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May Day

The first day of the month of May is known as May Day. In Britain, as in most parts of Western Europe, May day marked the end of the harsh winter months, welcomed the beginning of Summer, and optimistically looked forward to the bright and productive months. For our ancestors, largely in rural areas, it was a major annual festival and was celebrated through out the country, especially on the first of May with music, dancing and games.

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Dancing around a Maypole

Traditional May Day celebrations included dancing around maypoles and the appearance of 'hobby horses' and characters such as 'Robin Hood' and 'Jack in Green'.

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Also on this day ...

1 May 1707: The Kingdom of Great Britain established
The act of union between Scotland and England came into force. Scottish church bells played the tune "Why am I so sad on my wedding Day" because the Union was brought about in spite of opposition by the majority of Scots.

1 May 1931: Empire State Building opened to the public.

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