May Day… Briton vs. Anglo-Saxon traditions?

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  • #16003

    Sean Silver
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    I've found several sources that attribute May Day celebrations to both the early Britons and the Anglo-Saxons. Obviously the celebration of spring is a rite common in many cultures. The Roman Festival of Flora was likely celebrated in Roman Britain... but would anyone have any evidence whether the traditions of the maypole and May Queen were of Celtic or Anglo-Saxon origin? Sources have said the maypole was found in early Germanic regions, but the whole chicken and egg things comes into play, along with the the lack of knowledge of Druidic practices that Jamie has often lamented.

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    Sean Silver
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    An interesting site denotes some of the May Day traditions…http://londongirl.hubpages.com/hub/Bringing-in-the-May---the-history-and-culture-of-the-traditional-English-May-DayHowever, it doesn't appear to be annotated.

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    JamesS
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    Cool stuff.  Thanks!

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