May Day is a celebration of the end of Winter and the coming of Spring. A carnival-like spirit fills the air on this special day and kids and adults alike take part in outdoor festivities around the world. Share the joy and merriment of this Springtime holiday with your family by creating beautiful crafts, making celebratory and traditional food, and dancing and singing around the colourful maypole. Although celebrated on the first of May, these activities are often enjoyed the entire first week of May.
Celebrate May Day with these adorable and simple May Day cupcakes featuring a maypole right in the middle! Get recipe from Cupcake Project.
Make these sweet and thoughtful gifts in honor of the traditional baskets of flowers left anonymously at neighbours’ doorsteps. Get instructions from Three Scoops of Love.
Finnish Funnel Cakes
In Finland, May Day is not complete without tippaleipä, a funnel cake only sold around this time of year. Light and lemony batter is deep fried and dusted with powdered sugar for a sweet and traditional May Day treat. Get recipe from Saveur.
This ancient May Day custom has really survived the test of time. Kids would handcraft crowns from flowers and foliage and drape themselves in it before they would go begging door to door, singing along their jaunt. Get instructions from The Gold Jellybean.
May Day Tags
As part of May Day customs, kids would sneak up to neighbours' houses, hang a cheery basket on the doorknob, ring the bell, and run away. If the door was opened before you got away, you had to kiss your unsuspecting recipient! Make up a simple basket and attach one of these darling tags. Get instructions from Skip To My Lou.
Mini Strawberry Trifles
With rich flavour and silky texture, these oh so delicious mini strawberry trifles will have everyone wanting more! Get recipe from Cooking in Sens.
These crunchy, hearty Irish oatcakes are terrific eaten like crackers with savoury or sweet accompaniments. Get recipe from Saveur.
Spring Bouquet Popsicles
May flowers bring refreshing flower popsicles! These orange blossom water flavoured popsicles are a fun, colourful, and surprising treat. Get recipe from Marla Meridith.
These meringues are just darling and yummy. Your little fairy will feel as light as a feather while tiptoeing on moonbeams! Get recipe from Eat Good 4 Life.
Make a Maypole
The maypole is the centrepiece of May Day. The day culminates in ritual dancing around a maypole to acknowledge and tame the high spirits brought on by the perfumed air warmed by the sun's new brightness. Learn how to make your own! Get instructions from Peggy O'Mara.