A MAYPOLE for MAY DAY, 2015

I put up a Maypole in my garden, here are some pictures, for me, it is a harbinger of springtime, a welcome season resplendent with beautiful weather and flowers everywhere. Have a look!

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A dance is traditionally performed around the May Pole on May Day, the first day in May.

Maypole dancing is a form of folk dance from Germany, Sweden and England. Historians think the first maypole dance began as part of Germanic pagan fertility rites. The dancers danced around a living tree.

Here is a YouTube of the traditional dance:

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May Day on May 1st is an ancient spring festival and usually a public holiday in some parts  of the world, particularly the Northern Hemisphere. The Maypole dance, singing and cake are usually part of the celebrations.

From Wikipedia: “In the late 19th century, May Day was chosen as the date for International Workers’ Day by the socialists and communists to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago. In the countries that celebrate International Workers’ Day, the day may be referred to as ‘May Day’. Beginning in the late 20th century, many neopagans, began reconstructing traditions and celebrating May Day as a pagan religious festival. In England, the first Monday in May is a bank holiday.”

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