This year, spring has come early to Greece (sorry, Canada). So, I’ve decided to celebrate May Day the Greek way–with a nice wreath of flowers. If you’re more interested in the International Workers’ Day of May and the Haymarket Affair, you can read all about it in last year’s post (if you haven’t already, you really should; it’s a fascinating tale).
As Greek Reporter explains, the Greek celebration of May Day has its roots in ancient times as a celebration of Spring. According to tradition, May was named after the Roman goddess Maia, which is the Greek word for midwife, nurse, and mother. Ancient Greeks had dedicated the fifth month of the year to Demeter, the goddess of agriculture, and her daughter Persephone, who would return to her mother on that month after spending the winter with Hades in the underworld.
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