Der Maibaum

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Maypole over the town of Degerloch, near Stuttgart, Germany, May 10, 2015.

In Swabia on the first of May a tall fir-tree used to be fetched into the village, where it was decked with ribbons and set up; then the people danced round it merrily to music. The tree stood on the village green the whole year through, until a fresh tree was brought in next May Day.

— Sir James Frazer, from Chapter 10, The Golden Bough