Monday, May 5, 2014

Old School May Celebration

Spring celebrations are part of a lot of cultures--most of them revolve around the Vernal Equinox (Norruz or Nowruz in the Persian/Zoroastrian culture; Shunbun no hi or Shunki kōrei-sai during the higan time in Japan; Easter in the Western world.  Something that's particularly Western/British Isles though are the May fertility celebrations.  All political co-option aside, the beginning of May was/is the Spring celebration in Britain.

Andy Letcher posted some pics from the Dartmoor May celebration with some good commentary.  Go and take a look.


PS:  Happy anniversary to my sister and her husband!


Old NFO said...

It was also when it was warm enough to take the yearly bath... That was a celebration in and of itself! :-)

Midwest Chick said...

No wonder it was the lusty month of May! Bathing made the whole 'lusty' part a lot nicer!