Thursday, 1 May 2014
Today is May day, and while nothing much happens for it nowadays, there are a number of ways it was celebrated traditionally. The traditions include dancing the maypole dance, and crowning the Queen of May, although why this dancing began is somewhat unclear, its origins are thought to have been from Germanic pagan times. Morris dancing is another May day tradition, where dancers dress up in full Morris dancing gear, but the day is traditionally associated with towns and villages celebrating springtime fertility, and celebrating this with feasts, village fetes and family gatherings. The May day bank holiday is on the following Monday after May day, and gives us another day off- bonus!
If you fancy connecting a bit with May day this year, then this Saturday there's a free family fun day at Campbell Park in Milton Keynes, from 12-5pm. There will be a maypole to dance around, children's entertainment, Morris dancers, stalls and fair rides.