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Ancient Romans and Germans held May Day celebrations. Catholics in centuries past began honoring the Virgin Mary during the month of May. The …

The Maypole was a pagan fertility ritual. Ribbons would be attached to the top of a tall pole and women would dance around it and twist the ri…

Traditional May baskets were filled with the flowers that grew in April and were delivered on the front steps of friends and neighbors. In the…

May Day’s focus for the history of the labor movement started with a tragedy in Chicago. The 19th Century movement to shorten the standard wor…

Much of the world came to see the events as a significant turning point for labor. Many celebrated the executed men as martyrs in the struggle…

When Congress passed and union-busting President Grover Cleveland signed a bill in 1894 designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day…

May Day went on to become associated in the U.S. with radicals, socialists and the communist nations that embraced it most fervently. It was a…