May Day / Labor Day 2018

May Day / Labor Day Calendar

May Day Dates
Year Date Weekday
2016 1 May Sunday
2017 1 May Monday
2018 1 May Tuesday
2019 1 May Wednesday
2020 1 May Friday
2021 1 May turday
2022 1 May Sunday
2023 1 May Monday
2024 1 May Wednesday
2025 1 May Thursday

In 2018 May Day will be celebrated on the first day of the month, which is a Monday It is celebrated as a spring festival in the northern hemisphere and is generally observed as a public holiday as well. Year May Day.

Traditional May Day Celebrations

May Day is related to the Celti cfestival of Beltane and the Germanic estival of Walpurgis Night. May Day falls half a year from November 1– another cross-quarter day which is also associated with various northern European paganismsand the year in the Northern Hemisphere– and it has traditionally been an occasion for popular and often raucous celebrations.

As Europe became Christianized, the pagan holidays lost their religious character and either changed into popular secular celebrations, as with May Day, or were merged with or replaced by new Christian holidays as with Christmas, Easter, and All Saint's Day. In the 20th and continuing into the 21st century, many neopagans began reconstructing the old traditions and celebrating May Day as a pagan religious festival again.

Note that the source noted does not support any of the changes claimed by the previous statement. The only significant Christianization of May day is essential localized to Germany where it is one of many historic days that were used to celebrate St. Walburga (the saint credited with bringing Christianity to Germany).

Traditional May Day Celebrations

Where is May Day Celebrated?

May Day is celebrated at the following locations:

The UK

  • Oxford
  • Padstow, Cawsand, Kingsand, and Millbrook in Cornwall
  • Durham
  • St. Andrews
  • Whitstable and Rochester in Kent
  • Edinburgh
  • London
  • Glasgow
  • Hastings

May Day In India

In India, May Day is a big day and is celebrated as Labor Day. Observed on May 1, Labor Day is a public holiday. Known as the Antarrashtriya Shramik Diwas, the day is connected with the labor movements that are linked to the socialist as well as communist parties. May Day in India traces its origins back to the early 20th century. The Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan organized the first May Day celebration in the country in 1923 in Chennai (at that time known as Madras). It also marked the first time that the red flag, the emblem of the labor class, was used in the country. May Day is also known by the names of Kamgar Din in Hindi, Uzhaipalar Dinam in Tamil, and Kamgar Divas in Marathi. A number of activities take place on the day. A number of speeches are held throughout the country by political leaders talking about the importance of the day and rights of the workers. A number of march pasts are also organized on the day by trade unions and children are made aware of the importance of workers through special events.

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May Day Celebrations

May Day is celebrated every year on May 1 and is observed in the northern hemisphere as basically a spring festival. In several countries it is also observed as a conventional public holiday.


Last Updated: 23rd April, 2018