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Public festivities in Sokolniki on the 1st of May

In the context of the late Russian Empire, Mayovka (Russian: Маёвка) was a picnic in the countryside or in a park in the early days of May, hence the name.

Eventually, "mayovka" (specifically, "proletarian mayovka") came to mean an illegal celebration of May 1 by revolutionary public, typically presented as an innocent picnic.[1]