Celebrations Laud an Obelisk and a Maypole

Charles Volkman, left, and Schuhplattler und Gebirgstrachten Verein
Charles Volkman, left, and Schuhplattler und Gebirgstrachten Verein "Washingtonia" dance around the maypole. (By Len Spoden -- For The Washington Post)

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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Performers in traditional ethnic clothing celebrated a European rite of spring, and the recent return of a 1,700-year-old monument to its African homeland. The Maifest 2005 spring festival was held Sunda at the Brewmaster's Castle at the Christian Heurich House Museum in Northwest. . Festivals to celebrate spring have been popular in Europe since the late Middle Ages. On Friday, singers and dancers at the Ethiopian Embassy celebrated the May 2 return of the Axum Obelisk to Ethiopia from Italy, where it was taken in 1937 during the Italian occupation of Ethiopia.


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