Definition of May Day in English:

May Day


  • 11 May, celebrated in many countries as a traditional springtime festival or as an international day honouring workers.

    • ‘France has celebrated May Day for nearly 150 years, but never so passionately.’
    • ‘From its inception, May Day was an international phenomenon.’
    • ‘It would indeed be a pity, not just for the May Day celebrations, but for our very liberty, if the bridge were to be closed to preclude all such activities.’
    • ‘It is with this in mind that I and thousands like me celebrated another May Day.’
    • ‘In the painting, Rivera included a scene of a giant May Day demonstration of workers marching with red banners.’
    • ‘In civilised parts of the world, it's May Day - a day to celebrate worker's struggles.’
    • ‘It was here that arguably the most potent aspect of May Day arose, the festival becoming a one-day strike in many countries.’
    • ‘The message of May Day is that the workers united will be in the best position to demand fair rules at work.’
    • ‘The May Day celebrations and march was a colourful event with both speeches and exchange of gifts.’
    • ‘The pretence that they have somehow achieved unity among workers gives them a pretext to speak in the name of workers every year on May Day.’
    • ‘The second instalment, appearing next week, will focus on the international significance of May Day.’
    • ‘What did May Day begin as and what do workers and activists do today to maintain the May Day tradition?’
    • ‘Some of the speeches that ran during the May Day celebrations can attest to this.’
    • ‘How appropriate that he died on St. Joseph the Worker Day, or May Day, as it is known around the world.’
    • ‘That was the spirit that inspired the establishment of May Day as international workers day.’
    • ‘I can't really be bothered to post on the May Day celebrations that took place in Oxford today.’
    • ‘On May Day 1917, 70,000 workers marched here in support of the February Revolution in Russia.’
    • ‘However, this was May Day and it was a day for workers to celebrate.’
    • ‘AROUND 200 people attended a May Day peace festival in Aberdeen last weekend.’
    • ‘There's a long and proud tradition of May Day being a time of celebrating the achievements of the Labour Movement the world over.’
    1. 1.1(in the UK) a public holiday on the first Monday in May.
      • ‘The workers of the UK, and probably across a lot of the world, get a bank holiday tomorrow for May Day.’
      • ‘It's May Day bank holiday and this year the VE Day anniversary celebrations are taking centre stage.’
      • ‘Looking for somewhere to spend the May Day bank holiday?’
      • ‘The county-wide crackdown at the start of the May Day Bank Holiday came in the wake of new legislation.’
      • ‘An influx of mainland travellers is anticipated in Hong Kong during the May Day holiday starting tomorrow.’
      • ‘Two years ago on the May Day bank holiday weekend hundreds of revellers descended on Savernake Forest.’
      • ‘It's been a Bank Holiday here today - the annual public holiday for May Day.’
      • ‘Travel agencies had a quiet period during the past May Day holiday, usually their best season.’
      • ‘Radio 5 Live said this morning that it was the warmest May Day Bank holiday ever, or since the holiday was introduced, in 1978.’
      • ‘The May Day bank holiday is due to be marked by protests in London.’
      • ‘Better times were back for North Yorkshire's battered tourist industry over the May Day Bank Holiday.’
      • ‘Police said the suspect claimed they had been sent to cause havoc in Tarlac city during the May Day holiday.’
      • ‘Speakers also called on the government to declare May Day a public holiday.’
      • ‘I was invited by my friend during the May Day holidays to see a performance in the Lyceum Theatre.’
      • ‘Spring is a great time of year, what with Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day… hardly a week goes by without a day off work.’
      • ‘This year we get barely a fortnight after Easter before we're all being turfed out of work again for the May Day holiday.’
      • ‘The museum intends to display the bugs during the May Day holiday.’
      • ‘Nobody in England actually pays very much attention to what the May Day holiday actually commemorates: it is just a long weekend.’


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