May Day 2019 is on Wednesday, May 1, 2019: What exactly Is May-Day?
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 is May Day 2019. May Day on May 1 is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival and usually a public holiday; it is also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures.
May Day on May 1 is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival and usually a public holiday; it is also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures.
The May Days of 1937, sometimes also called May Events refer to a series of clashes between 3 and 8 May of 1937 in various places of Catalonia, and centered on the city of Barcelona, in the context of the Spanish Civil War.
May Day continues to be celebrated for a lot of centuries, and it is roots go as far back to pre-Christian occasions. Today, May Day is well known throughout Europe and The United States, along with a public holiday frequently recognises your day.Traditional May Day activities include dancing round the maypole and picking a the Full of May/May Full. A crowning may also occur from the Full of May.Morris dancing is yet another May Day tradition, while offering the right excuse to wear full Morris dancing gear. A sturdy stick may also be needed, as Morris ballroom dancers striking one another's stays is simply one facet of this eccentric British tradition.Though not too popular nowadays may be the May Day tradition of departing a present on someone’s doorstep, but there’s real reason this tradition shouldn’t be elevated. It’s an chance to surprise someone making a full day having a gift.
May Day marks the end of the half of the year in the Northern hemisphere, and it has traditionally been an occasion for popular and often raucous celebrations.
The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian Europe, with the festival of Flora the Roman Goddess of flowers, the Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic countries. It is also associated with the Gaelic Beltane. Many pagan celebrations were abandoned or Christianized during the process of conversion in Europe. A more secular version of May Day continues to be observed in Europe and America. In this form, May Day may be best known for its tradition of dancing the Maypole and crowning of the Queen of the May. Various Neopagan groups celebrate reconstructed (to varying degrees) versions of these customs on 1 May.
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.
What is May Day?
May Day is May 1, and refers to any of several holidays celebrated on this day. May 1 was a traditional springtime holiday in many pre-Christian European pagan cultures, and many elements of these holidays are still celebrated on May 1 today, such as the Maypole. "May Day" also refers to various socialist and labor movement celebrations conducted on May 1, unrelated to the traditional celebrations, to commemorate the Haymarket Riot of 1886 and the international socialist movement generally. The latter event is an important holiday in Communist countries and Waldorf Schools.
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. Although the pagan-oriented celebrations faded as Europe became Christianised, 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 many Neopagans, especially Wiccans, celebrate reconstructed versions of the old pagan holidays on May 1.
Among American non-pagans, May Day is now more commonly celebrated as a commemoration of the Haymarket Riot of 1886 in Chicago, United States which occurred on May 4, but was the culmination of labor unrest which began on May 1. The date consequently became established as an anarchist and socialist holiday during the 20th century, and in these circles it is often known as International Workers' Day or Labour Day. In this form, May Day has become an International celebration of the social and economic achievements of the working class and labor movement. -
As a child in Colorado we celebrated by taking small baskets of flowers and living plants to the elderly - either a neighbor or a center.
What is may day a celebration of?
May Day is a celebration of fertility, of the bounty of the earth. This is a time when the crops have already been planted, they have come up and (hopefully) are growing well, but before the harvest (that's another holiday).
May Day was a festival during which young men and women from all over met and chose mates, sometimes for life, sometimes for just a night. Children born of a Beltaine (May Day) liason were considered to be especially blessed, and were made much of. When Christianity started taking hold, these children were often given to the church for nuns and monks.
A way of explaining May Day to your child would be to plant grass seeds in a paper cup on the first day of Spring (March 20 this year), then measure how high it is on May 1. Then "harvest" or cut the grass on June 21, first day of summer. Hope this is helpful. May Day is a little harder to explain than something like Mother's Day.