Merry England and London May Queen FestivalCategory: Customs + Festivals
Visitors from many parts of the world are among the thousands of people who gather on the Common at Hayes, near Bromley, Kent, to witness the Crowning of London’s May Queen. It is the largest May Queen Festival in Britain and over a thousand children take part. The date is the second Saturday in May. The procession forms up in the village about L 30 p. m. and makes its way to the Common by way of the village church. The actual crowning takes place about 3 p. m. As many as forty May Queens from different parts of the country are present, and with their attendants present a colourful spectacle. Their dresses are beautifully made, with a distinctive colour scheme for almost all the different ‘Realms”. The Festival has been held since 1880.
There are no generally observed customs associated with Whitsun, although various country towns and villages have their own traditional customs. Morris dancing which seems to have come into vogue again in recent years is also sometimes associated with Whitsun.