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Cuilionn Folklore: Prepare for May Morning celebrations (52* d) RE: Folklore: Prepare for May Morning celebrations 24 Apr 10

My understanding is that May Day, like the other "cross-quarters," was one of the four great turning points in the agricultural year long before the calendar or method of observance was codified by various communities.

Imagine: you are a Northern European commoner. You spend your winters crammed into a stone, sod, or otherwise constructed building of cramped proportions, sharing heat (and breathing smoke) along with the assorted other folk--and probably some of the animals--that make up your household. In these close quarters, wonderful songs are sung and entrancing stories are sung, but germs and vermin leap quickly from one creature to another and, as the food stores get lower, illness and irritation reduce the charm of the arrangement considerably.

Then... the sun begins to warm the landscape again. The trees leaf out. Bud and blossom come. The outdoor world--the commoner's real workshop and living room (a house being merely the place one goes when it is time to sleep, cook, or get out of the weather)--is ready to fully inhabit once again. The unsmokey air is so grand to breathe. The freedom to stretch, move, think and act unhindered by others is so joyous, so grand! Not only that, but suddenly there are fresh green leaves and shoots ready to eat, after the dreadful late-winter diet!

With the warmth and growth, the season of agricultural work returns to full swing. Although the work is hard, it is a genuine pleasure to spend your days amidst such bounty and beauty. Besides, there are chances for meeting up with other country folk, for the sake of work and other even more pleasurable pursuits.

So...wouldn't YOU take the opportunity, in such a time, to run, dance, leap and laugh, court and romp and sing?


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