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message 1: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 16028 comments Originating from Haymarket affair in Chicago, half of the world celebrates May 1-st as an official holiday, while another - doesn't: .
Is it a holiday in your location and, if yes, are there any traditions connected therewith?
And was/is 8-hour working day an achievement?

message 2: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 16028 comments Where is South America, Eastern Europe or Africa to share their traditions? -:)

message 3: by Holly (new)

Holly (goldikova) Hey is a big holiday for Celtic Pagans. We had a bonfire, which is one of our traditions. It is also a fertility rite, but I'm 53, so I don't participate in that aspect.

message 4: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 16028 comments Sounds a little more interesting than workers' parades -:)

message 5: by Scout (new)

Scout (goodreadscomscout) | 6151 comments Hi, Holly. I'm not familiar with Celtic Pagans. I'd like to know more.

message 6: by Holly (new)

Holly (goldikova) Scout wrote: "Hi, Holly. I'm not familiar with Celtic Pagans. I'd like to know more."

Hi Scout

It is primitive and earth-based, we observe the cycles of sun and moon, the growing cycles of the crops and life cycles of people and animals.

We believe that all living things are equal, human life or blade of grass, we are all children of the earth which is our mother. Our main goal in life is to achieve some wisdom, treat others with kindness and respect, and to have created something of lasting worth before we die.

This is an unorganized, non-proselytizing religion. For further reading, I recommend.

Celtic Women's Spirituality: Accessing the Cauldron of Life

By Oak, Ash, & Thorn: Modern Celtic Shamanism

The Sacred World of the Celts: An Illustrated Guide to Celtic Spirituality and Mythology

The Druid Animal Oracle

message 7: by Scout (new)

Scout (goodreadscomscout) | 6151 comments Thanks for your reply, Holly. It's similar to what I believe and how I live. It reminds me of the beliefs of Native Americans, and some of that blood flows through me. It also reminds me of the writings of Walt Whitman. If you're not familiar, I think you would like him.

message 8: by Philip (new)

Philip (phenweb) | 3078 comments In UK it was the original pagan celebration then disappeared as a public holiday until re-instated as a workers day in-line with much of the more socialist aspects of the world. For me it's May Day and the pagan date is more appropriate than trade union banners.

Mind you the UK just treats it as another shopping day.

message 9: by Ian (new)

Ian Miller | 11759 comments In NZ May 1 is nothing, except usually a reminder from Game of Thrones: "Winter is coming". Labour Day here is about the third Monday in October, but it is the spirit of, after that winter, we need a long weekend. It did originally have meaning, but now, as Philip notes, many find it is just another shopping day.

message 10: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 16028 comments Celebrated anywhere?

message 11: by Lizzie (new)

Lizzie | 1847 comments Not a holiday in Arizona. I lived in WI from 2001 in 2006. I worked in Chicago and Milwaukee; it wasn't celebrated.

We do have Labor Day, but it is in September and a national holiday in the USA. The purpose is to celebrate and honor the American worker, the same purpose as the initial paragraph referred to in Nik's original question.

message 12: by Barbara (new)

Barbara | 299 comments In my house, mother's day, worker's day, labor day are all pretty much the same day.

message 13: by Scout (new)

Scout (goodreadscomscout) | 6151 comments Labor Day is a holiday here for State workers, Federal workers, and banks. Most others just keep on working.

message 14: by Lizzie (new)

Lizzie | 1847 comments Scout wrote: "Labor Day is a holiday here for State workers, Federal workers, and banks. Most others just keep on working."

Scout, I believe what you listed are entities that are required to provide paid holidays, unlike businesses or private companies.

I have never worked for the government entities or banks - mine were all corporations or privately owned businesses. From working in the advertising department of a business owned family chain of furniture stores. to hospital computer departments, to law offices - I always had a minimum of the following paid holidays - President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.

Sometime later on they added Martin Luther King Day in many law offices and some places did Columbus Day too. Essentially, the offices i ran, we traded those off for some of us having the day after Thanksgiving or day after Christmas off. Since I can remember working in offices, any time the holiday was on a weekend we were given the Friday before or the Monday after off.

Today was Cinco de Mayo. Not a paid holiday but it is one I didn't know existed until I lived in Texas. I thought at the time that maybe it was because of liviing in southern border state,

message 15: by Scout (new)

Scout (goodreadscomscout) | 6151 comments As I said, most others keep working.

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