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May 1st emerges on the calendar as a day marked by a tapestry of holidays and celebrations, each with its distinct significance and set of traditions. This date encompasses a variety of observances that reflect the diverse interests and values of societies worldwide.

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Interesting Facts of May 1st

  1. 1. In ancient times, May 1st was celebrated as the beginning of spring and fertility with festivals such as the Roman Floralia or the Celtic Beltane, which involved dancing around a maypole and lighting bonfires.
  2. 2. The tradition of giving "May baskets" – small baskets of flowers and sweets – on May 1st evolved from May Day customs. People would hang a basket on the doorknob of a friend or loved one as a way to celebrate the arrival of spring.
  3. 3. The Haymarket affair, which was a protest rally in Haymarket Square, Chicago, on May 4, 1886, turned violent when a bomb was thrown. To honor those who were advocating for the eight-hour workday, May Day was chosen as a date for International Workers' Day.
  4. 4. In Hawaii, May 1st is known as "Lei Day" celebrating Hawaiian culture and the aloha spirit. On Lei Day, celebrations include the making and wearing of leis, hula dancing, and music.
  5. 5. May 1st, 1931, was the day when the Empire State Building was officially opened in New York City by President Herbert Hoover, who lit up the building with the push of a button from Washington, D.C.
  6. 6. The Soviet Union traditionally celebrated May 1st with large military parades in Red Square in Moscow during the Cold War era, demonstrating the might of the Soviet military.