Tanz in den Mai
Don't miss the fun at our 2nd Annual Tanz in den Mai celebration, Friday to Sunday, 3-5 May 2013. This event kicks off our summer grove season and is open to the public. Admission is free.
Visit the Calendar & Events page for a
complete listing of times and entertainment.
Tanz in den Mai, the Dance into May, traces its origins back thousands of years, with many variations and customs. It may be best known for its tradition of the Maypole dance and crowning of the Queen of the May. In Christian Europe, May celebrations often center around the Blessed Virgin Mary, and works of art, school skits, and so forth, Mary's head will often be adorned with flowers in a May crowning.
In rural regions of Germany, especially the Harz Mountains, Walpurgisnacht celebrations of pagan origin are traditionally held on the night before May Day, including bonfires and the wrapping of a Maibaum (Maypole). In the Rhineland, May 1st is also celebrated by the delivery of a Maypole, a tree covered in streamers to the house of a girl the night before. The tree is typically from a love interest.
Today festivals, celebrations and gatherings of friends held in early May continue these ancient traditions. Maypoles can be found in villages, towns and cities
throughout the Germanic world. The Reading Liederkranz is happy to host an annual Tanz in den Mai celebration, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, as we welcome members of the community to the
opening of our grove for a fun and exciting summer season, including our Friday night Sommerfest, every Friday night through September, also OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, featuring music and dancing. Join us
on the mountain top for some GREAT food, family fun, friends enjoying the company of friends – PROSIT!