International Workers Day: What Is May Day

Annually, the day is known worldwide as International Workers Day, some countries identify it as Labour Day or Workers Day.

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It is a day that is marked with celebration and honoring the workforce sector, people across the globe take to the streets to commemorate the day. Acts of peaceful protest, strikes and other forms of activations are held to bring awareness to various work conflicts that need resolution and awareness.

While the size and intensity of commemorations have ebbed and flowed over the years, several International Workers’ Day commemorations stand out.

India observes the day to pay tribute to the labourers. In India, the first Labour Day, or May Day, was celebrated in 1923 in Chennai. And today around India, organisations and trade unions arrange pageants, children enter contests so they can understand the importance of fairness for workers, and political leaders make speeches.

In the United Kingdom, Britons usually celebrate the date with ribbons, dancing and often crowning a May Queen, how many of us actually know what the date is really about?

The history of the date goes back hundreds of years to the Pagan times when people would hold festivals to celebrate Spring and fertility.

In Nazareth, hundreds of Palestinian citizens of Israel, mostly from the local communist party, already marched to commemorate May Day on Saturday.

With a growing protest movement against the policies of US President Donald Trump and increasing clashes between his supporters and opponents, there will be large demonstrations in several US cities, including New York, Chicago, Seattle and Washington, DC, among others.

In Taipei, Taiwan’s capital, labour unions took to the streets with a march to call on the government to reduce working hours and increase wages.

Thousands of people in the German cities of Berlin and Hamburg participated in public demonstrations. Protests against the far-right Alternative for Germany (also known as AfD) party were held in several German cities.


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