What comes to mind when thinking about May Day Holiday are countless amounts of colourful, blooming flowers arranged in various ways (baskets, bouquets, etc.) which can be seen through such activities like Flower Boat Ritual in Cornwall. A model boat decorated with flowers ‘travels’ around the houses in town (also decorated with flowers), then it is taken to the beach where it is set afloat. In England there are bonfires and barbecues on that day, in a few small English towns tradition of dancing around maypole and coronation of May Queen (with flower crown) is still alive.
In Scotland and Ireland we can observe the Beltane, the Gaelic May Day Festival. In Scotland they celebrate it on the 1st Monday of May which may not necessarily mean May 1st. They have funfairs at their local parks and marches round the towns. Due to that, they often close their roads to traffic between 10:00 and 16:00. A popular town to go to in order to experience the typical Scottish celebration is Turriff.
On that day in Roman times people used to worship Flora, the goddess of flowers. When countries began to accept Christianity, their focus moved from the goddess, Flora, to Holy Mary, Mother of God, who had been represented by many painters with flowers and became a symbol of May. Hence, nowadays May Day contains a mix of traditions and beliefs from both pagan and Christian times.
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