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?

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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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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.

Easy

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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Traditional May Day celebrations in Germany and surrounding nations was tied-in with the recognition of which saint?

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Answer: Saint Walpurgis
Large parts of Central and Northern Europe celebrated Walpurgis Night in acknowledgement of the saint of the same name who was canonized on 1 May, 870.

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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.

VeryHard

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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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.

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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.

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Samuel Duncan Parnell, the one individual most-credited for bringing about the standard of the 8-hour work day, was what by profession?

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Answer: Carpenter
Samuel Parnell (1810-1890), an immigrant from London to New Zealand, was a carpenter.

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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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