As a world-wide day of celebration, the first of May probably ranks second only to New Year’s day. While everyone celebrates the New Year, albeit in different ways, May Day has many different customs depending on where in the world you live:
May Day – The first day of summer
Beltane – Cross quarter day. Half way between the Vernal Equinox and Mid-Summer solstice
Maypole dances in England
Walpurgis Night (Germany and Scandinavia). – Bonfires and devil worship May Day/Labor Day – China and Russia hold formal parades
Traditions may vary, however humor is universal. For example:
A couple of Yoopers were driving to the next town’s May Day Fair. They came to a sign that said: May Day Fair Left. … so they turned around and went home! True story.
A townie was looking for the May Day Fair, he stopped and asked Joe. ‘Will this road take me to the May Day Fair?’ ‘Oh no,’ said Joe. ‘You’ll have to go by yourself!’
Freddie was enjoying the animals section at the May Fair when a dirty, scruffy man came running in the opposite direction. He stopped and asked Freddie, ‘Have you seen a cart load of pigs go this way?’ ‘No’, said Freddie, ‘Why did you fall off?’
Happy May Day! May the changes of the seasons bring you new beginnings and blessings.