Things to know about International Labour Day

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A holiday is observed on May 1 to mark the International Labour Day. Following are the things to know about the International Labour Day.

  •  May 1, 2015 marks the 126th International Labour Day.
  •  It is also known as International Worker's Day, a public holiday for labourers and working communities in 90  countries in the world.
  •  International Labour Day is promoted by the international labour movement and celebrated on May 1 every  year.
  •  The date May 1 was selected by the Second International, an organization of socialist and labour parties  formed in Paris on July 14, 1889.
  •  May 1 is celebrated as International Workers' Day in order to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago  on May 4, 1886.
  •  Since 1890, May 1 has been formally recognized as an annual celebration date for global proletariat and  workers.
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  •  International Workers' Day has been a statutory holiday in China since 1950.
  •  In Russia Labour Day is known as "The Day of Spring and Labor" since 1992.
  •  Germany's capital Berlin witnesses yearly demonstrations on May 1, the largest organized by labor unions,  political parties and others.
  •  Trade unions can organise parades in major cities in France to defend worker's rights on May 1.
  •  While in Britain, May Day activities are held on the first Monday of May. 

With inputs from agencies

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