Happy May Day
European traditions included a ceremony of bringing in a tree from the woods.
Its branches were lopped off and it was wrapped with violets...all a tribute to the Roman god Attis (read more history here)
Generations later, the festivities included tying a pole with colorful ribbons or streamers, and dancing round.
Customs were carried over that included hanging May Baskets on the doorknobs of neighbors.
Sadly, one doesn't see many Maypoles in the United States anymore, but I love the tradition nevertheless.
Here are some vintage magazine illustrations:New Yorker Magazine, 1949