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Protomagia-May Day/ Labour Day in Greece

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Today is the first day of May known also as  Labour Day or as we say here in Greece ‘’Protomagia’’.

Being a traditional European spring celebration, May Day is a national public holiday in several European countries. May Day is one of the most important holidays in communist countries such as the People's Republic of China, North Korea, Cuba and the former Soviet Union. It is a historical date because we celebrate the achievements of workers. More specifically, because of this day we have the privilege of eight hours to work, eight hours for recreation and eight hours to rest.

On this day, we also celebrate Spring and nature! In our country, you will see people going to the countryside for a walk and to pick flowers. Traditionally, people also make wreaths with flowers to hang outside their doors. We call this custom ‘’pianoume ton Mai’’ (catching May) and we consider this to be good luck.

So, ‘’Protomagia’’ is a national holiday. Everything is closed and everyone looks forward to this day to have fun and spend time with friends and family. We wish you a great Labour Day and if you want to feel a bit Greek, go out and catch May!!!  

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