Celebrating the return of Spring and International Workers Day!

Originally a celebration of the return of Spring in medieval Europe, May Day probably originated with the Greeks and Romans, ancient agricultural rituals and festivals. May Day is still celebrated in Europe, which includes the gathering of wildflowers and green branches, the weaving of floral garlands, the crowning of a May king and queen, and the setting up of a decorated May tree, or Maypole, around which people dance.

May Day, May pole image

In 1895 May Day was chosen as the date for International Workers' Day (also known as Labour Day) by the Socialists and Communists of the Second International, to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago. It is a celebration of labourers and the working classes, that is promoted by the international Labour Movement.

Labour day image


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