May Faire

May Faire

It is the month of May
When merry children play
Let every lad and lass
Come dance upon the grass

So sang the village children as the blossoms were wound around the tall pole that would be set up in the middle of the common to begin the day of dancing and festivities on the first day of May. In agrarian communities, the end of winter was celebrated with joy and relief. New lambs, calves and goats showed promise of bounty in the future. As the fickle wind and weather of March and early April gave way to the gentle breezes and blossoms of May and the first new foods began to vary the winter table, people crawled out of winter hibernation, put on their finery and met in their communities to make merry and raise their voices in song.

As the flowers and animals awaken from their winter’s sleep, the Mountain Phoenix community gathers to celebrate spring with music and dancing around the May Pole. Children make raffia crowns and adorn them with fresh flowers. 

When we approach May Faire, our classroom preparations may include painting, sowing flower seeds, and making snail buns. Some classes enjoy watching a butterfly transform from caterpillar to butterfly and then setting it free. We may dye capes with colors from the Earth, or make fairy wands. We may even have a visit from Lady Spring, who bestows little packets of flower seeds, or strews petals around. She helps us welcome the spring with its burst of flowers and renewed growth.