Cross Currents in Russian Literature, Film and Music
Sunday, May 1, 2011
May Day actually dates back to the labor movement in America and began being celebrated in the late 19th century in memory of the "anarchists" who were hung for organizing the Haymarket Square Riot in Chicago, 1886. These figures were lauded by Marxists around the world and May Day was appropriated by the Second International, eventually to become one of the major celebrations of the Soviet Union, starting in 1918. Not as much resonance these days, but the holiday is still marked on the Russian and other national calendars.