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May Day

May Day 2017 and 2018

May Day is also known as Labour Day and is celebrated on 1 May each year.

YearDateDayHolidayState
20171 MayMonMay DayAS BR GA KA KL PB
TN WB
20181 MayTueMay Day

It is a national and bank holiday that corresponds to the International Workers’ Day that is celebrated in many countries around the world proclaiming the international labour movement.

The history of May/Labour Day goes back to 1886 in Chicago, USA, when a gathering of people during a general strike for the eight-hour workday became violent. A bomb was thrown into the crowd, police began to shoot and dozens of people were killed or injured.

Over the next few years, an international movement began with demonstrations and riots occurring each year on May Day. In 1904, the International Socialist Conference met in Amsterdam and called on “all Social Democratic Party organisations and trade unions of all countries to demonstrate energetically on May First for the legal establishment of the eight-hour day, for the class demands of the proletariat, and for universal peace.”

In India, the first Labour Day, or May Day, was celebrated in 1923 in Chennai. 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.