May Day protestsWatch
Personally due to devolution we should get rid of May Day, it's only significance was Scotland becoming part of the United Kingdom...
" May Day is one of the few festivals that still exists in its own right and has not been swamped by a Christian festival placed on the same date in an effort to hide its origin. May day in most peoples eyes in the UK is the "new" bank holiday that was given during the years of Harold Wilson's term as the Prime Minster of Parliament in 1975 was the first May Day holiday in the UK.
May day it appears was one of the most important days of the festival of the yester year now we are lucky if we see any of the old customs and traditions that go along with May Day.
May was called "Maia" in honour of the goddess of growth by the Romans and by the Saxons "Thrimilci" which means simply the month in which cows can be milked 3 times a day. The Saxon s association with May and milk that the 'Milk Maids Dance' may have its Origins.The 'milk maids' would rise early in the morning on the first day of May and after carrying out some ritual ablutions would then dance in the streets of their village/town with as many milk containers as they could carry. The Celts called the first day of May BELTANE which was called this as the Celts lit bonfires on the first day of May the meaning of which means BEL = bright or goodly TAN = fire it would appear that St Anne's Well Rd at the top was such a place where this took place, there is a well on St Anne's Well Rd hence the name but the true meaning of St Anne's Well is San meaning holy Tan meaning fire the words
have been corrupted with time."