Desculpe, sorry, to have missed Portugal's observance of International Workers' Day yesterday, as well as Beltane. By way of a Beltane blessing, here's some Broom flowers for you (left), which I believe in Northern Portugal are picked on the evening of April 30th, before midnight. They are thought to protect against spirits, witches (presumably the naughty ones) and the 'evil eye' that might appear come May 1st.
As for so-called 'Workers' Day', the first two workers I spoke to this morning said they'd worked yesterday. Funny how it's one day a year for the workers, many of which - nearest the breadline - probably turned up for the minimum wage, at one of their numerous jobs. Roll on the system that ends this inequity, when we can look back at May Day as the eradication of feudal capitalism once and for all!
"In Portugal, the 1 May celebration (Portuguese: Primeiro de Maio) was harshly repressed during the long right wing dictatorship of António de Oliveira Salazar and Marcelo Caetano. Since the Carnation Revolution on 25 April 1974, the Worker's Day is celebrated by unions but as well by several leftist political parties with parades and demonstrations. The first demonstration after the Carnation Revolution, only one week after the coup, stays until today as the biggest demonstration in the history of Portugal. It is an opportunity for workers, including non-permanent workers' groups, to show their discontent for existing working conditions in parades all over the country but mainly in the capital, where the two main national union federations (communist CGTP-IN and centre-left UGT) organize two different rallies (in Alameda D. Afonso Henriques and Torre de Belém). It is an official public holiday." - wikipedia
An annual opportunity to showcase discontent? Seriously, is workers' discontent a set-piece? Will we ever be free of neo-liberialism's us and them?
[Grammarians: "Workers' Day" or "Worker's Day"? - I would have thought Workers' Day as it's the day of ALL workers, not just one?]
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