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  1. A sprig of Muguet on the first of May

    Of the four pagan festivals of ancient Europe the only one that hasn't been subsumed into the Christian calendar is Beltane, May Day. Although it is now celebrated across the world as Labour Day this has nothing to do with the traditional practice of pastoralists who drove their cattle between two huge fires to sanctify them before turning them out onto their summer pastures.

    There is however, maybe unwittingly, a remnant of this pagan rite of purification still extant in France, ...
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