Note: This is the 5th in a series of articles on Opednews about Labyrinths by Meryl Ann Butler. Previous articles are listed at the end of this article.
Chartres Labyrinth by Meryl Ann Butler
World Labyrinth Day is an annual global event celebrated each year on the first Saturday in May. It is sponsored by The Labyrinth Society, an international organization founded in 1998.
Emily Nelson and friends walk the Adobe & Pines B & B Labyrinth, WLD, Taos NM by Louis Costabel
This year, the 4th annual World Labyrinth Day will be held on Saturday May 5, 2012 .
The Labyrinth Society invites the world to "Walk As One at 1," an opportunity to share in a wave of peaceful energy encircling the planet. Participants are invited to walk a labyrinth at 1:00 p.m. in their local time zone.
Large group events are planned, and many are listed on the TLS Events Calendar at http://labyrinthsociety.org/world-labyrinth-day
Kermeen-Saward hay bale labyrinth, EarthWalk, Tucson AZ by Debi Kermeen
Individuals with no event nearby may take part by using a finger labyrinth. (Download a free printable one here: http://labyrinthsociety.org/download-a-labyrinth )
Exploring a finger labyrinth made by iSpiritual. by Debi Kermeen
In previous years, events have been held at over 100 locations worldwide, including the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., churches, and even a maximum-security women's prison. Countries joining the celebration included: the United States, Canada, England, the Bahamas, France, Spain, New Zealand, China, South Africa, and Australia.
Flag labyrinth on the Capitol Lawn, 2001 by Sue Anne Foster
Pinwheel Labyrinth for WLD by Debi Kermeen. by Debi Kermeen
Pinwheel detail by Debi Kermeen
While the date of the origin of the labyrinth design is debated, it is generally agreed that some examples may be at least 4,000 -- 5,000 years old.
Carpet labyrinth by Robert Ferre, The Franciscan Spiritual Center, Oregon. by Meryl Ann Butler