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Mystsmo
04-01-2005, 07:44 AM
<DIV>I have read through tons of post and all the lore and history I can get my hands on.  (wheew)  I am currently working on a project for my guild and would like to incorporate some lore and history into the event I will be sponsering.  </DIV> <DIV>The event will happen on May Day...which in RL is an ancient celebration.  Is there any history that I might be able to connect with in EQII?</DIV> <DIV>Any help will be appreciated...</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV> </DIV>

Cusashorn
04-01-2005, 08:11 AM
<DIV>uhh... Seriously... What is May Day?</DIV>

Mystsmo
04-01-2005, 08:57 AM
<P>May Day is:</P> <P>More than 2,000 years ago in Rome, people worshipped Flora, the goddess of flowers.  They honored Flora with a celebration at the beginning of May.  The celebration included feasts, parades, plays and sports contests.   </P> <P>In Great Britain the Ancient Celts honored thier sun god in May.  They believed that evil spirits of cold and darkness captured the sun god each autumn.  In order for the sun god to escape the Celts lit bonfires on the hill tops to scare away the evil spirits.</P> <P>In some areas people worshipped tree gods.  The tree gods were honored on the first of May by going to the woods and cutting tree branches to be placed over the people's doors.  Sometimes a whole tree was cut down. This tree was called the "May Tree".  The May Tree could be carried house to house to house bringing a blessing to each home or it might be erected in the center of the village. </P> <DIV>In Modern day children made baskets out of paper and place flowers in it only be be hung on the door of a friends house.  A knock on the door and off they went....much like the way Valentines are given.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Hope this helps explains "May Day" </DIV> <DIV> </DIV>

Cusashorn
04-01-2005, 09:54 AM
<DIV>It does, but the United States doesn't really recognize it as a holiday.. not even a minor one, like Arbor Day.. :/</DIV>

Bre
04-01-2005, 11:28 AM
<P>May Day is also the biggest holiday in the communist/socialist world, extending from it being a day of celebration for the labour movement (the 8-hour day was achieved in the US on May 1 1886). In the USSR it was their version of the US Independance Day.</P> <P>I suppose you could get all your Tradeskillers out in the streets, unionised and striking for a fair go, equal representation and equal wages. Down with the bosses and the Trade Societies! :smileywink:</P>

Mystsmo
04-01-2005, 06:08 PM
<DIV>It is a holiday that is not reconized now days and I am not sure if it is even practiced in the schools now days. </DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>What I am looking for is in the history of Norrath is there someone like the Goddess Flora, or a name romotely close that something could be made up around that person, or a race that would practice the worship of the Sun God or May Tree.  </DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>May Day is the celebration of the coming Spring, renewal of life. </DIV>

BLOODka
04-01-2005, 06:34 PM
<P>I KNEWS IT! ITS THEM DARN [email protected]!!!!!!!!!</P> <P> </P> <P> </P>

Coniaric
04-02-2005, 03:18 AM
What about Tunare? She is Goddess of Nature, after all.