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Maypole Dispute

This is another slice of real life from The History of Myddle, by Richard Gough. I have kept his spellings as they are rather wonderful: 130 more words

Real Life

Maypoles and Students May Ball

In olden days, on the last day of April, young unmarried men would raise Maypoles in front of their girlfriends’ houses. If they did this in the 15th century in Germany, it would be considered a law-binding marrying agreement! 260 more words

Silvia Krupinska

May Day

In the yoga class I taught earlier this week I mentioned that we were headed into May.  One of my students said we don’t really celebrate May Day any longer.  568 more words


Oss Oss!!

Tomorrow, May 1st is Mayday, which in early pagan Britain was the traditional day to celebrate the coming of summer, and known as Beltane… 1,014 more words

English Culture

Springtime frolics, sudden snow-falls and careening swifts – looking back at the May garden

Five hundred or so years ago, it was common practice to celebrate the end of winter and the arrival of spring by “going a maying” or “bringing in the may”. 867 more words


may day

Today is May Day, the First of May, the day of ancient rites, the Green Man, Jack in the Green, the May Queen, maypoles, may blossom and Morris Men.   30 more words



Though now also a day set aside to honour workers and those who fought for worker’s rights, the original May Day celebrations were related to the ancient Celtic celebration of Beltane, heralding the end of dreary winter and the arrival of better weather, the time when cops could be sown. 132 more words