Skip to comments.The Origin of May Day
Posted on 04/30/2012 9:40:37 PM PDT by Chuckmorse
On May 1, 1776, Adam Weishaupt, a professor of Canon Law at the University of Ingolstadt, established a secret society in Munich Bavaria known as the Order of the Illuminati. From that time until today, May Day, which has origins in ancient Rome, has been observed as an international holiday by Socialists, Communists, and by other so-called progressives. The modern origin of May Day is well known and is viewed as accepted history in Europe, yet the origins of May Day, which commemorates the founding of the Illuminati, is virtually unknown to Americans.
Adam Weishaupt described the immediate goal of his secret society, originally called the Perfectablists, as nothing short of the abolition of the Monarchies and religion in of Europe. The ultimate goal of the Illuminati, to be achieved gradually, was what Weishaupt, who used the name Spartacus in his secret society, referred to in his writings as the New World Order.
The Illuminati then, like the left today, was largely made up of wealthy aristocratic types and intellectuals, those to whom we now refer to as the top 1%. The exclusive club back then, as it does today, marketed itself as the champion of the poor while gradually gathering the strands of wealth, power and influence into their own hidden hands.
After its 1776 founding, which was ironically the same year as the issuance of the freedom oriented American Declaration of Independence, the Illuminati spread rapidly across Europe by means of its initiates infiltrating and attempting to dominate the already existing and generally conservative Freemasonic lodges of the major European cities. The Illuminati was exposed when a currier carrying its secret papers was arrested in Bavaria in 1784. Further investigations by Bavarian authorities led to the banishment of Weishaupt and his organization. Weishaupt spent the rest of his life under surveillance as a court councilor to Duke Ernst of the Duchy of Gotha where he died in 1811. In exile, Weishaupt wrote A Complete History of the Persecutions of the Illuminati in Bavaria (1785), A Picture of Illuminism (1786), An Apology for the Illuminati (1786), and An Improved System of Illuminism (1787).
According to the French Jesuit priest Agustin Barruel, 1741-1828, who published an authoritative four volume set entitled Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism1798-1799, the Illuminati established the Jacobin Club that would subvert and disseminate the otherwise peaceful and pro-American 1789 French Revolution in 1793. The Jacobins, who were responsible for beheading the popular French King Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette, launched the Reign of Terror and established the worlds first Communist regime. Fr. Barruel claimed to have gathered his information for his books from the Illuminati papers that had been confiscated by the Bavarian authorities.
George Washington, whose presidency coincided with the Jacobin Reign of Terror, expressed concern about the Illuminati coming to America in a letter, archived in the Library of Congress, dated October 24, 1798, in which he wrote: it was not my intention to doubt that, the Doctrines of the Illuminati, and principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I am.
Whether the Illuminati continue in the formal sense is not known and is not relevant. What is known is that the ideas initiated by the Illuminati, ideas that were expounded upon by Karl Marx and Frederick Engles, continue marching through history. Marx manifesto expanded the initial proposition of Weishaupt, an end to governments and Christianity as a means to create a new world order, by proposing, in addition, an end to private property, the family, business, free trade and, indeed, to end individual identity itself. Once these goals were accomplished, according to Marx, once mankind had become collectivized, than all government would wither away and man would exist in a state of perfect equality.
May Day should be observed as a day to remember the tens of millions of victims of the demented utopian fantasies that were launched on that day by Adam Weishaupt. Their blood cries out from the grave for truth and for justice.
Don't know if it is true of not but it makes an interesting story and sounds believable considering he was talking about before Christianity had taken root in most of Europe.
Wonder if President [sic] Ubama will notice.
They think there will be a withering of government?
You know Obama will be celebrating (in private).
Despite the misgivings of many of the anarchists, an estimated quarter million workers in the Chicago area became directly involved in the crusade to implement the eight hour work day, including the Trades and Labor Assembly, the Socialistic Labor Party and local Knights of Labor. As more and more of the workforce mobilized against the employers, these radicals conceded to fight for the 8-hour day, realizing that "the tide of opinion and determination of most wage-workers was set in this direction.
" With the involvement of the anarchists, there seemed to be an infusion of greater issues than the 8-hour day. There grew a sense of a greater social revolution beyond the more immediate gains of shortened hours, but a drastic change in the economic structure of capitalism.
May 1 celebrations and may pole dancing were forbidden in Puritan New England long before the Illuminati.
I remember when it was celebrated in the US with the giving of candy in the night, kind of an opposite to Halloween. People gave candy to the homeowner.
I guess it fell out of favor when the commies celebrated on that day.
I think so. When I was in first and second grade circa 1955, we had May Day at school with May poles and festive games. Later, around fifth grade, after we moved to NJ, we used to have "Play Day", although I don't recall if we still had May poles for that. I don't think so.
I think that “naked” thing was a bit of wishful thinking on the Unks part.
Not according to his research. I’m talking about the same people who used to celebrate fertility rites on the winter solstice(or Equinox if you will)and in the spring. I do not think it is far fetched to imagine them serving up their marriageable daughters naked to the young men of the village. They couldn’t touch, only look. A sure fire way to get them married(or whatever they called it then).
For some time Ive been researching Celtic history and your Uncle was correct. Today (1 May) is a Pagan holiday called Beltane or Beltaine. It signifies the first day of Spring. It was historically a Gaelic festival celebrated in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. Bealtaine and Samhain were the leading terminal dates of the civil year in medieval Ireland, though the latter festival was the more important. The festival regained popularity during the Celtic Revival and remains observed in the Celtic Nations and the Irish diaspora. Thats when the young maidens would dance around the May Pole. Some places they go down to the beach on the night of 30 Apr and build a bonfire and stay up all night drinking and doing other things to celebrate the imminent arrival of Spring.
Sounds like a lot more fun than marching down the street smashing windows.
” The unmarried girls of age 16 to about 23(I guess older than that was considered hopeless)would all undress and on a signal would swarm out and dance around the may pole,stark naked,for about 20 minutes.”
That sounds more interesting ;-)
Especially if well illustrated ;-)
A practice that has become ingrained in American culture, mostly practiced in dimly lit clubs and other places of intimate entertainment.
No, Beltane is not the first day of spring. It is the midpoint between the spring equinox and the summer solstice - opposite Halloween, which is the midpoint between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice.
Sorry I didn’t make myself clear. In the Celtic clans that celebrated Beltane it was considered the first day of spring...not to be confused with the spring equinox...which they probably celebrated also.
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