Tag Archives: Maying

May Day Myth and Ritual: The Virgin Mary as the May Queen

Since May 1 lies about halfway between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice, our ancestors considered it a good time to mark the transition into summer. Indeed, in most of medieval northern Europe, which observed the Celtic calendar, May … Continue reading

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The Mythology of May Day III: Maypoles and their Rituals

This final post about the mythology of May Day focuses on the idea behind Maypoles, and the various rituals involving them (collectively known as “Maying”). The festivities as we know them today come to us largely from the 19th-century revival … Continue reading

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