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 1st is part of "Golden Week" in which nation?

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Answer: Japan
More information: Although 1 May is not a holiday in Japan, it is sandwiched between four other holidays collectively referred to as "Golden Week". As such, many workers are granted this day off or take it off themselves.

VeryHard

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

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

VeryHard

Who is officially the patron saint of May Day?

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Answer: St. Joseph
More information: Saint Joseph, the husband of the Virgin Mary and surrogate father of Jesus, was made the patron saint of May Day of 1 May by the Catholic Church in 1955 due to his perceived work ethic.

VeryHard

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
More information: 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.

Medium

International Workers Day is a very-important holiday to which political party?

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Answer: Communist
More information: Communists take May Day very seriously, which is why the holiday is so popular in places like Russia, China and North Korea.

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

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.

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
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.

Medium

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.

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



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