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Lost the May game


The maypole is hugely popular in Sweden and you can't have a summer without a maypole. In Denmark the tradition has mostly died out and been replaced with the Saint Hans fire, but there's still a few areas where you can find maypoles in Denmark, and a lot of those places have a "catch the flag" tradition.

On some nights young guys from neighboring towns are allowed to try and steal it, so other young men have to guard their maypole, while another team sneaks over to the other town. Fighting isn't allowed, so stealth is everything and it's all in good fun.

I asked a bunch of Swedes and non of them had ever heard of this tradition in Sweden, so it seemed fitting to have Denmark steal Sweden's maypole.


3rd May 2018

Tagged in Sweden Aland Denmark


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16 days ago #9758080        
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Sweden LOVES handsome men to go for his maypole, Aland. You should know.

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dlaV

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15 days ago #9758469        
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Yes, yes we also had a tradition with poles here in Wallachia. But the ottomans really didn't enjoy being at the end of it.

Finn123

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16 days ago #9758032        
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As usual, Sweden has no idea of what's going on.

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16 days ago #9758013        
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Go get him Åland. No one steal our Midsommarstång.

17 days ago #9757847        
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This tradition is also known in Bavaria. It's totaly normal that the "Maibaum" is stolen by guys from the next town (or from a town, which is over 40 km away, which occurred this year). If you don't guard your maypole good enough, you have to "pay" the thiefs with beer to get it back.

Basically everything in Bavaria can be solved through beer....

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16 days ago #9758010        
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We make a lot of pole games to celebrate our independence day in august.. We have to climbe the greased poles to get to the prizes (bicycle,tv,etc) pinned at the top... Looks dangerous but lots of fun.. But we don't steal it from you sweden.. image image

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17 days ago #9757852        
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Poor Sweden. He just recovered from his Christmas decoration (julebukk) being burned down, and already his Maypole gets stolen...

17 days ago #9757788        
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you know, I was almost expecting Denmark to make a pole dance with Sweden's maypole.

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13 days ago #9758831        
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I'd like to see Denmark try and steal my local maypole. It's at least three stories high and cemented in the middle of a roundabout. My town has never used it for anything other than flying different flags.

15 days ago #9758393        
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Sweden’s mouth in the seventh panel has shape like a fish

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