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May Day

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May Day on May 1 is a traditional spring festival and public holiday in many parts of the _1_ Hemisphere. On this day _2_ people would celebrate the end of winter and the return of spring. During the 20th century, traditional May Day celebrations _3_ in many countries as May 1 became associated with Iternational Workers' Day.

International Workers Day commemorates the struggle _4_ the working classes in the late nineteeth century to gain an 8-hour working day. At that time it was common for people to work up to 16 hours a day in very poor _5_.

_6_ 1955, the Catholic Church dedicated May 1 to "Saint Joseph The Worker". Saint Joseph is the patron saint of workers.

Is May Day a national holiday in your country? How is it celebrated?

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