May Day is also referred to as Labour Day or International Workers’ Day. The day was promoted by the international labour movements. It is a celebration of the working class. Every year, May Day falls on 1 May. A pan-national organisation of socialist and communist political parties had selected the date to celebrate May Day in the year 1886. In a few countries, International Workers’ Day is a public holiday. The working class celebrates the day by taking part in dancing and singing competitions.
May Day 2019
May Day falls on Wednesday, 1 May 2019. The day is celebrated by Goa, Bihar, Kerala, Tripura, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam, Karnataka and Jharkhand.
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History of May Day Or International Workers’ Day
In Chicago, the USA, a union of workers had announced a general strike in 1886 for an 8-hour workday. The strike had turned violent. To control the crowd, the policemen started shelling. Bombs were thrown into the public. Many workers were killed and a few were injured. An overseas movement started with marches and uprisings happening annually on International Workers’ Day after a few years.
For the first time, May Day was celebrated in India in the year 1923 in Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu. Currently, parades will be organised by trade associations across the country. Contests will be organised for students to make them understand the relevance of equality for the working community. On the day, speeches will be given by politicians. May Day celebrates the rights of labourers. The International Labour Organisation conducts various events and programs to mark the day.
May Day – A Global Day
May Day is celebrated internationally. The Bank Holiday is not confirmed on 1 May. Instead, it is celebrated on the first Monday of May every year. The official commendation of the Soviet Union was given to May Day in the 20th century. In England, the celebrations consist of Morris dancing and dancing around a Maypole. In Germany, in 1933, Labour Day was declared as an official holiday. It is a holiday in India and is celebrated in many states. India celebrates Labour Day by different names. In Hindi, it is called Kamgar Din. In Marathi, it is called Kamgar Din, and Uzhaipalar Dhinam in Tamil.
May Day or Labour Day or International Workers’ Day is a countrywide holiday in a majority of European nations including Sweden, France, Poland, Finland, Norway, Spain, Germany, Italy, etc. Panama, Cuba, Mexico, Guyana, Peru, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina and Chile also celebrate the day. In Canada, the United States of America (USA) and Australia, May Day is celebrated at various times of the year.
May Day or Labour Day is celebrated in order to pay respect to the working class, which was once asked to work for more than 8 hours a day and was paid less. The day is exclusively dedicated to workers who should know their rights. Under no circumstances should workers be asked to work for more than 8 hours a day. Working hours may be extended, but the extra remuneration should be paid in addition to regular wages. May Day is basically a festival for workers across the globe and it respects them. It is also a traditional northern hemisphere spring festival.
May Day 2020-2028 (First Monday of May)
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