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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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.

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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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Many countries do not forthrightly recognize May Day but celebrate which other holiday in its stead?

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Answer: International Workers Day
More information: Although on the surface International Workers Day has nothing to do with ancient recognition of May Day, the former is actually founded in the latter.

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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
More information: 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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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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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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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.

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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.

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The traditional, pagan observance of May Day is founded in it occurring almost directly between which two astronomical events?

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Answer: Spring Equinox / Summer Solstice
More information: 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.

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Which of the following flowers has come to be specifically associated with May Day celebration in France?

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Answer: Lily of the Valley
More information: In France, it is very common for people to gift friends, acquaintances, and family members Lilies of the Valley on May Day. This tradition was founded by King Charles IX of France, due to himself receiving one as a gift on 1 May 1561.



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