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Labor Day / May Day / Spring Day Ethnic Holidays
May 01, 2015, All Day
In the former Soviet Union, 1 May was International Workers' Day and was celebrated with huge parades in cities like Moscow. Though the celebrations are low-key nowadays, several groups march on that day to protest grievances the workers have.
The 1st of May historicaly has been the traditional holiday of Spring. During the Industrialization of the Nineteenth Century, it became an International Day of Solidarity for workers of all countries.
The 1st of May began to be widely celebrated with various groups of workers joining together and paying tribute to the memory of victims of oppression and for the rights of all oppressed workers irrespective of their nationality, sex, age and/or profession. In it's convention of 1888 the "American Federation of Labour" declared, that May the1st should become a day for the active struggle of workers for the eight-hour work day.
Strikes and Demonstrations were held worldwide. Later, in the former Soviet Union, this holiday was widely and actively celebrated with huge parades and political speaches on Red Square in Moscow and in all other cities.
All workers of the Soviet Union including university and school students, were obligated to attend the parades, bringing flowers, balloons and posters. Non compliance was met with severe persecution.
Now in many of the CIS countries, including Ukraine, you can still find some political gathering to celebrate May Day. At this time however, this holiday has become a celebration as the day of triumph for "Nature", from which is a full bloom with birds' singing, trees budding, and multicolored flowers painting the countryside. In this celebration people look forward to warm weather and the joys of summer.
Attachment & Other Issues in International Adoption Adoption Related Conferences, Workshops, Seminars
May 06, 2015, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FRUA INC Pacific Northwest Folklife Festival Regional FRUA INC Events
May 22, 2015 - May 25, 2015, All Day
Saints Cyril and Methodius Day (Bulgaria & Macedonia) Ethnic Holidays
May 24, 2015, All Day
ST. CYRIL AND ST. METHODIUS
Saints Cyril and Methodius were two Greek brothers born in Thessaloniki in the 9th century, who became missionaries of Christianity among the Slavs of Great Moravia and Pannonia. Through their work they influenced the cultural development of all Slavic peoples for which they received the title "Apostles to the Slavs." They are credited with devising the Glagolitic alphabet, the first alphabet used to transcribe the Old Church Slavonic language. The Cyrillic alphabet, which was based on the Glagolitic alphabet, is used in a number of Slavic and other languages.
Sts Cyril and Methodius' church feast day is celebrated May 24 or on May 11 (depending if the Julian or Gregorian Calendar is used). Under the influence of the day of Slavic Literacy and Culture, dedicated to the brothers Cyril and Methodius and their great work, May 24th, people very often celebrate on this day as well.
Nowadays, the day is celebrated as a public holiday in Bulgaria. It is celebrated on May 24 and is known as the "Bulgarian Education and Culture, and Slavonic Literature Day" (Bulgarian: Ден на българската просвета и култура и на славянската писменост), a national holiday celebrating Bulgarian culture and literature as well as the alphabet. It is also known as "Alphabet, Culture, and Education Day"
The day is celebrated by all Bulgarians. In Sofia people put flowers in front of the monument of St. Cyril and St. Methody which is situated in front of the National Library named after the two saints. This holiday is extremely important for the Bulgarian nation because it symbolizes the unity of the Bulgarian people.
The Glagolitsa alphabet - according to Bulgarian and foreign linguists, it is the oldest Old-Bulgarian alphabet. It is supposed to have been created by Constantine Cyril the Philosopher in the years 862-863, and used by his brother Methodius in Moravia and Panonia. That alphabet was familiar to the men of letters in the PreslavLiterarySchool in Bulgaria. A large number of church books were written in it - the Zograph Testament, the Sinaya prayer-book, etc. Letters of the Glagolitsa alphabet could be seen on one of the inner walls of the Round church (the Rotonda) in the ancient Bulgarian capital of Preslav.
The latest researches prove that the Slavic alphabet was created in the year 855. Its basic components: the cross, the circle and the triangle all have sacred meaning and are perfectly incorporated in the writing of the letters. The Glagolitsa alphabetfully expresses all the typical phonetic peculiarities of the Slavic Bulgarian spoken language of those times.
Name day for everyone named Kiril and Metodi. The name Kiril has the meaning of “lordly” (from Old Greek), while Metodi means “the one who studies, who follows a method’.
Kazakhstan Annual International Children's Day Picnic Other Heritage Events
May 31, 2015, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Picnic in Central Park
Carpet Day (Turkmenistan) Ethnic Holidays
May 31, 2015, All Day
Collectors and businessmen from Europe to South Asia turn up in Turkmenistan on Turkmen Carpet Day.
Devotees and specialists mingle with business-minded attendees from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Germany, France and Belgium, and Russia.
They speak about the origins and development of carpet weaving in Turkmenistan and their underlying ties to ethnic and national traditions. Others hunt for archaic carpet samples.
Aside from carpet talk, there are evening festivals held throughout the city with music and dancing, folk games and displays of regional customs.