What is it about May Day?

May Day has ancient roots but also modern influences in the struggle for an 8-hour working day in the late 19th century.

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The first day of May has for a long time been a day of celebration and pleasure. From pre-historic times, fairs would be held; there would be revelry, dancing and feasting across the country as a day of rest was enjoyed by all except the publicans and street cleaners. And there would be a lot of fucking.

The expensive London area of Mayfair is named after the annual fortnight-long May Fair that, from 1686 to 1764, took place on the site that is now Shepherd Market. The  area was bought up and developed to become a fashionable residential district. And so the fair was banned as the poor could no longer have their admittedly boisterous fun there because it was so much more important to build some really big houses for very rich cunts. Continue reading “What is it about May Day?”