Irene's thoughts

Yesterday was May Day and many parts of the world celebrated it with a holiday.


When I was a girl, May Day meant getting up a few minutes earlier than usual and going out to wash my face in the dew that lay on the grass. I suppose someone, at some time, told me why but, for the life of me, I can’t remember. No doubt it was deeply symbolic … of something or other!


There is a great deal of symbolism involved in washing and cleanliness. One of the psalms in the Bible begins with a plea for mercy. ‘Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion.’ Later the writer prays, ‘Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.’