When most people hear May Day, they may think of the famous distress call or even making a basket of flowers. Did you know that May Day or May 1st was actually the national moving day started by the Dutch in New York? The custom sprang from a city ordinance which required anyone who was planning on moving to do it by May 1st in order that the city directory could be made on schedule. During the 1850’s, it became fashionable to move. Fine ladies felt ashamed to have it known they had remained another year in the same place.