Come all ye lads and lassies
Join in the festive scene
Come dance around the maypole
That will stand upon the green.
Well…it seems like a terribly long time since I have been here. Truth is, I have been exhausted. My internship is going well, and I am quite enjoying it. It has been beautiful outside, and I have taken to walking the mile and a half to go pick up the baby from daycare, then it is another mile to walk back home. Of course, my cortisone shots for my heel spurs have decided to wear off, so my feet are in excruciating pain, but still I walk. Then, when I get home, I am pretty much too tired to do anything else but make dinner for the kids, and raise my finger to change the channel. I sign online, get my mail, open up Movable Type, and my eyes start closing. :LOL:
Today is May Day. I plan on putting a few extra tidbits over in the BOS (what??? you’re going to actually UPDATE that??) Hush. I have not personally had the pleasure of dancing a Maypole in several years, and I find myself missing it greatly this year for some reason. The beautiful intracacy of the finished product that results from the simple weaving dance is fascinating. The group I used to be with had a Maypole that was reused for many years, and the ribbons from all the previous years remained on the pole as a wonderful piece of history.
This little tidbit about May Day was found in my old notebook from classes with that same group:
May Day began as a Spring festival long ago. People gathered together on the first day of May to celebrate the coming of Summer. There are a lot of different customs that have been a part of May Day festivities.
Some people would gather flowers and put them by their doors and windows to keep out troublesome fairies.
Some people would put out their old hearth fires and gather with the people in their village to start a new fire to take home.
Cutting down a tree and putting up a Maypole in the middle of a village is another popular custom. Ribbons are attached to the tree and are woven together by dancers.
One more popular custom is filling May Baskets with flowers and other goodies to give to friends and loved ones.
Some people still celebrate the pagan festival of Beltaine on the first of May. Many of the old customs are part of this celebration.
Oh, and here was a quiz too cute for me to pass on. The Princess Bride is one of my all-time favorite movies.