Labour Day 2022: Facts, History and significance of Labour Day

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Labour day 2022 – May Day 2022- Labour Day, also known as May Day, is celebrated on 1st May every year. This day in India is celebrated to honour the contribution of all working men and women. This day is also observed as a national holiday in over 80 countries of the world, including India.

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May Day History – why celebrate labour day

Labour Day in India was first celebrated on 1 May, 1923 in Chennai (known as Madras at the time). This initiative was taken by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan under the leadership of Comrade Singaravelar. He held two meetings – one at the Triplicane Beach and the other at the beach opposite Madras High Court.

Singaravelar passed a resolution stating that the government must announce a national holiday on May Day in India. He also emphasised on the need for non-violence pithing political parties. This day also marked the first time that a red flag was used in India.

Labour day 2022 – May Day 2021 – May Day History – why celebrate labour day

The origin of the Labour Day dates back to 1 May 1886. This was the day when labour unions in the USA decided to go on a strike with the demand that workers must not be asked to work for more than 8 hours a day. The strike was then followed by a bomb blast in Chicago’s Haymarket Square on 4th May which led to the death of numerous people and police officers.

Although the protests in the US didn’t lead to any immediate result but it helped in the establishment of the 8-hour working norm in India and other countries around the world. Since then, Labour Day is observed as the day for parades and demonstrations around the world. Working people in India and around the world celebrate this day for protests by participating in processions to defend their rights and to safeguard their interests.

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Labour Day 2022 – May Day 2022

Labour organisations and trade unions come up with processions to speed up economic reforms proposed by workers. Other than this, contests are also organised for children to participate and understand the bond of unity.

Leaders also hold public speeches to celebrate the May Day. Many people also don’t know that this day is also celebrated as Maharashtra Diwas and Gujarat Diwas as in 1960, the old Bombay state was divided on the basis of language.

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