This year, the customary spring ritual falls on Sunday, May 1, 2015.
Modern May Day celebrations have evolved into a hodgepodge of traditions including parties, sing-alongs, Old World maypole dancing, parades and workers' demonstrations, along with general protests against Big Business on the streets of major capitals worldwide.
And just for a little contrast, in Hawaii it's ... Lei Day.
Historians generally agree that May Day celebrations probably originated in the spring fertility rites of ancient Rome, which occurred at about the same time of year marking celebrations honoring the goddess of spring, Flora.
By the Middle Ages, the day was being celebrated with a procession led by a "Queen of the May" chosen from a population of pretty teen girls, followed by the townspeople dancing around a maypole decorated with streamers and colorful spring flowers.
By the late 19th century, May Day was taken up in America as a socialist movement celebrating workers' rights.
Today, the May Day tradition remains even stronger in Europe or wherever else people hope to gain more leverage against unfair employment practices.
The Occupy Wall Street movement also protests against the "1%" establishment and in recent years has grown to include May Day rallies.
Meanwhile, on the Internet, Anonymous has gained notoriety for a series of May Day denial-of-service attacks against government and corporate sites.
This year, Anonymous has also called for a 2015 May Day global strike among workers and students, as well as a consumer boycott on banking and shopping, to show the world that "it is nothing without the 99%".
information, check out what else is happening on May Day this
year around the world and on the Web...
More information about May Day around the Web:
Day - How it all started, including typical May Day
events & celebrations worldwide with related photos and
resoures, from Wikipedia.
Day Origins - Nicely written and researched background
on historical meanings and symbolism, and check out the earliest
known depiction of a maypole in stained glass ...