From May Day to Memorial Day, May is a month ripe with celebration in Tottenville history.
What is May Day? Celebrated on May 1, the traditional dancing around a pole with ribbons to celebrate the arrival of Spring fell into decline during the Cold War era in our country. This was because of the association with the May Day labor movement in Russia.
On the second Sunday in May, we remember our mothers.
In May, 2011 I wrote: “Today on Mother’s Day, two mothers who lived in Tottenville not only come to mind, but also touch my heart: one famous, Dorothy Day; one known only to her family, my own mother.”
Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians
May 24th is Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians. OLHC in Tottenville celebrates the parish Feast Day on the closest Sunday.
Begun with a Mass, the crowning of Mary follows, with the children who made their first Holy Communion in May. The community then enjoys a parish celebration, with food, games, and rides for the children.
The Parish Feast Day celebration this year took place on Sunday, May 19, 2013.
“Notwithstanding the inclement weather, the ball park figure was between 275-300 parishioners, their friends and neighbors who attended the Parish Feast Day.”
Here is my previous blog sharing of the May 20, 2012 OLHC Parish Feast Day.
Historical May event
“The first local draft board on Staten Island opened on May 25, 1917.” http://www.tottenvillehistory.com/More-History-Tottenville-Staten-Island-New-York/the-war-years/All-Pages.html
“Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.” http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html
In the past, Tottenville’s Memorial Day Parades were an annual event.
Photo submitted by SDzubay of the Tottenville Memorial Day Parade in the 1930’s.
As we begin the Memorial Day weekend, let’s not forget remembrance as we celebrate.