This Sunday is May Day.. such a beautiful time of year here in the northern hemisphere, and especially now in Northern California after the badly needed rains. May Day on May 1 is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the celebrations.
But May Day is also a cry for help! It derives from the French “m’aidez”, pronounced “mayDAY,” and means literally “help me.”
In the late 19th century, May Day was chosen as the date for International Workers’ Day by the Socialists and Communists to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago. International Workers’ Day may also be referred to as “May Day”, but it is a different celebration from the traditional May Day.
So, this May Day we gather in this beautiful place to celebrate the beauty of spring, dance and sing and eat cake, and dance around the Maypole.
This May Day we will also hear the cry of help, right here in Oakland, for more affordable housing.