This week, the 1st of May marks the Labour Day in Hungary, which is celebrated in the country every year with different kinds of programs countrywide. Due to the coronavirus-epidemic, this year, these programs will not take place, but nothing can stop you from being creative and bring the perfect Labour Day Celebration to your home.
Before I give you some tips about how you should celebrate, let us step back in time first. The history of Labour Day goes back to the times of the industrial revolution. Countries all over the world started demanding the reduction of working hours from 10-16 to 8. The first protests began in Great Britain in 1817, then came to Australia in 1856. In the second part of the 19th century, the USA also joined the initiation, but the American happenings imbruted and took a toll on dozens of human lives.
The 1st of May became the most significant international labour celebration in the 20th century, especially in the Soviet Union and the socialist countries, where it was celebrated amid glorious externals. It became an official public holiday and a labour-free day. However, after the fall of communist regimes, the 1st of May became the solidarity day of workers. Since then, it is mostly celebrated with summering/maying (majális in Hungarian).
Part of these celebrations was the essential sausage and beer combination, the drink and food of May 1 celebrations.
Many Hungarians who lived during the communist era of Hungary remembers these as the best part of the May 1 celebrations besides marching on the streets. Nothing can stop you from cooking the best sausage at your own home and from drinking your perfect beer. You can also make some of these iconic and delicious Hungarian recipes in the following article below.
Be careful while you are at the shop, keep the distance, wear a mask and a pair of gloves.
Making maypoles were also essential on this day. These creations are the symbols of nature’s revival, and they represent the period when the cold days are finally coming to an end, and the pleasant spring weather turns into summer. Check out this video below to gain some inspiration and to get to know the necessary types of equipment you might have at your home in an abandoned drawer.
As today May 1 is celebrated as a quiet family holiday and especially now because of the epidemic which forced us into our homes. It is the perfect time to relax, rest and to spend some time with your family members or to have a long online call with your friends.