Oak King & Ivy Queen Maypole Dance How To


Do you rejoice summer season enjoyable? The change from winter to summer season was celebrated with dancing across the Maypole. This custom of Maypole dancing is a good way to rejoice the brand new season. is a joyous approach to rejoice the beginning of spring with the Oak King and Ivy Queen.

History of Maypole dance:

Dancing round a Maypole is a jubilant celebration of latest life and spring. Scholar Carl Wilhelm Von Sydow acknowledged that Maypoles had been constructed “simply” as “signs that the happy season of warmth and comfort had returned.” The Maypole has been traced again to Greek and Roman instances. The month of May is known as after the Greek goddess Maia and the oldest recorded Maypole is accredited to the Roman Goddess Bona Dea, or Fauna. Flora the goddess of flowers was honored with the competition of Floralia, which can be accredited with celebrating with a Maypole.

Roman Maypole Mythology:

Separately, in Roman mythology there’s a “story of Cybele, whose lover, Attis (Phrygian god of vegetation), was gored by a wild boar and bled to death under a pine tree. The distraught Cybele believed that the spirit of Attis had been transferred to the tree, so she had it cut down and brought back to Rome, where it was decorated with flowers and garlands. A period of mourning was then observed after which Attis’s spirit was resurrected and restored to Cybele, symbolizing the rebirth of all living things in the spring. “As a result of this tale, “a ‘sacred pine of Attis’ was taken in procession, or on a chariot, to the temple of Cybele (the Anatolian Mother Goddess of flowers and fruitfulness) and set up for veneration.”(1) 

Historic Celebration:

The first of May has been celebrated because the Crowning of the May Queen (or Ivy Queen), and her marriage to the Oak King. They would unite with a hand fasting, a tying to indicate their union, & untying to indicate their willingness to stay collectively, of a ribbon in a determine 8 about their wrists. This is the place the time period “Tying the knot” got here from. They would then rejoice by dancing across the Maypole. Many May celebrations embody the crowning of the May queen adopted by dancing round a Maypole.

Spiritual Roots:

The Maypole has non secular roots. It is related to a celebration of the tree of life. The pole is alleged to symbolize the earth becoming a member of the air or sky within the ring. It has additionally been associated to the tree as masculine vitality, and the ribbons and the ring as female vitality. In completely different cultures the ribbons have varied colours and numbers of ribbons. The 7 colours of the rainbow can be utilized to coordinate to symbolize the Chakra system, topped by the wreath representing the crown chakra. In numerology it’s mentioned to symbolize the quantity 10, the pole is 1 and the wreath and the dance ringing it’s 0. Climbing the pole can be ascribed with ascending the non secular path. The Maypole additionally is said to cones of vitality; Pyramids, Tepees and Christmas bushes additionally symbolize a cone of vitality. Although there isn’t any direct connection right here it was talked about usually within the studying I did. These cones are additionally mentioned to level our approach to the following life, or heaven. 

Catholic Maypole Celebrations:

Mary mom of Jesus is topped on the primary of May, identical because the May Queen. This observe dates to the Middle Ages and was formally established within the 17th century. Various church buildings included the Maypole of their May festivities. Villagers gathered round a “Summer Rod” at Holy Trinity Church in Exeter, United Kingdom in 1588. Geoffrey Chaucer, the English poet, even mentions an annual Maypole at St Andrew Undershaft. In 1955 Pope Pius XII devoted May 1st to St Joseph the employee. Other sources counsel the tree represents St. Joseph, and the wreath the crowning of St. Mary, mom of Jesus.

Jessica in her weblog A Shower of Roses talks concerning the “Maypole and our Beautiful Catholic Faith.” She describes how she used it for a Pentecost celebration. Her model contains ascribing the points of religion to the colours of the ribbons, and the weaving of the ribbons as tying our religion collectively into one thing lovely.

A 1660 quote from Robert Herrick, The Maypole:

“The May-pole is up,

Now give me the cup;

I’ll drink to the garlands round it;

But first unto these

Whose arms did compose

The glory of flowers that crown’d it”

Maypole Comes to America

When settlers got here to America in 1627 Thomas Morton arrange a Maypole and danced with the village maidens, making a stir. Today, many American teams dance the Maypole dance to acknowledge the renewal of nature in Spring. It is historically danced on or across the first of May, the summer season solstice, and even the top of summer season.

The Maypole influences the Liberty Pole:

The Liberty pole is similar to the Maypole. It is a tree or lance topped with a Phrygian cap, or Liberty cap. The image started after Caeser was killed by “Liberators” in 44 BCE, who paraded by city with a Pileaus cap, (often called a freed slave cap) on the tip of their weapons, representing freedom from oppression. And, in Europe in 1750, a monument on Sir George Bowes arrange a bronze feminine determine carrying a cap of liberty on a pole. During the stamp act of 1756 till its repeal in 1766, the Sons of Liberty to erected liberty poles as a sign to fulfill and talk about defiance to oppression in America. These morphed into Liberty Trees, and the primary was in Boston 1765. Liberty bushes then unfold to France in 1790, the place they planted younger bushes as an emblem of the French revolution. In 1792 the Liberty Tree was formally adopted because the image of nationwide freedom, revolution, and an eternal Republic in America.

Workers Maypole turns into Labor Day:

The Maypole even influenced Labor Day worldwide. In 1894 Walter Crane declared the Worker’s Maypole to symbolize the reason for the employer’s legal responsibility, eight-hour workdays, and the feeding of kids. It represented the calls for of the worldwide labor motion. In 1886, May 1st within the US and Canada declared that staff hours needs to be shortened to 9 hr. day. This was ignored by employers, so staff went on strike May 1st.  The Haymaker riot in Chicago, Il. This result in the declaration that May 1, 1890, can be Labor Day, or worldwide staff day, to carry consideration to helpful working situations. Because of the affiliation with the Haymaker riot, U.S. President Grover Cleaveland picked the primary weekend of September to rejoice Labor Day. Now, Canada and the United States of America rejoice Labor Day on the finish of summer season. That is how the Maypole got here to be danced on the finish of summer season for Labor Day. Over time the Maypole has turn out to be a enjoyable exercise to rejoice. Enjoy this Maypole with the Oak King and Ivy Queen.

How to bop round a Maypole with the Oak King & Ivy Queen:

Easy Maypole Weave.

Gather across the maypole and alternate gents and ladies or rely off 1,2 across the pole. 1’s journey to the proper passing outdoors then inside the two’s. 2’s journey to the left passing inside then outdoors of the 1’s. Continue till the ribbon is totally woven across the pole and tied off with a bow.

All the best way to Galaway Level 1 maypole dance.

Gather across the maypole and alternate gents and ladies or rely off 1,2 across the pole.

First Section 16 counts: 1’s proceed ahead to pole 8 counts, then 8 counts retreat backward to beginning place.

Second 16 counts: 2’s proceed ahead to the pole 8 counts, then 8 counts retreat backward to beginning place.

Third Section 8 counts: Everyone takes 8 steps on the beat to the left.

Fourth Section 8 counts: Everyone takes 8 steps on the beat to the left.




Galway royalty free music. Normally danced to the tune “All the way to Galway.”

Our Location

We returned to the historic Arapahoe Spring now in summer season. It was accomplished in 1936 as a picnic space and water useful resource for automobile radiators on the best way to Bergen peak west of Evergreen Colorado. It I now on a Colorado jeep street as soon as Squaw Pass Road was moved.


Ivy Queen – Holly Tomazin

Oak King – Craig tomazin

Captain Mud beard- Key Wyble

Celtic Captain – Troy Brasch


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