When I was a kid growing up in San Francisco, our public schools would have huge May Day celebrations, complete with a Maypole Dance. We would practice for weeks - we had to have a pretty dress and we made wreaths for our hair. We were matched with our dance partner, another boy. At that age, I hated holding hands with boys. They hated it even more. I remember this one boy, Stanley would spit on his hands and then try to hold hands - he got in trouble for that. We also didn't have one Maypole, but each class had their own Maypole - On our playground, there were multiple Maypoles and was quite the beautiful sight to see.
Of course, back then I had no way knowing that this was considered a pagan ritual celebrating Springs fertility rites. That was never taught to us - to us little kids, it was the big spring festival we had every year and it was fun.
When we moved down the coast, the public schools there didn't do May Day celebrations. And when my kids went to school, they also didn't have Maypoles or May Day celebrations. Even the Husband, who grew up in Orange County, didn't have them at his schools.
From what I have heard, they haven't hosted Maypole dances in San Francisco public schools in years. I wonder what happened?
I'm sorry, Pagan or not, I miss the Maypole....