May Day 2018: History, Celebration, And Importance of International Labour Day

 Labour Day, or International Workers’ Day, was Google’s doodle Tuesday depicting a host of tools representing various professions including a stethoscope, a hard hat, a laboratory beacon and cooking appliances for example. Labour Day, also called May Day, is celebrated on May 1 and pays tribute and respect to workers.

The origins of the day date back to the 19th century, when trade unionists, socialists, and Communists in the United States first protested the long hours and poor conditions under which laborers were being made to work in. They sought an eight-hour day movement — eight hours of work, eight hours for recreation and eight hours of rest. The US, however, celebrates Labour Day on the first Monday of September.

 In India, Labour Day was first celebrated in Madras (now Chennai) on May 1, 1923, by the Labour Kisaan Party of Hindustan. Its leader, Comrade Singaravelar, held two meetings to mark the occasion, one at Triplicate beach and the other on the beach opposite the Madras High Court. The party passed a resolution stating that the government should grant workers a national holiday on May 1.

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