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What Is May Basket Day?


May Basket Day is a lovely tradition with a long history. Sadly, most kids today have never heard of it. If you don’t know what we’re talking about either, here’s the colorful history behind this heartwarming spring ritual.

During a more innocent time, people would gather their flowers after April’s showers had passed, and they would arrange them in sweet little baskets with candies and treats. On May 1, everyone would gather their baskets and and hang them on their neighbors’ doors.

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May Day also doubled as a mini-Valentine’s Day because basket-hangers would often leave their bouquets tied to the door of someone whom they had a crush on. If the recipient caught someone in the act of hanging a basket on his or her door, he or she had to chase the other person and give them a kiss.

Kids today might laugh at such an idea, but back in the late 19th and early 20th century, May Basket Day was observed by many. By the 1960s, journalists wrote about how few were still celebrating the day. Now, almost 60 years later, the tradition is only practiced by small pockets of the country. However, we think it’s high-time to bring this habit back!


Watch the video below to see the fascinating history behind May Basket Day.

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