May Day Celebration
An illustration of a May day celebration. May Day occurs on May 1 and refers to any of several public holidays. In many countries, May Day is synonymous with International Workers’ Day, or Labour Day, which celebrates the social and economic achievements of the labour movement. As a day of celebration the holiday has ancient origins, and it can relate to many customs that have survived into modern times. Many of these customs are due to May Day being a cross-quarter day, meaning that (in the Northern Hemisphere where it is almost exclusively celebrated) it falls approximately halfway between the spring equinox and summer solstice.
Ed. J.T. Trowbridge, Lucy Larcom, Gail Hamilton Our Young Folks; An illustrated magazine for Boys and Girls (Boston, MA: Ticknor and Fields, 1866)