Arbor Day and May Day
We have some more "Days" upon us.
Here is some info about the special dates from "The Old Farmer's Almanac".
April 30—National Arbor Day
As editor of the Nebraska City News, Julius Sterling Morton proposed the first statewide Arbor Day for April 10, 1872. Over one million trees were planted on that day.
Today Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April, although many states alter the date for local growing seasons.
“Arbor Day is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future.” –J. Sterling Morton
In ancient times, May Day was a celebration of the return of spring and the growing season, and of life and fertility. On this day, it was once customary to leave a basket of flowers on the doorstep of a neighbor as a surprise.
In Great Britain, the custom of “bringing in the May” involves gathering “knots,” or branches with buds, on the eve or early morning of May 1. In North America, we often select forsythia, pussy willow, or lilac branches to bring spring and the prospect of new life into our homes.
Photo credits: , Susan Leggett.