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May Day is usually celebrated on May 1. It is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival.
It is also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Dances, singing, and cake are usually part of the celebrations that the day includes.
In the late 19th century, May Day was chosen as the date for International Workers' Day by the Socialists and Communists of the Second International to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago.
International Workers' Day may also be referred to as "May Day", but it is a different celebration from the traditional May Day.
In Canada, May Day is celebrated in some parts of the provinces of British Columbia, New Brunswick and Ontario.
In Toronto, on the morning of May 1, various Morris Dancing troops from Toronto and Hamilton gather on the road by Grenadier Cafe, in High Park to "dance in the May". The dancers and crowd then gather together and sing traditional May Day songs such as Hal-An-Tow and Padstow.
In British Columbia, celebrations often take place not on May 1 but during the Victoria Day long weekend, later in the month and when the weather is likely to be better. The longest continually observed May Day in the British Commonwealth is held in the city of New Westminster, BC. There, the first May Day celebration was held on May 4, 1870.