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.