The ancient Druids, celebrated four great fire festivals every year. One fell on May 1st.
Fertility rites were carried out, giant frameworks were built in the shape of men, sacrifices of animals and sometimes human beings were penned up inside them and set afire. Thank goodness times changed over the years, this was replaced with a wicker effigy and large bonfires, called the Beltane Fire.
Mayday superstition survived the ages such as a young girl washing her face in morning dew to preserve a woman’s complexion. Slavic peasants gathered dew to wash their cows as a preventative against witchcraft.
In Spain and France people rolled naked in dewy grass to protect themselves from skin diseases. Others snuffed it as a cure for vertigo. Some killed all hares found near the cows because they were thought to be witches intent on harming their cows.
Before Wednesday, I thought MAYDAY superstitions were forgotten. Didn’t hear of today’s peasants lighting Beltane Fires while they danced and jumped around. Sacrifices seemed to have disappeared. And I didn’t notice people dancing around the maypole.
Well, I thought May 1, 2019 would be free of hares being killed despite some people openly calling themselves witches. The cows were probably safe from sorcery! And sacrifices would not be a concern.
But have no fear, the monkey business appeared right on time!
May 1, 2019 proved MAYDAY shenanigans are still with us as a morning party began with
“ The Mueller Hearings” and “The attempt to Sacrifice Attorney General Barr”.