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May is a month of many spring celebrations including Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month—a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the USA; International Labor Day; May Day; Beltane, Children's Day (Japan); Memorial Day (USA); and Lei Day (Hawaii/USA).

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Pastiche Family Portal HomeFirst of May through May 5

May 1 is the day for a number of notable holidays around the world. Some are ancient - related to the cycles and rhythmns of life and nature - mostly today they are observed more out of tradition than religious beliefs.

Others are modern celebrations of spring in the Northern hemisphere, cultural traditions, the labor force and military power.

Beltane is the seasonal midpoint between spring and summer. Gaelic in origin, Beltane still celebrated in Ireland and some other British Isles on or about May 1 as a day for general celebration of Spring and early Summer.

Celebrations and festivals of Beltane occur in most Northern European/Germanic nations (and to a lesser extent across the United States).

May Day celebrations in Europe include bonfires, green bough decorations, flower baskets and Maypole dancing on the first of May. The Maypole is a tall timber with all branches removed. Colorful ribbons are fastened around the top of the Maypole.

The Maypole is erected in the commons or village center and unmarried young men and women dance in opposing circles around it, holding the ribbons and interweaving them during the dance. May baskets - small baskets filled with flowers and decorated with ribbons - are left secretly at the doors of neighbors, shut-ins, and lovers on May 1.

Pastiche Family Portal HomeLei Day - Hawaii's May 1 Celebration

In Hawaii, May Day is known as Lei Day, a day to celebrate flowers and beauty in a land of tropical blossoms and exotic flora and faunt.



Pastiche Family Portal HomeMay Holiday and May Celebration Resources

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Let's Learn About JAPAN: Activity and Coloring Book - $4.99

Holidays Around the World - $3.95

Pastiche Family Portal HomeInternational Labour Day

In many European and Asian countries, May 1 is Labor Day, marked by a day of parades to honor the workers who power industry - the labor force. These parades may also feature a significant display of military capacity and defense industry hardware, particularly within Communist nations.

Pastiche Family Portal HomeCinco De Mayo - May 5

May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) is a Mexican festival holiday that commemorates the overthrow of the Mexican Imperial Monarchy headed by Maximilian of Austria- while it's not the day offically celebrated as Independence Day, it is most definitely a day of fiesta and food - a perfect day to party and enjoy a Tex Mex meal, decorate the house in red, white and green plus South of the Border props, and party on.


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