The Legend of Maypole


THE LEGEND OF MAYPOLE
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The May Day Festival

Today, many nationalities celebrate the May Day festival where you will see young ladies dancing around the maypole holding on to ribbons or vines and creating unique braided ribbons.

However, this ritual was at one time celebrated in quite a different way. The origin is that the Maypole was a pagan phallic symbol of fertility. The ribbons were plaited by young virgins during the festival. This was considered the rites of spring to ensure the fertility of the land for the people. However, many of the young girls would lose their virginity at the end of the celebration.

Leaving out all the sorted details, the dance and rite of spring was a beautiful thing to watch, as there may have been several rings of girls all with beautiful ribbons being created in order to provide fertility for the land for their people. The May flowers adorned the top of the pole and would drift down upon the girls as they danced and many would fall onto the spectators giving the entire scene a magical feel.

Today, many of the beautiful flowers and even the ribbons have been replaced with plastic garlands. The girls now perform a type of ballet dance but the rite of spring is still in the center of the legend.

The festival begins during the day and proceeds long into the night with bonfires and couples arm in arm. 



The Legend of Maypole

The Legend of Maypole

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