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Beltane (May Day) Custom 1-2 May

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Elizabethofseasons Report 1 May 2013 20:56

Dear All


Traditional May Day was celebrated by our ancestors long before the bank holiday was introduced.

This was a time for merriment and enjoying good weather and for greeting family and neighbours after the rigours of winter.

Celebrations of dancing around maypoles and choosing a May Day Queen were essential parts of the festival.


Today, May Day is still widely observed across Europe but with differing customs.

The increase of energy and better weather act as a springboard to enthuse and inspire.

Enjoy the spring and celebrate the things in your life that make you happy.

Take gentle care
Best wishes


GinN Report 1 May 2013 21:18

Thankyou, Elizabeth, and what perfect May Day weather we have had for traditional celebrations.

Lynda xx


Linda Report 1 May 2013 22:22

In my home town of Padstow today they had the obby oss to see out the winter and welcome in the spring,and next Wednesday down in Helston its the Flora dance. I have not seen obby oss for years but its a good day out if your on holiday down that way

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 1 May 2013 23:21

Aren't we supposed to wash our face in dew on May Day?.... not sure why, but I'm sure I heard of that custom years ago.

A local primary school always holds May Day celebrations around this time.
The children vote for a May Queen from year 6 and her attendants from other year groups. In more recent years a May king has been elected too. They oversee country dancing displays and traditional maypole dancing.
I'll probably go along to watch this year's events this week.



Linda Report 1 May 2013 23:46

My granddaughters school dances around the maypole I like the idea of washing our faces in dew though Gwyn :-D :-D :-D

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 2 May 2013 00:02

Looks like we've missed our opportunity for this year.....



maggiewinchester Report 2 May 2013 00:10

Linda - I remember dancing the Floral Dance in Mevagissey :-D

Unfotunately, I had to dance it with Eric :-|

At that school, we also started the morning by singing 'Trelawney' :-D


Linda Report 2 May 2013 13:16

Trelawney and the fishermans hymn