Flower Lovers, Do You Remember This Holiday From Your Childhood?
Happy May Basket Day! What's that, you say? While you may have kicked off the first day of the month by uttering the word "rabbit," chances are, you didn't string a basket of flowers around your front door with a "Happy May Day" card.
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NPR took a look at the little-known holiday, and we have to admit, we sure are fans of the lovely tradition of hanging flower baskets. "The curious custom — still practiced in discrete pockets of the country — went something like this: As the month of April rolled to an end, people would begin gathering flowers and candies and other goodies to put in May baskets to hang on the doors of friends, neighbors, and loved ones on May 1," wrote the article's author Linton Weeks. Even more fascinating? "In some communities, hanging a May basket on someone's door was a chance to express romantic interest. If a basket-hanger was espied by the recipient, the recipient would give chase and try to steal a kiss from the basket-hanger." See some photos of May baskets below.
We don't know about you, but we say there's still time to pluck some fresh flowers from the garden, grab a few candies, and string a basket around a doorknob near you.