It really depends on what country you live in for me to answer that. It has a long history that you can read about here if you'd like.
My husband said that it's a communist holiday, but I couldn't find any information on that. A lot of holidays have dark sides, so that wouldn't surprise me. I read that May 1 is also International Workers Day, but that's something different from the holiday celebrated.
From what I've heard...many places celebrate May Day - the 1st of May with pole dancing. No...not the sexy pole dancing that you probably got a visual of. It's just a pole, people gather around it with ribbons and dance around it. The picture below is in Savannah, Georgia of all places. Ha I went to grad school there. It's a celebration of spring really. Sometimes there is a parade, and a picnic to.
When I was a kid we only delivered cups filled with goodies, and flowers to our friend's houses. The cup is still called a May Day Basket. We rang the doorbell and ran. It lost the whole - give it to a person you have a crush on bit. If we didn't get a May Day basket it was kind of a bummer. It was fun getting them. They didn't come every year.
Now most people here do not celebrate the holiday at all. If you do it's not about crushes. It just a friendly gesture. You A) Better know the person you're giving it to. and B) Better let them see you. Let's face it stranger danger is ramped now. Getting food from strangers that are unmarked is down right creepy.
This was the boy's first May Day baskets that they ever got. That's how little it's celebrated. I wouldn't say it's a Nebraska thing. May Day is celebrated in Canada, Sweden, Spain (they call it Os Maios), some parts of Australia, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, Ireland, Finland, Germany, and Great Brittan. In England they actually have a May Queen.
Notice the crown of flowers.
Notice the wreath crown
|Swedish tradition St. Lucia|
Did you know anything about May Day? Am I alone in knowing about it? Apparently our neighbors knew about it.