Posted by: jr | May 1, 2010

May 1, 2010 in Sweden

During  Sweden‘s Catholic Middle Ages, May 1 was a religious holiday dedicated to the Apostles Philip and James. The day had a high degree of party and was preceded by a vigil (watch) with fast. During the 1400’s May 1 was like a festival dedicated to a saint’s day, Saint Walpurgis. At the same time the 1st May came on the last day before the fast. In the 16th century people were building, singing and had fun games on the 1st May. The 1st May wasn’t a holiday in 1741, two years later it was restored but was abolished again in 1772.

The 1th May 2010 demonstration in Skelleftehamn, Sweden

The 1th May 2010 demonstration in Skelleftehamn, Sweden

The 1th May 2010 demonstration in Skelleftehamn, Sweden

The 1th May 2010 demonstration in Skelleftehamn, Sweden

Since 1890, May 1 is the workers’ special day and since 1939 a civil holiday. May 1 is an international demonstration day, from the beginning the goal was to have an eight-hour day. The day had its origin in the American labor movement.

The 1th May 2010 demonstration in Skellefteå, Sweden

The 1th May 2010 demonstration in Skellefteå, Sweden

Mayflower 2010The Mayflower is a small artificial flower that is sold before the 1st May. It is designed to be affixed to the jacket or coat and similar things and has different color combinations each year. Initially, the money that the sales of the Mayflower gendered went to support the fight against tuberculosis. The initiative was taken by Beda Hallberg in 1907. Today, The Mayflower Charity Foundation is Sweden’s largest children’s help organisation. Their aim is to improve the situation for children in Sweden and to fight child poverty. The colour for 2010 is blue. Here you can see all colours of the Mayflowers: http://www.majblomman.se/Om-Majblomman/Alla-majblommor/ (Source: Nordiska muséet).

// Andrea Soldan

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  1. Mai, dar chiar nu se intampla nimic-nimic in Simleu sau la Iuliu Maniu? Martie si aprilie sant luni complet moarte la RO-blog… 😦 Cum sa tinem proiectul asta activ cu asa o pasivitate???

  2. Good work, Andrea! I am very lucky to have you on my CREW bewcause withouth you this blog was VERY DEAD!! :-S


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