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  May Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
May Day received the official endorsement of the Soviet Union early on, and and was a major holiday there.
The May Day Riots of 1894 and May Day Riots of 1919 occurred subsequently.
May Day is a cross-quarter day, associated with the Celtic festival of Beltane and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/May_Day   (3099 words)

 History of May Day
May day observance was discouraged during the Puritans.
In Perigord and elsewhere, the May Tree became the "Tree of Liberty" and was the symbol of the French Revolution.
The kids celebrating the day by moving back and forth around the pole with the the streamers, choosing of May queen, and hanging of May baskets on the doorknobs of folks -- are all the leftovers of the old European traditions.
www.theholidayspot.com /mayday/history.htm   (835 words)

 May Day: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Labour day (be) or labor day (ae) is an annual holiday that resulted from efforts of the labour union movement, to celebrate the economic and...
Saint josephs day is marked in some branches of christianity in honor of saint joseph, spouse of mary and foster-father of jesus of nazarethjesus....
Queens day (dutch: koninginnedag) on april 30 (or celebrated on april 29 if the 30th is sunday) is a national holiday in the netherlands....
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/m/ma/may_day.htm   (2909 words)

May Day, 1st May...but before the change in the calendar in 1752, May Day fell 11 days later.
The went a-maying on May Day Eve into the woods and returned at dawn on May Day, carrying green boughs of branches freshly bursting into leaf, as tokens that they had identified themselves with the revival of nature that was happening all around them.
The crowing of the May queen was the climax of the May Day celebrations.
homepages.tesco.net /~derek.berger/holidays/mayday.html   (1142 words)

 SalmonRiver Gazette: May Day
May is named for Maia, grandmother, the Goddess of death and fertility.
Traditional May Day is a solar festival, celebrated on May fifth, halfway between spring equinox and summer solstice.
In England, Queen of the May, Maid Marian, mounted on a white horse is the central figure in the May Day mumming.
www.salmonriver.com /words/nancy/maia.html   (923 words)

 May Day
May Day is a time to celebrate the onset of May, the month that sees the Earth reaching itself ready to burgeon to its maximum capacity.
May Day is a name for various holidays celebrated on May 1.
May Day is celebrated as Labour Day in most countries around the world, including the United Kingdom.
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 ..it's TRADITIONAL - May Day
May 1st is also the feast of St. Walburga, an eighth-century English nun who lived and worked as a missionary in Germany.
There, the the night before her feast day is celebrated as Walpurgis Night, with its overtones of witchcraft, exactly six months before Hallowe'en, the pagan night before another Christian holy day, All Saint's Day.
On May Day, teams of dancers will perform intricate patterns whilst circling the pole and the ribbons will interweave as they make their way down the pole with a very decorative result.
www.geocities.com /traditions_uk/mayday.html   (379 words)

 KiteCD - May Day
The May Tree could be carried house to house bringing a blessing to each home or it might be erected in the center of the village.
Labor Day was originally a day to consider changes in one's personal occupation and in some areas and countries it still is. However, in many areas it has become a chance to rest and vacation from labor.
May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii by J.J. and C. Schnebel gives a history of the Hawaiian May Day.
members.aol.com /kitecd/mayday.htm   (1147 words)

 Carolyn's Page | Traditions: May Day
The most time-intensive tradition in terms of preparation, May Day is a day-long celebration, when all students and faculty put aside their work to join in a big ol' party.
In a Grand May Day parade, which happens once every four years, Queen Elizabeth is added to the list, and it is rumored that elephants and such are brought in for such spectacles.
May Day is concluded with the traditional showing of "The Philadelphia Story," starring fellow Mawrter Katherine Hepburn.
www.blight.com /~scarlett/traditions/mayday.html   (740 words)

May 1st, International Workers' Day, commemorates the historic struggle of working people throughout the world, and is recognized in most countries.
In the months prior to May 1, 1886, thousands of workers, organized and unorganized, members of the organization Knights of Labor and of the federation, were drawn into the struggle.
In its attempt to erase the history and significance of May Day, the United States government declared May 1st to be "Law Day", and gave the workers instead Labor Day, the first Monday of September - a holiday devoid of any historical significance.
www.anarchy.no /mayday.html   (852 words)

 May Week Edmonton | Home and News
May Day is recognized as the International Workers’ holiday, chosen over 100 years ago to commemorate the struggles and gains of workers and the labour movement.
May 1st is also a significant date in the struggle for the eight-hour workday.
May Day is important not only for its historical significance, but also as a time to organize and speak out around issues that are impacting working-class people today.
www.mayweek.ab.ca   (671 words)

 May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii
In Hawai'i on the first of May, everyone wears flowers, schools stage pageants and give prizes, contests are held for the most beautiful lei or garland, a Queen is crowned, competitions in both ancient and modern hula are held and popular entertainers give a concert or show for the locals.
On May Day, he suggested, they ought to place the garlands around their own necks, on their own foreheads and in their own hatbands, as their ancestors did.
At 10 o'clock in the morning we were at the Bandstand in Kapiolani Park awaiting the arrival of the Lei Queen and her Court of Princesses.
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 Workers Online : History : 2000 - Issue 51 : May Day Connections
May Day as a modern working class celebration and commemoration began from the 1886 events in Chicago where workers were demonstrating for an eight hour day.
May Day was popular through to the nineteenth century, with the form of the celebration changing.
On May 1st 1890, the Brisbane Workers editorial said "May Day, this is our May Day, the by-gone jubilation of our forefathers for the reconquering of by the bright sunshine of the bitter northern winter, the new-born celebration of the passing of the workers' winter of discontent.
workers.labor.net.au /51/c_historicalfeature_may.html   (1304 words)

Mayday was a raucous and fun time, electing a queen of the May from the eligible young women of the village, to rule the crops until harbest.
Besides the selection of the May Queen was the raising of the phallic Maypole, around which the young single men and women of the village would dance holding on to the ribbons until they became entwined, with their (hoped for) new love.
May 1, 1886 saw national strikes in the United States and Canada for an eight hour day called by the Knights of Labour.
www.geocities.com /CapitolHill/5202/mayday.htm   (1146 words)

In the German-speaking countries the first day of May is a national holiday, similar to Labor Day in the States.
May was known as the "Wonnemond," the month of lovers where a young man's fancy would turn to love.
In days gone by, young unmarried men of the village would organize and sponsor parties, dances and celebrations, to get the unmarried maidens of the village into the spirit of May. If then a wedding would take place, a tree decorated with colorful streamers and ribbons would be placed in front of the bride's house.
www.serve.com /shea/germusa/mayday.htm   (1113 words)

 14850: History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Presented thus, flanked between patriotic celebrations of national origin and family unity, this Labor Day was obviously attractive to business and government leaders opposed to labor militancy, and had the additional advantage of being as far away as possible from the "subversive" May Day, while still promising good summer weather for outdoor festivities.
For example, the Loyalty Day parade in New York City, one of the largest in the nation, was designed to lure citizens away from the long-standing Union Square rallies and to distract attention from the Communist Party march on the same day.
Loyalty Day was explicitly designed as a weapon against leftist labor tendencies, and specifically the American Communist Party, by encouraging citizens to reaffirm their commitment to the State.
www.14850.com /14850/9505/history.html   (995 words)

 May Day Info - Encyclopedia WikiWhat.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
May Day is a name for holidays celebrated on May 1 in most industrialized countries related to labour, known as the Labour Day in some countries, or as Day of the International Solidarity of Workers, especially in some Communist states.
The May 1st date is used because in 1884, the American Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions proclaimed its demand for an eight-hour workday, to come in effect as of May 1, 1886.
Curiously enough, Canada and the United States celebrate Labor Day on a different date; May 1st is Loyalty Day in the U.S. Another notable exception is the Netherlands.
www.wikiwhat.com /encyclopedia/m/ma/may_day.html   (229 words)

 CNN.com - May Day: Roots in an ancient rite - April 30, 2001
The precursor of the latter-day May Day was a spate of national strikes called by the Knights of Labor in the United States and Canada, on May 1, 1886, to press workers' calls for an eight-hour workday.
With the rise of the Internet and the information age, May Day demonstrations worldwide have become more diffuse, and critics would argue, less disciplined, with specific issues of workers' rights subsumed in a broader fight against corporate abuse and the perceived evils of globalisation.
In last year's May Day protests in London, demonstrators daubed the Cenotaph in Whitehall with graffiti, splashed green paint on a statue of Winston Churchill and dug up the lawn in Parliament Square.
www.cnn.com /2001/WORLD/europe/04/30/mayday.history/index.html   (818 words)

 May Day (United States)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
May Day (May 1) is a spring festival celebrating human fertility and the renewal of nature.
By 1644, May Day had been banned by the English Parliament although it reappeared when Charles II took the throne in 1660.
May Day achieved little popularity in the United States because of the Puritan influence.
www3.kumc.edu /diversity/other/mayday.html   (183 words)

 May Day - the Real Labor Day   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
May 1st, International Workers' Day, commemorates the historic struggle of working people throughout the world, and is recognized in every country except the United States, Canada, and South Africa.
By April 1886, 250,000 workers were involved in the May Day movement.
In its attempt to erase the history and significance of May Day, the United States government declared May 1st to be "Law Day", and gave us instead Labor Day - a holiday devoid of any historical significance other than its importance as a day to swill beer and sit in traffic jams.
flag.blackened.net /daver/anarchism/mayday.html   (755 words)

 May Day: Introduction Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
"May Day," Fitzgerald's first great novelette--published during his first year as a professional writer--appeared in July 1920.
"May Day" was the most successful work inspired by Fitzgerald's temporary interest in the school of naturalistic or deterministic fiction.
"May Day" drew upon Fitzgerald's feelings of failure during the spring of 1919 when he was working for a New York advertising agency.
www.sc.edu /fitzgerald/mayday   (177 words)

 The Straight Dope: Does May Day actually commemorate the birth of the Illuminati?
Someone once told me, though, that May 1, 1776, was the birth date of a group called the Illuminati, which was alleged to be a clandestine group devoted to one-world government.
May Day, an international celebration of worker solidarity observed principally in socialist countries, traces its origins back to the eight-hour-day movement in the U.S., and specifically commemorates the 1886 Haymarket Riot in Chicago, of all places.
The Haymarket affair cemented the importance of May Day in the radical calendar.
www.straightdope.com /classics/a1_043.html   (1411 words)

 MIA May Day Archive   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The workers there decided in 1856 to organize a day of complete stoppage together with meetings and entertainment as a demonstration in favor of the eight-hour day...At first, the Australian workers intended this only for the year 1856.
In view of the fact that such a demonstration has already been resolved upon by the American Federation of Labor at its convention of December 1888 in St. Louis for May 1, 1890, that day is accepted as the day for the international demonstration.
Leon Trotsky, May Day in the West and the East: On the 35th Anniversary of the May Day Holiday.
www.marxists.org /subject/mayday   (782 words)

 May Day
May is named after the goddess Maia, the wife of Mars.
The celebration of this day survives in many cultures where it is known as May Day.
The May 1886 Chicago events figured prominently in the decision of the founding congress of the Second International (Paris, 1889) to make May 1, 1890 a demonstration of the solidarity & power of the international working class movement.
www.uark.edu /~dksander/holiday/mayday   (814 words)

 Labor Day / May Day   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The observation of Labor Day on the first Monday in September is usually attributed to the Knights of Labor who held their first parade on September 5, 1882.
A reasonable summary is that the labor organizers were peacefully demonstrating for an eight hour day, an anarchist threw a bomb in to the crowd, which killed a policeman, the police killed several demonstrators and some policemen, the powers that be arrested the labor leaders.
May first was chosen in commemoration of the Haymarket Massacre which occured in Chicago in 1886.
www.cs.uni.edu /~campbell/gened/labour.html   (363 words)

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