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?

Hard

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

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Answer: New Zealand
More information: 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.

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
More information: 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

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

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Answer: Summer
More information: 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.

Easy

A piece of wood decorated in commemoration of May Day is known as what?

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Answer: Maypole
More information: A maypole, which is traditionally made of birchwood, is a standard feature at traditional May Day festivals, highlighted by fair maidens dancing around it.

Medium

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

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

VeryHard

May Day was banned in England during which century?

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Answer: 17th Century
More information: 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.

Medium

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

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Answer: Jack in the Green
More information: 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

Which African country normally raises its minimum wage on May Day?

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Answer: Kenya
More information: Kenya is known for raising its minimum wage annually on May Day (which they refer to as Labor Day), sometimes to the chagrin of employers.

Medium

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

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Answer: Hawaii
More information: 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.

Hard

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

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



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