May Day 2018 is on Tuesday, May 1, 2018: what are the may day protest all about?
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 is May Day 2018. The May Day Riots of 1919 were a series of violent demonstrations that occurred throughout Cleveland, Ohio on May 1 (May Day), 1919. The riots began when Socialist leader, Charles Ruthenberg organized a May Day parade of local trade unionists, socialists, communists, and anarchists to protest the jailing of Eugene V.
The May Day Riots of 1919 were a series of violent demonstrations that occurred throughout Cleveland, Ohio on May 1 (May Day), 1919. The riots began when Socialist leader, Charles Ruthenberg organized a May Day parade of local trade unionists, socialists, communists, and anarchists to protest the jailing of Eugene V.
The Rungnado 1st of May Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, completed on May 1, 1989. It is regarded as one of the largest stadiums in the world, with a capacity of 150,000, and occupying over 207,000 m².
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 was originally a Celtic and Druid celebration of the Spring Season.
After Christianity spread, May Day was celebrated as a feast of the Virgin Mary. May 1 is also Saint Joseph's Day, the patron saint of workers.
May Day became a celebration of workers' rights following the Haymarket affair in Chicago, 1886, in which police fired into a crowd of strikers, killing dozens of people including some of the police themselves. [In defense of the police, somebody had thrown a bomb at them and they were scared. Likely it was an anarchist who threw the bomb.] At the time, anarchists were in the forefront of the labor movement, but most workers were not interested in anarchism.
[Violent anarchists have given anarchism a bad name. Most anarchists are not like that, but the violent ones get the most attention.]
Since then, socialists and communists also started celebrating May Day as a workers' day, and in communist and socialist countries it is often a national holiday.
Other groups, such as immigration reform groups and the Occupy movement have taken to May Day as a good time to demonstrate and express their views.
In some recent years, there seems to be a resurgence of violent anarchists joining in some more mainstream events, and this is what usually leads to violence and destruction of property during May Day events.
To my knowledge, May Day is still celebrated in all these ways: Pagan festivals, Christian celebration of Saints Joseph and Mary, protests and agitation by labor unions, anarchists, socialists, and communists, and national holiday in some countries. It makes for an interesting day which almost anybody can celebrate in one way or another!
Does anyone know when is May Day?
May Day is not a place or a day in May. It is an international distress call for help. The word "May Day" was derived from the French word "venez m'aider" or the shorter version "m'aidez", which both mean "You come aid/help me. From the shorter word "m'aidez", which sounds like "me aiday" meaning "help me", it evolved to the word "May Day".
These words are normally used by pilots of airplanes and ships when they are experiencing trouble and facing disaster as air crashes and shipwrecks.
how "May Day" is celebrated in your country?
May Day, in the UK, is generally considered a Bank Holiday, meaning that people are given the day off work. Taking into account that 1st May could be any day of the week, the Bank Holiday here is designated as the first Monday in May.
Personally, I am Pagan, and consider May Day to be the sabbat of Beltane (sometimes spelled Bealtaine) where the God and Goddess have grown to maturity, and they are married. The Goddess shifts from her spring-time Maiden aspect, and is now the Mother.
I won't go into further detail as you'd easily find pages relating to this if you typed in "Beltane" (without the speech marks) into the search bar on your web browser.
May I take this opportunity to wish you a happy and prpsperous Beltane, as I do for everyone, whatever faith/belief/religion you are.