Labor Day 2020: Learn the meaning, history and importance of May Day

Labor Day 2020: Learn the meaning, history and importance of May Day
Labor Day 2020: Learn the meaning, history and importance of May Day

On May 1 of each year, Workers 'Day or May Day (International Workers' Day) is celebrated in all union states and territories in India with a holiday to recognize the contribution of the working class. Across the country. Other countries like Cuba and China also celebrate Labor Day on 1 May.

May Day is also known as Labor Day or International Workers' Day. May Day has different origin stories in different countries. However, the common theme in all countries is the working class that opposes the exploitation to which they were subjected.

In Hindi, Mazdoor Day is also known as Kamgar Divas or Antrashatriya Workers' Day, Kamgar Divas in Marathi and Uzhipalar Naal in Tamil.

During the era of industrialization, American industrialists exploited workers to work for 15 hours a day. It was only on May 1, 1886, that the working class unitedly rebelled against this unjust system and demanded paid leave, good wages and adequate leave. That is why May Day is celebrated every year.

In Canada and the United States, Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September and is considered the official end of summer vacation for most concerned countries, as public and university school students return to school that week or the following week. .

Labor Day begins with the union movement, specifically the eight-hour movement, which includes eight hours for work in combat, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. In India, the first formal Labor Day celebrations were started on 1 May 1923 in Chennai by the Kisan Mazdoor Party of India. It is celebrated as a holiday throughout India as an honor. Indian workforce.

The red flag, symbolizing Labor Day, was first used on this day in India. The outstanding Communist leader Malayapuram Singaravelu Chettiar raised the flag and held meetings to celebrate the occasion. This day is associated with the labor movements of communist and socialist political parties.

May 1 is also Maharashtra Day and Gujarat Day: On this day, in 1960, the two states reached the state after being divided into linguistic areas of Bombay.

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