Turns out, that our European ancestors from whom the holiday came were celebrating a myriad of things: the Roman goddess Flora, the Germanic saint Walpurgis, the return of light and sun, the Catholic celebration of Mary, or the country’s laborers.
Some accounts say May Day was an European excuse for raucous celebration; others argue it was yet another opportunity for Germanic peoples to celebrate all things phallic (thus erecting a giant maypole; yeah, ruins it for me, too).
Since the Puritans didn’t take kindly to the Pagan holiday, it never really caught on in the States. Today, May Day might include dancing around a maypole (which now has an ick factor) or placing a May Day basket on someone’s door step. Preferably someone who is a swift runner and a good kisser.
And on a completely different note, the first Saturday in May is also Free Comic Book Day. If you are a comic book fan or think you might like to become one, a free comic book awaits you at your local participating comic book dealer.