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A stray dog naps in the sun in Pompeii.
While the day is often used as a day for parades or demonstrations in honor of workers, it is also a day of recreation and relaxation, of outdoor concerts and long lunches.
There is no May Day this year. Those who have been working hard during the coronavirus crisis — the essential workers, the doctors and nurses, the grocery clerks, trash collectors, and delivery drivers — will continue to work hard. Meanwhile those who are marooned at home will wonder what day it is.
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Last Updated: May 2, 2021