May Day - Kalo Mena!
"Kalo Mena!" - is a greeting you will get from Greeks every 1st day of the month! Today is special because it is May Day. In the village, the children and women go out and pick fresh flowers and make wreaths which are hung on the front door!
In days past, the girls would bring a clay jug out fill it with water and that jug would be used to lure their prospective husbands.
These May Day wreaths stay on the front door until July 30th when a salted cake is made and put on the girls' window sills in hopes the girls will dream of the man they will marry. The first man into the household is the one! The night of July 31st a big bonfire is made and the wreaths are thrown in. All those single gals jump the fire along with most of the village kids!
That's the story of the wreath! Mine is handcrafted from some of the left over Pasxa - Easter flowers and some from the backyard!
Kalo Mena - Happy May Day!