Healthy Living & Prevention in El Paso


Make a May Basket

Make a May Basket

01 May 2022 by Ted Escobedo   1 min read

Ever heard of the May baskets? On the first day of May (May Day) people would leave a paper basket or cone containing spring flowers and sweets on each other’s doorsteps, usually anonymously. This tradition was popular through the 19th and 20th centuries, especially with children or sweethearts. The custom was to knock on the door, yell “May basket!” and then run. If the recipient caught the giver, he or she was entitled to a kiss.

Famous author Louisa May Alcott wrote about May Basket Day in the late 1800s. In the 1920s, some bold schoolchildren hung a May basket on the White House door for First Lady Grace Coolidge. While there May Day basket is still a cherished tradition for some Americans, although it’s not as well-known today.

To make a simple May basket, fold a piece of colored paper into the shape of a cone. Then fill with flowers. If you don’t have colored paper, roll up and secure a paper plate with tape or a staple. Draw on the plate with spring colors and fill it with flowers.

About Us

Living a healthier life is a goal that we all strive for but often need encouragement accomplishing. Keeping track of nutrition, exercise, inner happiness and the latest healthy living information may be a time-consuming task. Having some friendly advice at your disposal, whenever and wherever you need it, makes it easier and more fun. With just a click, is filled with tips, tricks, recipes and personal stories that will inspire you on your journey to wellness. We strive to offer you information and advice that you can immediately incorporate into your life. Think of us as your source for intel on living well! is an initiative of the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation

Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest blog posts!

Contact Us

Rio Grande Cancer Foundation
616 N. Virginia St., Ste D
El Paso, TX 79902

Phone: (915) 562-7660