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01-05-2016, 10:31 AM
It's may day
Happy May Day, everyone. I can't exactly recall what May Day is supposed to be about, but I hope you have a pheasant one.

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01-05-2016, 10:32 AM
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Don't scream it too loud -- or the Coast Guard will show up....


They get really pissed about that.....


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01-05-2016, 10:34 AM
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(01-05-2016 10:31 AM)Old Man Marsh Wrote:  Happy May Day, everyone. I can't exactly recall what May Day is supposed to be about, but I hope you have a pheasant one.

I think it's a day for workers, but maybe something else, too. Tongue

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01-05-2016, 10:36 AM
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01-05-2016, 10:39 AM
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Workers of all nations, unite!

*raises his fist*

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01-05-2016, 10:47 AM
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When I was little my bff and I would make paper cone baskets from colored construction paper and go next door and pick daffodils from Lena's yard (they were the only thing blooming in our neighborhood) and then fill the little baskets and hang them on the doors of our neighbors and our mom's, then we'd ring the doorbell and hide in the bushes and watch them find them.

It was great fun. Of course we never asked permission to pick Lena's flowers so it was kind of a neighborhood joke we were gifting stolen goods. Big Grin

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01-05-2016, 11:20 AM
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(01-05-2016 10:39 AM)Deesse23 Wrote:  Workers of all nations, unite!

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01-05-2016, 11:26 AM
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Quote:The origin of the May Day as a day for celebration dates back to the days, even before the birth of Christ. And like many ancient festivals it too has a Pagan connection.

For the Druids of the British Isles, May 1 was the second most important holiday of the year. Because, it was when the festival of Beltane held. It was thought that the day divides the year into half. The other half was to be ended with the Samhain on November 1. Those days the May Day custom was the setting of new fire. It was one of those ancient New Year rites performed throughout the world. And the fire itself was thought to lend life to the burgeoning springtime sun. Cattle were driven through the fire to purify them. Men, with their sweethearts, passed through the smoke for seeing good luck.

Then the Romans came to occupy the British Isles. The beginning of May was a very popular feast time for the Romans. It was devoted primarily to the worship of Flora, the goddess of flowers. It was in her honor a five day celebration, called the Floralia, was held. The five day festival would start from April 28 and end on May 2. The Romans brought in the rituals of the Floralia festival in the British Isles. And gradually the rituals of the Floralia were added to those of the Beltane. And many of today's customs on the May Day bear a stark similarity with those combined traditions.

Read more at http://www.theholidayspot.com/mayday/his...51PqL2k.99


Of course in Bavaria, it's all got to do with copious amounts of beer:

Quote:1st May is maypole day in Bavaria and a day for the local folklore group dressed in their finest costumes to gather all the villagers together to celebrate this important annual occasion. Each and every maypole is uniquely decorated with ribbons, wreaths or signs denoting local craftsmen’s guilds. Soon it is time for the brass band to tune up and accompany the dancers well into the night. A traditional dark “Maibock“ beer is brewed especially for the occasion.

The hoisting of a maypole is an important part of all spring festivities. Most Bavarian villages have a club known as the “Burschenverein” that is akin to Young Farmer’s associations. Long before the 1st May the young men of the Burschenverein go out to the woods to choose a tall straight pine tree that is then felled and hidden away for safe keeping.

The earliest reports of Maypoles, as a symbol of all things that grow and bear fruit, date back to the 13th century. Today the Maypole reflects the wealth of the paticular community.

Part of this whole tradition is that one village tries to steal the maypole from the neighbours. If they succeed the safe return of the maypole is up for negotiation with ransoms involving copious quantities of beer and food. Some "Burschenvereine" have specialised in stealing the maypoles that are most closely watched by the strongest security. Maypole stealing is governed by a pretty strict code of conduct: sawing or damaging the maypole in any way is absolutely frowned upon as is a non-payment of the ransom. The most spectacular theft occurred back in 2004 when cunning thieves stole the maypole from the top of the Zugspitze using a helicopter. Once the 20 m long maypole had been safely flown to an Alpine hut negotiations began to determine how much ransom would be paid for its return. Rumour has it that the there were copious quantities of food and the beer flowed freely all night.

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01-05-2016, 11:58 AM
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Name one thing in Bavaria that is not related to copious amounts of beer!
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I rest my case Wink

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01-05-2016, 12:00 PM
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Sweet!

Happy May Day!
Happy International Worker's Day!
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