May Day

1 Mai

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May Day refers to various socialist and labor movement celebrations – in Germany ‚Tag der Arbeit‚. That means, because you don’t have to work that day, you could stay at home, watch television and drink beer the whole day. It’s not allowed to work hard. But, because May Day is not a Sunday, it’s not our custom to watch television the whole day. Thus, it is recommended to go out for a walk (perhaps through the vineyards of the RieslingCity Nierstein – the so called Three-Tower-Tour). Perhaps you wonder, why so many people walk through this monotonous winegrowing-monocultures, even though they are so familiar with these looks. Arriving at the first tower, what a surprise, there is a lot of fuss. You can drink beer and wine. Puuh, the people behind the counter are working hard.

The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian Europe, as in the Celtic celebration of Beltane, and the Walpurgis Night of the Germanic countries.

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