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Maypoles and the folk dance associated with them are a popular event, often involving children, at festivals throughout Australia. The origins, and possible symbolism, of Maypole dancing are uncertain but they can be traced back at least as far as…

Morris dancers performing a version of the folk dance at the Perth Medieval Fayre in Western Australia. The style of the dance is derived from the English villages of the Cotswolds and is characterised by groups of six men dressed in white clothing…

Morris dancers performing a version of the folk dance at the Perth Medieval Fayre in Western Australia. The style of the dance is derived from the English villages of the Cotswolds and is characterised by groups of six men dressed in white clothing…

Morris dancers performing a version of the folk dance at the Perth Medieval Fayre in Western Australia. The style of the dance is derived from the English villages of the Cotswolds and is characterised by groups of six men dressed in white clothing…

In this article from the Western Mail, the author relates details of the historical customs and festivities associated with the month of May. The article begins by describing the medieval tradition of ‘a-maying’ and merrymaking on the first day…