Ahh, tomorrow is May Day, or Beltane, the first day of Gaelic summer. I’ve always wanted to be the May Queen. According to Wikipedia,

“Today the May Queen is a girl who must ride or walk at the front of a parade for May Day celebrations. She wears a white gown to symbolise purity and usually a tiara or crown. Her duty is to begin the May Day celebrations. She is generally crowned by flowers and makes a speech before the dancing begins. Certain age groups dance round a Maypole celebrating youth and the spring time.”

As a young girl in Catholic school, May Day was dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Our teacher, the nun, would pick one girl to lead a parade around the classroom. This “May Queen”, although they didn’t call her that, would carry a little crown made of aluminum foil.

The rest of the students would each carry a flower brought from home. We sang a song dedicated to Mary…”Big wheels keep on turnin’, Proud Mary keep on burnin’…No, I don’t think that was it.

The May Queen

The May Queen

The May Queen would crown the classroom statue of Mary, and the rest of us would lay our flowers at her feet.

The Christians sure know how to co-opt the pagan customs, don’t they? Gotta love that.

I won’t be parading around the house, or the town, singing “Proud Mary” for May Day. However, if you time it just right, you may catch me dancing naked in the moonlight.

Stay tuned…