May Day and Other May Holidays

  • Bringing in the May
    Source: Library of Congress (LOC)
    “Jennifer Cutting, Folklife Specialist at the Library of Congress, describes and displays some of the folk traditions surrounding May Day (May 1) and the spring season in Britain and the United States.” (LOC) View a Webcast and read the transcript to learn about the May pole and Morris dancing traditions.

  • Cinco de Mayo
    Source: UCLA
    “On May 5, Los Angeles is alive with color, laughter and dancing. More than 500,000 Mexicans and Americans of Mexican origin are celebrating Cinco de Mayo or the ‘Fifth of May.’ It is an occasion which Mexicans and Americans share to emphasize the friendship between their two countries.” (EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) Read about the origins and celebration of this holiday.

  • Honor Your Mother
    Source: Library of Congress (LOC)
    “In May we honor our mothers on Mother’s Day. On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation making Mother’s Day the second Sunday in May.” (LOC) Read about the history of Mother’s Day and learn about other Mother’s Day material at the Library of Congress.

  • We Wreathe the Red, White and Blue
    Source: Library of Congress (LOC)
    “On Memorial Day, we remember the men and women who have given their lives in the name of freedom.” (LOC) Read about the history of Memorial Day and learn about other Memorial Day material at the the Library of Congress.
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