I'm Irish by blood, so here's a bit of history about May Day in Ireland. It's been around since the times when Druids walked the Earth freely. Back then, it was known as Lá Bealtaine, though nowadays it goes by the more modern name of Labour Day. Now we Irish are nothing if not superstitious, so on the eve of the holiday, yellow flowers (such as buttercups, marigolds, and primroses) were traditionally gathered and placed outside of one's residence for good luck. It is believed that the yellow flowers also acted as a charm against the Cailleachs, rather nasty old hags who entered the home on La' Bealtaine Eve for the sole purpose of stealing the household's butter and milk. Another tradition celebrated the night before the holiday itself is the lighting of bonfires to ensure a fertile year for land and crops. The holiday was also considered something of an Irish Valentine's Day, viewed as the day when a man could officially begin courting a woman. How's that for celebration?! One ancient tradition that continues on to this day is the practice of visiting holy wells, leaving personal items as a token of respect. One would walk backwards around the well while praying for good health. Doon Well in County Donegal is a very popular spot, so if ever you're in the area around Labour Day, please stop by and join in the festivities.