We recently had a special St. George's celebration in the town square, aptly named St. George's Square. There were all sorts of things to see and lots of games for the children to play. Here I'm showing you the Maypole dancing because it's so appropriate for today - May Day. The children came from a nearby town and surroundings and they really were very good. Do click on the pictures to enlarge and see the intricate patterns the ribbons make whilst moving down the pole. In the background are the musicians, all dressed beautifully in their special costumes. It was great fun!
Maypole dancing has been around for many years and symbolises the rites of Spring. The maypole is a phallic symbol, which is plunged into the ground to ensure fertility for the coming season. These days we don't rely quite so much on that sort of symbolism, or do we? Perhaps we should because our world is very fragile these days and we do well to respect it.
I wish you all a wonderful May Day. Will you be dancing round a maypole?