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May Day

May Day 2018 and 2019

May Day is is celebrated on 1 May each year and corresponds to International Workers’ Day that is celebrated in many countries around the world proclaiming the international labour movement. In 2018, May Day falls on a Tuesday.

YearDateDayHolidayStates
20181 MayTueMay DayAS, BR, GA, KA, KL, MN,
PB, PY, TG, TN, TR &
WB
20191 MayWedMay DayAS, BR, GA, KA, KL, MN,
PB, PY, TG, TN, TR &
WB

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.