What's the story behind the May Day Basket?

Although not as popular in America as it is in European countries, May Day is a day of celebrating spring, fertility and femininity. Its history goes back to Roman times as a festival of flowers. The tradition of celebrating May Day by dancing and singing around a maypole, tied with colorful ribbons, is still practiced today.

Hanging May baskets, filled with treats or flowers, on doorknobs is also part of this tradition. The custom is to leave the basket on the doorstep, ring the doorbell and run away. If your friend or neighbor catches you before you get away, you must give them a kiss.

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