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Gyppo

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May Day Greetings
« on: May 01, 2021, 09:08:51 AM »
    May Day greetings to you all.               

    Ritual has been observed.  Home and life blessed for the coming year.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9KvspjpKN8

    The Padstow Song has been played , and the lumbering old man has danced the appropriate steps to get Summer off to a good start.   The inner 'Cunning Man' perked up his head, nodded approval, and then let me get on with my breakfast.

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    "Blessed be."                       
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Jo Bannister

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Re: May Day Greetings
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2021, 09:47:16 AM »
I've always felt that one of the most mean-spirited acts of the Thatcher government was to abolish the May Day workers' holiday, that dated back probably to Roman times, in favour of a "late spring bank holiday" which has no meaning at all.  I mean, why - except for that connotation of workers kicking up their heels for a day?  May Day was one of two days in the year when Hiring Fairs were held, and labourers contracted with employers for the next season or the next year.  It was one of the few times they had a few coins to jingle in their pockets.  "Late spring bank holiday"? - another excuse for bankers to hit the golf course.  There's no comparison.