May Day

May Day Quick Facts - AU

AKA NameInternational Worker's Day, Labour Day
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2023 Date1 May 2023
2024 Date1 May 2024
May Day

May Day History

May Day marks the halfway point between the first day of spring and the summer solstice. This day can be traced back to the days of the Romans as it involved many pagan rituals and ancient customs. These were slowly phased out with the arrival of Christianity. Festivals, dances, and rituals related to agriculture and fertility were practiced by many Germanic and European countries. May Day is observed annually on the 1st of May.

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May Day Facts & Quotes

  • May Day is also recognized as International Worker's Day, or Labor Day. This day commemorates workers rights and the labor movement. One popular cause that this day commemorates is the eight-hour workday.
  • In France, it is customary to give a sweet smelling flower called the spring of lily of the valley (a symbol of springtime) on May 1st. The tradition started in 1561 when King Charles IX of France received a lily of the valley as a lucky charm.

May Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Dance around a Maypole. Decorate a tall pole with garlands of flowers and ribbons. Have a group of friends each take a ribbon and dance around the pole, interweaving the ribbons to form a braided affect. The braid can be undone by retracing one's steps.
  • Have a picnic outdoors in the sunshine.
  • Attend the May Day march in Port Kembla. This is a traditional event for trade unions and labour organizations to advocate for workers' rights and social justice
  • Attend the May Day March and Rally in Melbourne. The rally is organized by the Victorian Trades Hall Council. The event features speeches from union leaders and politicians, as well as a march through the city streets.

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