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?

Challenge yourself with a May Day Trivia Quiz!

Easy

Instead of International Workers Day (May Day), in the United States and Canada, which holiday is celebrated?

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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.

VeryHard

Who is officially the patron saint of May Day?

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Answer: St. Joseph
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.

Hard

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

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

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
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.

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

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
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

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

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

Hard

The Rungnado May Day Stadium, built in honor of the May Day holiday, exists in which country?

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Answer: North Korea
As the name implies, the Rungnado May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, was built specifically to recognize the holiday of the same name.

Medium

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

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Answer: Summer
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.

Medium

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

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Answer: Fertility
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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