Will you be tuning into the Olympic opening ceremony tonight? Breaking news from our friends at Huffington Post,
“Each of Great Britain’s four nations — England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland — will be represented by a maypole topped with their national flowers. A pagan folk symbol, the maypole is still commonly erected in British villages during May Day celebrations (as well as elsewhere in Europe) to celebrate the return of warmer weather.
“It’s an essential part of rural life,” said Peter Halfpenney, the “squire” — or president — of a Morris dancing group. He was delighted that Boyle chose to feature maypoles but disappointed that Morris dancers — often ridiculed for their folksy costumes — don’t get to take part.