May has been celebrated since ancient times as the beginning of summer, signaling increased activity, bountiful crops, and longer days. Flowers are blooming, birds and insects abound, animals have birthed - everywhere in Nature we see signs of abundance and growth.
May Day celebrations include dancing while wrapping colorful ribbons around a Maypole; crafts of flowers and herbs; and ceremonies to crown the “Queen of May.” They can be held on the 1st of May; or at the full moon; or mid-May, such as this week-end.
Adding a bit of magical fantasy, May Day is also known as a time when fairies arrive and entice humans to visit Faeryland, some never to return.
Nowadays though, you can remain safely ensconced in the real world of Harford County, yet still visit "Faeryland." Outdoor Fairie Festivals create a world for us to celebrate a modern form of the ancient traditions, served with a large helping of fairie wings, glitter, and wands.
This year, the Maryland Fairie Festival moves its home to Darlington for the week-end. Modern May Day and Fairie festivals have evolved - but are still based on traditions with plenty of song & dance, a Maypole for the children, fire circles, and crafts. And of course, it's a great opportunity to don your wings!