Happy May Day, merrymakers! Birds are chirping like we're in a Disney movie, summer is right around the corner, and maypole ribbons are a-swingin'. May Day is an ancient spring festival that originated among pre-Christian European cultures during the Middle Ages. The holiday is one of the year’s four days that falls midway between an equinox and a solstice; the March equinox and June solstice, to be exact. In the Middle Ages, most European villages had maypoles, which were carved from trees brought in from the woods. Some villages even competed with others to see who could get the tallest and most elaborately decorated maypole. Villagers would attach ribbons and flowers to the maypole, and dance around the pole as a way to welcome the return of the long-awaited summer. Anthropologists still argue about the symbolism of the pole; whether it is a symbol of fertility, the earth's axis, or as a way to honor the importance of trees. Whatever the maypole means, to this day May Day is remembered as a raucous holiday that glorifies the renewal of another year.
To help you celebrate the arrival of summer, we have some hot deals that will make you want to go out and get your May Day groove on:
- Phoenix: $45 for a BYOB Art Class for Two from Art of Merlot- On a hot summer night, what could be better than painting while sipping on some vino? Not much, my friends. At the end of this Art of Merlot class, you will not only have had a blast, but you also get to take home a masterpiece fit for hanging.
- San Francisco: $19 for an Introductory Pole Dancing Class- Celebrate May Day in true historical fashion with your own version of maypole dancing! Learn the basics of pole dancing with a workout that blends ballet and yoga, that is bound to boost your confidence!
- Everywhere: $15 for a Saress Casual Beach Dress from BeautyClub.net- Make sure you are properly outfitted for the beach with our offer for a pretty $15 saress. What's a saress you ask? A cover-up that magically transforms from a sarong to beach dress in seconds!
- Austin: $5 for $10 worth of Frozen Yogurt & Sweet Treats from TCBY- What says summer more than devouring a melting cup of fro-yo? Choose from yummy cake batter, cotton candy, and cheesecake soft-serve flavors, perfect for the dog days of summer.
Let the merrymaking begin, HomeRunners!