Indra’s blog: About May Day Celebrations
What a great start of a Bank holiday Weekend. The sun was out and how! I hope you have all enjoyed it as much as we have. All of a sudden there was no need to be jealous of those going to sunny destinations abroad to get a tan and you could bathe yourself (and the kids!) in the silkiness and smell of suncream locally.
It is often the simple (and free) things that can make these days so much fun. We did a day on the beach and in the local play park and another one just enjoying the beautiful views from the garden with the happy voices of the kids jumping on the trampoline and playing on the swing on the background. A BBQ to top it all of…. Happy days… and for now it looks like there is more to come.
While gazing over the beautiful Cheviots it made me think of the little celebration we had at our local school before breaking up for the weekend. Seeing their May Day Parade, the Crowning of the May Queen and the May Pole Dancing were first timers for us and how lovely it was. A welcome start of the good weather. The children had practiced a lot and finally the explanation of my son of ‘being inside’ and going ‘outside’ with regards to how a May Pole Dance works started to make sense.
Dancing around the Maypole: This continues to be one of the most popular May Day customs in the UK, despite having originated in southern Europe. Participants dance around a wooden pole, holding colourful ribbons that become decoratively intertwined before they reverse their steps and cause the ribbons to unwind. This is said to symbolize the lengthening of the days as summer begins. (Source: The Week)
All these little people dancing around with the bright ribbons, trying to remember what to do while making eye contact with their parents and family and friends, who were cheering them on. And then being so so proud of how well they did and of the pattern created.
At the end the head complimented all involved on their hard work, the skill and team work it needs to make a dance successful. It’s a good life lesson as a lot of things later in life work the same way. Like dentistry; it needs hard work, great skill and a good team to deliver exceptional dentistry. It needs a team that can dance together and know the order and rhythm to get all these little bits done in the right way and at the right time to come to that final outcome; a Happy Patient with a healthy, beautiful smile. It is nice when a patient (but more often the person accompanying them and watching us) comments on the seamless flow of how fourhanded dentistry works and how we dance together without the need to say much about what will be needed next (most of the time).
Would you like to see us do our own ‘dance’? Do you still like to get sun ready with some pearly whites? Or need to sort a niggling issue before going on holiday? There is still time! The sun has just come out, but the team is as ready as ever! Get in touch!
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Enjoy the sun!
Throughout Europe, 1 May has traditionally been marked with celebrations of springtime fertility and the arrival of warmer weather. In ancient Rome, the start of May was celebrated for the arrival of longer days and the start of the farming season. People would dance, gather flowers and, according to some sources, set aside their white togas in favour of brighter wares. In the British Isles, most May Day traditions derive from Anglo-Saxon and Celtic traditions, particularly the Gaelic festival of Beltane, which means “the return of the sun”.
Many pagan festivals lost their character in the Middle Ages, as they were suppressed or appropriated by Christianity. In Catholic Britain, the month was associated with the Virgin Mary and on May Day, effigies of the Virgin Mary were crowned with flowers. Electing a May Queen remains commonplace in many parts of Europe and the US. (Source: The Week)