During May Day a lot of fun things happen! I'm going to write about two of them.
The Jack in the Green Festival
This festival is celebrates the start of summer. in the 16th and 17th centuries people made elaborate garlands to compete wich one had the biggest and best. The garlands were so big they covered a man. This costume became known as Jack in the Green, the May Day character.
A lot of fun activities are held during this festival, like ceilidhs (an event with Scottish or Irish folk music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling.), church servieces, erowing Queen of the May, and all kinds of musictraditional and contemporary.
On Bank Holiday Monday, at least 1000 costumed participants join "Jack" with his Green Bogies to the sound of drumming, raucous chanting, jingling bells, clapping sticks and Morris dancing.
At the culimanation of the procession, the Jack symbolically slain to free the summer so that it can return and warm the land.
Bike1066 May Day Run
Bikers all over the country join this event! It is UK's biggest free-to-attend-one-day biking event, which takes place in Hastings East Sussex.
Around 40.000 bikers attend to race around Hastings! Starting from Locksbottom at 8.30 am, finishing in Hastings seafront around 11 am.