Originally May Day started out as a celebration of the approaching summer and nice weather. In 1887, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Union (American Federation of Labor) voted that eight hours would be considered a legal work day from May 1 on. This is how May Day also became known as International Workers’ Day. In many places, including Seattle, people take to the streets to in support of worker and immigrant rights.
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What is the history behind May Day and why do we celebrate it?