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Sun Nov 10, 2019, 09:43 AM

Russian May Day (now called Labor Day) and Victory Day are different

Just a minor thing. Trump was invited to Victory Day on May 8th. The traditional May Day is May 1st.
I looked it up and in 1992, Russia changed the name of the May 1st day to Labor Day.

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My Dad always commented on May 1st as being Law Day. He was a lawyer and got a kick out of it being on May 1st.
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Law Day, held annually on May 1, is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day provides an opportunity to understand how law and the legal process protect our liberty, strive to achieve justice, and contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share.

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Perhaps I need to edit this for younger readers. May 1st or May day in the old USSR was a day to celebrate the "workers" but it was really to celebrate Communism and their leaders. Paraders would hold pictures of Lenin and the parade would be grand. It had tons of military and tanks etc to show the USSR's power.

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OKNancy Nov 10 OP
Wounded Bear Nov 10 #1
Dennis Donovan Nov 10 #2
OKNancy Nov 10 #3
Dennis Donovan Nov 10 #5
dalton99a Nov 10 #4

Response to OKNancy (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 09:44 AM

1. I thought May 1 was the traditional European Labor Day...

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Response to OKNancy (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 09:52 AM

2. May Day definition:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Day



May Day is a public holiday usually celebrated on 1 May. It is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival and a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the festivities. In the late 19th century, May Day was chosen as the date for International Workers' Day by the Socialists and Communists of the Second International to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago. International Workers' Day can also be referred to as "May Day", but it is a different celebration from the traditional May Day.

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Of course, everyone over the age of 50 thinks of this guy:

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 09:54 AM

3. I did an edit on my OP to explain what May Day was in the USSR n/t

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Response to OKNancy (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 09:59 AM

5. I posted exclusively to point out Bruce McGill's astounding "William Tell" rendition

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Response to OKNancy (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 09:58 AM

4. Yep. The modern-day May Day parade has no tanks.

The Victory Day parade is all about military might and goose-stepping


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