For some, May 1 is International Workers Day; In the USA it has been Loyalty Day since 1958; this year, it is apparently particularly contentious in the USA. According to one source, "In Seattle, where unions, socialists, anarchists and workers organizations plan to hold demonstrations on Tuesday, the far-right Washington State Patriot Response will hold a counter-rally dubbed "May Day Seattle - Stand Against Rioters"."
Perhaps we should all just relax, go outside and hug a tree, and get May Day back to its roots. Here is a reprise of our earlier coverage:
Happy May Day, which used to be green instead of redThe first of May used to be a happy celebration of spring. According to The Incomplete, True, Authentic and Wonderful History of MAY DAY, everybody was into it.
The Greeks had their sacred groves, the Druids their oak worship, the Romans their games in honor of Floralia. In Scotland the herdsman formed circles and danced around fires. The Celts lit bonfires in hilltops to honor their god, Beltane. In the Tyrol people let their dogs bark and made music with pots and pans. In Scandinavia fires were lit and the witches came out.Everywhere people "went a-Maying" by going into the woods and bringing back leaf, bough, and blossom to decorate their persons, homes, and loved ones with green garlands. Outside theater was performed with characters like "Jack-in-the-Green" and the "Queen of the May." Trees were planted. Maypoles were erected. Dances were danced. Music was played. Drinks were drunk, and love was made. Winter was over, spring had sprung.