May 1 is the traditional day to celebrate the return of spring, crown a May queen, dance around the maypole, and perform mummers' plays. In Great Britain, the custom of "bringing in the May" involves gathering "knots," or branches with buds, on the eve or early morning of May 1. Favorite branches are hawthorn, rowan, or mountain ash. In the United States, we often select forsythia, lilac, or pussy willow branches to bring spring and the prospect of new life into our homes.
Cinco de Mayo
The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, "The Fifth of May", celebrates the victory of the Mexicans over the French army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862. Make a piĆ±ata and fill it with goodies. Have a fiesta and invite your friends to help break the piĆ±ata and share the goodies. Play Mexican music and eat guacamole with your tacos or burritos. Viva Mexico!
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QUESTION OF THE DAY
How much would you weigh on the Moon?
Named for the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants. Also from the Latin word maiores, "elders," who were celebrated during this month.