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May 09

May Day Celebration Held in Quintet, Florida

Saturday morning tents, barbeque pits, fish stands and individual grills all came out to enjoy the May Day celebration.

Children of all ages, as well as adults did not let the early morning coolness stop them from enjoying the moment.

As young people appeared on stage and rapped for Jesus, other local entertainment sang solos and recited poetry.

Dance Connection was also there to show off their latest dance routines.

The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times, with the festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, and the Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic countries. It is also associated with the Gaelic Beltane.. Many pagan celebrations were abandoned or Christianized during the process of conversion in Europe. A more secular version of May Day continues to be observed in Europe and America. In this form, May Day may be best known for its tradition of dancing the maypole dance and crowning of the Queen of the May. Various Neopagan groups celebrate reconstructed (to varying degrees) versions of these customs on May 1.

In the Roman Catholic tradition, May is observed as Mary’s month, and in these circles May Day is usually a celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this connection, in works of art, school skits, and so forth, Mary’s head will often be adorned with flowers in a May crowning. Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the giving of “May baskets”, small baskets of sweets and/or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbors’ doorsteps.

By the Middle Ages, the day was being celebrated with a procession led by a “Queen of the May” chosen from a population of pretty teen girls, followed by the townspeople dancing around a maypole  decorated with streamers and colorful spring flowers.

Pilgrims later brought May Day to America, but Puritans were quick to condemn the tradition as “that Stinking Idol reviving feasts of ye Roman goddess Flora or ye beastly practices of ye mad Bacchanalians”.

 

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