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Happy May Day to all of you ...

by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 1st of May 2023


'Lily of the valley' by Monique Delaet

The 1st of May, also known as May Day or International Workers' Day, is celebrated with various traditions and customs in different parts of the world.
Here are some of the most common traditions associated with this holiday...


May Day marches and rallies: One of the most common traditions associated with May Day is the organizing of marches, rallies, and protests by labor unions and workers' rights organizations. These events are often held in cities and towns across the world and provide an opportunity for workers to come together and advocate for their rights.

Maypole dancing: In many European countries, such as Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, May Day is associated with the tradition of Maypole dancing.  A Maypole is a tall pole erected in a public square or village green, decorated with ribbons, flowers, and other adornments.  People then dance around the Maypole, weaving the ribbons in intricate patterns.

Spring festivals: May Day is also often associated with the arrival of spring, and many cultures celebrate the season with festivals and rituals.  In some countries, such as Germany and Austria, May Day is associated with Walpurgis Night, a traditional spring festival that includes bonfires, dancing and other festivities.

Giving of flowers: In some countries, it is traditional to give flowers to loved ones on May Day.  Lily of the valley is the symbol of May Day in many European countries.  But in Russia, for example, it is customary to give yellow and red flowers to friends and family members as a symbol of love and friendship.

Worker appreciation: May Day is also a day to appreciate the contributions and hard work of workers. In some countries, employers give their workers the day off, while in others, workers are given small gifts or bonuses to celebrate the holiday.

Overall, May Day traditions vary widely depending on the country and culture. However, they all share the common goal of celebrating the achievements of workers and advocating for their rights and well-being. 


'Let us sing...' by Fernand Hick



'Love in the air .' by Ben Goossens



'Elegance' by anna.s.



'The Spirit Of Spring' by Tammy Bergström



'Fairy Wood' by Kirill Volkov



'Close to you' by Piet Flour



'Dewdrops are the GEMS of morning' by Yvette Depaepe



'In the woods' by Shenshen Dou



'Garden beauties' by Ben Goossens



'Dance with Joy' by Delphine Devos



'Into the Poppies' by John Wilhelm


...soooo pretty.... Thank you, Yvette.
...very lovely images. Many congrats to authors...
Thanks Yvette 😀 Your selection of images makes me feel happy!
Muchas gracias. Un reportaje estupendo.
Excellent contribution to May Day dear Yvette, let us enjoy and celebrate this very special spring day.