Saturday, 1 May 2010

The Eve of May Day

The evening of April 30th in the Czech countryside is for celebrating. The evil spirit of winter in the form of an effigy of a witch is thrown on a fire and the summer months are called in. During the communist years it meant that many citizens arrived at the compulsory May Day parades rather the worse for wear. Marking the switch of the seasons goes back at least to Celtic times. It was a mirror reflection of the beginning of the winter months at the time of Halloween (adapted to Bonfire Night in the UK).
Many people see this evening as a time to eliminate bad feelings and mood that have developed into something grotesque. May should be entered in a positive frame of mind and we shouldn’t be taking with us the thoughts and feelings that we have allowed to become ugly.


  1. HI TRAMP-

    I like the time honored tradition. Yes, May is a good time to follow nature in to new life - rebirth and hope. There is no room for 'ugly' in May.:-)

    Love to you

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  3. Greetings Gail
    After the barbecue last night I spent the evening watching for shooting stars with my grandson. What did it matter that it was cloudy, I can't dampen the enthusiasm of a six-year-old. Have a good weekend ... Tramp

  4. How interesting to find out more about Czech traditions. It makes sense to have a mirror to Halloween. We celebrate Halloween a bit more traditionally in Scotland to the rest of the UK and you can still see the link to when it was intended to banish witches etc (it is getting a bit tenuous these days tho'). Julie

  5. Julie
    Thankks for stopping by.
    One unfortunate tradition here is that when a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday it is not transfered to a working day so it's a full week next week...Tramp

  6. Here's to a positive Maytime... Prosit!

  7. Solitary
    Yes, we won't let the weather dampen our spirits.