Now here we are with May fast approaching - we are zipping through Spring at a phenomenal rate. Summer is putting on flip-flops and shades in preparation for its turn to host. But before we get out our buckets and spades let’s not forget to give a shout out to a month that sometimes gets overlooked, the month of May.
Whilst May doesn’t offer powerhouse celebrations such as Christmas or Easter, it does manage to start off wonderfully well. After all any month that begins with a public holiday is one to cherish as far as we’re concerned!
Where Did It All Begin?
May Day dates back as far as the Roman era, with an annual festival held on April 27th each year to honour Flora - the Roman goddess of flowers.
May Day revelry is also linked to Walpurgis Night celebrations (traditionally held on 30th April and 1st May). This is a Christian festival which marks the glorification of Saint Walpurga, a matriarch thought responsible for taking a stand against disease and also combatting dark forces in the form of witchcraft and evil spirits. Alongside this the traditional celebration is associated with the Gaelic Beltane (Gaelic May Day), a festival enjoyed and commonly honoured in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.
Why Are We Celebrating?
May Day is sometimes just seen as an extra day off work, it always falls on the first Monday in May and offers a long bank holiday weekend for some. However, we aren’t just celebrating a long lie-in, there is more to May Day than that. May Day is connected to the Pagan calendar – a customary jamboree that has an essential role - applauding Spring and heralding the arrival of Summer. May Day is viewed as an important day by those embracing neo-pagan and Wicca principles.
A Celebration for All.
Nowadays May Day can be enjoyed by all, regardless of religious and spiritual beliefs. It is a regarded as a prevalent and popular secular holiday and everyone can take part. The celebration is often associated with folk festivals, which tend to involve a spot of Maypole dancing - where enthusiastic dancers twirl around a very tall wooden pole. Sometimes the pole is a permanent fixture, waiting for its annual time to shine! In other places the pole is put up to just facilitate May Day and its merry dancers. Some countries also crown a customary “May Queen.” The chosen female will wear a white gown (representing purity), before kicking off proceedings by leading a colourful procession to signify that May Day has well and truly arrived.
Let VOGA Inspire You on May Day.
Here at VOGA we embrace each and every reason to celebrate. May Day inherently celebrates Spring and the welcome arrival of Summer and offers the perfect opportunity to spruce up your home. Why not add a little summertime gaiety to your pad?
Come and take a look at our beautiful mid-century and Scandinavian inspired furniture, with a focus on designers from around the world. We love the VOGA Sculpture coffee table , designed to last and make a real statement in the style stakes. Or take a look at the VOGA Artichoke Lamp inspired by Poul Henningsen.
Even if the sun hasn’t got his hat on you can still enjoy a well-lit day! This stylish lamp features painstakingly created aluminium leaves and will brighten up your home in more ways than one.
We have stylish interiors to suit every taste, and we’re sure you will find complementary pieces that will bring out the best in your home.
Say hello to May Day and make the most of it with VOGA.