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May Day

Celebrate Peoria: May Day

Join us Sunday, May 21, 2017 as we celebrate Peoria's German American community and learn about May Day.

This Celebrate Peoria is in collaboration with the German American Central Society.

Activities include:

  • Watch a German folk dancing performance by Peoria Volkstänzer
  • Make a flower crown with paper flowers and other recyclables
  • Families can try May Pole dancing in front of the PlayHouse
  • Participate in a traditional German puppet show
  • And more…

Note:  On May Day we will be opening our Little Free Library. Bring a new or gently used children’s book and be entered to win a May Day basket!

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About May Day


May Day, many European cultures have celebrated May Day as the beginning summer. The holiday has pagan origins and was later Christianized or secularized in Europe and America. Celebrations such as Beltane in ancient Ireland and Scotland and the festival of Floralia in Rome, and Walpurgisnacht in medieval Germany inspired more modern May Day celebrations.

The most well-known traditions are dancing around the Maypole and giving May Day baskets.

*Fun Fact: Many May Day traditions gathering flowers, singing, dancing and flirting.

*Fun Fact: May Day is an official national holiday in Germany.

*Fun Fact: In some areas in America, making and leaving a May Basket full of flowers and small gifts at the doors of neighbors or loved ones was popular until the early 1960s.

Celebrate Peoria is a series dedicated to discovering and celebrating the diversity of Peoria and Central Illinois. This program has been made possible by a grant from the Louis and Selma Neumiller Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois.


The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum