Category: May 01

  • INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ DAY – May 1

    INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ DAY

    Every year on May 1st, International Workers’ Day seeks to honor laborers and the working classes in many countries throughout the world. This day is also commonly referred to as Labour Day or May Day.

    In 1760 a major event called the Industrial Revolution began in Britain. This event spread across the globe and lasted through 1840. During this time, agricultural societies became more industrialized. Inventions such as the railroad, cotton gin, and electricity permanently changed society. Millions of workers around the world were needed during the Industrial Revolution.

    Unfortunately, during this time, many employers treated their workers unfairly, paid improper wages, provided poor working conditions, and forced laborers to work long hours. Some employees worked 16 hours a day. What the working class needed was someone to stand up for their rights. In 1864, the International Workingmen’s Association started up in London. The organization fought for the right for workers to organize and also the right for an 8-hour working day. In 1871 workers in France followed suit and started their own labor movement.

    Pope Leo XIII became involved in the labor movement when he published, “On the Condition of the Working Classes.” Some of the things he advocated for included shorter work hours, fair wages, elimination of child labor, and the ability for the state to regulate labor conditions. Eventually, the labor movement around the world helped to create a 5-day workweek, paid holidays, and an 8-hour workday. Today, many workers around the world enjoy all the benefits that the labor movement fought so hard for.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorkersDay

    In honor of the working class, many companies around the world observe this day by giving their employees a day off. On this day many trade unions and labor associations hold parades, rallies, and other kinds of celebrations. Many families spend the day together. For people in countries that are still fighting for workers’ rights, this is a day of protests, marches, and demonstrations. Spread awareness for this day on social media with #WorkersDay

    INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY HISTORY

    In 1884, the Federation of Organized Trade and Labour Unions of the U.S. and Canada stated that May 1st, 1886 would mark the start of an 8-hour workday. On May 1, 1886, up to 500,000 workers in the U.S. went on strike. On May 4th, the peaceful protests turned violent. As police attempted to break up the protesters, a bomb was thrown at them. Seven police officers died, along with four civilians. This event is known as the Haymarket Affair. In 1889, an international organization for workers and socialists in Paris declared May 1st as International Workers’ Day. While most countries around the world celebrate on May 1st, the United States and Canada hold their Labor Day on the first Monday in September.

     

     

  • MAY DAY – May 1

    MAY DAY

    On May 1st, May Day ushers in a traditional celebration of flowers and spring. In many ancient calendars, May 1st welcomed the first day of summer. This was truly a cause for celebration.

    One of the more popular rituals was harvesting flowers and giving them to neighbors and strangers in cone-shaped baskets. These May Baskets become more commonly known as May Day Baskets. The current tradition is observed by hanging a cone-shaped basket full of flowers or other gifts on the outside doorknob, then knocking or ringing the doorbell and running away.

    May Day has been a traditional day of celebration for centuries, with some of the earliest appearing in pre-Christian times. In English tradition, the observance is celebrated by crowning a May Queen and dancing around a maypole. The Finnish recognize a carnival-type celebration in the streets that includes a special type of lemonade made with lemons, brown sugar, and yeast.  In France, it is correct to give people either dogwood or lily of the valley while Italians celebrate with a seasonal feast in honor of the arrival of spring.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #MayDay

    While there are several ways to celebrate the day, don’t limit yourself to just one! Choose several of these spring options:

    • Dance! Either dance around a May Pole or just dance with someone near to you.
    • Plant flowers. Make a point of planting wildflowers and you will attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
    • Make a flower crown. When you’ve finished, wear it or put it on the queen in your life.
    • Fill a basket with flowers. Then, deliver it to your neighbor, ring the bell, and run!
    • You can also deliver flower bulbs that your friends and neighbors can plant in their yards.
    • Make a May Basket. Download this design to make and fill it with flowers to share.

    Use #MayDay when posting on Social Media.

    MAY DAY HISTORY

    May Day has ancient roots dating back to Celtic traditions. The spring equinox beckoned the coming of warmer days and called for celebrations filled with rituals that ensured fertile crops and livestock. Many of the practices included dances, songs, flowers, and other traditions lost to time.

  • GLOBAL LOVE DAY – May 1

    GLOBAL LOVE DAY

    They say that love is the universal force that binds us all. With such a powerful impact, it’s only right to dedicate an entire day to all the positivity that love brings. Global Love Day is just that occasion.

    This annual celebration is carried out on May 1st, to remind humanity that anything can be achieved when we attune our minds to the frequency of unconditional love.

    Unconditional love can be described as showing love without boundaries. No matter how others may transgress us, unconditional love approaches every situation with forgiveness and understanding.

    Love is a force so powerful that it inspires the spirit of healing and transformation. By attuning to this frequency, we can turn the tides of anything in the world that is less than love.

    The overall message of Global Love Day is simple. The Love Foundation crafted a flyer in over 19 language that reads:

    We are one humanity on this planet.
    All life is interconnected and interdependent.
    All share in the Universal bond of love.
    Love begins with self-acceptance and forgiveness.
    With tolerance and compassion, we embrace diversity.
    Together we can make a difference through love.
    BE PART OF IT. SPREAD THE WORD.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #GlobalLoveDay

    Global Love Day is all about the spreading of love. This can be done in a multitude of ways! It could be as simple as a hug or going the extra mile and filling a need; nothing says “I love you” more than telling someone directly that you love them.

    Try these ideas to join in Global Love Day:

    • Write a poem
    • Volunteer
    • Create a piece of art
    • Donate to your favorite charity
    • Play music
    • Teach a child to plant a garden

    Use #GlobalLoveDay to share on social media.

    GLOBAL LOVE DAY HISTORY

    The Love Foundation initially proposed Global Love Day on behalf of its founder Harold Becker in 2004. Their very first theme was ‘Love Begins With Me.’ Since then, The Love Foundation has used Global Love Day as a platform to promote their non-profit works, with the mission of building a sound foundation and understanding of love in all individuals.

    Over the past fifteen years, The Love Foundation has grown into a global family of individuals who have made the spreading of love their responsibility. Today, there are currently over 300 honorary love ambassadors spanning across 41 countries. Their daily and monthly inspirational messages have continued to promote the practice of unconditional love to the masses.

     

     

  • SCHOOL PRINCIPALS’ DAY – May 1

    SCHOOL PRINCIPALS’ DAY

    On May 1st, remember to take the time to thank the educational leaders of the school on School Principals’ Day.

    Throughout the school year, these educators assume the commitment to lead our young people to a prosperous future. They support and guide quality teachers and staff, resulting in productive learning environments for our children. Whether they lead an elementary, middle, or high school, a principal shows leadership skills while being approachable. Many students see their principals as role models.

    Principals guide academic success and set the tone for an entire school. In most settings, they are a visible leader, one the students and teachers see daily.

    Teachers rely on principals to ensure the schools provide the necessary equipment and resources. They also rely on principals to counsel and discipline students when needed. A principal represents the school at community events and meets with superintendents and community members, too.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #SchoolPrincipalsDay

    This day celebrates school principals, both past and present. Organize an event to thank your principal. Bring breakfast, coffee, or just a thank card, letting them know you appreciate all their time and patience with the kids and parents. Give a shout out to a school principal who influenced you during your school career. Break out the yearbook and share a photo and let them know how important they were to you!

    While you’re at it, be sure to volunteer at your school. By supporting your school’s extracurricular activities such as band, choir, speech, and athletics, you’re also supporting your principals in their endeavors.

    Use #SchoolPrincipalsDay to share on social media.

    SCHOOL PRINCIPAL’S DAY HISTORY

    Janet Dellaria of Trout Creek, Michigan, founded School Principals’ Day to recognize all the dedicated leaders in schools from elementary through high school.

  • LAW DAY – May 1

    LAW DAY – May 1

    LAW DAY

    The United States observes Law Day annually on May 1st. This day encourages all Americans to reflect on the personal rights and liberties which are enjoyed and exercised daily.

    The laws and courts uphold these same rights and freedoms daily. The observance promotes reflection on the role of law in the foundation of the country. It also recognizes its importance for society. Law Day asks Americans to focus on every American’s rights as laid out in the fundamental documents of American democracy: the Declaration of Independence and the federal Constitution. 

    When is Bill of Rights Day?

    HOW TO OBSERVE #LawDay

    The American Bar Association organizes events for students and local citizens. Participate in essay writing contests, webinars, theater productions, Teen Court programs, scholarship fundraisers, and award presentations, to name a few. While you are celebrating the day, explore upcoming bills and the current year’s theme. Other ways to participate include:

    • Challenge yourself to learn more about how a specific law applies to you.
    • Expand your awareness of the justice system and how it works.
    • Learn how laws are developed.
    • Ask an attorney to speak to your classroom.
    • Take students to the debate floor of your state legislature.

    When you celebrate, use #LawDay to share on social media. 

    LAW DAY HISTORY

    The American Bar Association presented the idea for Law Day in 1957. In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958 proclaimed the day to be observed on May 1st annually. Congress later passed Joint Resolution 87-20 on April 7, 1961.

    Each year, the American Bar Association selects a theme for the celebration. Past Themes include:

    • Generations of Justice – 1990
    • E Pluribus Unum – 1995
    • Celebrate Our Freedom: Democracy and Diversity – 2000
    • The American Jury: We the People in Action – 2005
    • Law Day in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges – 2010
    • Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom – 2018
    • Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment – 2020

     

     

    May 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    1840

    The United Kingdom issued the world’s first adhesive postage stamp called the Penny Black. Sir Rowland Hill first proposed the idea back in 1837 as part of postal reform. At the time, the receiver bore the cost of postage upon delivery, and it could be costly depending on weight and the distance traveled. Fraud was also rampant. The Penny Black cost only a penny (as the name suggests) and the sender paid for the postage at the time of sending. The Penny Black featured a profile image of Queen Victoria. Soon, the idea of pre-paid postage spread around the world and across the pond to the United States.

    1884

    Catcher Moses Fleetwood Walker makes his major league baseball debut with Toledo of the Association League against Louisville. He is one of the first African Americans to play in the major leagues and when he leaves the league several months later, is the last until Jackie Robinson signs with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

    1941

    Orson Welles’ award-winning film Citizen Kane premieres in New York City. Welles’ also starred alongside Joseph Cotton and Dorothy Comingore in a story that follows the rise and fall of publishing magnate.

    1971

    Nearly 102 years after the transcontinental railroad was completed, Amtrak begins operation. The National Railroad Passenger Corporation is federally supported and provides intercity passenger train service in the United States.

    May 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthday

    Calamity Jane – 1852

    Orphaned at a young age, Martha Jane Cannary grew up to be known as the legendary sharpshooter, Calamity Jane. She earned a notorious reputation in the Wild West of Deadwood, South Dakota, for her drunkenness, lawlessness, and relationships with wanted men, including Wild Bill Hickok. However, most of the stories surrounding her life are unverifiable. Later in her life, she would perform in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1893 and in the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.

    Anna Jarvis – 1864

    Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mother’s Day in the United States, created the day to honor and fulfill her own mother’s dream. As a result, the day celebrates mothers all over the country and the world.

    Scott Carpenter – 1925

    A pioneer in space exploration and a member of the Mercury 7 astronauts, Scott Carpenter, became the second American to orbit the Earth. Carpenter left the surface of land behind by being both an astronaut and aquanaut.

    Max Robinson – 1939

    In 1978, Max Robinson became the first African American broadcast network news anchor when he joined the ABC World News Tonight team.

    Judy Collins – 1939

    The American singer-songwriter achieved critical success in the 1960s and 70s with hits such as “Both Sides of Now” and “Send in the Clowns.”

  • SILVER STAR SERVICE BANNER DAY – May 1

    SILVER STAR SERVICE BANNER DAY

    Every May 1st, Americans honor the sacrifices of the combat wounded, ill, and dying service members on Silver Star Service Banner Day. The day also recognizes service members awarded the Silver Star Medal.

    Across all branches of The United States military, the Silver Star Service Banner and Flag honors Silver Star families for their services and gallantry. On May 1st, the observance encourages us to honor military heroes and their families across the country.

    For those who serve in the U.S. military, 1/10th suffer a severe injury. Most of those injuries are combat-related. Our veterans contend with those injuries for the rest of their lives. The injuries often serve as a constant reminder of sacrifices during war or conflict.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #SilverStarServiceBannerDay

    Local veteran organizations and military bases host events honoring Silver Star personnel and families. Volunteer for an event or organization. Show gratitude and thank those who have returned from deployment, wounded or ill. 

    You can also get involved with helping SSFOA members with fundraising and community awareness events in your area.

    Share your stories or experiences using #SilverStarService.

    SILVER STAR SERVICE BANNER DAY HISTORY

    The Blue and Gold Service Banners made their debuts in 1918 during World War II. Over time, the United States formally adopted and made official the Blue and Gold Star Service Banners. However, the country overlooked Silver Star Service Banner. Once identified, representatives quickly designed and accepted The Silver Star Service Flag and Banner. The United States House of Representatives passed H Res. 855, a stand-alone resolution on April 21, 2010, making the SSFOA Silver Star Service Banner official and making May 1st Silver Star Service Banner Day.

    Since 1818, the military awarded the Citation Star for “Gallantry in Action.” The Silver Star Medal replaced the Citation Star and first officially awarded it in 1942. Military personnel receive the Silver Star Medal for specific actions in combat. The military has awarded between 100,000 and 150,000 Silver Star Medals.

     

  • NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PARFAIT DAY – May 1

    NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PARFAIT DAY

    With layers of sweetness, May 1st ushers in National Chocolate Parfait Day.

    Enjoying a delicious chocolate parfait would be a perfect way to end your day.  Parfait literally means perfect in French!  There are a couple of ways to make parfaits. The traditional French-style uses sugar syrup, eggs, and cream. The American style layers parfait cream, ice cream, and flavored gelatin in a tall, clear glass topped with whipped cream, fruit and liqueurs. The parfait has recently taken a wholesome turn using yogurt layered with nuts and fresh fruits, instead of ice cream and sugary syrups.

    While the day focuses on the chocolate parfait, that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with other fresh flavors. Fruit and cream go quite well with chocolate. And don’t forget ingredients such as pretzels or cookie bits. The options are only limited by your imaginations. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #ChocolateParfaitDay

    Enjoy your version of a chocolate parfait today with family and friends!  Create a chocolate parfait bar and let the creating begin. Be sure to share your creations using #ChocolateParfaitDay on social media to share your love for this delicious food holiday!

    NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PARFAIT DAY HISTORY

    We were unable to find the creator of this fun food holiday.  Our research did find this scrumptious dessert dates back to 1894 and seems to have originated in France.  

     

  • NATIONAL MOTHER GOOSE DAY – May 1

    NATIONAL MOTHER GOOSE DAY

    National Mother Goose Day on May 1st each year honors Mother Goose and the imaginary author of a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes we loved as children.  Mother Goose is often illustrated as an elderly countrywoman in a tall hat and shawl, but she is also sometimes depicted as a goose wearing a bonnet.  

    Enjoy two different versions of Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater:

    (Originally dated in Mother Goose’s Quarto c1825)

    Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
    Had another, and didn’t love her;
    Peter learned to read and spell,
    And then he loved her very well.

    (Most well-known version)

    Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
    Had a wife and couldn’t keep her;
    He put her in a pumpkin shell
    And there he keeps her very well.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMotherGooseDay

    In honor of the day, revisit those wonderful childhood stories with your children.  Share your favorite Mother Goose story using #NationalMotherGooseDay on social media.

    Download the Mother Goose coloring page. Which rhymes are these images related to?

    NATIONAL MOTHER GOOSE DAY HISTORY

    Charles Perrault is believed to be the initiator of the fairy tale genre when he published his fairy tale collection in 1695. His publication marks the first authenticated starting-point for the Mother Goose stories.  An English version of Perrault’s collection appeared in 1729:  Robert Samber’s Histories or Tales of Past Times, Told by Mother Goose. These fairy tales introduced Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, Cinderella, and others. Mother Goose’s Melody – A book of poems for children was published in 1781 and has been enjoyed by billions since then.

    In 1987, Gloria T. Delamar in tandem with the publication of her book, Mother Goose; From Nursery to Literature founded Mother Goose Day. For more information on National Mother Goose Day visit The Official Home of the Mother Goose Society.

  • NATIONAL LOYALTY DAY – May 1

    NATIONAL LOYALTY DAY

    On May 1st, National Loyalty Day recognizes American freedom and is set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.

    Every U.S. President since 1955 has set the day for May 1st. Whether they call for Americans to raise the flags, pray, or reflect on their heritage, each of them recognizes an inherent need for the country to be united in our basic ideals. Their messages speak of loyalty and freedom in equal measure, especially those who serve in the military.  And while the messages may stray some in agreement on other topics, the central messages remain the same.

    Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it. ~ Mark Twain

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLoyaltyDay

    You can participate in the day in several ways. 

    • Participate in civic events
    • Take part in the political process
    • Educate yourself on local, state, and national issues
    • Exercise your right to vote
    • Attend veteran events and memorial ceremonies
    • Learn about your heritage
    • Organize an event

    Use #NationalLoyaltyDay to show your loyalty to American freedom.

    NATIONAL LOYALTY DAY HISTORY

    First observed in 1921 as Americanization Day, the holiday counterbalanced the Communist celebration of Labor Day on May Day. On July 18, 1958, U.S. Congress (Public Law 85-529) made the day an official holiday. President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1959, the first official observance of Loyalty Day. Each year since its inception as a legal holiday in 1958, every President has recognized the day with an official proclamation.