A simple Google search will reveal that celebrations associated with May Day date back hundreds of years. What originally began as a pagan festival (like so many of our popular holidays), May Day has evolved into a more secular holiday which is still celebrated in parts of Europe and the United States.
When my Grandma Burnette was growing up in Floyd County, Virginia, a popular May Day activity for the young folks was climbing the Buffalo and having a picnic. She used to always tell me that quite a bit of courting happened on those outings! Buffalo Mountain looms over the surrounding countryside at an elevation of 3,971 feet. With a breathtaking view that includes being able to see Pilot Mountain in North Carolina, it is easy to see why it was such a popular hike then and now. There are many legends associated with the Buffalo. I think that my favorite is that a black snake the size of a telephone pole lives in the caves that pockmark the steep side of the mountain. (For more information about visiting the Buffalo click HERE.)
|Buffalo Mountain in the distance|
Photo taken from Rocky Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway
|May Day on the Buffalo |
Back Row: Nellie Goad, Wirt Harris, Lena Cox, Lola Goad
Front Row: unknown
|Left to Right: John Edward Burnette, Tressie Goad, unknown, unknown|
I suspect that this photo may have been taken on May Day.
How do you celebrate May Day?
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