Loyalty Day 2020 is on Friday, May 1, 2020: Does anyone still celebrate May Day the old fashioned way?


Friday, May 1, 2020 is Loyalty Day 2020. Loyalty Day is observed on May 1 in the United States. It is a day set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.

May 1st, 2012 is Loyalty Day

Loyalty Day is observed on May 1 in the United States. It is a day set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.

Loyalty Day, 2013

The Loyalty Day is a commemoration day in Argentina. It remembers October 17, 1945, when a massive labour demonstration at the Plaza de Mayo demanded the liberation of Juan Perón, who was jailed in Martín García island.

Does anyone still celebrate May Day the old fashioned way?


May Day is May 1, and refers to any of several holidays, which are public holidays in some countries.[1] The holiday has ancient origins and various customs surrounding the time period have survived into modern times. May Day is a Cross-quarter.

[edit] Origins

The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian Europe, as in the Celtic celebration of Beltane, and the Walpurgis Night of the Germanic countries. Many pre-Christian indigenous celebrations were eventually banned or Christianized during the process of Christianization in Europe. As a result, a more secular version of the holiday continued to be observed in the schools and churches of Europe well into the 20th century. In this form, May Day may be best known for its tradition of dancing the Maypole and crowning of the Queen of the May. Today various Neopagan groups celebrate reconstructed (to varying degrees) versions of these customs on May 1.

The day was a traditional summer holiday in many pre-Christian European pagan cultures. While February 1 was the first day of Spring, May 1 was the first day of summer; hence, the summer solstice on June 25 (now June 21) was Midsummer. In the Roman Catholic tradition, May is observed as Mary's month, and in these circles May Day is usually a celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this connection, in works of art, school skits, and so forth, Mary's head will often be adorned with flowers. Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the giving of "May baskets," small baskets of sweets and/or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbors' doorsteps.[2]

[edit] Traditional May Day celebrations

Morris dancing on May Day, Oxford 2004.May Day marks the end of the uncomfortable winter half of the year in the Northern hemisphere, and it has traditionally been an occasion for popular and often raucous celebrations, regardless of the locally prevalent political or religious establishment.

As Europe became Christianized, the pagan holidays lost their religious character and either morphed into popular secular celebrations, as with May Day, or were replaced by new Christian holidays, as with Christmas, Easter, and All Saint's Day. Beginning in the 20th century, many neopagans began reconstructing the old traditions and celebrating May Day as a pagan religious festival once more.

[edit] United Kingdom

Roodmas was an explicitly Christian mass celebrated in Britain at midnight on May 1, presumably to diminish the popularity of traditional Walpurgis Night celebrations.

[edit] England

"May Day" by Kate GreenawayTraditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing, crowning a May Queen and celebrations involving a Maypole. Much of this tradition may derive from the pagan Anglo-Saxon customs held during "Þrimilci-mōnaþ"[3] (the Anglo-Saxon name for the month of May meaning Month of Three Milkings), and also to a lesser extent the Celtic celebration of Beltane.

May Day has been a traditional day of festivities throughout the centuries. It is most associated with towns and villages celebrating springtime fertility and revelry with fetes and community gatherings. Perhaps the most significant of the traditions is the May Pole, around which traditional dancers circle with ribbons.

The May Day Bank Holiday was traditionally the only one to affect the state school calendar, although new arrangements in some areas to even out the length of school terms mean that the Good Friday and Easter Monday Bank Holidays, which vary from year to year, may also fall during term time.

Also, 1 May 1707 was the day the Act of Union came into effect, joining England and Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.

[edit] Oxford

In Oxford on May Morning, many pubs are open from sunrise, and some of the college bars are open all night. Almost all of the Oxford students attend one of many may balls to celebrate the start of spring. The ball is followed by Madrigals that are sung from the roof of the tower of Magdalen College, with thousands gathering on Magdalen Bridge to listen to the choir of Magdalen College, and then bells that follow their singing. In tradition, revellers have jumped from the bridge into the River Cherwell below as part of the celebrations, although with the decreasing depth of the river around the bridge, it has been closed of in recent years. The festivities are followed by Morris dancing and partying in the streets usually until 10 or 11 AM.

[edit] Cornwall

Padstow in Cornwall holds its annual 'Obby-Oss' day of festivities. This is believed to be one of the oldest fertility rites in the country; revellers dance with the Oss through the streets of the town and even through the private gardens of the citizens, accompanied by accordion players and followers dressed in white with red or blue sashes who sing the traditional 'May Day' song. The whole town is decorated with springtime greenery, and every year thousands of onlookers attend. Prior to the 19th century distinctive May day celebrations were widespread throughout West Cornwall.

[edit] Scotland

Students gather on Castle Sands, St Andrews for the may dip in 2007St Andrews has a similar student tradition — some of the students gather on the beach late on April 30 and run into the North Sea at sunrise on the 1st, occasionally naked. This is accompanied by torchlit processions and much elated celebration.

In Edinburgh, the Beltane Fire Festival is held on the evening of May eve and into the early hours of May Day on the city's Calton Hill.

Both Edinburgh and Glasgow organise Mayday festivals and rallies.

[edit] Germany

In rural regions of Germany, especially the Harz Mountains, Walpurgisnacht celebrations of Pagan origin are traditionally held on the night before May Day, including bonfires and the wrapping of maypoles, and young people use this opportunity to party, while the day itself is used by many families to get some fresh air, wurst and beer. Motto: "Tanz in den Mai!" ("Dance into May!"). In the Rhineland, a region in the western part of Germany, May 1 is also celebrated by the deliverance of a tree covered in streamers to the house of a girl the night before. The tree is typically from a love interest, though a tree wrapped only in white streamers is a sign of dislike.

[edit] Americas

May Day festivities at National Park Seminary in Maryland, 1907.May Day was also celebrated by some early European settlers of the American continent. In some parts of the United States, May Day baskets are made. These baskets are small and usually filled with flowers or treats are left at someone's doorstep. When you ring the bell, you are supposed to run away.

In Hawaii, May Day is also known as Lei Day, and is normally set aside as a day to celebrate island culture in general and native Hawaiian culture in particular. While it was invented by a poet and a local newspaper columnist in the 1920s, it has since been adopted by state and local government as well as by the residents, and has taken on a sense of general spring celebration there. The first Lei Day was proposed in 1927 in Honolulu. Leonard "Red" and Ruth Hawk composed "May Day is Lei Day in Hawai'i," the traditional holiday song. Originally it was a contemporary fox trot, later rearranged as the Hawaiian hula song performed today.

Modern May Day ceremonies in the U.S. vary greatly from region to region and many unite both the holiday's "Green Root" (pagan) and "Red Root" (labor) traditions.[citation needed] Among the largest is the May Day Parade and Pageant created by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, an event that has happened every year since 1974 in Minneapolis and now attracts some 35,000 people.

[edit] International Workers' Day

Main article: International Workers' Day

May Day, also refers to various socialist and labor movement celebrations conducted on May 1, to commemorate the Haymarket martyrs of 1886 and the international socialist social movement generally. May Day in this regard is called International Workers' Day or Labour Day, and is a commemoration of the execution of the men who were arrested after the Haymarket Riot of 1886 in Chicago, Illinois, which occurred on May 4 but was the culmination of labor unrest that had begun on May 1. Consequently this May Day became established as an anarchist and socialist holiday, and in this form, May Day has become an international celebration of the social and economic achievements of the working class and labor movement. Although May Day observance began in the United States, it is not officially nor popularly recognized as a holiday there; instead May 1 was officially designated by the U.S. Congress as Loyalty Day in 1958, because of the association of May Day with communism.[4]

Are honesty and loyalty not fashionable these days?!?

Are honesty and loyalty not fashionable these days?!?

I think a lot of people still value honesty, loyalty and I would add respect to the mix.

I've switched location for a while, for the past year I've been in a town which is just an average town just outside London. For the ten years previous to that I lived in possibly the most affluent town just outside and close to London.

I have no idea if this is to do with that, but I would say honesty, loyalty and respect are much better here than they were in the town I used to live. Its a breath of fresh air. I employ some building tradesmen to do work for me on a property again all are better here in this regard than I could get in the other location !! A lot of them think in the old location that because its an affluent town that they can charge what they like, totally dishonest prices and greed I think.

When I came here to this newer location, I also took the decision to cut a few friends out of my life and its taken a year but life feels so much more solid now. It was very hard in the beginning and I kept wanting to call them but I held out.

I was going to go back to the location that I used to live in, I still have a home there that I rented for the duration. I'm now thinking of either staying in the new location or finding another place with a similar feel to the place I'm in now and selling up in my old town. Although I have not fully distinguished if it's the town or just some of my old friends that were like this.

To add to all this, I have a date with a woman from the town I used to live in tomorrow and I'm thinking, if we like each other do I really want to go back to the old town as it will be the natural place to live !! I nearly did not date her for this reason, because I'm really not sure !!!

Hope this helps somehow, certainly helped me to write about it, I think I'm a little bit clearer !!

Good luck, much love ;-)

Why would Obama proclaim “Loyalty Day” on traditional Communist holiday?

Why would Obama proclaim “Loyalty Day” on traditional Communist holiday?

Sounds like a typical tyrrant to me...demanding our patriotism. A true American leader does not have to command people to be loyal to this nation...A true American leader invokes loyalty from Americans by showing his/her own patriotism AT ALL TIMES. Most of us remember obama's reluctance to wear the flag lapel pin and when he did not place his hand over his heart during the pledge of allegiance. We also remember his bowing to those who hate America and encourage their countrymen to do the same.

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