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  • Writer's pictureMark Tullett

May Day, May Day

In Spain the first of May is a holiday, and despite the lockdown, today is no different.

Known internationally as International workers' day, or Labour day, it began at the end of the 19th century, commemorating the Haymarket affair in Chicago, but was originally the ancient festival of spring.

The best known modern May Day traditions, observed all around Europe include dancing around the maypole and crowning the Queen of the may. Another tradition which has gradually died out is the tradition of giving "May baskets," small baskets of sweets or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbours' doorsteps.

The earliest known May celebrations appeared with the Floralia, the festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, held from 27 April – 3 May during the era of the Roman Empire.

The goddess Flora

What will you be doing today in celebration?

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