It's Friday once again, and since yesterday was Mayday, or Beltane, I thought I'd do a diary on Maypoles and the Maypole Dance.
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The Maypole dance is a European tradition believed to have started in Germany to celebrate fertility and spring growth. In some countries, like Scandinavia it takes place in Midsummer instead.
Begun during the iron age, it's thought that the original Maypole was a live tree. Dancers hold one end of a long ribbon, the other is attached to the tree, and as they dance they weave the ribbon around the 'pole'. To take the ribbon off, they perform the dance in reverse.
Some countries now erect a decorated pole instead of holding an actual dance, but there's still a festival and procession held. Usually if the tree is erected on "May eve" there's a dance held after. The tree is left in place for a month, then taken down, though in some parts of Bavaria the tree is left in place for the full year.