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Awakenings: May Day

on May 1, 2014

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Today is May 1st and is officially…

May Day


May Day has been celebrated for many centuries, and its origins date back to pre-Christian times. Today, May Day is celebrated throughout Europe and North America, and a public holiday often recognizes the day.

Traditional May Day activities include dancing around the maypole and the selection of the Queen of May/May Queen. A crowning will also take place of the Queen of May.

Morris dancing is another May Day tradition, and offers the perfect excuse to dress up in full Morris dancing gear. A sturdy stick will also be required, as Morris dancers striking each other’s sticks is just one aspect of this eccentric British tradition.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Featured article by Micki Peluso, author of …And the Whippoorwill Sang. Learn the origin of the month of May, events surrounding celebrations of May Day, ritualistic and symbolic fetes of olden days, when May Day celebrations flourished and the magical rites of May Day.

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One response to “Awakenings: May Day

  1. Micki Peluso says:

    Very Interesting!! I never heard of that tradition before but was surprised to hear that Russia is celebrating May Day today.

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