Friday, May 11, 2018

Day 2115: How about a Maypole?

story: collage, acrylic & digital

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It that time of the year again ... thank goodness!

The fearless four are on the road again for the second annual ...

guess what and guess where?
Come on, wanna guess? Wanna play?
Details and photos galore tomorrow on Day 2116!

My dear friend/artist Heidi in Austria, just sent me this ...

photo by Heidi, Austria, May 2018

her photo of an Austrian Maypole. 

Saying "On May 1st they are erected after being decorated.  Usually a Band plays folk music, often politicians are present.The fun story also is that it's a sport to steal these maypoles (mainly in the night) and that the group that has been stolen from has to buy it back! There might be lots of mistakes in my sentence so I hope you know what I mean."

In Germany and Austria the maypole (or Maibaum) is a tradition going back to the 16th century. It is a decorated tree or tree trunk that is usually erected either on 1 May . In  Austria, it is usual to have a ceremony to erect the maypole on the village green. The custom of combining it with a village or town fete, that usually takes place on 30 April or 1 May.

photo by Heidi, Austria, May 2018

Heidi said, "some decades ago - maybe the 50's, 60's 
or earlier - young boys tried to climb up and 
get some of the decoration pieces, maybe a sausage. 
They were dressed in lederhosen - leather trousers, 
a traditional kind that every boy would have at an early age.  
As these trousers were short legged, climbing up 
could have been very painful when the boy wasn't 
strong enough and slid down."

 I thought you might enjoy seeing the tradition?

A smile for Friday ...

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