Origin of May Day
Examples from the Web for may day
We must not let these old-fashioned customs be forgotten, and I want to tell you the story of May-day.
It is, of course—I merely had to shove that aside (without regrets) for the sake of May-day.The Trial of Callista Blake|Edgar Pangborn
A curious tale is told of the beginning of the May-day celebration, which is of more venerable age than perhaps you know.
The May-day morris-dancers, like the Christmas mummers, performed sword-dances and sang appropriate doggerels in costume.Miscellanea|Juliana Horatia Ewing
There is at Oxford a May-day ceremony which has a special claim upon our respect and veneration, for nearly four centuries.
British Dictionary definitions for may day
- the first day of May, traditionally a celebration of the coming of spring: in some countries now observed as a holiday in honour of workers
- (as modifier)May-Day celebrations
Word Origin and History for may day
"first of May," mid-15c. Accounts of merrymaking on this date are attested from mid-13c. Synonymous with "communist procession" from at least 1906. The May Queen seems to be a Victorian re-invented tradition.