My, there are an enormous number of celebrations that claim the first day of the fifth month as their own. Right now, of course, we’ve got the rallies in support of illegal immigrants. But that’s only the latest entry.
For lots of people around the world this is International Workers Day which started as a commemoration of the Haymarket Riots which took place not far from where I’m sitting.
Wizbang has a collection of links relating the rallies to IWD.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Catallarchy is conducting a remembrance day for all those who’ve been murdered by governments claiming socialism as their cause. Keep scrolling for lots and lots of good posts.
Long before there were socialists the day was devoted to a number of different Christian celebrations including holidays dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Roodmas.
Christians, of course, knew a good thing when they saw it, because those Christian celebrations had themselves been coopted from a variety of earlier pagan feasts. In England there was the May Queen and the Green Man (who became Maid Marian and Friar Tuck in the Robin Hood legends) and there was the great Celtic feast of Beltane. I’m surprised that Jeff at Caerdroia hasn’t mentioned it.