May Day

A traditional holiday in most countries, May Day, also called International Workers' Day, occurs on the 1st of May and is a day of political demonstrations and celebrations organized by labor unions and working groups. This category is all about the significance and history of May Day.

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What are the Ice Man Days in May?

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The period from May 12 to May 15 was noted to bring a brief spell of colder weather in the Northern Hemisphere under the Julian Calendar. With the change to the Gregorian Calendar, however, the equivalent days would be May 19-May 22.
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How was May Day celebrated in Medieval times?

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People would celebrate by dancing around the May Pole. - A Year 8 student who is asking everybody the same question
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Why do you celebrate May Day?

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Strangely enough, it started in the USA. On 1 May 1886 American Labor Unions organized a strike in favor of limiting working hours to an eight-hour day. In 1889 the 2nd Socialist International decided to may May 1st a special day for demonstrations. but it was a right-wing government that consolidated the festival; in 1941 the Vichy government, Hitler's puppet, declared May 1st the feast of labor and national concord. It was to be a day on which workers could stay home and must still be paid. The Vichy government created Mother's Day in France at the same time. These are among the few acts of that regime to remain in force after the war. Americans, just to be awkward, now celebrate Labor Day in September; and the British, who like all their holidays to be Mondays, keep May day on the first Monday in May. May 1 is also La Fête du Muguet, and the tradition is to give the ones you love a little bouquet of lily-of-the-valley, for good luck and to celebrate the arrival of spring. Originally the idea was to take the kids into the forest and lose them pick your own muguet together. Of course, in the city you will more likely buy it from the florist's, or better yet, from one of the countless stands that sprout up overnight on every street corner and every road in France, most of them doing this as a fundraiser for one cause or another.
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What is the Soviet May Day Parade?

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May Day in the former Soviet Union was "International Workers' Day." Parades on this date were to show the people that communism was making them strong by displaying their military hardware and manpower. May Day or "International Workers' Day" (also known as "May Day") is a celebration of the international labour movement. May 1 is a national holiday in more than 80 countries and celebrated unofficially in many other countries. May Day was celebrated illegally in Russia until the February Revolution enabled the first legal celebration in 1917. The following year, after the Bolshevik seizure of power, the May Day celebrations were boycotted by Mensheviks, Left Socialist Revolutionaries and anarchists. It became an important official holiday of the Soviet Union, celebrated with elaborate popular parade in the centre of the major cities. The biggest celebration was traditionally organized on the Red Square, where the General Secretary of the CPSU and other party and government leaders stood atop Lenin's Mausoleum and waved to the crowds. It was celebration to show the people how strong the communism was by displaying their military, air force and navy hardware and manpower. Since 1992, May Day is officially called "The Day of Spring and Labour", and remains a major holiday in present-day Russia.
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What is the purpose of May Day?

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May 1st 1975 when brokearges changed from a fixed commissions for securities transactions to a negotiated one.
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Why is May day celebrated in France?

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Strangely enough, it started in the USA. On 1 May 1886 American Labor Unions organized a strike in favor of limiting working hours to an eight-hour day. In 1889 the 2nd Socialist International decided to may May 1st a special day for demonstrations. but it was a right-wing government that consolidated the festival; in 1941 the Vichy government, Hitler's puppet, declared May 1st the feast of labor and national concord. It was to be a day on which workers could stay home and must still be paid. The Vichy government created Mother's Day in France at the same time. These are among the few acts of that regime to remain in force after the war. Americans, just to be awkward, now celebrate Labor Day in September; and the British, who like all their holidays to be Mondays, keep May day on the first Monday in May. May 1 is also La Fête du Muguet, and the tradition is to give the ones you love a little bouquet of lily-of-the-valley, for good luck and to celebrate the arrival of spring. Originally the idea was to take the kids into the forest and lose them pick your own muguet together. Of course, in the city you will more likely buy it from the florist's, or better yet, from one of the countless stands that sprout up overnight on every street corner and every road in France, most of them doing this as a fundraiser for one cause or another.
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What is meaning of Cast your mind on other days that you in coming days may be still the indomitable Irishry?

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It says to do 2 things. 1. Always plan ahead. 2. (and) whenever planning ahead make sure to always plan to be "yourself"! ---- ---- ----
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Doesn't May Day mean Emergency?

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"May day" is the first day in May. "Mayday" is a different word, and is a well-known distress signal for aircraft similar to the function of S.O.S. on a ship.
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What is a good Mother's Day poem?

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Mom, you're a wonderful mother, So gentle, yet so strong. The many ways you show you care Always make me feel I belong. You're patient when I'm foolish; You give guidance when I ask; It seems you can do most anything; You're the master of every task. You're a dependable source of comfort; You're my cushion when I fall. You help in times of trouble; You support me whenever I call. I love you more than you know; You have my total respect. If I had my choice of mothers, You'd be the one I'd select! By Joanna Fuchs Mother's are like roses, they are as carm as a lake, as wise as an owl, as pure as gold, they are as nice as pie, as pretty as a picture as sweet as sugar, and as cool as cucumber. So if you were a flower, I'D PICK YOU! By Kirsty Jessop like M O T H E R
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What do people do on May Day?

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On the first day of May a festival is held to celebrate spring. A May Queen is crowned and people dance around a May pole. In some countries it is a labor day celebration.
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Do fairies celebrate may day?

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yes. i believe that fairies do celebrate a day. this day is when the winter weather is coming.
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What year was may day invented?

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It was not invented but selected it started on May 1866.
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What is a summary of May Day Eve by Nick Joaquim?

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May Day Eve An irony surfaced in the latter part of the story: Doña Agued was telling her daughter about a devil she saw in the mirror on a May Day Eve, while deep inside she means the devil to be her husband. The plot of the story is complicated because the author had deviated from the normal flow of a story. A person, upon reading this story, would immediately sense a strong air of melancholy that is somehow radiated in the story. This development of Agueda's character further shows the _________ of the status of women as ______. Badoy, on the other hand, was a strong-willed young man, who just came from Europe when he met Agueda. It was the defining incident that clearly portrayed the inner anguish of Doña Agueda in her marriage to a man she never loved. Men like Badoy had a seemingly irresistible power over the society especially to women like Agueda, enabling him to have her in the end. Agueda was a beautiful and brave young girl who despised men like Badoy. In this light, Badoy in the story was depicted as a representative of men abusive of their superior status. The theme couldn't have been as apparent and evident if the point of view had not been that of a female. This kind of tone appeals well to the emotions of the readers, inciting in them the right attitude towards the theme of the story. This statement shows Agueda's utmost disgust in the dominance of men over them. He had fallen deeply in love with her, despite her obvious loathness for him, and had sworn to have her no matter what. This irony had made the story effective for the reader's understanding of the unfortunate situation Doña Agueda was undergoing because of Don Badoy's dominance over her. The complexity of the plot invokes th Dona Agueda tells her daughter of one evening in may. There was a party but after the party there were still women who stayed for the night. There was a belief that if you went to a dark room with only a mirror with a candle,go to the mirror, close your eyes and say the words: "Mirror, mirror Show to me him whose woman I will be" They believed they would either the face of the man who will be her husband or the devil. When that night Dona Agueda decides to do as that, a man, Don Badoy, comes and interrupts her by trying to charm her and asking for a dance with her. Don Badoy forces her to dance but she cries so the man regrets but when she says "Let me go", he does not and says to her " say you forgive me first." She bites the Don Badoy's hand and Don Badoy tries to slap her but she was already gone. Don Badoy wishes for revenge but at the same time he fell in love with her making him wish to see her again but he still waqnted his revenge. Time passed by and Don Badoy was over 60 and he had forgotten that night. His grandson decided to do as Don Agueda had done but stopped by Don Badoy. He told his grandson to stop for he would just see a witch in the mirror as he was referring to Dona Agueda.
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Where has it snowed in the US in May?

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It's hard to know for certain because records weren't always kept but I would bet that while there has been a United states it has snowed during May in every state. The record low temperature for Hawaii of 12 degrees F occured in May 1979.
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What is the length of day in the tropics in May?

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If you are in the northern tropics in May you will have more than 12 hours but less thean 13.4 which is the max on June 21st or 22nd. Day light time varies slightly according to your latitude in the tropics.
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Analysis of may day eve?

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A case of unfounded love: Nick Joaqin's "May Day Eve" Rushing of decisions, flaring of passions - a perfect formula for a disastrous marriage. One May day night, Agueda looked at the mirror to see whose woman she will be, and voila she sees Badoy, which is really coincidental since Badoy only wanted to pass out quietly in bed. Badoy, being drunk and wanting to display his masculinity, thinks he can handle the situation and score a night with Agueada. But no, he made a terrible mistake of assuring himself that what he felt that night was love, while naughty Agueda believes that the man she saw in the mirror will be her husband. And thus began a case of unfounded love - more of an infatuation scene. What happened that night wasn't the start of what will seem to be a perfect and happy marriage, not a true and solid love, on the contrary, what passed between them was only an empty love, I believe. Based on Agueda's character, she is truly capable of making rushed decisions. From the sequence in paragraphs 11-14, we can see an Agueda who is "rebellious", ready for anything, and clearly, she's not thinking things over. And just like that, she pushes forward but under that brave face, there is a coward lying underneath. In paragraph 23, she might as well have motivated herself rather than believing that there are no more Devils; her face turning pale gave it away. She is afraid yet she still moves on, unsure of what will happen. Badoy, on the other hand, happens to be drunk that night. Of course, we all know that drunken people tend to do anything and everything and they do things without giving much thought over it. So most probably, Badoy doesn't know what he's doing; he's not thinking straight; he's not in his right state of mind - which only serves as proof that what Agueda and Badoy had was only infatuation or passion. Agueda rushes with flickering indecisions, while Badoy is drunk; and there you have it, their love is that of a raging infatuation, no depth, no strong foothold, a mere "love at first sight" scenario. "But, alas, the heart forgets; the heart is distracted; and May time passes; summer ends; the storms break over the hot-ripe orchards and the heart grows old; while the hours, the days, the months, and the years pile up and pile up, till the mind becomes too crowded, too confused: dust gathers in it; cobwebs multiply; the walls darken and fall into ruin and decay; the memory perished." Long, long after their midnight event, both of them realized that they made a mistake of following their first impulse about love; they both forgot how they "loved" each other. And the result? A very bitter marriage. Agueda recounts her experience to her daughter and she goes on to describe her husband as the Devil himself; and what she saw before is different from what she sees now. Agueda said that the man she saw in that mirror is a man with a "black, elegant mustache, and fine clothes and flashing eyes". But, the Badoy she sees now, she describes as a man with a "dirty, graying, and smell[ing] horribly of tobacco." That's a sure sign that her love didn't last. But don't think Badoy ever had a "true love" for Agueda. He also recounts his experience this time, to his grandson, describing the woman he married as the witch. Well, Badoy was still pretty kind by describing Agueda as "the most beautiful creature [he] has ever seen"; but he retracts by saying that he was "bewitched and tortured" by this woman. Describing their partners as the Devil or a witch will be more or less the same as saying that what they saw in their partners was only the surface value; and what they eventually (maybe alittle too late) saw inside was a dark and terrible soul, which is also another proof of the empty love going on in their lives. This is a clear illustration of "falling in love" - they loved then they fell. Well, what a happy couple. Relationships must never be purely based on passions and infatuations. Relationships like these never succeed. But, had it been true love, had they been thinking right that night, they shouldn't have shed those needless tears. Their relationship could have lasted and what happened 43 years ago would have stayed till forever. But no, they made the mistake of reassuring themselves that it was true love. And all they could do is reminisce and that memory would always be their anchor to their distant past.
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What does may day refer to in an airplane emergency?

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Mayday is an emergency code word used internationally as a distress signal in voice procedure radio communications, derived from the French m'aider, meaning "help me."
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Why was May Day originally celebrated?

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May Day occurs on May 1st, and refers to 7 public holidays. May Day can refer to various labour celebrations conducted on May1st that commemorates the fight for the 8 hour day.
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What do children in Greece make on the first of May?

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A Greek custom is to make a wreath of flowers to hang on your door for May Day. They make a wreath of flowers and hang it outside their door.
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What is May Day all about?

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The following taken from http://www.theholidayspot.com/mayday/history.htm For the Druids of the British Isles, May 1 was the second most important holiday of the year. Because, it was when the festival of Beltane held. It was thought that the day divides the year into half. The other half was to be ended with the Samhain on November 1. Those days the May Day custom was the setting of new fire. It was one of those ancient New Year rites performed throughout the world. And the fire itself was thought to lend life to the burgeoning springtime sun. Cattle were driven through the fire to purify them. Men, with their sweethearts, passed through the smoke for seeing good luck. Roots of May Day celebration in America: The Puritans frowned on May Day, so the day has never been celebrated with as much enthusiasm in the United States as in Great Britain. But the tradition of celebrating May Day by dancing and singing around a maypole, tied with colorful streamers or ribbons, survived as a part of the English tradition. The kids celebrating the day by moving back and forth around the pole with the the streamers, choosing of May queen, and hanging of May baskets on the doorknobs of folks -- are all the leftovers of the old European traditions. Was not started in US
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What countries celebrate May Day?

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England EVERY country except the USA and Canada!