Men may give spring flowers, especially tulips and lilacs, to women, and parents may buy balloons and ice-cream to their children to celebrate the end of the cold season in Russia.
Workers held annual protests on this day from 1890 to 1917, demanding better work conditions and higher wages.
In 1918, May 1 became an important public holiday, known as the Day of the International Solidarity of Workers, in the Soviet Union.
Update: In October 2012, Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree that would extend the May Day holiday from Wednesday, May 1, 2013 to Sunday, May 5, 2013.
The most common symbols of Spring and Labor Day are: The end of the world is near. For centuries, doomsdayers and self-styled prophets have claimed to know about the end of the world, emphasizing that their version of the apocalypse will come true.
Party members and labor union activists may participate in such demonstrations.