The Ancient Briton calendar made great importance of the official first day of the new seasons. The fire of Bel or Beltane welcomed Summer. Today we call it May Day and is still an important day in traditional folklore.
The Church tried to stop May celebrations because of its pagan connections but there are still remnants of May, Beltane, celebrations which continue today. May fairs, Maypole dancing, Crowning of May Queens are but a few examples. The Catholic Church introduced the crowning of Mary, Our Lady to supersede the ancient tradition of May Queen.
Last weekend, I went to a May Fair but it was a declining event from previous years, Is this because the organisers were charging too much, or because of our atrocious weather or are we just too sophisticated these days to acknowledge these traditions?
Maybe ... It was a combination of all these factors.