May Day Fair In Seville, Spain
Yes, there is a tradition in Europe to celebrate the first day of May as the International Worker’s Day (also known as May Day). If you live in Europe you certainly know about this, but you may not know that this is actually coming from the USA… On the other hand, Labour Day in North America (USA and Canada) is celebrated on the first Monday in September.
May Day is now most commonly associated as a commemoration of the achievements of the labour movement. The holiday may also be known as Labour Day or International Worker’s Day and is marked with a public holiday in over 80 countries.
The 1 May date is used because in 1884 the American Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions demanded an eight-hour workday, to come in effect as of 1 May 1886. This resulted in the general strike and the Haymarket Riot of 1886, but eventually also in the official sanction of the eight-hour workday.
As I’m originally coming from Eastern Europe (one of the former socialist countries), I used to know this as a celebration of the “International Solidarity of Workers”, and since we didn’t have access to much information about the outside world, I thoroughly thought it was happening only there, as a communism type of things… 🙂 Living in Canada for many years I had completely forgotten about this and I was extremely surprised to see it happening in Seville, when I visited Spain 🙂
My first reaction was of amazement: people of all ages were happily participating in it without being obliged to do it … I smiled 🙂
Here is a photo of the huge waiting line for the tickets to the May Day Fair:
Most of them where dressed in traditional costumes and the women were wearing the famous Flamenco dresses on all colors – How beautiful!
In the streets Seville we could see the well known Andalusian horses, ornamented with flowers and pulling classic chariots with people going to the fair
They looked so picturesque, so I decided to digitally paint the image 🙂 Here it is as framed Art Print ready to be hung on the wall. Click on it for options on types of printing, sizes and prices.