News Display: May Day
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 05/01/2017
Uploaded: 05/15/2017
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, News Displays
Tags: cultural traditions, Dance, May Day, May Day Queen, May fest, song, spring

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Description/Abstract: News Display: May Day, Monday, 5/1


The traditional May Day is celebrated on May 1st to herald in the Spring. It brings festivities, dancing (Morris and other), singing, maypoles, and small baskets with flowers and treats. Now a popular holiday throughout Europe and North America, May Day has its roots in ancient times, with the festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers. Since the 1700's, it has become associated with Catholic devotions to Mary. In the late 1800's May Day also became International Workers' Day, arising from the Haymarket labor riots in Chicago.

News will feature stories about the history of May Day, with a focus on the secular celebration throughout the world.

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