May Day Celebrations


May Day Celebrations


May Day celebrations commonly included the naming of a May Queen. The May Queen may have started the May Day Celebrations and the Maypole Dance, symbolizing youth and springtime. Traditionally she wore white and a crown or tiara. In performing the maypole dance, the dancers move in a circle, each holding a colored ribbon that is attached to a pole. The dancers intertwine their ribbons, forming a braid, then, to unravel the ribbons, the dancers must retrace their steps. The dance was part of physical education for girls in U.S. elementary schools for many years.


“May Day Celebrations,” Exhibits, accessed August 10, 2022,