May Day Trivia and Answers

Challenge yourself with a May Day Trivia Quiz!

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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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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.

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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.

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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
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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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.

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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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
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.

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

VeryHard

In the United States, 1 May is officially recognized as Loyalty Day. Which American President instituted this holiday?

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Answer: Dwight Eisenhower
In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969) made Loyalty Day an official holiday, and since then, it has been recognized as such through official proclamation by every US President.

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

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



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