5.01.2007

may day

It's May Day!

May Day is the international worker's holiday, celebrated in most countries in the world, except for the US, Canada and South Africa. Contrary to popular belief, May Day did not begin in the Soviet Union. Its roots are in the US, with the struggle for the eight-hour day.

A brief essay on the origins of May Day is here.

This is a day to reflect on the dignity and worth of all working people, and the right of all people to earn a living wage.

5 comments:

dcbean said...

It's interesting to read that popular belief in the US is that May Day began in the USSR. I remember learning about it in grade school back home, and being told that the holiday commemorated "Los Mártires de Chicago", or The Chicago Martyrs. This is one of the few things that stuck, since as little kids I guess we cared more about the day off. Several people at work (in TO from all over Latin America) commented today on the fact that the country where it originated does not commemorate it, so I guess they were taught the same thing I was.

David Cho said...

Hmmm, I did not know that. Wow.

L-girl said...

I remember learning about it in grade school back home, and being told that the holiday commemorated "Los Mártires de Chicago", or The Chicago Martyrs.

Wow, that's cool. I can't imagine being taught something like that in public school - and the school system where I grew up was very liberal.

M@ said...

Um, I think you're wrong about the whole May Day thing. It's clearly called Loyalty Day.

Ugh. I feel dirty just linking to that shite, but I think it's worth spreading around in the current context.

L-girl said...

Wow.

Not much more to say.

Wow.