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Early Years Festival and Celebration Calendar
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May Day

The first day of the month of May is known as May Day.

It is the time of year when warmer weather begins and flowers and trees start to blossom. It is when people celebrate the coming of summer with lots of different customs that are expressions of joy and hope after a long winter. Traditional English May Day celebrations include Morris dancing, crowning a May Queen and dancing around a Maypole.

May Day is often celebrated with a Maypole dance. This includes weaving ribbons around a pole.

To create your own Maypole have children take turns wrapping ribbon (or crepe paper) around a pole. Walk around the pole in opposite directions weaving the ribbon in and out. Once the children get the hang of it, play some music and allow them to skip, or dance around the pole as they weave the ribbon. To unwind the ribbon get children to reverse their direction. Continue this process until all of the children have had a turn.