Thursday, May 1, 2008

Ways to celebrate May Day

  • Jump off Magdalen Bridge into the River Cherwell (Oxford tradition)
  • Females: Crown yourself Queen of the May, aka The Maiden, aka Maid Marian, aka Queen of the Elves (no, I'm not joking)
  • Show appreciation for your favorite international worker in honor of "International Worker's Day" by reading Marx (either the philosopher or the comedy troupe) and give them a hug (if you don't know anyone international who works, you can hug Rocio, but really, I recommend you look harder at Facebook, they've got to have a group or something you can get a name off of)
  • Attend Roodmas at your local Church of England chapel. Or, if you're not into the whole Anglican thing, you could find a group of pagans celebrating Walpurgis Night and attend that (for "educational" purposes...).
  • Dance around the May Pole (a light post may be used of a suitable May Pole cannot be located, but really, you should have a Festivus Pole in your closet or attic already)
  • Do your own Maydayrun (aka MayDay Run, aka May Day Run) and drive your moped/scooter/motorbike 89 kilometers for funsies.
  • Participate in 'Obby-'Oss, "believed to be one of the oldest fertility rites in the UK; revellers dance with the Oss through the streets of the town and even through the private gardens of the citizens, accompanied by accordion players and followers dressed in white with red or blue sashes who sing the traditional 'May Day' song." (source: Wikipedia). I couldn't make this up.
  • Give a Lily of the Valley to ladies of the court.
  • Wrap a tree in white streamers - and only white streamers - and leave it on the doorstep of someone you don't like.
  • Celebrate Bealtaine by lighting a bonfire in the 'naval of Ireland.'
  • Read Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series. All 12 books and 9,685 pages (May Day is part of the "Wheel of the Year" pagan holidays, which sounds kind of like "Wheel of Time," right?)

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