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Maypole festival

Maypole festival


Maypoles are common in some parts of Germany, but local traditions vary considerably. Sometimes, a new maypole is made every year. Sometimes it’s stolen by the neighbouring village
and a ransom demanded. Sometimes, it’s a permanent maypole,
but there’s a party nevertheless. The festivities begin on 30th April. Later, there will be a disco so the locals can,
as the Germans say, “dance into May”. But first, something a bit more traditional. Here, in the village of Edelbach, population 550, they have their Maypole Festival
at the local bakehouse. This is a modern bakehouse,
built just a few years ago. The history of bakehouses goes back
to the fourteenth century. On certain specific days, locals could
bake their own bread and trade gossip. The tradition died out in the 1960s, as everyone had proper ovens at home,
and the fire risk was much reduced. But in recent years,
some villages have rediscovered the bakehouse as a venue for festivals
and even as a minor tourist attraction. Thanks for watching. If you enjoyed the video,
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27 thoughts on “Maypole festival”

  1. Ahh may day! The day when the concervatives and colege students drink beer and have fun… But when night falls the anarchists and the communists come and fuck shit up.

  2. Coming from northern Germany these bavarian festivals, music and traditional costumes are just as exotic to me as to americans or brits…

  3. Ummm sausages and beer,, yummmmm. What– no dancing around the Maypole with colorful ribbons and pretty damsels, just old ladies gorging on pizza? Sigh.

  4. Verdammt nochmal, warum lief der eine Typ in Lederhosen rum. Wir sind in Franken. Da gibt es keine Lederhosen!

  5. Visually and informationally, this is a great video. However, it's again one of those where I have to regulate the volume to 10% while there's music playing, and 100% while you are talking. Andrew, why do you have to carry on with this "bad Hollywood habit" where the music is also always far too loud and then the spoken words are so silent that you almost can't hear them? OK, it isn't as extreme in your videos, but still notable (due to the fact that I have to regulate the volume up and down while watching).

  6. You say nothing about the reasons why this tradition exist: french revolution, trees of freedom. Today its just about having fun, cause we all have freedom, haven't we ?! -:)

  7. Im Bergischen Land, wo ich aufgewachsen bin, gab es die Tradition, der Angebeteten einen Maibaum zu setzen. Das bedeutete, in der Nacht heimlich einen Baum (Birke, soweit ich mich erinnere) zu fällen und zu schmücken und ihn dann am Haus der Angebeteten zu installieren.

  8. Have you ever done a video on Granheim. My great grandfather came from there in 1870 and I'd like to see what it is like.

  9. I grew up only thinking the First of May is a celebration of having a new Maytree, guard your own and steal the ones from neighbor villiages (We had 2 in one villiage). Now I live in North-Eastern part of Germany and here people only know the demonstration in Berlin as a First of May "tradition".

  10. Do you have the tradition of cimbing these poles too? In many parts of Austria, the "Maibaumkraxln" (Maytree climbing) is a big event where the young men of the community try to climb the pole as fast as possible using tar pitch to get some grip. Is sucha thing common in parts of Germany or other neighboring countries too?

  11. In my village we have a bakehouse-party every year. Three days long with music, dance, pizza (the best pizza I have ever eaten in my 18 years of life) and bread. It takes place mostly around the end of May or the beginning of June.
    PS. we have 700 inhabitants.

  12. So the original concept of a bakehouse is that you go there to bake your own bread? Where I live, virtually all bakeries have the word bakehouse in their name, even though they only sell bread.

  13. I hope you can post more from this festival. It is very interesting and entertaining! Love your work!!

  14. Edelbach is in Lower Franconia, isn't it? I live there too but never heard of "may pole".
    In our village and the villages around us we have a "may tree". We call it "Maibaum", it's a birk tree (Birke) and we put colourful paper stripes in it.
    There is a little party there on the evening. Some people from the neighbor villages may come to steal the tree.

  15. Meine Freundin meinte, sie hätte dich heute in Darmstadt am Darmstadium (ja, toller Name, ich weiß) gesehen. Mal aufs nächste Video gespannt xD

  16. the music when the trumpets started playing reminded me a lot of the mariachi music my folks listen to. that must be the influence german music has on mexican music.

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