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Thread #47154   Message #702078
Posted By: SharonA
01-May-02 - 11:49 AM
Thread Name: Happy May Day!
Subject: RE: Happy May Day!
I never really knew what May Day was all about, so I looked it up... Unfortunately, the links there to "The Origins and Traditions of May Day" and "May Day: From Pagan Origins to the Labor Movement" don't work (right now, at least).

Another site explains the pagan origins:

A bit more about origins (with the "earliest know picture of a May-pole" – be sure to click on the link beneath the picture to see more):

A bit about American activism on May Days past:

Interesting little editorial about Labor Day vs. May Day:

Morris Dancing & May Day Games, from Walford's Antiquarian, 1886:

Celebrating May Day (some activities for teachers and kids, including simple songs): This site says that children in France tie flowers to cows' tails for May Day. True?