May 1st! A day of many holidays…. a celebration of Spring!

May Day, the first day of May is celebrated around the world. It has a number of meanings. In many other countries, it is a celebration of spring and the coming of summer and a celebration for the workers! Work On!

Loyalty Day, May 1st is also known as Loyalty Day – an opportunity to express and reaffirm our loyalty to the USA. In proclaiming this day, President George W. Bush wrote: “We express allegiance to our Nation and its founding ideals, we resolve to ensure that the blessings of liberty endure and extend for generations to come.  On Loyalty Day, we reaffirm our allegiance to our country and resolve to uphold the vision of our Forefathers. We should also take a moment to appreciate the members of our armed forces who are displaying the ultimate in loyalty and service to protect our freedoms, and liberty, and our way of life.”

Dover Days – our State Capitol’s Events | Dover, Delaware  celebrates the exciting history of our First State’s Capital City! 2012 Dover Days Festival proves to be bigger and better than ever—and you won’t want to miss a minute of the many FREE festivities! Held on The Green and Legislative Mall, 2 beautiful outdoor parks in the historic downtown district, Dover Days unites heritage, tradition and modern attractions into a festival that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Now in its 78th year, Dover Days is Delaware’s longest running festival that celebrates First State history —  with more than 25,000 people coming from all over the Mid-Atlantic states to celebrate the weekend’s events, May 4-6th.

What is a May Pole?  a tall pole that is traditionally erected for May Day celebrations, usually  decorated with flowers and with long colored ribbons attached at the top. Dancers each take hold of the end of a ribbon and dance around the pole so that the ribbons become interlaced in colored patterns around the pole.

Why the May Pole?  It was thought that the day(May 1st) divides the year into half. The other half was to be ended on November 1. Celebrate!