DIY: Making a Maypole for a Maypole Dance Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/diy-making-a-may-pole-for-a-may-pole-dance.html#ixzz3Y4e0WrSE This is real easy Project can be adusted for size and space a Dowel with Colored Ribbon if your space is limited
Midsummer by Lill Hjelm, Sweden | In modern Sweden, Midsummer's Eve and Midsummer's Day (Midsommarafton and Midsommardagen) are one of the most important holidays of the year in Sweden, and probably the most uniquely Swedish in the way it is celebrated. The main celebrations take place on the Friday, and the traditional events include raising and dancing around a huge maypole. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover the entire pole.
Swedish children celebrating Midsummer. 1900s. | Magic was considered strongest during Midsummer. Traditionally, young people pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse. In the past it was believed that herbs picked at Midsummer were highly potent, and water from springs could bring good health. Greenery placed over houses and barns were supposed to bring good fortune and health to people and livestock.