May 1st marks the celebration of Labor Day in many countries around the world. It is a day to honor the contributions of workers to society and to recognize the struggles and achievements of the labor movement. May Day is also a day of protest and activism, with many large-scale demonstrations organized by labor unions and worker advocacy groups.
In addition to the demonstrations, May Day is also a day of tradition and superstition. In France, it is customary to give or receive a lucky sprig of lily-of-the-valley, or “muguet,” on May Day. Vendors and florists set up stalls on the streets, offering fresh bouquets of the fragrant flowers to passersby. It is believed that carrying a sprig of muguet brings good luck and happiness throughout the year.
In some cultures, May Day is also associated with the ancient Celtic festival of Beltane, which marks the beginning of summer and the season of fertility. May Day celebrations may include bonfires, dancing, and other rituals to honor nature and the changing of the seasons.