Tuesday, May 17, 2011

May customs...

It's amazing how habits and customs from childhood remain with us and become more and more "present" as years go by...

In my country May is the month of spring celebrations. As a child the1st of May I would go with my sisters for walks in the hills surrounding Athens and collect the most amazing wild flowers. My sister Dina always made the most special flower wreath to hang outside the front door, the traditional gesture to show the world that we had "touched" May... I remember feeling that "we" had the very best fresh flower "stefani" for sure, because Dina had made it. (I still believe that!!!)
Every May, wherever I am, everywhere I've lived, I would go outside and collect grasses, flowers, vines, and with the memory of scenes from childhood I would go through those steps and feel a bit of "greekness" in this traditional ritual of recognizing spring's arrival...
in the pictures: spring elements from both my May morning walks in the garden and hours spent in the printmaking studio...

2 comments:

  1. That's so lovely. I've often wished that we had more of a May Day tradition in the US. A warm and happy spring to you!

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  2. AM- such a subtle piece of work - soft spring. B

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