The first of May has been celebrated for centuries, beginning as a Pagan custom. Back in the early days, May was celebrated with a ceremony of dancing around the may pole, appointing a May Queen, and bringing in flowers from the woods to decorate the homes and streets.
When I went to grade school at a private school, we celebrated May Day as a full day of festival, with each class performing for the rest of the classes of their parents. We had a may pole and carnival rides, food and music. It was such fun for the children and their families, and I regret that today’s children don’t participate in anything like May Day.