MAY DAY – 2 VASTLY DIFFERENT MEANINGS OF THE TERM

Its May Day! What does the radio distress signal mean? Well technically it means HELP. The origins of the word are from the french vernacular “venez m’aider” which translates to “come help me”.

However, the international distress signal ‘Mayday’ is not the only meaning of Mayday, the international radiotelephone distress signal Mayday is also known as May Day which falls on the 1st day of the month of May.

On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers in 13,000 businesses across the United States walked off their jobs in the first May Day celebration in history. In Chicago, the epicenter for the 8-hour day agitators, 40,000 went out on strike with the anarchists in the forefront of the public’s eye.

There is a third meaning. Try this one:

The 1st May is an ancient Northern Hemisphere festival, now known as ‘May Day’, which traditionally marked the return of spring. It is believed that the celebrations originated in agricultural rituals intended to ensure fertility for crops, held by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Later developments included the Celtic festival of Beltane and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night.  Today, many customs still mark this ancient festival, including the gathering of wildflowers and the setting up of a decorated May tree or Maypole, around which people dance.

Just another snippet of trivia. Enjoy!

Dancing around the Maypole