Things you may not know about International Workers' Day

Things you may not know about International Workers' Day

Like other parts of the globe, International Labour Day or May Day is being observed across the country today (Tuesday) with the renewed pledge to acknowledge and promote the dignity of workers.

May 1 is International Workers' Day, a day where many countries choose to commemorate the working class. The day holds a significant place in the history after all it marked the onset of eight-hour day movement that advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.

In India, Labour Day or May Day was first celebrated in Chennai (erstwhile Madras) on May 1, 1923. The salary alone can not compensate the contribution of a labour, without his dedication and hard work the growth of any country is unimaginable. It was meant to turn this date into a protest against all kinds of injustices to which all the workers of the world were subjected, in a march of solidarity, recalling the events of Chicago in 1886.

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The labour wings of political parties and trade bodies have chalked out special programmes to highlight the importance of the day and rights of the labourers. Happy celebrations people on International Workers' Day 2018. The leader of the party, Comrade Singaravelar arranged two meetings to celebrate this occasion.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has extended a greeting and good wishes to "hardworking model workers" in China on International Labour Day. May Day is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival and a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. It's the day when workers get together and showcase their strength which indicates how effectively they can struggle to bring in positive reforms for the working class of the society.

Labour and traders organizations have chalked out special programmes to highlight the significance of the day. Labour Day is known as "Kamgar Din" in Hindi, "Karmikara Dinacharane" in Kannada,"Karmika Dinotsavam in Telugu, "Kamgar Divas" in Marathi, "Uzhaipalar dhinam" in Tamil, and "Thozhilaali Dinam" in Malayalam". Without labour we are all doomed because we will just be where we were. It is a holiday where the workers do not work, share their experiences and enjoy the benefits achieved over the years.

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