piątek, 1 maja 2009

May Day - 1st May

Today in England people celebrate May Day.
It is one of the most important pagan day, also called Beltane.
In the past there was a tradition of dancing around a tall pole with ribbons to celebrate the spring.

May Pole
May Pole with ribbons
 
May Pole 2

Celebrating May Day:

A popular activity on May Day is to decorate a pole with brightly colored ribbon or paper streamers. Some also add flowers and balloons. The pole is usually carried in a parade and then placed in the ground at a designated area. People then dance around the May pole, holding the ends of the streamers or ribbon in their hands.

In London, May Day is celebrated with the children going from house to house. They bring flowers and get pennies in return. The pennies are then thrown into a wishing well. The pennies are then donated to charity.

Vocabulary:
* celebrate - świętować, obchodzić
* pagan - pogański
* tall pole - wysoki słup
* ribbons - wstążki
* decorate - ozdabiać, dekorować
* brightly colored ribbon - jasne wstążki
* paper streamers - papierowe serpentyny
* flowers - kwiaty
* balloons - balony
* is carried - jest niesiony, przynoszony
* is placed in the ground - jest umieszczany w ziemi
* designated area - wyznaczone miejsce
* holding - trzymając, od czasownika to hold - trzymać
* bring - przynosić
* pennies - pensy
* in return - w zamian
* throw - wrzucać
* a wishing well - fontanna "życzeniowa", gdzie wrzuca się monety na szczęście
* charity - cele / instytucje dobroczynne

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