I didn't realize Will and Kate, the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, celebrated their second wedding anniversary on April 29th until I visited Miss Spenser's blog. Two years have swiftly passed! I vividly remember watching their royal wedding at Westminster Abbey on television, and seeing "the" Buckingham Palace balcony kiss. Tea parties in their honor abounded on both sides of the pond!
Cheers! Wishing the royal couple many more wonderful years together!
Prince William and Kate had a romantic dinner in London on April 25th since William had to return to Wales to resume his duties as a search and rescue pilot on their actual anniversary date. What did Kate do on their anniversary? She attended a tea at Naomi House to mark Children's Hospice Week. She is Patron of East Anglia Children's Hospices.
[Photos courtesy of Naomi House Facebook page]
Happy May Day!
May Day is an ancient spring festival that is celebrated in many countries in different ways. When the pagan celebrations were Christianized, May Day became known for the traditions of dancing around a maypole, crowning a May Queen, and children anonymously leaving "May baskets" [filled with spring flowers and/or candy] on neighbor's doorknobs or steps on the eve of May Day. After ringing the doorbell they quickly fled so they wouldn't be seen.
In the 19th century, people began to decorate maypoles with brightly colored ribbons or paper streamers. As they danced and sang around the pole, they held the ends of the ribbons or streamers in their hands, until the pole was completely wrapped, which ended the dance.
Below is a photo of Maypole dancing at Bryn Mawr College, a women's liberal arts college near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where May Day festivities are an annual tradition.
While May Day is a national holiday in many countries, it's not in the United States, except for Hawaii, where it's known as "Lei Day." The Pilgrims brought May Day traditions to America, but Puritans were quick to condemn them. Consequently, it has never been celebrated in this country with the same enthusiasm as in other countries.
Louisa May Alcott wrote about handing out May Day baskets in her book, Jack and Jill. Though the practice has waned considerably today, some feel the tradition was good because it taught children about anonymous giving. Reciprocity was not expected, and it was a chance for them to give to grownups, instead of the other way around. On almost every other holiday, children are the primary recipients, so they don't experience the joy of giving. Unfortunately, most children in the U.S. today don't know anything about May Day.
Did you celebrate festive May Day traditions when you were growing up?