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Beltane (May Day) Custom 1-2 May

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Linda

Linda Report 2 May 2013 13:16

Trelawney and the fishermans hymn

maggiewinchester

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

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 2 May 2013 00:02

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

http://www.guardian.co.uk/weather/2009/apr/30/weather-watch-dew-may-1

Gwyn

Linda

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 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.

Gwyn

Linda

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

GinN

GinN Report 1 May 2013 21:18

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

Lynda xx

Elizabethofseasons

Elizabethofseasons Report 1 May 2013 20:56

Dear All

Hello

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.

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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
EOS
xx