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Monday, May 01, 2006

May Day

Happy May Day everyone! Or International Workers' Day! Best day for a labor protest don't you think?
From the horrible but available Wikipedia...
International Workers' Day (a name used interchangeably with May Day) is the commemoration of the Haymarket Riot of 1886 in , IllinoisChicago]], and a celebration of the social and economic achievements of the international labor movement. The 1 May date is used because in 1884 the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions, inspired by labor's 1872 success in Canada, demanded an eight-hour workday in the United States to come in effect as of May 1, 1886. This resulted in a general strike and the riot in Chicago of 1886, but eventually also in the official sanction of the eight-hour workday. The May Day Riots of 1894 and May Day Riots of 1919 occurred subsequently.

As a kid I was used to the tradition of May Day baskets: "These baskets are small and usually filled with treats are left at someone's doorstep. When you ring the bell, you are supposed to run away, if you are caught then the other person gets to kiss you."
Once I left one for my mom and then got chased by a dog while I was trying to hide from her.


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