Mayday! Mayday!

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Mayday is a holiday on the first of May. They started celebrating it centuries ago in Rome, England, and Russia. They all celebrated it in different ways then and now.

 

Mayday is a holiday on the first of May. They started celebrating it centuries ago in Rome, England, and Russia. They all celebrated it in different ways then and now.

 

In Rome their Mayday was a festival celebrating the goddess Flora, goddess of flowers, fertility, and spring. This was celebrated from April 28th to May 3rd. They would have games and some crowds would be showered with beans and lupines (white, yellow, rose or blue flowers from a group of plants belonging to the pea family). The women were encouraged to wear brightly colored clothes with garlands of flowers in their hair.

 

In medieval England they would go out into the woods and collect flowers and greenery. It was described in the English poem, "Court of Love". Another tradition they had was the maypole. It was decorated with bright coloring, greenery, ribbons and flowers. It was often the middle of the festivities. When they would dance around the dance was called morris dancing. Now they hold ribbons and dance around the maypole, then they would just dance around the pole.

 

In Russia it was celebrated illegally until the February Revolution in 1917. After that it was declared an official holiday celebrated by parades in the major cities. The biggest celebration was originally organized in the Red Square where the government leaders stood up and waved to the crowds. Now Mayday is officially called "The Day of Spring Labor."

 

Right now in the modern times, some countries and big cities have Mayday parades but I know that many cities do not have festivities such as parades. If you want to learn more about Mayday go to www.infoplease.com/spot/mayday.html.