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Things to know about International Labour Day


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.
  • Read More:Can child labour be eliminated in India? (May 1 is International Labour Day)
  • 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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