Tomorrow was probably a day schoolgirls of a century past, came to dread.
First of May….Petticoat Day. A day when prankish boys would try to lift the skirts and catch an innocent glimpse of a petticoat.
Petticoat, ask around today’s youth…..how many do you think would know what a petticoat is, or was……
May 1st has been a day of celebrations since Pagan times…..with Beltane Feasts to rejoice in the coming of summer.
May was summer in Pagan times….. June’s solstice was midsummer’s mark.
May Poles and ribbons gave way to Christian adaptations of Mary’s month; when the Lord’s mother is crowned with flowers and the Rosary, Mary’s prayer, is recited.
Communion is given to young children celebrating this milestone Sacrament, when little girls dress up in lace, and white, with ribbons and crinoline petticoats……
Sometimes, the old ways have a way of meshing with the new……
The Pagan and the Christian…….
The Petticoats and the Communion dresses………….
Just like ribbons……..the ancient and the new are intertwined.