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Dancing around the maypole, in Åmmeberg, Sweden

The maypole is a tall wooden pole (traditionally of hawthorn or birch), with several long coloured ribbons suspended from the top. The top of the Maypole is often festooned with flowers and greenery. Dance around the maypole during the Midsummer celebration, 2003, in Åmmeberg, Sweden. ... Dance around the maypole during the Midsummer celebration, 2003, in Åmmeberg, Sweden. ... Species See text. ... Species many species see text and classification Birch is the name of any tree of the genus Betula, in the family Betulaceae, closely related to the beech/oak family, Fagaceae. ...


It appeared in most Germanic countries, and is especially popular in Germany, Austria for the May festivities, as well as in Sweden during the Midsummer festivities . In England it plays a key role in many May Day and Beltane festivities and rites. It also remains popular in the Czech Republic and coastal regions of Finland, including the Åland islands and the archipelago. Midsummer celebration, Åmmeberg, Sweden Midsummer is the period of time centered upon the summer solstice. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... For the distress signal, see: Mayday; For the James Bond villain see May Day (James Bond) May Day is a name for various holidays celebrated on May 1 (or in the beginning of May). ... Beltane or Beltaine (from Irish Bealtaine or Scottish Gaelic Bealtuinn; both from Old Irish Beltene, bright fire from *belo_te(p)niâ) is an ancient Gaelic holiday celebrated around May 1. ... National motto: ? Official language Swedish Capital Mariehamn Governor Peter Lindbäck Premier Roger Nordlund Total Area  - Land  - Water 6,784 km² 1,527 km² 5,258 km² Population  - Total (2002)  - Density 26,257 17. ...


In Sweden it appears in many varieties, the most common being a cross with two rings hanging from the "arms".


The Maypole as a simple pole is several centuries old in England, but the addition of ribbons is an invention of John Ruskin in the 19th century. Pairs of boys and girls (or men and women) stand alternately around the base of the pole, each holding the end of a ribbon. They weave in and around each other, boys going one way and girls going the other and the ribbons are woven together around the pole until the merry-makers meet at the base. There are also more complex dances for set numbers of (practised) dancers, involving complicated weaves and un-weaves, but they're not much known today. Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... Upper: Steel-plate engraving of Ruskin as a young man, made circa 1845?, scanned from print made circa 1895. ...


Sometimes a crown of flowers is placed on top of the maypole, supported by the ribbons, so that it gradually descends the pole as the ribbons are woven together, finally falling to the ground.


Today maypole dances are often done without dividing the participants by gender, simply having them in pairs facing one another so half go one way and half go the other. This weaving of the Maypole is considered by some to be a magickal act. Dancing around the maypole, in Åmmeberg, Sweden Maypole dancing is a traditional form of folk dance from western Europe, especially England, Sweden and Germany. ... Magick is an alternate spelling of magic, coined by Aleister Crowley to differentiate the true science of the Magi from all its counterfeits. Although it is widely believed that this meant distinguishing genuine magic from stage magic, there is no evidence that Crowley intended this interpretation. ...


In Sweden similar traditions were once observed but today the pole is the centre of traditional ring dances, the songs being more or less the same as during the dances around the Christmas tree. A Christmas tree in a German home One of the most popular traditions associated with the celebration of Christmas, the Christmas tree is normally an evergreen conifer tree that is brought in the house or used in the open, and is decorated with Christmas lights and colourful ornaments during the...


The Maypole is often considered a phallic symbol, but its origin may be the Saxon Irminsul that connects heaven and earth. In Sweden, the pole is popularly identified with the male sex and the rings with the female. Phallic symbols are forms or concepts considered to be representations of the penis (or phallus) and the fertility and cultural implications that are associated with the male sexual organ. ... Irminsul was an oak venerated by the heathen Saxons and which was said to connect heaven and earth. ...


The Maypole is usually erected on a village green, and events are often supervised by local Morris dancing groups. In Sweden it is usually arranged by the local traditions groups. The traditional village green A village green is an common open area which is a part of a settlement. ... A Morris dance is a form of folk dance. ...


The maypole (majka or maj) is also still popular in the Czech Republic, in country villages. Villages compete to get taller maypoles than their neighbors, and during the night the youths of a village guard the maypole to keep ruffians from neighboring villages from knocking it over (while at the same time attempting forays into neighboring villages to knock over the maypoles of others). A fair amount of alcohol — and a good time — is generally had by all.


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