April 30, 2007 6:24pm CST
May Day is a time to organize and speak out around issues that are impacting working-class people. Its the time to celebrate the achievements of people's struggles for social and economic justice. Its a festival for all who earn and have earned their living as well as a celebration of solidarity. May Day is also celebrated as a Spring festival of fertility and the renewal of nature. It is the time of year when warmer weather begins and flowers and trees start to blossom. It is said to be a time of love and romance. Wish you a happy May Day....
1 May 07
May Day is May 1, and refers to any of several holidays celebrated on this day. May 1 was a traditional summer holiday in many pre-Christian European pagan cultures, and many elements of these holidays are still celebrated on May 1 today, such as the Maypole. While February 1 was the first day of Spring, May 1 was the first day of summer: hence, the summer solstice on June 25 (now the 22nd) was "midsummer." In addition, May Day in the United States is commonly regarded — at least by certain groups — as a commemoration of the execution of the Haymarket martyrs who were arrested after the Haymarket Riot of 1886 in Chicago, Illinois, which occurred on May 4, but was the culmination of labor unrest which began on May 1. The date consequently became established as an anarchist and socialist holiday during the 20th century, and in these circles it is often known as International Workers' Day or Labour Day. In this form, May Day has become an international celebration of the social and economic achievements of the working class and labor movement. "May Day" also refers to various socialist and labor movement celebrations conducted on May 1, unrelated to the traditional celebrations to commemorate the Haymarket martyrs of 1886 and the international socialist movement generally. The latter event is an important holiday in Communist and Socialist countries. Wish you all a happy may day.