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French Traditions – May Day: lilies, dragons and pagan fertility

French Traditions – May Day: lilies, dragons and pagan fertility Posted on May 11, 2011 by Jim McNeill   Because May Day falls six months after November 1st it marks the end of the winter and has traditionally been an occasion for populist and wild celebrations involving dancing, bonfires and fertility rituals which included love-making in the fields to improve the earth’s fertility. In Europe the celebration of May Day goes back to the Celtic festival of Beltane. There was also the pre-Christian festival of Flora, the Roman Goddess of flowers.…

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