Oxford May Day: full steam ahead!

Image Description: May Morning celebrated by revellers costumed in leaves and greenery Oxford’s May Morning is a tradition which has contributed to the unique mythology and mysticism surrounding Oxford. The ancient festival of spring has been celebrated on 1st May for at least 1000 years—and crowds have gathered beneath Magdalen’s Great Tower for at least […]

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May Day 2019: our coverage

This May Day, approximately 13,500 Oxford residents showed up to Magdalen Bridge for May Morning. The celebration of May Day in Oxford goes back over five centuries. The Magdalen College choir began its performance at 6am and was followed by dancing and music across Oxford throughout the morning. Paula Redway, Oxford City Council’s cultural development […]

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MAY DAY! MAY DAY!

Oxford’s annual celebration of the beginning of summer is almost upon us. The traditions surrounding May Day go well beyond the confines of this city, of course, although surely nowhere else have ancient English customs been so enthusiastically melded with all-night clubbing and a pervasive miasma of marijuana. Music, whether electronic or homophonic, plays a […]

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My Sartorial Life

This week, I was faced with one of the great mysteries of life: what does one wear on May Day? As much as I would love to write a column about bells and painting yourself like an alien-soldier-thing, I wasn’t really feeling Morris-chic. On the other hand, the fact of the matter is, one wears […]

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M’aidez

The first of May offers much to look forward to in Oxford, and the celebrations should fit seamlessly into your schedule. The tradition of staying awake all night should be no problem for most students with a looming essay deadline, and, having finished that nocturnal disappointment, the desire for a drink is entirely natural. Thankfully, […]

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