Maypoles

In Germany and Austria the maypole (or Maibaum) is a tradition going back to the 16th century. It is a decorated tree or tree trunk that is usually erected either on 1 May – in Baden and  Swabia – or on the evening before, for example, in East Frisia. In most areas, especially in  Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and Austria, it is usual to have a ceremony to erect the maypole on the village green. The custom of combining it with a village or town fete, that usually takes place on 30 April, 1 May or at Pentecost, is widespread. This tradition is especially strong in the villages of the Bavarian Alps, where the raising of the traditional maypole on 1 May in the village square is a cause for much celebration. The pole is usually painted in the Bavarian colours of white and blue and decorated with emblems depicting local crafts and industry, in Frankonia it is white and red.(wikipedia)

Furth im Wald/Bavaria
Merkendorf/Bavaria
Burgkunstadt/Frankonia
Würzburg/Frankonia
Linz/Austria
Leer/East Frisia

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