After reading my Friday blog,
a friend send me a site that
explains May Day. I chose a
section out of the middle of it.
As it explains it the fastest. But
the rest is very interesting...
Below is the site, so you can
go and read the rest of the
story. This is what I copied.
Customs of the Day
May Day is a time to celebrate
the onset of May, the month
that sees the Earth reaching
itself ready to burgeon to its
maximum capacity. Since
the ancient days in England
there prevailed a custom of
"bringing in the May" on May Day.
This was why people would go to
the woods in the early dawn.
There they picked flowers and
lopped off tender branches to
bring them in and decorate the
May Day and flowers: It has
always been strongly associated
with flowers. Partly may be
because of their availability in
abundance. But that is not all.
There are other reasons as well.
For instance, the May Garland
and beggar girls. Making garland
is one of those ancient May Day
customs that has survived still today.
May garlands, is meant for the
coming of summer. May garlands
were also used while begging by
the kids from door to door. At
other times of the year begging
would have been an offence. But
if it was done at May time with a
garland. This is why groups of small
girls, crowned with leaves and
flowers, went from door to door
singing and begging.
Maypole dance: On the first day
of May, English villagers woke
up at daybreak to roam the countryside
gathering blossoming flowers and
branches. A towering maypole was
set up on the village green. This pole,
usually made of the trunk of a tall
birch tree, was decorated with bright
field flowers. The villagers then
danced and sang around the maypole,
accompanied by a piper.
May Queen: Also part of the
celebration was the crowning
of a May Queen. When the sun
rose, the maypole was decked
with leaves, flowers and ribbons
while dancing and singing went
on around it. The Queen was chosen
from the pretty girls of the village
to reign over the May Day festivities.
Crowned on a flower-covered throne,
she was drawn in a decorated cart
by young men or her maids of honor
to the village green. She would be
crowned there right on the green
spot. She was set in an arbor of
flowers and often the dancing was
performed around her, rather than
around the Maypole.
So Happy May Day.Here is your
if that doesn't work
I prefer to the uplifting side of
May Day than the political side.
16 hours ago