The raising of the maypole

It is a tradition of the villages in the Rhineland-Palatium, the southwestern part of Germany to raise a maypole on 1 May.  In some areas it is a naked pole carrying a wreath, in others it is a tall, slender birch with the young green leaves and a few colourful ribbons.

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It is no mean feat to raise the fallen tree again as it is quite heavy belying its tender stature.Maibaum

Many ladders are involved in the endeavour as one can see.

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But the concerted action of the village people usually results in an upright pole.

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Not much more to do now!

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And the maypole is up.  And yes, if you’ve been thinking about spring and erections and long, yet strong, slender symbols and wondering why sometimes there is a wreath that looks as if the pole has speared it, you’ve been right. The tradition dates back to Celtic fertility rituals, and no, you don’t have a dirty mind.

For Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: chutes and ladders.

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