|Thomas Sevestre: 'Jack in the Green, May Day Celebrations|
of the Chimney Sweeps of London', 1850
They're all very pagan, these festivals, but while I was in England I witnessed the Jack in the Green festival in Hastings and what a riot it was! You really can't go wrong with feasting, dancing, music, bonfires, and really big people wandering about!
|Jack in the Green floats and revelers lined up for the parade|
|Why, hello there.|
But when it's for a parade and everyone's invited - nay, expected - to participate, then one must get into the spirit of things. Even Flora made an appearance, with her own crew, yet.
|Flora, goddess of flowers and the season of spring|
Spring is definitely a festive season, when the earth comes alive with flowers and the promise of bounteous harvests, and when we can shed our thick winter coats and dance around in robes of flowers. So grab your May Pole and some Morris Dancers and have fun this weekend! (Just try not to get arrested.)
*A reference to the historical fiction series Outlander. If you're a fan, you'll understand.