There are many traditions associated with the May Day holiday in the UK, most notably heavy rainfall! If rotten weather has you trapped indoors, why not cheer yourself up with a little crafting? With 20% off this weekend it’d be rude not to!

 

Although officially the summer begins in June, May Day celebrations are mostly about the promise of warmer days to come. For our ancestors, particularly those in rural areas, it was a major festival marked annually with music, dancing and games.

 

In some parts of Britain, the first of May is still known as Garland Day. The village children would gather flowers and parade with garlands they had made, often in the shape of a cross or hoop. It was traditional to give the children a little money and was sometimes called May Dolling, when a small doll was placed in the centre of the garland.

 

Perhaps you’ll be indulging in some Morris dancing this weekend, or have been crowned the May Queen? I’ve heard tell of beautifully beaded miniature Maypoles, if you’ve made one do please send us a picture. As always we’d love to hear what you’re up to, we’re unfailingly nosy about all of your clever creations!

 

In association with The Fairy Tale Fair