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Celebrating May Day - Γιορτάζουμε την Πρωτομαγιά

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Today is Easter Sunday – at least for the Orthodox Christian world it is. We have a mobile date for Easter so next year it will be a different date and I am not going to confuse you any more. I want to wish everyone who celebrates a very Happy Easter. And here is a post to see how we celebrate.

As for the rest of the world, we are here to celebrate May Day.  

Σήμερα είναι Κυριακή του Πάσχα!  Θέλω να ευχηθώ σε όλους  Χριστός  Ανέστη και  Χρόνια Πολλά! Και εδώ είναι μια ανάρτηση για να δείτε πώς γιορτάσουμε και την Πρωτομαγιά.

A May Day Wreath, Celebrating May Day
This date takes on a double meaning here in Greece.  It is the traditional celebration of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere.  It is also the International Worker’s Day in celebration of workers and the working classes, which is celebrated in September in the US. 

Today I am going to celebrate the former with you. Every first of May I go to the countryside with my family.  We have a picnic, eat too much (we never need an excuse for that) and after a nap, we pick flowers which are then made into a wreath. Below is my sour cherry tree.

Η ημερομηνία αυτή έχει διπλή έννοια εδώ στην Ελλάδα. Είναι η παραδοσιακή γιορτή της άνοιξης στο βόρειο ημισφαίριο. Είναι, επίσης, η Παγκόσμια Ημέρα των Εργαζομένων.  Αυτό γιορτάζεται το Σεπτέμβριο στις ΗΠΑ.

Κάθε πρώτη Μαΐου πάω στην εξοχή με την οικογένεια μου. Έχουμε ένα πικ-νικ, τρώμε πάρα πολύ (δεν χρειάζεται δικαιολογία για αυτό) και μετά από έναν υπνάκο, μαζεύουμε  λουλούδια με τα οποία φτιάχνουμε ένα στεφάνι. Εδώ η βυσσινιά μου.

 The sour cherry tree, Celebrating May Day
My wreath does not get any easier than this. I form a circle using a piece of wire.

Το στεφάνι μου ειναι πολυ εύκολο. Σχηματίζω έναν κύκλο χρησιμοποιώντας ένα κομμάτι σύρμα.

A wire for the wreath, Celebrating May Day
After I cut branches off the sour cherry tree I just wrapped them around the wire.

Μετά έκοψα κλαδιά από την βυσσινιά και τα  τύλιξα γύρω στο σύρμα.

adding branches to the Wreath, Celebrating May Day
To keep the branches in place I used the tie its from the toast bread (always recycling).

Για να κρατήσω τα κλαδιά στη θέση τους χρησιμοποίησα τα  πλαστικά από το ψωμί τοστ (πάντα ανακυκλώνω).

Tying the branches on the wreath, Celebrating May Day

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​I use quite a bit of the tree branches to make it nice and full.

Χρησιμοποιώ αρκετά κλαδιά για να γίνει γεμάτο.

branches on Wreath, Celebrating May Day
Then it is time to add this stuff.  It is vetch and is used as fodder.  I just like the way it looks….

Αυτό ειναι βίκος, μου αρέσει η εμφάνιση του… 

Vetch from the farm Celebrating May Day

​Especially on my wreath. 

Ειδικά για το στεφάνι μου.

A May Day Wreath closeup, Celebrating May Day
A May Day Wreath closeup, Celebrating May Day
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A May Day Wreath closeup, Celebrating May Day
The last step is to add sage.

Το τελευταίο βήμα είναι το φασκόμηλο.
Sage from the farm, Celebrating May Day
Sage detail on Wreath, Celebrating May Day
And I am done!  I hang it up on the wall and let it dry.

Και τέλος! Το κρέμασα στον τοίχο και το άφησα το να ξεραθεί.

A May Day Wreath, Celebrating May Day
A May Day Wreath detail of Vetch, Celebrating May Day
A May Day Wreath sour cherry flower, Celebrating May Day
A May Day Wreath detail, Celebrating May Day
I actually love making wreaths so much I have a whole collection of them here. 
A May Day Wreath detail, Celebrating May Day
It is nice to walk by it each day and watch the process of the drying of the flowers. 

Μου αρέσει να τα βλέπω να ξεραίνονται.

A May Day Wreath detail of flowers, Celebrating May Day
 It doesn’t get any easier. Just use what nature has to offer, she is so very generous. My May Day project is done and I am off to eat my Easter feast. Do you do anything special to Celebrate May Day?  

Δεν γίνεται πιο απλό! Απλά χρησιμοποιήστε ό,τι έχει να προσφέρει η φύση, είναι τόσο γενναιόδωρη. Το Πρωτομαγιάτικο μου στεφάνι ειναι έτοιμο και εγώ  πάω για να απολαύσω το Πασχαλινό  μου δείπνο.  Εσείς κάνετε κάτι ιδιαίτερο για να Γιορτάστε την Πρωτομαγιά;

A May Day Wreath dryed, #EasyWreath #DIYWreath #NaturalWreath #GreenWreath #MayDayWreath Celebrating May Day
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Αν σας αρέσει αυτό που βλέπετε, να το μοιραστείτε με τους φίλους σας, ή να το αποθηκεύσετε στο Pinterest. Επισεις μπορείτε  να εγγραφείτε στο blog μου και να λαμβάνετε τις περιπέτειες  μου  στο e-mail σας.

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Linda at Mixed Kreations

Sunday 5th of May 2019

What a lovely wreath! Sounds like a fun day for the family. Don't know when the last time I went on a picnic.


Sunday 1st of May 2016

Happy May Day and Happy Easter! As an Albanian Orthodox we celebrate today, too! Well, my mom does! ;)


Friday 6th of May 2016

Thank you so much Kim! I hope your mother had a wonderful time celebrating and that she is well.

Marie, The Interior Frugalista

Sunday 1st of May 2016

Happy Easter and May Day, Mary! Your fresh wreath is so pretty. Over here it is simply the first of May but it is Sunday and I'm looking forward to having my children, their significant others, and that adorable grandson of ours over for Sunday Supper. Steak is on the menu tonight and hopefully we can enjoy cocktails on the deck before dinner on this glorious sunny day. Enjoy your feast my friend!


Friday 6th of May 2016

Thank you dear Marie! We are still at it and it is now Friday. Today we celebrate the local church. All the stores are closed and tonight we go out for festivities. Oh when will it end, so I can get back to the business of blogging?


Sunday 1st of May 2016

Happy Easter! Gorgeous wreaths!


Friday 6th of May 2016

Thank you Andrea, I'm still recovering from the celebrations.

Olga Deeva

Sunday 1st of May 2016

So tender and beautiful! Happy celebration! Higs, Olga


Friday 6th of May 2016

Olga thank you for your sweet comment.

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