May Day Trivia and Answers

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

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

Lei Day is a special May Day celebration held in which of America's states?

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Answer: Hawaii
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.

Hard

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
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.

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.

Medium

Traditional May Day celebrations in Germany and surrounding nations was tied-in with the recognition of which saint?

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Answer: Saint Walpurgis
Large parts of Central and Northern Europe celebrated Walpurgis Night in acknowledgement of the saint of the same name who was canonized on 1 May, 870.

Hard

What is the first country credited for instituting an 8-hour work day?

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Answer: New Zealand
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.

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.

Medium

Antarrashtriya Shramik Diwas is how May Day is referred to in which country?

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Answer: India
In India, May Day in its various incarnations is referred to as Antarrashtriya Shramik Diwas, though it may be called other names in different parts of the country

Easy

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

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Answer: International Workers Day
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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