Open Thread – Occupy May Day
The first of May seems to be destined for association with popular and raucous holiday celebration.
To the ancient Celts, it was the spring festival of Beltane. It is also associated with the Germanic celebration of Walpurgis Nacht. Celebrations are full of flowers, dancing around the May pole, and crowning the Queen of the May. In Roman Catholicism, it has become a celebration of the Virgin Mary.
But there’s another meaning to May Day that was on in full force yesterday in New York City. Occupy May Day. May Day is also known as International Workers’ Day which celebrates the international labor movement. It is commemorated with organized street demonstrations and marches by working people throughout most of the world. May 1 is a celebration of labor unions that is a national holiday in more than 80 countries, and unofficially celebrated in many others.
So, you can imagine that the Occupy movement might have an especially interesting May Day.
The Mudflats’ New York City Bureau Chief, one Mr. Zach Roberts was there, with his eye to the camera, and sent these great shots from the march.