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In astrology, those born May 1–20 are Bulls of Taurus. Bulls are stable, reliable, patient, and determined. They will work hard and finish the job no matter what gets in their way, but they expect to be rewarded! Those born May 21–31 are Gemini’s Twins. Twins seem to have two personalities and can blend into any situation. They have an energetic and fun-loving side that is the life of the party but also a deep and emotional side that needs love and nurturing.
Bing Crosby (singer) – May 3, 1903
Audrey Hepburn (actress) – May 4, 1929
Nellie Bly (journalist) – May 5, 1864
Orson Welles (director) – May 6, 1915
J.M. Barrie (author) – May 9, 1860
Salvador Dali (artist) – May 11, 1904
Florence Nightingale (nurse) – May 12, 1820
Liberace (pianist) – May 16, 1919
Lorraine Hansberry (playwright) – May 19, 1930
Peggy Lee (singer) – May 26, 1920
Bob Hope (comedian) – May 29, 1903
Thank you to all the families that came to our Easter Party.
All the kids had a great time hunting for Easter Eggs and enjoyed the rock painting. Also thank you to the residents that helped fill the eggs, color Easter Eggs and frosted all those great cookies.
May 11 heralds the arrival of World Belly Dance Day. The term belly dance is a Westernized description of what was originally traditional Middle Eastern dancing. The earliest form of belly dancing came from the Egyptian ghawazee dancers. The ghawazee were popular street dancers, unveiled women who rapidly shook their hips and played brass cymbals or castanets with their hands. While audiences enjoyed the art form, it was often frowned upon as improper. In the early 1800s, Europeans became fascinated with all aspects of orientalism, including belly dancing.
It was the French who first called it danse de ventre, or belly dance. In the 20th century, the dancing of the ghawazee evolved into raqs sharqi, a classical Egyptian style of belly dance. This modern style rose to fame during Egypt’s golden age of film, but despite its popularity, raqs sharqi is still considered disreputable.
Every May a wide field of intrepid contestants converges on Cooper’s Hill outside the small village of Gloucester in England. They will throw themselves down the 650-foot hill, risking life and limb, to chase a rolling nine-pound wheel of double Gloucester cheese. This is the extreme sport of cheese rolling.
No one knows how this strange pastime originated. Some say that it came from an ancient pagan rite of spring, where bundles of burning brushwood were rolled down the hillside to represent the rebirth of spring after the dead of winter. After the burning bundle was rolled down the hill, buns, biscuits, and sweets were scattered over the hilltop as an offering to the spirits and to ensure a plentiful harvest. Likewise, no one knows when the rolling bundle of burning sticks became a wheel of cheese. What we do know is that the event was first recorded for posterity in ...
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