May Day

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1 May, celebrated with garlands and dancing, the choice of a queen of the May, the erection of a Maypole to dance round, etc. Perhaps derived from the Roman Floralia. The May‐game was a set performance in the May‐Day festivities, in which Robin Hood and Maid Marian figured. May Day was adopted in 1889 as the international Labour holiday.

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