Friday, April 29, 2011

Dancing the May Pole - Postcard Friendship Friday #61




When I attended High School, May Day was the big celebration. Every Spring we voted for our May Day Queen and her court.  The celebration was in the big gym, where there was music by the choir, band and orchestra and the queen was introduced with a special dance.  The dresses the court wore--with big hoop skirts--were amazing.  

But my favorite part was winding of the May Pole by the Freshmen girls.  When I was a freshman I was in the group who danced around the May Pole.  I still have the pretty purple dress I wore. 

Colorful crepe paper ribbons were attached to the top of the pole.  As music played, one group of us walked to the right, the others to the left.  It was a pretty dance, where we would dip under the ribbon of the first person, then go over the ribbon of the next and so on. 

The winding of the Maypole was a traditional activity each spring.   I believe May Day is still celebrated in this manner at my old Alma Mater.

Happy May Day and Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

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10 comments:

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

When my sons were little, the school used to have dancing around the maypole. I think it's such a lovely tradition.

Aimee Dars said...

Great card! Dancing around the may pole sounds like so much fun - it's not something we did growing up. :(

Coffeedoff said...

We always had a maypole in our school for Mayday. I so longed to be able to dance round it bu didn't get an oppertunity. I was one of the May Queens attendants though!

www.dakotaboo.com said...

Been years since I've seen a maypole. Don't remember it featuring too much in my childhood although.

Aimee said...

I've never done the maypole thing, but it looks like fun!

Dorincard said...

Many ways to do pole-dancing...
Fond memory postcard for you, I bet!...:)

Heather said...

I did this once at a birthday party. What fun.

Picture My World said...

My second time playing your meme. Looks like its an old postcard, i like it.

http://www.picturemyworld.info/2011/04/postcard-friendship-friday-flowers-finland/

Scrappy Grams said...

Joyous card! I remember going around the Maypole when I was in grade school, but that and making May day baskets from paper went out of fashion a very long time ago. Maybe my class was the last. Who knows? Not I.

Paula said...

Happy Saturday, Beth! This card brings back fond memories. I remember the pole decked out with colorful pastel ribbons. The day was marked with great celebration! Nowadays, I like to gather a few bundles of blooms from my garden, set out down the long dusty road, and surprise my three neighbors each with a spring bouquet! :)))