May Day has always been the first day of May and it is basically a celebration of spring and political protests. It is a neo-pagan festival, a saint’s feast day, and a day for organized labor (thankfully, it started the middle class’ movement to shorten the work day). In medieval England, people would celebrate the start of spring by going out to the country or woods, “going a-Maying,” to gather greenery and flowers. This was also known as “bringing in the May.” Another important part of this day is the Maypole. The pole is hung with greenery and ribbons, brightly painted, and otherwise decorated and served as a central point for festivities and dancing.