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Thread #129009   Message #2893544
Posted By: Don Firth
24-Apr-10 - 02:37 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Prepare for May Morning celebrations
Subject: RE: Folklore: Prepare for May Morning celebrations
Exactly so. This is the way many of our modern holidays got started. Agricultural communities celebrating various turning points in the seasons.

A lot of this got started pretty early on, and many of these seasonal celebrations were pre-empted. Spring festivals became Easter (rebirth, resurrection), winter solstice celegrations (midwinter, as bad as it's going to get, but since the sun will now begin to come higher in the sky, things will get better) became Christmas (the coming of the sun/Son).

Don Firth