Dear friends and neighbors,

At the beginning of May the Romans celebrated Flora , the goddess of flowers, the Celts celebrated the arrival of Summer with Beltine (“the lucky fire”), and folks in the Northern hemisphere celebrated the arriving warmth of the season by adorning their homes with flowers, dancing at May Poles, and offering their neighbors flowers and sweets in “May baskets.” May Day also evolved in the 1900s into International Workers Day,  honoring the struggle of workers in Chicago and the need for solidarity among all workers of the world.