It is based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers.
Implements such as sticks, swords, handkerchiefs and bells may also be wielded by the dancers. In a small number of dances for one or two men, steps are performed near and across a pair of clay tobacco pipes laid across each other on the floor.
Claims that English records, dating back to 1448, mention the morris dance are open to dispute.
There is no mention of "morris" dancing earlier than the late 15th century, although early records such as Bishops' "Visitation Articles" mention sword dancing, guising and other dancing activities as well as mumming plays. Furthermore, the earliest records invariably mention "Morys" in a court setting,
and both men and women are mentioned as dancing.
The term is derived from moorish dance, attested as Morisk dance and moreys daunce, morisse daunce in the mid-15th century. The spelling Morris-danceappears in the 17th century.
In celebration of this a pageant known as a Moresca was devised and performed.
Incorporated into this pageant was the local dance — the baloteao.
This too can still be seen performed in the villages of Aragon. The original ´Moresca´ is a sword dance.
The sticks in Morris dance are a residual of the swords in the 'Moresca'.
The similarity to what became known as the English "morris" is undoubted.
Early court records state that the "moresque" was performed at court in her honour, including the dance — the "moresque" or "morisce" or "morys" dance.
These are still used today, but the most common instrument is themelodeon.
In Modern Irish, Oidhche Bealtaine or Oíche Bealtaine is May Eve,
and Lá Bealtaine is May Day. Mí na Bealtaine, or simply Bealtaine is the name of the month of May.
The astronomical date for this midpoint is closer to 5 May or 7 May, but this can vary from year to year.
1 May custom , practised in the Scottish Highlands, where young people met on the moors, lighted a bonfire and made an oatmeal cake toasted at the embers.
The cake was divided, one of the pieces marked with charcoal, and, drawing the pieces blindfolded,
the person who got the marked piece was compelled to leap over the flames three times.
Another common aspect of the festival which survived up until the early 20th century in Ireland
was the hanging of May Boughs on the doors and windows of houses and the erection of May Bushes in farmyards, which usually consisted either of a branch of rowan/caorthann (mountain ash)
or more commonly whitethorn/sceach geal (hawthorn) which is in bloom at the time and is commonly called the 'May Bush' or just 'May'
The practice of decorating the May Bush or Dos Bhealtaine with flowers, ribbons, garlands and coloured egg shells has survived to some extent among the Gaelic diaspora.
Its celebration is associated with dancing and with bonfires.
one of the eight solar holidays.
Although the holiday may use features of the Gaelic Bealtaine, such as the bonfire, it bears more relation to the Germanic May Day festival,
both in its significance (focusing on fertility) and its rituals (such as maypole dancing).
Among the Wiccan Sabbats, Beltane is a cross-quarter day; it is celebrated in the northern hemisphere on 1 May and in the southern hemisphere on 1 November.
The Faerie Courts
The Faerie Queen
The Number Seven
Herbs and Flowers
Candle colors for Beltane Rituals
Lgt Blue- Tranquility & Health Red- The Lord, Sacred Bale Fires. Pale Yellow- Spring Flowers, Ostara
Lgt Green- The Lady, Earth's growth Lavender- Faery magic & Incantations
~ Barbara Morris 2001
Herbs of Beltane
~ Written by Barbara Morris (c) 1999- 2011
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~ Originally created by Barbara Morris 1999-2011