Happy May Day!
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In addition to being a celebration of Spring, May Day is also International Workers’ Day. Workers and Labor Unions around the world hold parades and events to celebrate the achievements of the labor movement, and to raise awareness of current labor issues. It is also sometimes a day of protest.
In some places, these two themes are combined, to create one big festival to celebrate the arrival of Spring, the natural environment, and the accomplishments and importance of workers in society. In my city, Minneapolis, a wonderful, creative, puppet theatre company, In the Heart of the Beast, puts on a parade and festival in a city park, which does an amazing job of combining these themes. Each year’s theme is slightly different, but the idea is the same – celebrating both the natural world and the importance of human energy and work in making a better world for all.
I am really looking forward to this year’s May Day festivities here in Minneapolis. What will you be doing to mark the occasion?