Happy (belated) May Day everyone! Yesterday, many countries around the world celebrated International Worker’s Day. This year, the 1st of May was a complicated mesh of a variety of holidays. It was a Sunday, so many people had the day off anyway. It was also Orthodox Easter, so many were too busy eating lamb and colored hard boiled eggs to appreciate the extra day off that the 1st of May usually brings. However, always true to form, this part of Germany commemorates May Day yet another way, which I had never heard of before.
Yesterday morning, sweethearts throughout the land woke up to a new young tree decorated and planted outside their windows. They look something like this
While my heart hurts for the thousands of young trees that must have been cut down in the woods on Saturday night, a part of me can’t help but admit that, as a teenager, waking up to a decorated tree with my name on it planted outside my bedroom window would have certainly put a smile on my face. It’s a very cute tradition, despite the fact that finding a more ecologically-minded way of perpetuating it might not be such a bad idea.