After the many occasions of Spring, including Mother's Day & Easter the rest of April & May maybe don't seem to be as chock-full of special occasions.
However, although Mother's Day in the UK & Ireland is celebrated in March, many other countries celebrate it in May. This year International Mother's Day falls on the 10th May.
We like to offer our Mother's Day gift baskets again at this time of year as many ex-pats now living abroad will celebrate Mother's Day in May instead now. We are here to help as they can order a gift basket from us & not have to worry about expensive shipping costs.
Another holiday in May is the May Day Bank Holiday, falling on Monday 4th May in 2015. May Day is a Northern Hemisphere Spring Festival and also a Public Holiday dating back to Pagan times. In the UK May Day is mostly associated with towns and villages celebrating springtime fertility (of the soil, livestock, and people) and revelry with village fetes and community gatherings. (Wikipedia)
Years ago it was customary to give floral gift baskets (which could also include a small gift) to your neighbours to celebrate the day. Apparently you had to hang the basket on their doorknob without being seen, otherwise your neighbour could claim a cheeky kiss!
Other ways to celebrate are with food & drink. There is a recipe for 'May Punch' which is made with fresh strawberries, white wine, soda water or lemonade (to taste) and woodruff. May Day picnics featuring fresh fruit & vegetables are also a popular traditions as you are making use of the fresh produce available at this time of year.
The tradition most people probably think of for May Day is Morris Dancers dancing around a maypole & the crowning of the May Queen.
How will you be spending the May Day Holiday, and do you celebrate Mother's Day in May?