The first of May!
For many parts of the world today is Labour Day, and for many countries in Europe its a day for men & women to dance around the Maypole in traditional costumes.
The symbolism of the maypole has been debated for centuries. Some scholars claim it is the symbol for the world axis. Others that it is a remnant of the Germanic reverence for trees. While still others view them as having phallic symbolism……
And now, disengag’d from the shirt, I saw, with wonder and surprise, what? Not the plaything of a boy, not the weapon of a man, but a maypole of so enormous a standard, that had proportions been observ’d, it must have belong’d to a young giant. John Cleland’s novel Fanny Hill
I would like to believe that maypoles are simply a celebration of the return of summer and new growth. It congers up green buds pushing forth from the ground and melting snow nourishing the land, reminding us that life, although fragile at times, goes on.
…….”but you and I, our love will never die, but guess we’ll cry come first of May…..” Lyrics from BeeGees -First of May.