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Maifest in Beijing

Updated: 2014-05-09
By Wang Yuxi (chinadaily.com.cn)

"Maifest" is a traditional festival celebrated by German and Austrian people to welcome the coming of Spring.

Traditionally in the middle of April, a group of men ventures into the forest and selects the most beautiful tree to bring back to their village. The branches are removed from the tree so that only the crown is left.

Afterwards, a Maypole is erected at the local square and decorated with colorful shingles or signs and ribbons.

On May 1st, the whole village will celebrate by singing, drinking beer and dancing around the pole. The festival is celebrated with much joy, love and fun to mark the coming of spring.

Kempinski Hotel Beijing is now hosting this European tradition. The hotel is celebrating the traditional German festival "Maifest" and will open the spring season with jazz tunes from the Band "O.G.T. Swing Collective", Brewmaster Wolfgang’s special beer and seasonal asparagus delights.

Video:Wang Yuxi & Lin Hanqing

Producer: Flora Yue

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