A Brief History of May Day: From Pagan Rituals to International Workers’ Day

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May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, is celebrated on May 1st around the world. But its origins date back to pre-Christian times when people in Europe would gather to celebrate the arrival of spring with festivals and rituals.

In the late 19th century, May Day became associated with workers’ rights after the Haymarket affair in Chicago in 1886, where workers were protesting for an eight-hour workday. Since then, the day has been recognized as a holiday in many countries, and it’s often marked by parades, rallies, and other demonstrations in support of workers’ rights.

May Day has a rich and varied history, from ancient pagan traditions to modern-day protests for workers’ rights. Whether you’re interested in the cultural or political aspects of the holiday, there’s something for everyone to appreciate and learn from on this important day.


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