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?
Answer: Spring Equinox / Summer Solstice
The astronomical foundation of May Day lies in it falling almost midway between the vernal equinox (usually 20 March) and the summer solstice (usually 21 June) in the Northern Hemisphere, the part of the world where May Day festivals are often relegated to.
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.
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.
Samuel Parnell (1810-1890), an immigrant from London to New Zealand, was a carpenter.
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.
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.
Communists take May Day very seriously, which is why the holiday is so popular in places like Russia, China and North Korea.
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.
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.
Being a holiday set in the season of Spring, the pagan societies which created May Day of course used to occasion the celebrate fertility.