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INTERNATIONAL LABOUR DAY (MAY DAY)

LABOUR DAY OR MAY DAY OR WORKERS’ DAY

Official Name is: International Workers’ Day

Also called: May Day

 

International Labour Day is also known as the International Worker’s Day and May Day which is celebrated on an international level to promote and encourage the international labour associations. It is being celebrated all across the world every year on the 1st of May which has been declared as the traditional spring holiday in Europe.

It has also been declared as the national holiday in almost 80 countries of the world whereas it is being celebrated as an unofficial event in most of the countries. It the US and Canada, it is (Labour Day) celebrated on 1st Monday of the September month as an annual holiday for celebrating the great achievements of the workers working in various fields.

 

WHY IS MAY DAY CELEBRATED?

International Labour Day or May Day is celebrated to finish the struggle as well as to promote the requirement of the eight-hour workday. Earlier the working condition of the labourer was very severe and working hours were 10 to 16 hour a day even in the unsafe conditions. Deaths, injuries and other dreadful conditions of the workers were very common at the workplace during the 1860s and working people were very agitated throughout the workday until the 8-hour workday was declared.

The rising death of the working class people (men, women and children) in many working industries, required to raise the voice for the safety of the working group people by decreasing their working hours in the industries. After the lots of efforts made by the workers and socialists, eight-hours was declared as the legal time for the workers in the national convention at Chicago in 1884 by the American Federation of Labor.

Many people have sacrificed their lives during the Haymarket Massacre which was held in Chicago during the strike of workers. May Day is celebrated to commemorate the event of the Haymarket Massacre as well as to promote the social and economic achievements of the working group people.

 

HOW INTERNATIONAL LABOUR DAY IS CELEBRATED

International Labor Day is celebrated yearly as an official holiday all over the world to celebrate the accomplishments of workers. People enjoy celebrating May Day or Labour Day by arranging the big party and lots of programmes. They decorate the banners and flags using colours just like an Independence Day celebration.

Variety of news and messages are distributed by the TV channels and radio channels saying Happy Labor Day among people to increase social awareness about the Labour Day. Variety of other events is also organized by the International Labour Organization to celebrate the day. The theme of the Labour Day party celebration becomes any cartoon characters, western culture shows, sports, TV shows, movies, holiday activities, crazy fun activities and many more. Other Labor Day activities include a crossword puzzle, anagram puzzle, word search puzzle, code-cracker puzzle, word scramble puzzle, phrase matching game puzzle and etc.

This celebration has become a historic significance all over the world and celebrated by the Labor unions worldwide. Variety of demonstrations, speeches, protests processions, rallies and parades are organized by the working group people under the security arrangements to protect violence.

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