May Day in the UK

almost certainly be said that the British love May . After all, for almost all the 30 days in May, they celebrate something so. By the way, except Easter, Christmas and New Year holidays all fall on Monday. This is how, in their own way, in English, they decided to issue diplomatically, "Monday — the day of heavy."

In May, the British celebrate May Day (May Day) with street processions and folk festivals. Musicians, jugglers on stilts, minstrels and tavern here create a genuine atmosphere of a medieval carnival.

On this day, people dancing to the May tree, decorated with colored ribbons, dress up in Green Jack (Jack-in-the-Green) , shielding the small alcove in the fresh greenery. Jack and his flowers dancing on cities to raise money for later in the evening feast. In many villages, young people cut down trees and set them as the Maypole (column) in the center of the village. Previously, each pillar was a gathering place for the rural community for dances and events. Various competitions were held everywhere: from catching a dirty pig whipping up the oil, so many villagers were able to take home the prize. There are even contests for children, and soon the kids could boast conquered tapes, toys and bells.

On this day chosen king and queen of May, who lead the activities on this day. In the Middle Ages this day the girls washed with dew, believing that this will make them irresistible for the whole year. Even in this celebration is always held the competition in archery. Be sure to have traditional dances and songs. And, you can remember about the national hero — Robin Hood. It was the day of his, one of the legends, captured sheriff Nottinghamshire. Robin could not help but to demonstrate their skills in shooting competitions. This love for competition and allowed the sheriff to seize him.

However, the origins of May Day are not known, and what is known about its history, suggests certain ideas. The festival is clearly not based on the magical ritual of fertility, grain was supposed at the time, rather, it was the expression of views of the community of happiness and pleasure. Emphasis was placed on the feast of solidarity and unity of the people, not something supernatural or metaphysical.

Spring festival dates back to ancient rituals dedicated to agriculture and resurrection, as well as linking heaven and earth Tree of Peace — Maisky tree. The pagan origins of the Maypole confirms the existence of this attribute in the ancient Greek and Roman spring rituals dedicated to Attis.

The British reinforced the symbolism of fertility, adding to a pole (masculine) disk (feminine). Dancers unwound tape so that they rotate around the pole, which symbolizes the creation of the world from the central axis (this is similar to the rites in honor of Attis, which confirms the origin of the Roman Holiday).