May Day celebrated across the world

Written by | May 1, 2014 | 0
May Day, the first day of the month of May is celebrated all over the world with utmost importance. The day is also known as the International Worker’s Day which has a historic significance. The first day of the month of May is also a day of political protests. May Day is otherwise observed as a saint’s feast day or a day for organized labor. In many countries, it is a public holiday
In many countries including India, May Day is also celebrated as Labor Day. The day originates with the US labor movement in the late 19th century. The history of the movement dates back to May 1, 1886. On this day several labor unions across the US went on strike, demanding a standard workday of eight hours. On May 4th there was bloodshed in Chicago’s Haymarket Square – A bomb thrown by a revolutionist led to the deaths of a dozen people (including several police officers) and the injury of over 100 people.
The protests did not get an immediate outcome, but they proved effective subsequently, as eight-hour work days became the norm in many countries across the globe. This day was hence chosen as a day for demonstrations, parades, and speeches. It is a major state holiday in US, Russia and other communist countries. In India, May Day has also been declared a public holiday.

 

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