01 May '12, 11am

Happy May Day!

Happy May Day!

Library of Congress /Public Domain Get out there and dance around a tree, and celebrate the fertility of the season. Put some flowers in your hair in honour of a holiday that dates back to Roman times and the Festival of Flora, the goddess of flowers. Crown some sweet young thing the Queen of May. Everyone was having such a good time on May Day until after the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago in 1886, when demonstrators and Police were killed during a general strike in support of an eight hour work day. May 1 became International Workers Day in memory of the massacre, and a red scare swept America. In 1887 President Grover Cleveland supported the establishment of Labor Day in September to divert attention from May 1 and the memory of the massacre. According to Wikipedia , In 1921, following the Russian Revolution of 1917, May 1 was promoted as "Americanization Day " by the Ve...

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