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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May Day festivities are traditionally linked to the celebration of what?

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Answer: Fertility
More information: Being a holiday set in the season of Spring, the pagan societies which created May Day of course used to occasion the celebrate fertility.

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

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

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On what calendar day is May Day actually celebrated?

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

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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.

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May Day is not considered a public holiday in England unless it falls on which day of the week?

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Answer: Monday
More information: In order for everyone to get May Day off in England, May 1st would have to be on a Monday.

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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
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.

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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
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.

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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.



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