Celebrate May Day with these fun facts

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International Workers' Day

In Europe, May 1 is celebrated as Labor Day in honor of the U.S. movement to establish an eight-hour work day. Oddly enough, the U.S. honors this on a different day, even though the rallying began here.

Symbol

Dance around the Maypole

Many scholars believe Maypole dancing to be a fertility ritual. While some believe the pole is a phallic symbol, others believe it is a nod to the sacred nature of the tree and celebrating spring.

Tradition

Time to bring back the basket

Remember when you would wake up to a sweet basket of flowers hanging on your doorknob? Maybe it's time to bring back that sweet tradition of surprise May Day baskets left at a neighbor's door.

No Relation

Call for help, not a call for spring

The distress signal, "mayday," has nothing to do with the first of May. Instead, the call for help derives from the French phrase "venez m'aider," meaning "come help me."


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