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May Day: The Most Random Holiday Of All!

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If you weren't aware, today is May Day! What is May Day, you might ask? Well, according to Wikipedia's May Day entry:

"May Day occurs on May 1 and refers to any of several public holidays.[1] In many countries, May Day is synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, which celebrates the social and economic achievements of the labor movement. As a day of celebration, however, the holiday has ancient origins and 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 it falls approximately halfway between a solstice and an equinox."

So, really it's just a random holiday where you can celebrate just about however and whatever you want!

Still want to know more? Curious about these ancient origins and economic acheivements? Look no further than The Holiday Spot's May Day overview.

Here are some great and craft ideas on how to celebrate May Day.

One of the most popularly known May Day traditions is to hang a basket full of spring flowers and/or other small gifts on a neighbor's doorknob. The trick is you don't want the neighbor to see you! If you get caught, you are supposed to get a kiss.

Learn how to make a May Day Cone Basket.

A popular activity on May Day is to decorate a pole with brightly colored ribbon or paper streamers. Some also add flowers and balloons. The pole is usually carried in a parade and then placed in the ground at a designated area. People then dance around the May pole, holding the ends of the streamers or ribbon in their hands.

Make your own Tabletop May Pole.

In France, cows play an important role in May Day. The cows are led in parades with many flowers attached to their tails. The people watching the parade try to touch the cows; it is believed to be good luck.

Here's a great way to make a Cow Puppet.

May Day is celebrated all over the world, including Cuba, China, India , Russia, and England.

In France, cows play an important role in May Day. The cows are led in parades with many flowers attached to their tails. The people watching the parade try to touch the cows; it is believed to be good luck.

Here's a great way to make a Cow Puppet.

But you should be aware that everything is not always fun and games on May Day. Clashes in Turkey have marred this year's day of arbitrary celebration. Read about that here and here .

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