Happy May Day, everyone!
People overseas will be celebrating the spring festival which includes traditions like the crowning of a May Queen and dancing around the Maypole.
May Day is also known as International Worker’s Day, celebrating the hard work citizens put in throughout the year. We don’t celebrate May Day in the United States, but for a reference, view it as another version of Labor Day.
More than 80 countries recognize May Day as a public holiday.
So what exactly is it?
What Is May Day?
Different parts of the world celebrate the holiday in a variety of ways. There is the traditional spring festival that includes dancing around the Maypole, while others use the day simply to celebrate worker’s rights. The United States doesn’t traditionally celebrate the holiday, but at times major cities have been known to protest and march on the day, as an international day of strike.
This year, it looks like the United States is planning multiple riots, according to USA Today:
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are expected to take to the streets Monday in massive May Day events across the USA mostly protesting the policies of President Trump.
May Day — also known as International Worker’s Day — has spawned protests around the globe in past years highlighting workers’ rights. But on Monday, the impetus for the U.S. marches span from immigrants’ rights to LGBT awareness to police misconduct.
But for the rest of the world, it will be more fun and enjoyable, celebrating a day for workers by not working. It’s hard not to appreciate that.