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1 is May Day, the international working class holiday, in honor
of workers' rights.It is celebrated all over the world today.
originated as a pagan holiday celebrating the spring planting. The
festival of the Roman goddess of spring, Flora, was celebrated from
Apr. 28 to May 3. The Celts celebrated it as Beltane or Fire Day
in honor of the god of the sun.
England the celebrations began on eve of May, April 30. It was a
popular holiday filled with revels. Putting a maypole up involved
taking a growing tree from the wood, and bringing it to the village
to mark the change of season. It was once a period of great sexual
licence. People would go off into the woods to collect their trees
and green boughs, and while there, well, you know.... Dancing around
the May Pole was a more wholesome tradition.
Catholic Church tried to ban it. The Puritans tried an act of Parliament,
but people continued to celebrateit. Eventually the rough edges
of May Day were smoothed.
In 1899 the Second International declared May 1 a worker's day in
honor of the fight for the 8 hour working day. Today it is still
celebrated as an international labor day.