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About May Day

When is May Day? This holiday is always observed on May 1

People around the world celebrate May Day. This May 1 holiday has been celebrated since ancient times. Spring festivals, parades, and maypoles are important traditions on this day. It has several meanings. In many other countries, it is a celebration of spring and the coming of summer. It is celebrated with many spring flowers, many of them blooming right in your backyard. To communist and socialist countries, it is a celebration for the workers.

In many countries, it is celebrated as part of a one to three-day holiday. Of particular note, it is not a national holiday in the United States, except in Hawaii where it is known as “Hawaiian Lei Day“.

In about 140 countries, May Day is also Labor Day and is a worker’s holiday. In many of these countries, the Labor Day holiday is on May 1 unless it falls on a Saturday or Sunday when it is held on the following Monday. Only three countries, the United States, Canada, and Bermuda observe Labor Day in September.

Did You Know? The word “Mayday” was first used as an international distress signal in 1923.

How to Celebrate May Day

  • Celebrate with a party of celebration.
  • Make a Maypole and dance around it.
  • Give flowers to someone.
  • Learn more about May Day.

Today's Quote

“Take risks. If you win you will be happy. If you lose, you will be wise.'” – – Author Unknown

History and Origin of May Day

This holiday has been celebrated by many societies since ancient times. The Celtic culture believed Beltane on May 1 was the most important holiday of the year. They believed the May 1 holiday separated the year in half between light and darkness.

More May 1 Holidays

Here are more May 1 holidays and events for you to celebrate and enjoy:

Hawaiian Lei Day

Loyalty Day

Mother Goose Day

Save the Rhino Day

More About Today

This Day in History

Famous Birthdays

Flower of the Day: Honesty Plant

Recipe of the Day: Onion and Carrot Kabob

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Did You Know? There are literally thousands of daily holidays, special events, and observances, more than one for every day of the year. Many of these holidays are new. People and organizations are creating new holidays regularly. May holidays are no exception. Consequently, at Holiday Insights, we take great efforts to thoroughly research and document the details of each one, as completely and accurately as possible.

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