fragrant hawthorn brambles, Where the woodbine alternating, Scent the dewy way; Ah!

my heart is weary, waiting, Waiting for the May.

Charlotte Smith

Another May new buds and flowers shall bring: Ah! why has happiness no second Spring?

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Hebe's here, May is here! The air is fresh and sunny; And the miser-bees are busy Hoarding golden honey.

William Shakespeare

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date.

William Shakespeare

As full of spirit as the month of May, and as gorgeous as the sun in Midsummer.

Robin Williams

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"

Hal Borland

April is a promise that May is bound to keep.

Robert Frost

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.

You know how it is with an April day.

Virgil

Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire.

Arthur Rubenstein

The seasons are what a symphony ought to be:  four perfect movements in harmony with each other.

Gustav Mahler

With the coming of spring, I am calm again.