Tuesday, 1 May 2012
The Month of May *~*~
May is such a beautiful month with the onset of summer (we live in hope) May has been celebrated for centuries and here in England the different counties do it their way, In Padstow, Cornwall they celebrate "Obby Os" an ancient fertility festival, where the whole town take part. People from all over the country travel to watch the display.Sweeps Festival, dating back to when children were sent up chimneys and the 1st of May was awarded to them as a holidayOak Apple Day on the 29th to celebrate Charles II returning to the throne in 1660 A procession with the "King" on horseback wearing a three foot (1m) high King Garland, made from a wooden frame to which small bunches of wild flowers and leaves are bound. People wear an Oak leaf on this day to show their allegiance to the King (If you don't you get your bum pinched!) May Festival over the three days of the first May Bank Holiday, every year the Green Man festival is held. On the Bank Holiday Monday the Green Man enters Clun to battle the spirit of Winter at Clun Bridge and a May fair is held in the grounds of Clun Castle with a May Queen.