Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Waltzing Back

Every year "Maifest" is celebrated throughout Germany, to welcome the  arrival of spring.

Traditionally, a few days before the first of May, a group of young men go into the local forest to select a tree to bring back to the village. All the branches are removed and only the top (crown) is left. The crown symbolizes fertility and is an important part of the tree. The tree is then placed upright near the town square, where it is decorated by the local women. Wreaths, garlands, local crests and carvings will adorn the "Maibaum" to show off the history and craftsmanship of the village. During the early part, before the tree is decorated, local men have to guard the tree to prevent neighboring fellows from stealing it. On May 1st, people celebrate "Maifest", while singing and dancing around the "Maibaum".

Well, We didn't have a Maibaum, but we did have a blast! Alex held a Maifest celebration on Saturday at his house, complete with a live German Polka Band!

Erin and I went on a hunt earlier that day for pretty flowers for our hair.

Erin and Alex Polka-ing!

Waltzing Back by The Cranberries

1 comment:

  1. what a cute festival! we used to celebrate something called 'may day' when i was a kid, i wonder if it's the same thing.