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Germans Raise New Maypole the Old-Fashioned Way

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A woman looks on as a Maypole, approximately 125 feet long, is raised outside of an inn Thursday in Grossweil, Germany. Using traditional methods, it takes several teams of men hours to raise the pole.KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND / EPA

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A woman looks on as a Maypole, approximately 125 feet long, is raised outside of an inn on Thursday for May Day in Grossweil, Germany. Every three years, a new Maypole is set up in the town. Using traditional methods, it takes several teams of men hours to raise the pole. The raising of a maypole is a May Day custom in Germany and Austria and dates back to the 16th century. Traditionally, the event is followed by a dance around the pole.

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Men wear traditional Bavarian costumes as they raise the pole.KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND / EPA

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