This annual celebration welcomes the return of the Cuckoo to Marsden (City in the North East of England). It is the spring arrival, around mid-April.
This day is celebrated with art workshops, a craft fair, making flag, a procession to the mast village (Fig.2) and a typical English dance called Morris.
There is a legend that refers that when you hear the cuckoo singing, you must drop coins to the ground. In the case of dropping in land it means good luck but in hard ground it means bad luck.
In order to last this time people create walls/fences in order to maintain it.
To celebrate Cuckoo’s Summer life cycle they created a song:
In April I open my bill
In May I sing night and day
In June I change my tune
In July far far I fly
In August away I must
|Ilustração 1 fig. 2 – Cuckoo Day|
|Ilustração 2 fig. 1 - Maypole|
Written by: Inês Santos, nº 13 and Maria Almeida, nº 18