Dancers celebrating May Day at Blue Bell Hill.
May Morning in Oxford is a traditional celebration of the coming of Spring with dancing, singing and revelry of many different types. Some of the celebrations go back years, while others are more modern.
Celebrations got underway at 6am on Wednesday 1 May, with the choristers of Magdalen College choir singing the Hymnus Eucharisticus from the Great Tower.
It was composed in the 17th century by a Fellow of Magdalen and has been sung every year from the Great Tower on May Morning at this early hour as the sun comes up. The bells then ring out over the city for about 20 minutes.
Hundreds of people are expected at May Day celebrations at Blue Bell Hill. There will be dance displays and arrival of Jack-in-the-Green for awakening ceremony, heralding Spring fertility.
It is traditional for dance teams and sweeps to bring Jack to life at the crack of dawn at the picnic area on Blue Bell Hill.
May Day celebrations dating back more than 500 years will take place in Oxford today. Members of Magdalen College choir traditionally sing from The Great Tower. People also gather on the bridge, and some choose to jump into the river below.
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