The Deluded Diva

It’s May Day, ya’ll


I’m watching Paula Deen on the boob tube as I blog.  Can you tell?


May has always been a special month, dating to Eastside Elementary  in West Point, where we did the maypole dance on the first of May each year.  It was a very big deal.

Bringing in the May

In medieval England, people would celebrate the start of spring by going out to the country or woods—"going a-maying"—and gathering greenery and flowers, or "bringing in the may." This was described in "The Court of Love" (often attributed to Chaucer, but not actually written by him) in 1561:

And furth goth all the Court, both most and lest,
To feche the floures fressh, and braunche and blome;
And namly, hawthorn brought both page and grome.
With fressh garlandes, partie blewe and whyte,
And thaim rejoysen in their greet delyt.

(Who ever wrote it, couldn’t spell worth a darn.)

In the 19th century, people began to braid the maypole with ribbons by weaving in and out in the course of a dance. Other later traditions include making garlands for children and the crowning of the May Queen.

I don’t think anyone does the maypole dance any longer.  Pity. 

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