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    • Debi Page

      Beltane Pole being decorated - it is a beautiful an emblem of fertility as well as the tree of life. (The Flower Crowns the female symbol; the pole itself... well I'll let you guess!) I lived in Germany as a child, we had these spring festivals there with the dance around the May Pole & little girls.

    • Barbara Lowe

      May Day is originally a Roman festival which began on 28th April and lasted several days to mark the commencement of summer. In England, middle and lower classes would gather flowers 'go a maying' and the prettiest village maid was crowned Queen of the May, celebrated with dancing around the Maypole

    • Brita Lundberg

      happy (belated) may day! the majority of current traditions stem from the roman floralia festival... this five day festival honored the goddess flora with offerings of flowers, dancing, ringing bells, may queens and a may pole. may day is a joyous celebration of spring, femininity, flowers & the coming of summer…

    • Patricia Springs

      1907 May Day Celebration. 14 little girls dancing around the Maypole with ribbons, in a field of daisies

    • Lauren Leigh

      <3 Dancing the Maypole is an old Beltane tradition. Credit:

    • c .

      A traditional May day dance is known as Maypole Dancing. On May day, people used to cut down young trees and stick them in the ground in the village to mark the arrival of summer. People danced around them in celebration of the end of winter and the start of the fine weather that would allow planting to begin.

    • Joanne Krieger Kifer

      In spring we always had a maypole dance (on the school playground). Each girl wore a pastel colored dress with a streamer that matched. (our mothers had to dye them) 1950's

    • 𝒮𝒶𝓃𝒹𝓅𝒾𝓅𝑒𝓇

      May Day in a day gone by! Look at that field of flowers! (vintage photo)

    • Mint Velvet

      [1st May] May Day Bank Holiday

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    Celebrate Beltane Beltane is one of the eight Sabbats that we celebrate. This holiday has some of the tratitions from the Gaelic Bealtaine traditions with lighting bonfires. It also has a bit of resemblance to the German May Day celebrations for our May Pole traditions. On Beltane we celebrate the beginning of summer, fertility, passion, and ritual with bonfires and May Pole dancing. It's a day to honor life. The name Beltane translates to "bright fire", the "bale-fire".

    May Day is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night. – it has traditionally been an occasion for celebration. As Europe became Christianized, the pagan holidays lost their religious character and either changed into popular secular celebrations, as with May Day, or were merged with or replaced by new Christian holidays.

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    The first day of the month 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. Traditional English May Day celebrations include Morris dancing, crowning a May Queen and dancing around a Maypole.

    May pole - May Day is a ancient Spring festival replacing the pagan celebrations of Beltane (Celtic) and Walpurgis Night (Germanic).

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    Beltane! Artist unknown (According to Hutton's "Stations of the Sun", jumping the fire and leading cattle between two fires before taking them to the summer pastures are older customs than dancing around a May pole, which was popularized in the 1830's.)

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    Litha: Held on the longest day of the year, the Solstice is the celebration of light's triumph over darkness and that of the bountiful beauty that light brings into life. Flowers are common in the circle, roses and bright cheerful wildflowers are upon the altar and usually worn by all.