May Day Trivia and Answers

May day is a day celebrated by most of the nations in the world. But not all of them celebrate the same thing. And not in the same way. And they didn't always celebrate what they celebrate now. But how much fun trivia associated with this special day do you know?

Challenge yourself with a May Day Trivia Quiz!

Hard

What type of dancing is usually performed in conjunction with May Day celebrations in England?

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Answer: Morris Dance
Morris dance is a distinctive, colorful routine performed in England during various traditional festivals, including those associated with May Day.

Easy

Many countries do not forthrightly recognize May Day but celebrate which other holiday in its stead?

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Answer: International Workers Day
Although on the surface International Workers Day has nothing to do with ancient recognition of May Day, the former is actually founded in the latter.

Medium

The May Day Run, held annually in England, involves thousands of what?

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Answer: Motorcycles
The May Day Run involves thousands of motorbikes taking the 55-mile trek from Locksbottom to Hastings.

Hard

The Haymarket Affair, which is widely considered to be the event which led to May Day becoming the international event known as International Workers Day, occurred in which country?

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Answer: United States
The bloody Haymarket Affair was a riot that took place in Chicago (United States) in 1886. This incident was founded in labor demonstrations.

Hard

What is the first country credited for instituting an 8-hour work day?

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Answer: New Zealand
New Zealand is credited with being the first country to actually institute the 8-hour work day thanks to the efforts of the legendary Samuel Parnell, who believed only a third of the day should be dedicated to labor. However, back then, these standards were restricted only to skilled workers, with Uruguay being the first nation to bring about a universal 8-hour work day for all laborers in 1915.

Medium

Which labor standard were the striking workers out to achieve which eventually led to the Haymarket Affair?

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Answer: 8-Hour Work Day
The strike which eventually led to the Haymarket Affair was based on workers' demand for an 8-hour work day instead of the 12-hour standard of those times. This is why labor unions around the world have such a high regard for International Workers Day.

VeryHard

In the United States, 1 May is officially recognized as Loyalty Day. Which American President instituted this holiday?

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Answer: Dwight Eisenhower
In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969) made Loyalty Day an official holiday, and since then, it has been recognized as such through official proclamation by every US President.

Medium

Antarrashtriya Shramik Diwas is how May Day is referred to in which country?

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Answer: India
In India, May Day in its various incarnations is referred to as Antarrashtriya Shramik Diwas, though it may be called other names in different parts of the country

Medium

Hastings, England has a distinct May Day festival which is known as what?

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Answer: Jack in the Green
Jack in the Green festivals, originating about three centuries ago and held on 1 May in recognition of the traditional first day of summer, are still practiced in some parts of England, most notably Hastings.

VeryHard

In what year was May Day officially declared as International Workers Day?

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Answer: 1889
In 1889, during the Second International, a conference organized by prominent socialists, 1 May was declared as International Workers Day.



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