Last night Celts and Gaels celebrated Lá Bealtaine, the beginning of summer by getting nekkid and dancing around bonfires:

Modern Wiccans and Neopagans have revived the celebration.

Ancient Romans celebrated Floralia, festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, in the last days of April:

Traditional English May Day celebrations include crowning a May Queen and dancing around the maypole:

In the late 19th Century May Day became the date of celebration of International Organized Labor in commemoration of the 1886 Chicago Haymarket riots. The Haymarket riots were labor rights rallies that became violent due to police provocation in support of the business owners. A homemade bomb was thrown into the crowd at one point and several people died. Despite not being able to determine who threw the bomb, eight labor leaders were charged for murder, some of whom were not even at the riots, and none of whom could be linked to the bombing. A complete lack of evidence linking the accused to the crime did not hurt the prosecution and media propaganda painted a grim picture of the accused, casting them as “long-haired, wild-eyed, bad smelling, atheistic, reckless foreign wretches.” Seven of the eight were sentenced to death and one was sentenced to fifteen years hard labor:

After WWII during Cold War Years of the Mid 20th Century, the USSR added Victory Day to the celebration of International Workers solidarity and paraded their latest weapons through Red Square in the Kremlin:

... and in 1955 during the hey day of the Red Scare when congress adopted "In God We Trust" as the national motto of the good old USA, President Eisenhower proclaimed May 1st to be Loyalty Day!  That sure showed them godless Communists!

In the 21st Century, particularly in cities like Los Angeles, both May 1st and Cinco de Mayo have produced demonstrations supporting the rights of immigrants:

...and though this is not a joke, I find myself laughing out loud.  In 2017, he Beast "45" turns back the clock to 1955 and directs us all to celebrate National Loyalty Day"The loyalty of our citizenry sends a clear signal to our allies and enemies that the United States will never yield from our way of life," Trump wrote in a proclamation on Friday. "We are working to destroy ISIS, and to secure for all Americans the liberty terrorists seek to extinguish." :

So whatever your cause for celebration enjoy the day.

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Comment by koshersalaami on May 1, 2017 at 8:25am

Interesting pedigree the day has

So let's all get naked and throw a bomb at a maypole while swearing loyalty to the United States. 

Comment by JMac1949 Today on May 1, 2017 at 8:40am

Good idea, Kosh.

Comment by alsoknownas on May 1, 2017 at 8:42am

Let's not forget to hate pagans too !

Comment by JMac1949 Today on May 1, 2017 at 8:58am

aka, what about the damn agnostics??  Thanks for reading and commenting.

Comment by koshersalaami on May 1, 2017 at 9:02am

Tha agnostics aren't sure that's a real maypole

Comment by alsoknownas on May 1, 2017 at 9:17am

I hate the way you can't pin an agnostic down to anything.

Atheism, on the other hand is for the specially informed who know what you know is not what you think you know but what they know you think you know.

Much much smarter and available in bulk at any library until closing hour when they make you go sleep outside.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on May 1, 2017 at 9:28am

Agnostics are well known to be shape shifting illegal alien Sasquatch butt pirates!  Just ask Doc Vega or nanatehay!!

Comment by Anna Herrington on May 1, 2017 at 9:49am

Thanks for this today, Jmac ~

I like the little preschoolers version of the May Day celebration, personally, very sweet and innocent, although I've been to some very fun adult gatherings, too   ; )

The rest.... ehh, protests are good, but why co-opt/usurp a lovely celebratory day for nature, personally.

Happy May Day ~

Comment by JMac1949 Today on May 1, 2017 at 9:52am

If I still had the hard body of my youth, I might be inclined to get nekkid and dance around a fire.  Thanks for reading and commenting Anna.

Comment by Phyllis on May 1, 2017 at 4:39pm

I still remember collecting bouquets of Dandelions and violets for mom in Dixie cups. I haven't been to an adult celebration. 

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