Other May Day traditions include people dancing around a maypole and in the UK there is also the tradition of Morris Dancing, which has been danced for hundreds of years, and passed down through the generations in the villages of rural England. Morris dancers wear different coloured clothes depending on the part of the country in which they dance.
On May Day, people used to cut down young trees and stick them in the ground in the village to mark the arrival of summer. They would dance around the poles to celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of good weather that would mean planting could begin. The tallest maypole erected on the Strand in London in 1661 (143 ft high) was felled in 1717, when it was used by Newton to support Huygen’s new telescope.