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May Day - 1st May

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May Day - 1st May
« on: March 30, 2015, 10:57:08 AM »
May Day - 1st May

http://www.projectbritain.com/calendar/May/mayday.html



The most well known symbol of May Day (1st May) is the maypole. The custom of dancing around the maypole is an ancient fertility rite, which is still performed today on village greens and at spring fetes.

The origins of the maypole hark back to ancient times when tree spirits were worshiped and indeed the first maypoles were tall slender trees, usually birch, which had their branches lopped off, leaving just a few at the top to be adorned with garlands and blossom: a far cry from the more elaborate designs of today.


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