We will be celebrating properly at the weekend but this morning I have just been watching the Devil’s Dyke Morris Men dancing in the May at Wandlebury in Cambridgeshire, UK (on Instagram) and listening to massed Morris dancers in Toronto singing Hal-an-Tow (also on Instagram).
I used to go up to Wandlebury Hill on May morning when I lived in Cambridge (UK). One time, I went really early to do a Beltane ritual in the woods. It was foggy and I wandered over to see the Devil’s Dyke Morris Men. I had been expecting them to be at the top, but they were in the lower meadow. In the fog, I mistook them for cows in the meadow. I was wearing a cloak and carrying a lantern, so they thought I was a ghost.
When we lived in Oxford (UK), we used to go to the May morning celebrations there. I miss that… but not so much the getting up at the crack of dawn, although it was wonderful hearing the dawn chorus of birdsong, and the Oxford May Morning celebrations are magnificent. I also love the idea that, all over Britain, people are up and singing and dancing to welcome in the May.
Happy Beltane, everyone! Up the May!
Crocuses in our back garden
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