All Sections
action:article | category:NEWHAMPSHIRE0501 | adString:NEWHAMPSHIRE0501 | zoneID:2
Welcome guest, you have 2 views left. | Register | Sign In



A dance around the Maypole was held Saturday in Lancaster as part of the town's 250th anniversary. (Debra Thornblad Photo)

Maypole

Maypole dance tradition revived in Lancaster


LANCASTER — May Day was once a popular holiday. Children made May baskets in school or at home, filled them with candy and cookies and left them at neighbor’s and friends houses. The delivery method was to ring the door bell and run.

Traditionally, if you got caught, the person who caught you got a kiss.

A Maypole dance, something rarely done these days, was held Saturday at Centennial Park in Lancaster in honor of the town’s 250th anniversary, being celebrated all year.

Traditional dances were performed, including the worm dance filled with stomps that allegedly wake up worms and bring them to the surface. No worms were found this year, but dance leader Kayla Dauphine, from the Neskaya Movement Arts Center in Franconia, said she’s done it four years in a row and every time the worms have come up.

“It’s the vibrations,” she said.

This year that didn’t happen, but perhaps it was still too cold near the surface.

After dancing everyone had cake and lemonade and the children got May baskets made by local seniors.

May Day has been a traditional day of festivities throughout the centuries. It is associated with towns and villages celebrating spring time fertility and revelry.

3

Comments


To improve the chance of seeing your comment posted here or published in the New Hampshire Union Leader:

  • Identify yourself. Accounts using fake or incomplete names are suspended regardless of the quality of posts.
  • Say something new, stay on topic, keep it short.
  • Links to outside URLs are discouraged, if used they should be on topic.
  • Avoid comments in bad taste, write well, avoid using all capital letters
  • Don't cite facts about individuals or businesses without providing a means to verify the claim
  • If you see an objectionable comment please click the "Report Abuse" button and be sure to tell us why.

Note: Comments are the opinion of the respective poster and not of the publisher.

Be the first to comment.

Post a comment


You must sign in before you can post comments. If you are experiencing issues with your account please e-mail abuse@unionleader.com.


action:article | category:NEWHAMPSHIRE0501 | adString:NEWHAMPSHIRE0501 | zoneID:59
     

FOLLOW US
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Facebook Follow our RSS feed
Union Leader app for Apple iPad or Android *
Click to download from Apple Apps StoreClick to download from Android Marketplace
* e-Edition subscription required