May Day Celebration Around the World

 

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May Day and its history of cultural celebrations have spanned throughout many hundreds of years of history, starting with the ancient pagan cultures in Scotland and Ireland. Cultures have traditionally celebrated May 1 as the beginning of Summer, even though the day falls right in the middle of spring.

The day occurs today as International Workers’ Day, which is a celebration of labour and the working classes promoted by the international labour movement. Demonstrations and protests over worker’s rights are often held on the day, and May Day has long been the focal point for socialist and anarchist groups.

 

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May Day – Bratwurstfest Switzerland

The celebration of laborers is promoted by the international labor movement and occurs on May 1 every year. In Switzerland the day is called Bratwurstfest, in relation to the image of the rebellious working class as a nostalgia of the unions.

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