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May Morning is an annual event in Oxford on May Day (1 May). It starts early at 6am with the Magdalen College Choir singing a hymn from the top of Magdalen College Tower. Large crowds normally gather under the tower along the High Street and on Magdalen Bridge. This is then followed by general revelry including Morris dancing, impromptu music, etc., for a couple of hours. Jump to: navigation, search Oxford is a city and local government district in Oxfordshire, England, with a population of 134,248 (2001 census). ... Jump to: navigation, search May Day is a name for various holidays celebrated on May 1 (or in the beginning of May). ... Jump to: navigation, search May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... College name Magdalen College Named after Mary Magdalene Established 1458 Sister College Magdalene College President Professor David Clary FRS JCR President Varun Chandra Undergraduates 395 Graduates 230 Homepage Boatclub Magdalen College (pronounced ) is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. ... Jump to: navigation, search A choir or chorus is a musical ensemble of singers. ... Magdalen Bridge spans the divided stream of the River Cherwell just to the east of the City of Oxford, and next to Magdalen College whence it gets its name and pronunciation. ... A Morris dance is a form of folk dance. ...

There is a tradition of students jumping off Magdalen Bridge despite the obvious danger and potentially shallow water. In 2005, the exceptionally low water resulted around half the hundred or so jumpers requiring medical treatment. Jump to: navigation, search 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Jump to: navigation, search May Day is a name for various holidays celebrated on May 1 (or in the beginning of May). ... Jump to: navigation, search The Oxcentrics were a Dixieland jazz band founded in 1975 at Oxford University. ... Jump to: navigation, search The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ...

External links

  • May Morning information and Music for a May Morning CD from Magdalen College
  • May Morning 2003 from the BBC
  • [http://www.bbc.co.uk/paintingtheweather/csv/painting/magdalen.shtml

May Morning, Magdalen Tower] by William Holman Hunt (1890) Jump to: navigation, search Corporate logo of the British Broadcasting Corporation The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the national broadcaster of the United Kingdom. ... William Holman Hunt - Self-Portrait William Holman Hunt (April 2, 1827 - September 7, 1910) was a British painter. ... 1890 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...

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May Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3196 words)
The 1 May date is used because in 1884 the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions, inspired by labor's 1872 success in Canada, demanded an eight-hour workday in the United States to come in effect as of May 1, 1886.
May Day received a similar degree of acknowledgement during the existence of the Soviet Union, where its celebrations often consisted of large military parades and state-organized popular demonstrations.
May Day falls exactly half of a year from November 1, another cross-quarter day which is also associated with various northern European pagan and neopagan festivals such as Samhain.
May Morning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (287 words)
May Morning is an annual event in Oxford, England, on May Day (1 May).
Another May Morning tradition in Oxford is a performance from the legendary John Otway.
This started at the Oranges and Lemons (now the Angel and Greyhound) on St Clement's, moving to different pubs around the city including The Gloucester Arms and The Bear (the one performance there being moved on by police on election day!) before finally returning to St Clement's at the Port Mahon.
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