May Day

The 1st day of May is known as May Day. It is the time of year when warmer weather begins and flowers and trees start to blossom. It is said to be a time of love and romance. It is when people celebrate the coming of summer with lots of different customs that are expressions of joy and hope after a long winter.

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Taditional English traditions include:

May Queen:

The May Queen or Queen of May is a term which has two distinct but related meanings, as a mythical figure and as a personification of the holiday, and of Springtime, (and also Summer).

Today the May Queen is a girl who must ride or walk at
front of a 
parade for May Daycelebrations. She wears a white gown to symbolise purity and usually a tiara or crown. Her duty is to begin the May Day celebrations. She is generally crowned by flowers and makes a speech before the dancing begins.

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The Morris Dancing:

Morris dance is a form of English folk dance usually accompanied by music. It is based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers, usually wearing bell pads on their shins.

 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_dance

To discover more:

http://www.themorrisring.org/publications/morris-tradition

Maypole:

maypole is a tall wooden pole erected as a part of various European folk festivals, around which a maypole dance often takes place.

 The festivals may occur on May Day or Pentecost (Whitsun), although in some countries it is instead erected at Midsummer. In some cases the maypole is a permanent feature that is only utilised during the festival, although in other cases it is erected specifically for the purpose before being taken down again.

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