01May, 2017 U.S.
May Day is universally celebrated, but in different ways for different reasons. With roots going all the way back to pre-Roman pagan rites, May Day on May 1 has had many incarnations in the northern hemisphere. From the first day of summer (in an earlier calendar) to a celebration of spring, and from a Christian religious holiday to a day honoring workers, different countries, religions and political ideals have usurped the original celebration of fertility and rebirth May Day traditionally represented, until today when May Day means many things to different people. Perhaps the hippies of the 1960s had the right idea by wresting May Day from the Soviet show of military might and the Catholic Church’s reverence to the Blessed Virgin Mary (and, later, when it was a day honoring St Joseph, who was the Patron Saint of Workers, created just to counter the Soviet use) to recreate a whole “flowers in your hair” maypole dancing celebration of the rejuvenating power of nature’s rebirth each spring. Whatever your political leanings or religious beliefs, May Day is a good time to set aside differences and celebrate all that we have in common.