International Labour Day 2017 : 10 lesser known facts

On Every May 1st, International Workers’ Day, also known as Labour Day is celebrated across the world except few countries to honor the hard work and dedication of workers.

It’s a day which uplifts dignity of humanity and embrace the efforts of workers.

In the European countries, Labour Day is public holiday, while other countries like US and Canada, the International Labour Day is observed every year on 1st Monday of September as an annual holiday.

Here are 10 lesser known Labour Day Facts.
  • Labour Day is celebrated to pay tribute to those innocent workers who lost their lives in 1886 in Chicago for the rights of the workers, who were forced to work over 16 hours a day in unsafe conditions.
  • In Countries, like People’s Republic of China, Cuba, North Korea and the former Soviet Union, Labour Day celebrations usually feature military parades.
  • The Socialists, communists and trade unionists chose May 1 as International Workers’ Day.
  • US celebrated its first Labor day on September 5 1882, in New York City, organised by the Central Labor Union.
  • Labour Day is also known as Antarrashtriya Shramik Diwas in India.
  • Labor Day in India was first celebrated in Chennai on May 1, 1923, initiated by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan.
  • Oregon was the first state to celebrate Labour Day as a public holiday in 1887.
  •  In Hindi, Labour Day is known as ‘Kamgar Din’, ‘Kamgar Divas’ in Marathi and ‘Uzhaipalar Naal’ in Tamil.
  • In India, May 1 is also commemorated as ‘Maharashtra Day’ and ‘Gujarat Day’.
  • 1st May is formally known as Dia do Trabalhador in Portuguese.


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