May Day Trivia

May Day
A traditional summer holiday in pre-Christian pagan cultures.

While February 1 was the first day
of Spring, May 1 was the first day of summer.
Midsummer fell on the summer soltice, June 25.

A tall wooden pole with long colored ribbons suspended from
the top and decorated with flowers and greenery.

In celebration of spring and fertility each dancer holds onto
a ribbon and every other person moves clockwise or counterclockwise
guiding their ribbon over then under to weave the ribbons around the pole.

International Workers Day
Commemorates the historic struggle of working
people throughout the world.
Celebrated throughout the world except in the
United States, Canada, and South Africa.

Loyalty Day
Established May 1, 1958 by President Eisenhower

The holiday was first observed in 1921 and was
intended to counterbalance the celebration of Labor Day
on May 1 throughout the world that was perceived as communist.

May Day Stadium:
Pyongyang, North Korea

Seats: 150,000
Width: 350 meters
Height: 450 meters
Completed: May 1, 1989
Floor Space: 207,000 sq. meters

Mayday Mayday
The internationally recognized distress signal

From the French phrase m'aidez meaning help me.

Happy May Day...

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