Beltane and May Day are here, giving the villagers many reasons to celebrate. They enjoy traditional celebrations, so they are thrilled to have acquired a Maypole set!
The Maypole and Dancers set was created to celebrate the 25th SF anniversary. It’s a special set to me because it fits in perfectly with my nature-based spiritual outlook.
Two Sylvanians, Abby Keats and Poppy Dappledawn, have been practicing their Maypole dances all year. All their work has paid off because they have been named as this year’s May Queens! They each have a flower crown to wear for the festivities.
Here they are, having one last rehearsal. Abby and Poppy have gripping hands, which is very nice, as they can easily grasp the ribbons.
Beltane is a much anticipated festival in Greenbearshire. The holiday celebrates the high point of spring and welcomes the beginning of summer. It’s a time of growth, renewal and protection rituals. Beltane is an important time to relax, visit with friends, and celebrate, because the upcoming months will be very busy with farming and crop cultivation. The May Pole symbolizes renewal and fertility, while fire refers to renewal as well, and also protection. Some brave Sylvanians leap over fires during the festival! As with any holiday celebrated in Sylvania, there is feasting to look forward to.
Humbert and Hannah Huntington have volunteered their garden for the celebration.
One of the highlights of the day is the Maypole Dance!
The dancers are thrilled to see that professional photographer Cecil Maces has brought his camera! Each year, he captures photographs of the May Queens, to later be displayed prominently at the village Inn and Public House (The Nag and Badger). Cecil is always busy, toting his camera all over the village to catch all the highlights of Sylvanian life.
The entire village gathers for the dance.
Later, as the evening sets in, Herbage Dappledawn is the first to jump over the fire pit.
If your Sylvanians would like to celebrate with a Maypole, they are available at the Sylvanian Shop