May Day is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane.
Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night.
British May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing, crowning a May Queen and celebrations involving a maypole.
Finland Celebrations among the younger generations take place on May Day Eve, see Walpurgis Night in Finland, most prominent being the afternoon ‘crowning’ of statues in towns around the country with a student cap.
France On May 1, 1561, King Charles IX of France received a lily of the valley as a lucky charm. He decided to offer a lily of the valley each year to the ladies of the court.
Ireland May Day has been celebrated since pagan times as the feast of Bealtaine and in latter times as Mary’s day.
Bulgarians celebrate Irminden[Mayday] (or Yeremiya, Eremiya, Irima, Zamski den). The holiday is associated with snakes and lizards and rituals are made in order to protect people from them.
Romanians celebrate the arminden (or armindeni), the beginning of summer, symbolically tied with the protection of crops and farm animals. The name comes from Slavonic Jeremiinŭ dĭnĭ, meaning prophet Jeremiah’s day, but the celebration rites and habits of this day are apotropaic and pagan (possibly originating in the cult of the god Pan).
Sweden The more traditional festivities have moved to the day before, Walpurgis Night (“Valborgsmässoafton”), known in some locales as simply “Last of April”.
The first of May is instead celebrated as International Workers’ Day.
Canada May Day is celebrated in some parts of the Province of British Columbia. Celebrations often take place not on May 1 but during the Victoria Day long weekend, later in the month and when the weather is likely to be better.
United States May Day was also celebrated by some early European settlers of the American continent. In some parts of the United States, May Baskets are made. These are small baskets usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone’s doorstep.
Australia May Day is celebrated as a public holiday in only one territory, the Northern Territory, where the public holiday occurs on the first Monday in May. In Australia generally, unofficial activities and commemorations associated with International Workers’ Day take place on May Day.
International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day May Day has long been a focal point for demonstrations by various socialist, communist and anarchist groups. Thank you Wikipedia
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