Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Celebrating May 1st In Germany


From the archives, originally published in 2010:

From left to right:  Stefanie Hoffmann (20), Kelly Harrod (20), Katie Grosser (20), Anne Stolpe (19), Stefanie Berndt (20).

photo/youthjournalism.org

By Katie Grosser
Senior Reporter
MESCHEDE, Calle, Germany – Every country has its fill of national holidays.  Some come and go and only make themselves noticeable by granting a day off from school and work. Others, however, have much more appeal.
In Germany, May 1st is one of those special days. 
May 1st is traditionally known as “Day of Work” – similar to Labor Day in the United States. It first became a national holiday in 1933 under the Nazi Regime and the Allied Control Council decided to allow the defeated Germans to keep this national holiday after the World War II. 
The evening before, April 30, is traditionally called “Walpurgisnacht.” 
In many cities, towns and villages across Germany, there are private and public “Tanz in den Mai” – “Dance into May” celebrations. Click here for the rest of the story.


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