What is the Maibaum tradition?

In Germany and Austria the maypole (or Maibaum) is a tradition going back to the 16th century. It is a decorated tree or tree trunk that is usually erected either on 1 May – in Baden and Swabia – or on the evening before, for example, in East Frisia.

Why do Germans celebrate Maibaum?

In German folklore, witches and spirits gather and celebrate on April 30, also known as Walpurgisnacht or Hexennacht. Townsfolk would burn bonfires and dance to scare them away. Today, cities decorate the Maypole (Maibaum) with ribbons, trade signs, and wreaths.

What is Maibaum aufstellen?

Experience Raising the Maypole (Maibaum aufstellen) in Aying, Germany. The Ayinger Burschenverein has the task of felling the tree from the forest, turning the log into a Maypole, and finally hoisting it into its place of honor at the foot of the hotel.

What is Bonn Maibaum?

Some places let you pick your own Maibaum directly from a forest, such as the Bonn International School this year. These decorated trees are known as Maibaum(May Tree). During the night they erect these trees outside the houses of the girl.

Why was the maypole banned?

If the guard was foolish enough to fall asleep the going ransom rate for a maypole was a good meal and a barrel of beer. The Puritans were outraged at the immorality that often accompanied the drinking and dancing – and Parliament banned maypoles altogether in 1644.

Do morris dancers use a maypole?

Why do we have a Maypole and Morris Dancers? The maypole is thought to go back to when pagans would cut down young trees and stick them in the ground and dance around them as a rival performance to neighbouring villages. This dancing is thought to have evolved into Morris dancing – and the young tree, the maypole.

What do Germans eat May Day?

Putting up the May tree As you might expect, the event is accompanied by some traditional German cuisine: sausage eating and beer drinking. The famous Maibock beer is brewed especially for the event. Parades also typically take place, complete with music from a live brass band.

What is mayfest Germany?

Mayfest (Maifest in German) is the traditional German celebration of the arrival of spring. Maifest is still celebrated throughout Germany with the maypole (maibaum) decorated to show off the history and crafts of the local village or town.

What is maypole day?

Every year on May 1, dancers weave ribbons around a maypole. Every year, you can celebrate the first day of May by watching dancers weave ribbons around a maypole. This tradition dates back centuries and is as woven in origin theories as the ribbons themselves.

How do people in Germany express love?

Starting with the stock and standard, Ich liebe dich is the classic way to say ‘I love you’ in German. It’s most appropriate for serious, long-term relationships. If the sentiment is mutual, you can say ‘I love you too’ by adding auch (‘also’) to the end of the phrase.

Is Maypole dancing pagan?

Historians believe the first maypole dance originated as part of Germanic pagan fertility rituals. Originally, the dancers danced around a living tree. While dancers usually perform this dance in the spring on May 1 or May Day, those in Sweden perform it during their midsummer celebrations.

Why do morris dancers wear bells?

In the seventeenth century there had been suggestions of a connection with Moorish dancing and it was adopted as a convenient theory. It fitted in, for example, because some dancers blacked up their faces and attached bells to their legs, which was believed to be something to do with North Africa.