International Worker’s Day | Labour Day

International Labour Day

Celebrate the international workers day, which is also known as May Day or Labour Day. It adds value to the efforts of working-class and honors the achievements of labour movements. Its mainly promoted by the communists, socialists, and anarchists. Being a traditional European spring celebration, May Day is a national public holiday in many countries. In some countries, it is celebrated as “Labour Day” or “International Workers’ Day”.

The first celebrated US Labour Day was on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, planned by the Central Labour Union.( Source)

When Is May Day?

1st of May is celebrated every year around the world as labour day. On this day in 1884, the American Federation of Organized Trades and labour Unions demanded an eight-hour workday, and it comes into effect as of 1 May 1886. Since then, it’s celebrated as May Day globally.

History of May Day

During the era of industrialization in the 19th century, industrialists exploit the labour class and made them work for 15 hours a day. All the workers got united and rose against all the exploitation. They demanded paid leaves, breaks for the workforce, and wages for additional working hours.

May Day has also been an important official holiday in countries such as the People’s Republic of China, North Korea, Cuba, and the former the Soviet Union. In these countries, on May Day, it typically features elaborate parades including military hardware.

In the year 1955, the Catholic Church dedicated 1st of May to “Saint Joseph the Worker”. Saint Joseph is for the Church the patron saint of workers and craftsmen (among others).

Labour Day Celebration In India

In India, the first labour day was celebrated in 1923. Kisan party organized the May Day celebration in Chennai than Madras. This celebration was organized first on Triplicane Beach and then the opposite Madras High Court.

In India, May 1 is also commemorated as ‘Maharashtra Day’ and ‘Gujarat Day’.( Source)

You might hear different stories from different countries of labour day. But the ultimate reason for this day was unfair treatment with the labour class. The International worker’s day gives peace in knowing that all the hard work or working class paid off and what they planted than we can harvest now. People are working really hard by spreading knowledge and increasing awareness about the labour day.

How the International Worker’s Day Is Celebrated?

This big day is celebrated around the world yearly on 1st May In the honor of accomplishments of labour. People enjoy this day by arranging a big bash or small house gathering where everyone can relax and have fun. This celebration has historic significance all over the world. It’s celebrated by the labour unions worldwide in different forms. Some like to attend concerts, some go to watch parades, some plan small gatherings and some like to plan a picnic as a day of relaxation.

Final Thought

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