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!

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Lei Day is a special May Day celebration held in which of America's states?

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Answer: Hawaii
There is perhaps no part of the United States which celebrates May Day as colorfully as Hawaii, since 1 May also serves as Lei Day when the culture of all of the different Hawaiian islands are recognized.

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In which country is May Day the only holiday workers are obliged to be given the day off yet still be paid for it?

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Answer: France
Under French law, work stops, yet workers are still paid, on May Day.

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In England, there is the modern May Day tradition of jumping off the Magdalen Bridge into the waters below. Where is this bridge located?

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Answer: Oxford
in recent years authorities have closed the Magdalen Bridge in Oxford to prevent people from jumping into the shallow River Cherwell below on May Day, but some still do so and sometimes suffer serious injuries as a result.

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In pre-Christian Europe, 1 May was considered the first day of which season?

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Answer: Summer
Old World European cultures considered 1 May the first day of summer and the official end of winter, thus adding more significance to the holiday.

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May Day was banned in England during which century?

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Answer: 17th Century
For a few years in the mid 17th Century, the church abolished May Day due to its revelrous nature until it was reinstated by King Charles II.

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In traditional English May Day celebrations, what do they call the lady who symbolically personifies the ideals of the event?

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Answer: May Queen
Popular May Day celebrations in places like London and Derbyshire feature the crowning of a May Queen, a tradition that has persisted for over a century.

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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.

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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.

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On what calendar day is May Day actually celebrated?

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Answer: May 1
May Day, in its various incarnations, is usually held around the world on May 1st.

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Instead of International Workers Day (May Day), in the United States and Canada, which holiday is celebrated?

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Answer: Labor Day
In contrast to May Day, in the United States and Canada Labor Day, is observed in September, though it is still common for these countries to experience labor protests on 1 May.



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