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May is Here !


May is the fifth month of the year , which 

refers to the ancient Thargiliona monthduring which the famous Antheoforia were celebrated  .

 It was dedicated to Demetra, the ancient Goddess of Agriculture, and her daughter Persephone , who during May is believed that she comes out of the down word, tot the earth .



.The  May Day celebration marks the final victory of the summer toward winter , the prevalence of life over death and has roots dating back to pre-Christian rural rites for fertility of the fields and , hence , animals and humans 
The ancient celebration of May Day continued through the ages with solemnity and with various forms and manifestations . One of the oldest celebrations was the Flower Festival , the festival of flowers, the first official celebration of Greek flower


The Flower Festival , during which young women , "the  kanifores" who were carrying the fresh May floweres from the land,  marched majestically to the sanctuaries. 

The Festival was  founded first in Athens and then took shape nationwide , and since spread to other cities of Greece .

According to legend , the Flower Festival  " resurrecting " the slain god ... Evanthis , epithet of Dionysus , from the spilled blood of which sprang the ampelos. When  the Romans conquered Greece , the celebration of May Day , has not ceased to exist but was  on the contrary enriched, by the Greek and the Roman people that  flowers represent beauty of the gods and bring power , glory , happiness and health. .

Over the centuries , the original meaning of May Day was altered, but traditions survived as mere folk festivals ( behavior trees , green branches or wreaths of flowers , proclamation of King or Queen of May , dancing around a decorated tree or a pole Carousel )
May Day is one of the few holidays without religious content , with events occurring in the folk culture of many European nations , which have been preserved to our days










          The  wreath of May



One of the most famous traditions that still connects us with the traditional May Day is the   May wreath, a a celebration of spring and nature with ancient roots ,

The celebration of May Day is associated with the human joy for the spring and vegetation  which is symbolized by the May wreath, handmade  ​​from various fruits and flowers and   handpicked from the land, to hung on the Greek doors, from the first of May till the Saint John day of June.  
Picking flowers for the May wreath  is still a beloved tradition all around Greece, which is  believed to  joyfully the connection of man with nature ,lost today in the dull and poor big Greek cities .


In parts of Asia Minor , tradition wants in every hoop besides flowers , a garlic  to be put for the spell  , a thorn for the  enemy and an ear for good harvest . 
 On the Dodecanese island , people gather a special flower to put on the wreath called " Bright Eyes " that is  believed that whoever  has it, is always bouncing and luck.