Guests can observe and participate in the maypole dance, create a floral crown, and learn May Day songs and customs.
The beauty of spring has been celebrated since ancient times. The most well-known version of May Day began in the English countryside before the Middle Ages. On May 1st, children would rise early and gather wildflowers to make garlands and fill baskets. They would then secretly deliver the baskets to friends and neighbors. Entire villages would host celebrations and children would gather around a maypole, usually a large birch branch erected on the common green to which colorful ribbons had been attached. Each child would hold a ribbon and dance around the pole creating changing, colorful patterns. The “Queen of the May” would be crowned with flowers. We will recreate some of these customs during this spring celebration at the Poe House.