Celebrating May Day is an old British tradition that dates back several centuries. It was originally called Beltane and was the Celtic festival that celebrated the start of summer. Over the years various traditions evolved including Morris and Maypole dancing and the crowning of the May Queen. Of course times have changed but even so, we think the first day of the 'Merrie Month' shouldn't go unnoticed. And what prettier way of decorating a room for the festivities than with this enchanting floral wreath? Exquisitely made by hand, it's ideal for hanging on a door or cupboard. Alternatively, lay it flat with a candle in the middle as a centrepiece for your May Day feast.
Price: £25.00 from The Original Gift Company
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