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Since medieval time in Ireland, during the moth of May, it was a custom to go into the fields to collect wild flowers. These were then used to decorate statues of Mary, the "Queen of May" museum.ie/Country-Life/F… #FolkloreThursday @MagicalEurope
There is also a tradition in Ireland (And England) of choosing a pretty girl to be crowned with flowers as the ‘May Queen’. Her duty was to lead the May Day procession. Pic: Elisie Pearey of Dipton after being crowned as May Queen in 1956 @MagicalEurope #FolkloreThursday
In Serbia, the procession of young girls, decorated with wild flower wreaths is performed on the last Sunday before Easter, which is in Serbia called "Cveti, Cvetna nedelja", meaning "Flowers day, Flower Sunday". oldeuropeanculture.blogspot.com/2016/04/flower… #FolkloreThursday @MagicalEurope
This day is also known as "Lazarus Sunday", which is why the girls taking part in the dawn procession are called "Lazarice" and the most beautiful one, the queen, is known as "Lazar". oldeuropeanculture.blogspot.com/2016/04/flower… @MagicalEurope #FolkloreThursday
This is partially an initiation ritual for young girls entering puberty, but also celebration of Young Mother Earth's "puberty". Mother Earth, the birth giving virgin, crowned with late spring flowers...Sound's familiar? oldeuropeanculture.blogspot.com/2016/04/flower…
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