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Beltane in Greenbearshire (2017)

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!

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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.

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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.
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The dresses the girls have on have been specially made to symbolize the season.  Each has been decorated with a flower design.
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Here they are, having one last rehearsal.  Abby and Poppy have gripping hands, which is very nice, as they can easily grasp the ribbons.

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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.

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The older sisters have taken the tram from town, bringing all sorts of chocolate delicacies with them.  The Dales contribute plenty of local fruits, vegetables, beverages, and other treats.

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One of the highlights of the day is the Maypole Dance!

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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.

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The entire village gathers for the dance.

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Later, as the evening sets in, Herbage Dappledawn is the first to jump over the fire pit.

Happy Beltane

If your Sylvanians would like to celebrate with a Maypole, they are available at the Sylvanian Shop

Happy Beltane!

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8 thoughts on “Beltane in Greenbearshire (2017)

  1. So lovely! I’m so glad you posted about this set as I have been putting off buying them! I have no cultural background about this particular holiday so I can’t really imagine how they’d be part of my village. ; 3 ;

    Also really enjoyed the number of other sets and villagers you were able to incorporate in this one! ❤️

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    1. Thanks! It was really fun to set up the Huntington’s garden. I actually wish I could have had included everyone. Maybe the Maypole dancers could be visiting Elderberry as part of a cultural exchange?

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  2. I loved your review and your wonderful pictures! I liked the way you added other sets and villagers , even the ones from the new town series, to your story-review. Lovely sets up and nice little details. Humbert and Hannah have a very beautiful garden. The last picture is great!

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    1. Thank you Cutata! Your comments made me really happy 🙂

      The fire jumping photo was a lot of fun to work on and I am so happy with how it turned out, I’m glad you liked it too!

      The Villagers needed a place to set up their holiday feast. The older sisters must have taken the display case on the tram all the way from town! 🙂

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  3. I like these photos, Terra! The jumping over the fire picture is like from a fairy tale. We have a folk tradition (ascending from pagan times) of jumping over fire on Midsummer NIght. There are legends and tales associated with it.( Not everyone is into it, I ave never jumped myself, but I ‘ve thrown garlands on the river when I was six). I have never heard of maypole dancing until I saw this set 🙂

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    1. Thanks Maria!

      I love learning about folk traditions and love the image of throwing garlands into the river :). It must look beautiful and it’s definitely something I can easily picture Sylvanians doing. It would make a great photo!

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