2 May 2022
Maypole dancing is a tradition on May Day. It is believed to have started in Roman Britain around 2,000 years ago, when soldiers celebrated the arrival of spring by dancing around decorated trees thanking their goddess Flora.
In Hertford Heath, children from our local school will be dancing around a carefully crafted pole. Following tradition, boys and girls make up pairs before beginning their routine. The dance creates a multi-coloured pattern which creeps steadily down the pole. The dancers then reverse their steps to undo the ribbons.
This is said to represent the lengthening of the days as summer approaches, but the significance of the pole itself is not really known.